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Welcome to central web power point april 2014

  1. 1. Welcome to Central Elementary School Go Eagles!!! 2013-2014
  2. 2. Notes From Mrs. MizellOn 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 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: 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 Sincerely, Cindy Mizell
  3. 3. 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 reading passages. 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 measurement. 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 healthy lifestyle. 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 settings. Within the Priorities we add Parental Involvement
  4. 4. • April 1st & 2nd 1st and 2nd Grade Standardized Testing • April 3rd PTA Fun Night • April 7th – 11th 3rd – 5th Grade Benchmark Testing • April 25th Kindergarten Registration Announcements
  5. 5. Kindergarten Registration for the 2014-2015 school year is on Friday, April 25, 2014, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Kindergarten students for the 2014-2015 school year must turn five years old on or before August 1, 2014. Parents should bring a copy of their child’s shot record, birth certificate, social security card, and proof of a physical exam from a doctor within the past two years.
  6. 6. Non-Nutritional Days • September 27th • October 31st • November 22nd • December 20th • January 29th • February 13th • March 21st • April 17th • May 23rd
  7. 7. PTA Dates April • 10th – Skate Night • 17th – PTA Night
  8. 8. Working hard at something "It is not important who starts the game but who finishes it." - John Wooden April During April, students participate in state testing. Their hard work and perseverance will pay off as they show what they’ve learned this year. April 1st & 2nd – 1st and 2nd graders test April 7th – 11th – 3rd through 5th graders test Make it the best day possible by: • Picking out a comfortable outfit to wear • Setting your alarm clock so that you do not oversleep. • Going to bed on time – or even early – so that you get a good night’s sleep and feel rested when you wake up in the morning. • Making sure that you have time to eat a good breakfast. Eat healthy foods that will give you plenty of energy. • Leaving for school or the bus stop a little early so you are sure to get to school on time. • Remembering that school starts at 8:00 a.m.
  9. 9. Kindergarten News Reading- Readers are Resourceful: Tackling Hard Words & Tricky Parts In Books; Readers Get to Know Characters by Pretending and by Performing Our Books Writing- Persuasive Writing of all Kinds :Using Words to Make a Change; Writing Stories: Using All We Know About Narrative Writing to Craft Stories for Readers Math- How Many Do You Have?; Sorting & Surveys Science/S.S. - Animals, Human Resources, Goods/Services, Economic Needs and Wants, Insects, Weather Dates to Remember: April 10th- Skate Night April 17th- Non-Nutritional Day April 18th- Make-Up Snow Day April 25th- Kindergarten Registration at 8:00am!!
  10. 10. What are we studying?? Reading:. Characters and Reading Clubs Math: 2s, 5s and 10s Writing: Writing Fiction then Writing like a Scientist 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 Word Lists!!
  11. 11. What’s Happening in 2nd Grade??? Reading For April we are studying Non-Fiction Reading Clubs Writing This month we are writing about Non-Fiction Science Experiments Math Parts of a Whole, Parts of a Group. Science/Social Studies We will be learning about Force and Motion. Dates to Remember: April 1st&2nd – Standardized Testing
  12. 12. Reading and Writing: We are getting closer to TESTING SEASON!!!!! We are in the middle of 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! Benchmark: When: April 7th-10th from 8:00-12:00 •PLEASE make sure your child is HERE and has had a HEALTHY breakfast!! • PLEASE make sure that your child gets a good nights rest. • Make sure your child wears comfortable clothing this week!!!
  13. 13. 4th Grade Happenings Reading- April 7th through the 10th Benchmark Testing. Then we will begin Content Area Reading. Students should be reading at least 30 minutes a day. Be sure and sign you Duck Dynasty reading logs! Writing- April 7th through the tenth, Benchmark Testing. Students will then begin Content Area Writing. Social Studies: We will be studying Civil Rights and Arkansas History. Science: Students will be studying ecosystems and animals. Math- Students will be studying 3-D Geometry. 4th Grade says… “GO HOGS!”
  14. 14. March- 5th Grade Math: We are learning about decimal numbers. We will be ordering, rounding, comparing, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals. 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 Civil War.
  15. 15. K-2 Enrichment is provided for all students in the district by Mrs. Wilcox. Students focus on creative problem solving. 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.
  16. 16. 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 Bonnie Duff Central Elementary Van Buren, AR 72921 479-474-7059 University Training Center University of Arkansas Little Rock, AR Center For Literacy Contact your local Reading Recovery professional Reading Recovery at Central Elementary, Van Buren School District
  17. 17. 25 Years of Excellence in North America •Nearly 2 million American first graders have had Reading Recovery lessons. •75% reached grade-level standard at the end of their lessons. •All children make progress, but a few do not reach grade-level standard. • 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 school day. •lessons are planned to build on the knowledge and strengths of each child. •being sure your child's school attendance is as regular as possible. •listening to your child read books sent home by the Reading Recovery teacher. •returning the books each day so the teacher can send home new books. •making reading time positive, short, and enjoyable. To find out more about Reading Recovery visit our website at
  18. 18. Drop off and Pick up • Bus drop off and pick up will be located behind the building on North 22nd Street. • Car drop off and pick up will now be located in the front of Central Elementary School on North 24th Street.