Notes From Mrs. Mizell
On behalf of the teachers and staff of the Central Elementary
School (CES), I would like to welcome you back to school. I
anticipate that the 2013-14 academic year will prove 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 classroom.
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. I am
blessed to work with the Central staff, families, and community.
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
• October 25th – No school
• November 25th thru
November 29th – Thanksgiving
• December 23rd thru January 5th –
• September 27th
• October 31st
• November 22nd
• December 20th
• January 29th
• February 13th
• March 21st
• April 17th
• May 23rd
• 3rd – PTA Guys Game Night
• 10th – Skate Night
• 5th—PTA Santa Pictures @ 8:00am
• 7th—PTA Duck Dynasty Night
• 14th—Skate Night
• 25th-29th: Thanksgiving Break
From the Counselor……
National Bullying Prevention Month
and Red Ribbon Week
Students will spend the
first half of the month
learning about bullying,
how to report a bully,
and how to stand up
against bullying. It is
important for everyone
involved to know bullying
is one sided and
Red Ribbon Week
October 28th-November 1st
During this time, students take a stand against drugs.
Monday – From head to Toe We Say No – wear
crazy socks and a hat
Tuesday – Drugs are Ridiculous – students dress
crazy or ridiculous (mismatched, backwards, etc.)
Wednesday – Be a Smarty, Don’t Do Drugs – dress
like a nerd
Thursday – Black Out Drugs – wear black
Friday – Be a Sport and Don’t Do Drugs – wear a
sports shirt or uniform
Amanda Ming - Counselor
October Kindergarten News
• Reading- This month we are reading story books and
students are re-telling and discussing characters in the
• Writing- This month we are writing like scientists. We
have been observing our surroundings in nature.
• Math- This month we are working on counting numbers
and comparing sets of numbers. We will also work on
• Science/Social Studies- This month we will be talking
about Pumpkins, Columbus Day, and physical
Dates to remember:
October 3: PTA Guys Game Night
October 10: Skate Night
October 23: Report Cards
October 23: Field Trip to Pumpkin Patch @ Alma Middle School
October 24: Parent Teacher Conferences (See you there!)
October 25: Professional Development- No school
October 31: Non-Nutritional Day/Fall Party (No costumes please)
What are we studying??
Reading:. Being a Word Detective….figuring out hard
Math: : Making Shapes and Designing…..geometry.
Writing: NonFiction Writing….all about and how to books.
What’s Happening in
For September and October we are working on
reading information books, reading the world.
This month we are studying Information Books: Using writing
to teach others All about Our Favorite Topics
Our focus in math this month is Shapes, Blocks,
We will be learning about Soil as well as
Changes Throughout History.
Dates to Remember:
October 25th – No School
We have started a new unit for reading…we are “Spying” on
our favorite characters to get to know them better and to
deepen our thinking. We will be learning about how the
characters move the story along.
We have celebrated our 1st piece of published
writing!! Woohooo!!! We are starting
Informational Writing where we will become
experts on an animal, a person, or a topic.
PLACE VALUE is our focus in our second unit!!
We will also be learning different strategies to
help us add and subtract! In this unit, we are
focusing on numbers all the way to 1,000!
What’s that sound?! We are ringing in the new
school year by studying the different types of
sound and sound waves.
Students who won Readin
Awards from our 1st Read
4th Grade Happenings
Reading- We are now working on reading nonfiction. Students will be reading all kinds of
nonfiction, paying attention to the structure of each particular text and the way the text is
Writing- We are doing a unit on writing personal and persuasive essays. Students will be
creating and developing mini-stories.
Social Studies - We are starting off studying Social Studies with Freedom Week.
Students will also be learning map and globe skills.
Math- Students are still studying their multiplication. They are working on multiple towers
and division stories.
4th Grade says… “GO HOGS!”
Math – “Prisms & Pyramids”
In this unit we will be learning how to find the volume of boxes using cubic
Science- We are studying light and color and learning how we see light
(color). We will also be studying force and motion this month, concentrating
on simple machines.
Reader’s Workshop – “Learning Through Reading”
We will be using all we know about nonfiction reading and research to learn
about the American Revolution.
Writer’s Workshop – “Bringing History to Life”
We will be learning the foundations of research report writing. Students will
learn to use research skills to deepen their knowledge of the American
Social Studies – American Revolution
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!
Scientific evidence reviewed by the U.S. Department of
Education's What Works Clearinghouse confirms that
Reading Recovery is effective.
Reading Recovery Teacher
Van Buren, AR 72921
University Training Center
University of Arkansas
Little Rock, AR
Center For Literacy
Contact your local
at Central Elementary, Van Buren School District
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… Families can help by…
•highly trained teachers
work intensively, with
individual children each
•lessons are planned to
build on the knowledge
and strengths of
•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.
To find out more about
Reading Recovery visit our website at www.readingrecovery.org
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