Thursday, October 24, 2013

October 25 Shirley Sovereign

PK-1 Principal/Director of Teaching & Learning
Shirley Sovereign
Twitter:  ssovprincipal
SKYPE:  shirley.sovereign

Report Cards and Parent-Teacher Conferences 
Report cards will be sent home to parents on Oct. 30. The electronic scheduler for conferences is available. Parents are invited to schedule conferences for their students. If parents do not have Internet access or have difficulty scheduling, they should call the school office for assistance (563-547-2300).

Picture Retakes
These will be held on Oct. 29th. Students should return the pictures that are to be replaced, or the order envelope, if students were absent when pictures were taken in September.

Red Ribbon and Character Counts Week
  • The Howard County Sheriff's Department arranged to have officers visit the classrooms at Cresco, Elma and Lime Springs/Chester to present the students in grades K-5 with their red ribbons. We appreciate Sheriff Mike Miner for arranging this and making this personal contact in each of the elementary classrooms.

  • Mrs. Tiffany McCabe organized Character Counts activities for the week. Students and staff wore different colors to emphasize the Pillars of Character for the significance of each day of the week.
                   Monday - Yellow for being drug-free and respecting others.         
                   Tuesday - Red to celebrate caring about each other.
                   Wednesday - Green to show responsibility.
                   Thursday - Purple to recognize that we are global citizens.
                   Friday - Cadet wear to show school spirit, fairness and being trustworthy.

K-12 Evacuation Drill
A practice was held for evacuation of the buildings on the K-12 campus. Students, staff and teachers did a thorough job of following the Emergency Crisis Plan. We will continue to conduct drills to practice all of the emergency procedures involving fire, tornado, shelter-in-place, lockdown and evacuation throughout the year.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
The K-8 PBIS Team met this week to discuss activities for the first acknowledgement of the year. This will culminate on Nov. 15th with a celebration on Nov. 20th. Students have been working hard to earn Cadet Pride tickets during the first quarter. Mr. Wiley and Mr. Anderlik attended a PBIS training meeting recently in Elkader. Thanks to Mrs. Tiffany McCabe and Mr. Scott Wiley for continuing to serve as PBIS coaches for the K-8 building.

A teachers' meeting was held this week to discuss various topics pertaining to the preschool program. The Preschool Parent Advisory Committee is in the process of being formed for this year. Two meetings of this committee are held each year to gather parent feedback and direction for the program. The first meeting is being planned on Nov. 21. Teachers are in the process of completing the first Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment. This will be discussed with parents during the upcoming conferences. The teachers and associates completed their renewal of Pediatric CPR training this month. This is required every two years in our program.

In literacy, the students are working on the theme question: What can I find out about the world around me? This has caused the students to become more observant of their surroundings. Teachers are exploring with the students how they use their senses (seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching) throughout the day. Kindergarten students are continuing to learn the letter sounds through the Jolly Phonics program. The students are learning about beginning sounds in words. They are using iPads and the app, Doodle Buddy, to practice sounding out and writing words. 

First Grade
All first grade students in the district went on a field trip to the Children's Museum of LaCrosse on Oct. 17th. The Humane Society of LaCrosse presented to the students on safety around animals. The students had time to explore all levels of the museum and do hands-on experiments related to the science curriculum. This was an awesome field trip for the first graders!


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