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Welcome to central web power point march2014

  1. 1. Welcome to Central Elementary School Go Eagles!!! 2013-2014
  2. 2. 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 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. Announcements • March 7th K-2 Spring Pictures th • March 20 Parent Teacher Conferences • March 24th -28th Spring Break-No School
  5. 5. Non-Nutritional Days • September 27th • October 31st • November 22nd • December 20th • January 29th • February 13th • March 21st • April 17th • May 23rd
  6. 6. PTA Dates March • 6th—PTA Night • 13th—Skate Night April • 3rd – PTA Night • 10th – Skate Night
  7. 7. Kindergarten News 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
  8. 8. 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 Word Lists!!
  9. 9. What’s Happening in nd Grade??? 2 Reading For January we are paying attention to the strategies we use while reading books. Writing This month we are writing Poetry. Math Our focus in math this month is How Many Tens How Many Ones and then Parts of a Group Part of a Whole. Science/Social Studies We will be learning about Force and Motion. Dates to Remember: March 24th thru 27th – Spring Break No School
  10. 10. 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! Math: We are reviewing subtraction!! This unit, we will be working with larger number (numbers in the thousands). We are also reviewing multiplication!! 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!!!
  11. 11. 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 Arkansas History. 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!”
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. Reading Recovery 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 professional Reading Recovery Teacher Bonnie Duff Central Elementary Van Buren, AR 72921 479-474-7059 bonnie.duff@vbsd.us 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
  14. 14. 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… •highly trained teachers work intensively, with individual children each school day. •lessons are planned to build on the knowledge and strengths of each child. 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 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. www.readingrecovery.org
  15. 15. 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.