Culver Elementary August 2018

---------From the Desk of Mrs. Proskey---------

Welcome Back to a New School Year!!!

I would like to welcome you and your children to Culver Elementary School. Our school is full of knowledge, enthusiasm, challenge, creativity, rigor, support and encouragement. Our dedicated teaching staff and support personnel strive to provide for each student’s individual needs. We encourage your support and assistance throughout the school year so that your child will have a successful and rewarding year.


We always encourage parents to be a positive partner in your child’s education. Make it known to your child that you value education. Let your child see you supporting his or her endeavors here at school by attending programs, volunteering to chaperone field trips, helping out with classroom activities, or most importantly, talking to your child about school and the importance of it.


It is a pleasure to have you as a member of our Culver family. We are looking forward to working with each and every one of you as we embrace the new school year, continue to build on the tradition of academic excellence and provide a positive learning experience.


This upcoming year brings some new and exciting changes to Culver Elementary School. We are pleased to announce a couple new staff members at Culver Elementary School. We have Mrs. Pratt as our new fourth grade teacher replacing Mrs. Miller who left to be a stay at home mommy. We also have Mr. Combs who replaced Mrs. Smith our long time Kindergarten teacher and recent music teacher. We wish her the best at her new school. We are also excited to announce our new first/second split class taught by Mrs. Elliott and our new fourth/fifth split class taught by Mrs. Renneker, which will advance those students who are in need of more unique and challenging academic experiences.


We are also very excited to announce that our new Preschool program will be starting on August 7th as well. We will have two classrooms, each with a full time teacher and teacher’s assistant. We are proud to announce that Miss Bailey has taken on the role of Preschool teacher. She holds a preschool and special education license and has a background working with students at the Lighthouse Center in Plymouth. Our other preschool teacher is Mrs. Falk, whom we are honored, has accepted a position in our building. She holds a preschool license as well as many years of experience running her own preschool. The two new aides joining the preschool program are Laura Garza and Alison Neace, both coming to us with combined over 20 years of experience in childcare and special education.


We had some classroom moves as well. The fourth grade classrooms have been moved to the main second floor hall next to the fifth grade classrooms. The old fourth grade wing is now called the "SUCCESS HALLWAY" where Mrs. Zechiel, Mrs. Gearhart, Mrs. James, Mrs. Baker, and Mrs. Hyndman are now located. That hallway is where they will provide academic interventions, remediation and enrichment.

We have also created a Sensory/Therapy hall where the Occupational and Physical Therapists have specific areas outfitted with the materials that they need to set those students up for success and help them progress towards their goals.


We can’t wait to see you on August 6th from 6:00-8:00 at Back to School Night. You may bring your student’s school supplies to their new classrooms and meet their teachers! Our wonderful PTO will also be having an ice cream social for the kids Starting at 6:00!!


Best wishes for a successful year!!!


With Culver Pride,

Erin Proskey

Culver Elementary Principal

Special Meetings/ Activities/ Dates

Monday, August 6th
  • Back to School Night @ 6pm-7pm
Tuesday, August 7th
  • First Day of School
Monday, August 20th
  • School Board Meeting @ 7:00pm @ Admin Office
Monday, September 3rd
  • No School
Tuesday, September 4th
  • E-Learning Day for students (No School)
Link to the Culver Elementary School WebPage

By pressing this button, you can view the official Culver Elementary School Webpage, where you can view official documents (the breakfast & lunch menu) and links to the Middle School and High School.

New Weekly Schedule

Monday through Thursday - 8:00am to 3:00pm
Early Dismissal on Friday- 8:00am to 2:00pm

*** If your student is going home from school a different way than usual, please contact the office no later than 2:00pm.

FAQ's about the 1/2 SPLIT Classroom & 3/4 SPLIT Classroom

How do the Split classrooms work?

***If your first or third grade child has been chosen to be placed in a split level classroom, they will be measured on their mastery based on their current grade level (1st & 3rd) but be exposed by the standards of the grade level above (2nd & 4th) at the same time. The findings of end of the year mastery levels will help guide us on curricular offerings for next school year.

***If your second or fourth grade student has been placed in a split level classroom, they will be measured on their mastery of their current grade level (2nd & 4th) which will be preparing them for third or fifth grade, next school year.


How were the students chosen?

All of the students that were picked to be in these classes were chosen based upon their common RIT scores. Therefore all of the students will be challenged at the same ability level. The 4th graders that are in the 4/5th grade class are those 4th grade students that are learning at an above 4th grade level, just the same as the 1st grade students in the 1/2 grade class.


How will the students be taught?

All of the students will be learning the material at their level. As the standards overlap for the first and second grade and the fourth and fifth grade, the content will be differentiated for skill base. They will all be working at pace but there will be enrichment and remediation going on, just as there would be in any other classroom.


Will they still change classes like before?

These classes will be run a bit differently than the traditional classrooms. They may not switch classes with the others (except for Science and Social Studies) but they will go to their grade level specials and I as schedules permit, may also eat lunch with their grade levels.


How were the teachers chosen to teach these sections?
They will definitely be learning new stuff. These classes are both set up for absolute student success. Both of the teachers, Mrs. Elliott and Mrs. Renneker are high ability trained teachers and are geared to challenge their students to go up and above.

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Preschool Information/Payments

If you have a preschooler attending Culver "Little Cavs" Preschool, PLEASE remember to do the following...
1. Each week has to be paid in advance. For example, the week of August sixth must already be paid prior to the student being picked up on Tuesday. (The Deposit Fee was not the first weeks payment)
2. When your child boards the bus, an adult/parent must be there to buckle them in.
3. If your child is allergic to any of the lunches that we are serving, please let the teacher know, and have your child bring his/her lunch for that day.
4. CBGC WILL NOT be able to take students under the age of 5. Once your child is 5 they will be able to attend CBGC.

If you haven't registered yet....

If you haven't registered yet.... please feel free to come in to the Culver Elementary Office between the hours of 8am-4pm.

Please keep the school informed...

Please keep the school informed of any changes in emergency contacts, phone numbers, email addresses and home addresses, etc. ,throughout the school year. Remember to set up changes, if you have the "Push" notifications set up on Harmony.
Link to Harmony Family Access WebPage

Click on this button if you wish to access your Family Access Harmony Page to view your child's grades/ lunch account/ book rental fees, etc.

Culver Boys and Girls Club

Director- Mrs. Jessye Gilley
Asst. Director- Mrs. Criston Zehner
Phone Number- 574-250-0103
Fee- $35.00 Per Year (After School) / Field Trips Extra / Daily Rate
Open- 3:00-7:00 after school / Summer (Other days as determined by Director)
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Weather Alerts and Notifications/ Notifying the Office when your Child is Sick

As the weather starts to really get chilly and students are beginning to catch the flu bug, there are a few things that we need you to remember:
  • Please make sure that your child leaves the house appropriately dressed for the weather. We still go outside for recess even when it is pretty chilly outside.
  • Do not drop your children off at the front door prior to 7:30. The doors do not get unlocked until the assistant gets there at 7:30.
  • If the weather looks like it may be too treacherous for school, please check WNDU, WSBT, or FOX22 for closings or school delays. WROI and WXVI will also be informed of closings and delays. You may also check Culver Elementary's Facebook Page. www.facebook.com/culver.elementary.school (go to the link on this page and "like" our page).
  • If your child is absent please call Yvonne Shepard at 574-842-3389 or email her at shephard@culver.k12.in.us.
  • Also remember if your child has a fever, they have to be 24 hours fever free before they come back to school. You never know when that fever may spike back up!

Culver Communtity Schools Corporation Mission Statement

All stakeholders will prepare students to become contributing members of society and lifelong learners.

Culver Community Schools Corporation Vision Statement

All CCSC students will become respectful leaders encouraging social and moral excellence.

Culver Community Schools Corporation Belief Statements

  • We believe students, with support from community, family, and educators, will rise to the level of expectations.
  • We believe a well-rounded education at CCSC will foster emotional and intellectual development along with respectful, pro-active communication, in a positive, nurturing, learning environment.
  • We believe that every student at CCSC is a potential leader given proper mentoring.
  • We believe the definition of success is unique to every student.