On December 15/15 Mrs. Morgan's and Mrs. Raines' fourth grade classes hosted Pay to Play for Reindeer Day for students at the elementary building. The day was a success raising $660.00 to help provide for the needs of Vaughn Salisbury. Thank you to those who donated and/or worked to help make the day a success! To view more Pay to Play for Reindeer photos go to Elementary Holiday Album.
Kindergarten students making reindeer food at the Pay to Play for Reindeer Day.
Elementary students wrote letters to Santa in support of Macy's 'Believe' Campaign that benefits the Make a Wish Foundation. For each letter Macy's receives, a dollar is donated to Make a Wish.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
“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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Fourth grade students attended Tim Horton's Camp Kentahten in September. About seventy-five students and eleven chaperons spent two nights and three days in Campbellsville, Kentucky at Green River Lake. Campers were kept very busy participating in a variety of activities designed to both inspire and challenge. Each activity helps young people learn, and achieve, the ideals of team work,friendship and community; goal setting and achievement; adventure, creativity and discovery; responsible leadership, environmental awareness, and peace.
Camp Kentahten is a program of the Tim Horton's Children Foundation. We would like to give a big Thank You to Mr. Tim Sublett and Tim Horton's for making the wonderful experience possible!