The Month in VIEW

April 2019

Principal's Corner

End of Year Testing- WVGSA

The West Virginia General Summative Assessment (WVGSA) is quickly approaching. The WVGSSA for students in grades 3-8 is an online summative test given toward the end of the school year to measure student performance on the state’s content standards. These standards provide clear, consistent guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level.

Students in grades 3-8 are assessed in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Students in grades 5 and 8 also are assessed in science.

Testing will take place during the week of April 29th. To ensure students are ready to do their best, please keep the following in mind:

  • Students should arrive on time each day. Please avoid scheduling appointments during school time.
  • Optimize your child's brain power by making sure they get adequate sleep each evening and get a good breakfast from home or school.
  • Encourage your child to take their time and put forth their best effort on the assessment-- this is their time to SHINE!!

Walk-It Wednesday Challenge

Each Wednesday between March 20th-May 15th at recess, we are encouraging students to grab a friend and walk the track. If students choose to participate by walking or running laps, they will be able to participate in a special event at the end of the year. Depending on the number of laps they accumulate over the challenge, they could earn an extra recess, ice cream, or a fun water day.

Final PBIS Reward

During these last two months of school, we have challenged students to work hard and meet our school-wide expectations by showing "PAWS"itive behavior by being Proud, having an Awesome attitude, being Well-mannered, and making Safe choices.Those students that meet the challenge will get to attend a PBIS Carnival at the end of the year. This fun event will include bounce houses, a dunk tank, and fun outside games. There will even be a special VIP section for students who go above and beyond and earn even more points. Encourage your child to be the best Bobcat they can be every day!

Adjusted Last Day for Students

The last day for students is now Tuesday, May 28. Report cards will be distributed on this day as well.

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Grade Level News


  • This month in Pre-K we are learning about nursery rhymes! Practice rhymes at home or in the car with your child.

  • We will then be learning about Spring, flowers, and ponds.

  • If you have not already, please fill out and return the release form for our field trip to the West Virginia Gymnastics Training Center on May 16th.


  • This month we will observe changes in our environment as we move into spring. We will read books about how plants and animals grow and change.

  • On April 26th we will travel to West Virginia University and visit different places on campus. This is always a fun trip!

  • In Math we continue to practice addition and subtraction facts to 10. We also are working on our end of the year goal to count to 100 by ones and tens.

  • Remember that on April 5th there is no school for Kindergarten ONLY. This will allow Kindergarten teachers to be available for Kindergarten registration.

First Grade:

Hello from first grade!

  • During math we are continuing our study of adding and taking away tens from other numbers.
  • During writing the students are looking at nonfiction texts and learning how to apply it to their own writing.
  • As weather is constantly changing during our current season, please be mindful of what students are wearing. Please check the weather everyday to make sure your child is prepared to go outside for recess.
  • This year we are going to Triple B Farms for our field trip. It has been scheduled for May 16th. Be on the lookout for more information coming home.

Second Grade:

  • In Math we will telling time in 5 minute increments, counting coins in combination and counting money in story problems, using measurement in real world scenarios, and will begin a unit on 2D and 3D shapes. We will continue to revisit three-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping. Continue to practice the math fluency flashcards. Students will continue to be assessed on addition and subtraction facts within 20 given 1-1/2 minutes.
  • In Reading, students will be working story structure, making conclusions, author’s purpose, fact and opinion, sequence of events, and compare/contrast, as well as new vocabulary and high frequency words. In phonics we will be learning about the vowel combinations oo, ew, ue, ou, as well as the diphthongs ow, and ou.
  • We will continue to write for information and non-fiction in our daily writing journals. We will begin a unit on letter writing and we will also continue the peer editing process looking for a complete paragraph, capitals letters and correct punctuation, and transition words.
  • Our morning meeting time will be used for our Second Step curriculum to discuss emotions and feelings and how to appropriately act during those emotions. In addition to our curriculum, we will continue our handwriting challenge in our classrooms in an effort to develop the correct way to form and write in manuscript. This is an important skill, and we will be building on the fundamentals of handwriting as we move into learning cursive toward the end of the school year!
We are very proud of our students and all that they have accomplished so far in Second grade! Keep up the good work!

Third Grade

  • In reading, Dog-of-the Sea Waves, Surviving Mt Everest. Then we will begin literacy circles using the chapter book “Jake Drake Know-It-All”. The students really enjoy this because it is set-up like a book club!

  • West Virginia General Summative Testing information has been sent home by the school. Look for testing updates and tips to help your child do their best.

  • In Math, we are working fractions, area and perimeter, telling time to nearest minute, elapsed time, and data and measurement. Any extra practice with these skills that can be done at home, will provide your child with greater success in the classroom.

  • In Writing, we have moved to Opinion Writing. Students are learning to use strategies and graphic organizers to assist with the writing process.

  • Field Trip is schedule for May 20th. Detailed information will be coming home at the beginning of May.

Fourth Grade:

  • Fourth grade students have started a new book study - Shiloh! This wonderful tale about a boy and a dog featured fantastic examples of figurative language and different types of narrative conflicts. As we near the end of the book study, students will be asked to take what they’ve learned in the book and construct a board game based on the text. It has always been loads of fun and a great way to celebrate the end of the book!

  • In Math, we are finishing the year with the concepts of measurement and geometry. Look for opportunities to have your child measure something at home or compare the measurements of two different objects. In geometry, we’ll be identifying and classifying shapes based on their properties. Be sure to check with your child to see if there is Practice and Problem Solving work that they can bring home to review with you!

  • Look for more information about our end of year field trip soon!

Fifth Grade:

Click on the link below to visit 5th grade's website!!

April Calendar

1st- 2 hour early dismissal

5th- No school for Kindergarten students only due to Kindergarten registration for next year

11th- 5th grade promotion parent meeting for those parents interested in helping

12th- Parent Volunteer Brunch

16th- LSIC meeting at 5:30; PTO meeting at 6:30

17th- 5th grade field trip

18th-22nd- No school

24th- Secretary's Day

26th- Kindergarten field trip

Week of 29th- Summative Assessment week (grades 3-5)

End of Year Dates

Week of May 6th- Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7th- Fine Arts Night @ 5:30-- More information will be sent home as the event gets closer

May 10th- 4th grade music performance @ 9:30

May 17th- PTO sponsored Mother/Son Game Night event

May 20th- PK-2nd grade Field Day

May 21st- 3rd-5th grade Field Day, PTO @ 6:30

May 24th- 5th grade promotion ceremony

May 27th- No School- Memorial Day

May 28th- PK promotion, Student's last day