Notes From Mrs. Mizell
On behalf of the teachers and staff of the Central Elementary School (CES), I would like
to welcome you to school. The 2013-14 academic year’s beginning has proven to be an exciting
and productive year. To those who are new to Central, we hope that you will quickly feel at
home and become involved in the activities of our school through the PTA and your child’s
As I continue as principal at Central Elementary, I will work diligently with parents and
faculty to foster an atmosphere that promotes a learning community that is child centered.
Working as a team we will move forward in our mission to create a warm, caring, disciplined,
and challenging environment in which all students can learn and reach their highest potential
becoming responsible members of society.
Although we strongly believe in academic excellence, we also feel that learning must
be fun and rewarding for each child. By working together, students, parents/guardians, and
staff can make Central Elementary School an exciting and enjoyable place to learn: Reading &
Writing Celebrations, Family Nights, quarterly Friday Fitness, and weekly Rise & Shine
assemblies. Research states that parents being involved in your child’s school, students reading
at home and at school are the three actions that help your child succeed the most.
Central is in partnership with UAFS as a Professional Development School. Pre-service
teachers’ classes are held on Central’s campus providing various teaching and learning
experiences for the future teachers. I am blessed to work with the Central staff, families, and
community. If you have any concerns, questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.
Reaching New Heights-Soaring to Excellence
Central Elementary 2013-2014 Goals
Arkansas Comprehensive School Improvement Plan
Priority 1: Literacy
Goal: All students will improve their performance in writing abilities in the area of
content and style and in answering open-response questions in literary and content
Priority 2: Mathematics
Goal: all students will improve their mathematics performance in answering multiple
choice question and open response questions in numbers and operations and
Priority 3: Wellness
Goal: Students participating in the BMI screening show a need to improve their
physical activity and nutrition in order to develop lifelong health habits and to live a
Priority 4: English Language Learners
Goal: By developing high-quality language instruction programs the school will
enable English Language Learner students to speak, read, write, and comprehend in
the English language, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, meet
the same challenging AR State academic content and student academic achievement
standards as all students are expected to meet, and to enter all-English instruction
Within the Priorities we add Parental Involvement
• March 7th
K-2 Spring Pictures
• March 8th
3-5 Spring Pictures
• March 20th
Parent Teacher Conferences
• March 24th -28th
Spring Break-No School
• September 27th
• October 31st
• November 22nd
• December 20th
• January 29th
• February 13th
• March 21st
• April 17th
• May 23rd
• 6th—PTA Night
• 13th—Skate Night
• 3rd – PTA Night
• 10th – Skate Night
Reading- Learning About Ourselves and Our World: Reading for Information;
Readers are Resourceful: Tackling Hard Words & Tricky Parts In Books
Writing- Persuasive Writing of all Kinds :Using Words to
Make a Change
Math- How Many Do You Have?
Science/S.S. - Solar System, Living/Non-Living Things, Natural
Resources, Reused/Recycle, Electricity, Plants, Citizenship
Dates to Remember:
March 6- PTA Night
March 6- K-2 Spring Pictures
March 13- Skate Night
March 20- Parent/Teacher Conferences
March 24-28- Spring Break-NO SCHOOL
What are we studying??
Reading:. Information books
Math: Color, Shape and Number Patterns
Writing: Writing Fiction
Make sure your child is reading 3-4 times a week at home! Make sure to sign
the log!! Read 100 Minutes!
Make sure you
study your Sight
What’s Happening in
For January we are paying attention to the
strategies we use while reading books.
This month we are writing Poetry.
Our focus in math this month is
How Many Tens How Many Ones and then
Parts of a Group Part of a Whole.
We will be learning about
Force and Motion.
Dates to Remember:
March 24th thru 27th – Spring Break No School
Reading and Writing:
We are getting closer to TESTING SEASON!!!!! We are
starting our Test Prep Unit in both Reading and Writing. In
these units, we are teaching the students what the Benchmark
exam will look like, how to answer open response and multiple
choice questions. We will be analyzing reading passages looking
for the main ideas and supporting details. In writing, we will
look at different types of writing prompts (narrative, fiction,
essay, poem) and then going over how to answer them!
We are reviewing subtraction!! This unit, we will
be working with larger number (numbers in the
thousands). We are also reviewing
A HUGE shout out to our students that are reading EVERY
night for at least 20 minutes!!! Thank you to the parents that are
signing those Million Minute Reading Logs!!!
4th Grade Happenings
Reading- Students are preparing for the Benchmark Test in April. We are discussing test
taking strategies for reading.
Writing- Students are preparing for the Benchmark Test in writing. We are learning to identify
the different types of prompts and how to respond to them.
Social Studies: Students are learning bout The Dust Bowl, The Great Depression, and
Math- Students are learning how to multiply twp digits by two digits. Students will be working
on test strategies for Math Open Response and Multiple Choice questions.
March 3-7 the school that has the biggest breakfast increase wins $300.00 for their kitchen.
Be eat breakfast that week!
Spring Break is March 24th -28th!
4th Grade says… “GO HOGS!”
March- 5th Grade
Math: We are learning about decimal numbers. We will be ordering,
rounding, comparing, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
Science: We are continuing to learn about ecosystems in science.
We have made our own pond ecosystems and now we will study the
effects of pollution in ecosystems.
Reading Workshop: We will continue in our Historical Fiction Book
Club Unit. We will be working with complex story elements, multiple
plot lines, and shifts in time and place.
Writing Workshop: We will continue in our Argument Essay Unit.
Students will learn to sort, weigh, and order evidence to support a
claim. They will be reading and thinking critically to note take and
build an argument.
Social Studies: We will be learning about various aspects of the
K-2 Enrichment is provided for all
students in the district by Mrs.
Wilcox. Students focus on creative
Students that are placed in the
GT program attend a 2.5 hour
pull-out session with Mrs.
Christman once a week.
Students are challenged in all
core subject areas.
Students can be nominated for the GT program by
teachers, parents or community members. Nominees are
tested in the fall and spring of each school year.
at Central Elementary, Van Buren School District
Reading is important because…
Strong reading and writing
skills are essential for
success in school and later
life. Although most children
learn to read in their
classroom programs, a few
children have great difficulty
learning to read and write.
Reading Recovery can help!
Contact your local
Reading Recovery Teacher
Van Buren, AR 72921
Scientific evidence reviewed by the U.S. Department of
Education's What Works Clearinghouse confirms that
Reading Recovery is effective.
University Training Center
University of Arkansas
Little Rock, AR
Center For Literacy
25 Years of Excellence in North America
•Nearly 2 million American first graders have had Reading Recovery
•75% reached grade-level standard at the end of their lessons.
•All children make progress, but a few do not reach grade-level
• Information from Reading Recovery lessons helps schools and parents
plan future evaluation and services.
Reading Recovery works because…
•highly trained teachers
work intensively, with
individual children each
•lessons are planned to
build on the knowledge
and strengths of
To find out more about
Reading Recovery visit our website at
Families can help by…
•being sure your child's school
attendance is as regular as
•listening to your child read books
sent home by the Reading
•returning the books each day so
the teacher can send home
•making reading time positive,
short, and enjoyable.
Drop off and
• Bus drop off and
pick up will be
located behind the
building on North
• Car drop off and
pick up will now be
located in the front
on North 24th