Students cheer out the school song during the ODNR "Trees to Textbooks" assembly.

READ MORE TO VIEW 'SCHOOL DAY SNAPSHOTS' GALLERY: Visit Each Grade Level For Complete Grade Gallery. New photos are added to all galleries throughout the school year, so check back in and see what's new!

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School Resumes January 3, 2017

Home & School Connection Newsletter

Home & School Connection is a newsletter offering tips and advice in helping children and families work together to achieve a successful school year.

 School & Home Connection, September, 2016

One-to-One Program Complete

This school year all elementary students have access to their own technology device for use during the school day. Kindergarten and 1st grade students will use IPads; 2nd-4th grades have Chromebooks. Please read the 'Acceptable Use' and 'One-to-One' Policies and go over the proper use and care of the devices with your child. Students and staff are excited to use their new devices to learn, explore, and discover!

1st & 2nd Grades Now Switching Classes Each Day

This is the first year grades 1 & 2 will have two teachers during the school day. Students will spend morning class periods with their homeroom teacher studying either Language Arts/Social Studies, or Math/Science. In the afternoon they will go to another classroom for that period's subjects. Student homeroom teachers are the primary contact for your child. See grade level pages for each grade's daily schedule.

New Reading Series: ReadyGEN

The elementary is using a new reading series for grades K-4. Grade/class spelling assignments now focus on spelling patterns instead of word lists each week. Students will get spelling practice guides each week and have spelling inventories administered periodically to assess skills. 

Free Breakfast Every Morning

The Elementary offers FREE Breakfast to all students that arrive on time each morning. 2nd-4th grade students considering breakfast, should go directly to the cafeteria before entering the gym. We encourage students to start their day off great, enjoying breakfast with their friends and classmates. 

 

      

Thank you to all that worked and donated to make Operation Gratitude a success! The food items collected gave 110 meals to local veterans! Kudos to Mrs. Morgan and all the students that participated and donated!

Mrs. Morgan's 4th grade classes will partner with Scioto County RSVP and COMPASS Community Health to collect food and donations for our local veterans. The goal is to serve 100 Scioto County veterans. Kick-off for collecting non-perishable food items begins September 12th. Donations and food can be brought to school between September 13th and November 8th. 

Suggested Items: Kindergarten & 1st Grade > Spaghetti noodles and jars of sauce: 2nd Grade > soups, crackers, peanut butter: 3rd Grade > Canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned meats: 4th Grade > Loaves of bread, snack packs of crackers, cookies, cakes: 5th Grade > Spaghetti noodles and jars of sauce.

Donations can be left in homeroom classrooms and picked up periodically. The homeroom in each building with the highest amount of donations will receive a pizza party! Food and donations will be delivered to the veterans on November 11, 2016, Veterans Day.

We encourage everyone to participate in this important community service!

“In classrooms across America the development of sight word recognition continues to be a top priority when instructing emerging and beginning readers.” TeachStix

 

What Are Sight Words?

Sight Words (high-frequency, core words) are the words that are used most often in reading and writing.

Why Are Sight Words Important?

Sight words are very important for your child to master because “sight words account for up to 75% of the words used in beginning printed children’s materials”,  ( Study to Identify High Frequency Word in Printed Materials, by DJ Kear & MA Gladheart).

There are different sight words for every grade level. Each set of words builds upon the other, meaning that once your child learns the Sight Words in Kindergarten, he will be expected to still recognize those words as he learns new words in first grade, and so forth.

Many of the over 200 Sight Words do not follow the basic principles, thus they cannot be “sounded out”. Beginning readers need an effective strategy for decoding unknown words, and knowing sight words is an effective method. (Speech Buddy)

READ MORE FOR BENEFITS, EXAMPLES, AND SIGHT WORD LISTS

 

Mrs. Platzer's Art students took Pablo Picasso's cubism to the next level, painting vibrant and unique cubes of "Picasso Faces" using discarded computer boxes. Working together on the cubes, students drew upon the inspiration of Picasso's cubist period, creating their own 'Picasso Face' to share with all. 

Vincent Van Gogh is known for his contrasting colors and his impasto style filled with hatch strokes and rolling, pulsing motions of his paintbrush. Van Gogh would stroke his paint on the canvas with a knife, or brush - almost like working with clay - the paint strokes forming marks with textures. One of his most famous paintings in his 'Sunflowers'.

 

Students grew a field of sunflowers to place in their vision of Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'. Third graders use their talents and creativity drawing their sunflowers.

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