ENSC Family Notes
February 9, 2015
Make Up Days
Monday, February 16, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015
If we miss one more day without using eLearning, Friday, June 5, 2015 will be the next day to be used. If we miss two or three more days without eLearning, March 23 and 24 will be used as make up days in the form of eLearning.
Several senior families have asked if we will be moving graduation. At this point, we are too far into the school year to move graduation. That event will remain on Sunday, June 7, at 2 p.m.
All Star of the Week
This week’s All Star come to us from Avilla Elementary! Courtney Miller is the friendly face and voice than many people see and hear upon their arrival to Avilla! Courtney joined the Avilla folks at the start of the 2014-15 school year and has been a welcome addition. She can serve as a role model for customer service and can also be called upon to serve as the caring nurse to help with any injuries, or she has also been known to serve as a mechanic when the copy machine needs a bit of help. Not only does she help make the office an efficient area, she also works with kindergarten and first graders each morning as part of our University Time. Courtney and her husband Dwight live in Kendallville with their son who will be part of Knight Nation next year. Thanks and cheers to Courtney for helping to take care of OUR school.
Community Health Survey
Community organizations in Noble, Huntington, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties have created a survey to get input from residents on health priorities. The four questions survey is designed for individuals to list ways in which their community can hep them eat more healthy and be more physically active.
Your participation will help our communities become more healthy.
All meetings begin at 6 p.m.
February 18, 2015 - Alternative Learning Center
March 4, 2015 - North Side Elementary
March 18, 2015 - Wayne Center Elementary
April 8, 2015 - Central Office
April 22, 2015 - South Side Elementary
May 13, 2015 - East Noble Middle School
May 27, 2015 - Central Office
AnnaBella Brown made Avilla School proud with her performance at Carroll High School. She sang “Castle on a Cloud” from “Les Miz”. Not only did she receive a first place gold medal, she received a PERFECT SCORE! Not too bad for a 5th grader! What a great way to begin a week! Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Brown for making this happen! Thank you to Mr. Smith for helping prepare AnnaBella for this event!
OUR 6th grade band students performed this past Saturday at Carroll. Many thanks to parents and Mr. Smith for getting the students prepared for individual solo events. The weather did not cooperate once again this year for optimum preparation for this big event, but Mr. Smith assures me that the students are ready to represent Avilla in a very positive manner. Thank you goes out to Mr. Smith for all the time and effort he and the students put into this event each year. It is quite an accomplishment to take students that may have never played an instrument before in their lives to be able to play a solo under six months! Mr. Smith works wonders with all the students he works with and is definitely a key component to the overall success of all of OUR students!
OUR next Character Counts Convocation will be held this Friday. Mr. Keck has prepared a special presentation to “Jump start” the Jump Rope for Heart Event. Please be sure to ask your child about this cool program on Friday. Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on February 24th from 3:30-6:30. Information will be coming home with students very soon. Second trimester report cards will be sent home with students on the 25th.
East Noble High School
The English department at ENHS has maintained a focus on preparing kids to reflect and communicate. There is no doubt that reading to learn is a priority of education, but so is reading to think. Our English department has led our building in the creation of a standardized 6+1 Writing Rubric that teachers from other departments use. This creates a common focus on good writing traits. Whether kids are explaining how to solve an equation or creating a blog about the adventures of Marco Polo, there is a common focus among all of our teachers. We read to learn, write to communicate, and when teachers apply these concepts within their content areas then kids see the relevancy. This is how we prepare kids for life beyond high school.
Ninth graders continue to read To Kill a Mockingbird. We are in the midst of the trial scenes, so this coming week students will be writing in the form of newspaper articles covering the trial. Tenth grade English classes used the Monday eLearning day to first learn about ethos, logos, and pathos, then connect it to their favorite SuperBowl commercials from Sunday night. Students chose the commercial they thought was the “best” and used the Canvas discussion board to tell how the commercial used ethos, logos, and/or pathos in order to be qualified and deemed “2015 Best SuperBowl Commercial.” English 11-A is working on creating a digital magazine over various events in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn using Read More (readmo.re). Students are discussing word choice and voice as they adopt the point of view as a reporter in addition to reinforcing 6+1 traits: ideas, organization and conventions.
Mrs. Swonger’s 11th graders are completing an activity about “The American Dream” in preparation to read Raisin in the Sun. Her 10th graders have each chosen a country and are researching for their culture projects. The 9th graders are reading To Kill a Mockingbird and all of them are intrigued to find out more about Boo Radley!
East Noble Middle School
Even though this week’s schedule was interrupted by bad weather, the Third Annual Give and Go Basketball Game was held Tuesday evening. Both the girls and boys 7th and 8th grade basketball teams along with the cheerleaders and middle school dance team provided the excitement and fun for all who attended. Admission per person was reduced for those who donated food items to the Friendship Food Pantry. Over 260 cans of soup, vegetables, and fruits were collected. Each year a different charity is selected for the proceeds from this game. More than $840 was raised for Riley’s Children’s Hospital through donations and ticket sales. Thank you to all who gave their time, talents, and money to make this evening such a success.
Next year’s freshman high school counselor came to the middle school Friday during No Excuses Time. Mr. Jacquay passed out scheduling forms and give eighth graders an overview of the classes available next year at the high school. The meeting for parents and eighth graders that was postponed this week because of the weather has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 10 at 6:30 pm in the high school auditorium. The following Tuesday and Wednesday, February 17 and 18, he and Mrs. Laur will be meeting with all eighth graders to prepare schedules for next year.
North Side Elementary
The students of North Side have been showing their giving side lately. In the past couple weeks North Side hosted a blood drive, raised money for the Humane Society, and the next two weeks will be collecting cans of soup for local families in need. Many of these efforts have been spearheaded by the Student Council led by Beth Spaw and Morgan McLarnon. Later this month the Student Council will lead North Side in the Pennies for Patients fundraiser. Kendallville can be proud of the giving spirit their kiddos have as they learn there is more to happiness than buying stuff for themselves. It is a joy to see what the giving spirit can do to lift up our community and bring smiles to the faces of our students.
Rome City Elementary
Rome City First graders have a reason to look forward to homework assignments as their teachers always offer exciting projects integrated with the newest technology skills they have obtained in the classroom. Tuesday night’s assignment used the app Word Mover to enter and categorize spelling words. After completion the students were asked to upload the finished project to Google Drive where they would find a previously created file just for Tuesday, labeled Tuesday’s Homework. It certainly cannot get any more technologically engaging than that! The teachers even have a Parent Files folder for extra assignments that may have gotten misplaced during transit.
Last Tuesday, Noble REMC’s, Mr. Dreibelbis, visited Rome City 4th graders during tech time to talk about renewable energy. He spoke with students about different kinds of renewable energy and why renewable energy is important. Students were offered time to ask questions about these very important subjects. They were also shown an interactive website offered through REMC teaching energy conservation. Rome City students look forward to Mr. Dreibelbis’ visit yearly and are privileged to have Noble REMC’s support.
South Side Elementary
This week’s update comes from 6th grade: It has been a busy week here at South Side! Sixth graders have been studying erosion in science and the Dust Bowl in social studies to get ready for our third novel Out of the Dust. We have been making cross-curricular connections that will help the students better understand the tragedy that Billy Jo, a character from the novel, and her family faced living in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl. As the countdown to Applied Skills ISTEP approaches, we will continue to work on our problem solving skills. We spend our University Time discussing important test taking strategies that the students will need for the new ISTEP.
Also this week, South Side’s National Elementary Honor Society bowled for JA at the Annual JA Bowl-a-Thon at Shadow Bowl. The group not only bowled well, but received many complements about how well they represented South Side by their show of good character. Way to go Trailblazers!
Wayne Center Elementary
First grade has been very busy using their iPads. They have learned and practiced how to use Google Drive to view instructional videos for eLearning days. They have also learned how to use a new math App called Front Row Math.
Front Row Math is math practice that levels students using a diagnostic test. The first graders then practice at their own pace and level. It adapts math instruction to individual student needs. Students who need enrichment work on harder material, and students who need further review of skills can work on those items. Students may choose to have the math question read to them. They are also able to use virtual manipulatives, scratch pad features and short instructional videos with this App. Front Row Math sends the teacher reports of student progress, and this helps the teacher target individual student math needs for small group instruction. The first graders are very engaged and enjoy using the Front Row Math App.
In addition, we also have Math Fun Food Fridays! The first graders love using food such as Cheerios, Fruit Loops, Lucky Charms, M&Ms, Skittles, Gold Fish, Teddy Grahams, popcorn, chocolate chips, & graham crackers as manipulatives for charting, graphing, estimation, addition, subtraction, grouping, fact families and story problems. It has just been pure Math Mania this week in first grade!
Alternative Learning Center
The students have done a great job of staying focused with all the delays, cancellations, and e-learning days. The progress in class work and credits earned has not been reduced by missing time. It is great to see the continued movement in learning through all the weather obstacles.
The meeting for third trimester took place this week and the students will find out placement in the program, or back at the high school, in the next few days. Every trimester the population at the ALC changes based on need, credits earned, and available space. If you have questions about your students placement please feel free to contact Mrs. Justus at (260) 349-0814.