Eastview Elementary School - January 2016
Message from the Principal
I would like to welcome everyone back to school. I hope you all had a restful holiday with your family and friends. As we have now started the second semester of school, our students are reviewing and practicing many of the classroom and school procedures. I thought this would be a good time to remind everyone of some of the school procedures that will help all of us work better as a team.
- Please remember to call the Eastview Office (825-5541) by 2 p.m. with any dismissal changes.
- Please notify the Eastview office if you have any changes to your phone number or email address.
- Please notify the school within 24 hours of your child being absent.
Thank you for all of your support!
Eagles of the Month
Mellissa Ackerman, Cristalyn Becker, Jersey Boggs, Miracle Boyd, Shaden Conrad, Matthew Cranfill, RayKya Dixon, Glendon Dunaway, Meleah Dye, Ray Fleener, Carly Green, Adrionna Griffin, Zac Hawkins, Wyatt Hemingway, Brody Isaac, Eli Jergensen, Rylan Keen, Ellie Lakes, Autumn Logan, Makayla Moody, Emily Moster, Lucy Neal, Serenity Pennington, Myleigh Perry, Karman Roberts, Cain Robinson, Aydan Seibers, Austin Wenta, Gavan White, and Hunter Yarbrough.
Way to go Eagles!
Message from Dr. Hodges
As I am sure you are aware, there has been and continues to be a great deal of concern expressed with the 2015 ISTEP+ assessment. It is not the purpose of this letter to dig deeper into the concerns, only to acknowledge they exist. The Indiana Department of Education, State Board of Education, Governor Pence and the Indiana General Assembly have recently become more energized in working towards a resolution to deal with the anticipated drop in student pass rates and the A-F accountability system. The coming days and weeks will determine the political decisions that will impact student scores and school grades.
The purpose of this letter is to thank our teachers, parents and community members for all they do to help our students. To recognize that ISTEP+ results are not the only measure of student success is very important. Locally driven curriculum, instruction and assessments tell us more about how our students are doing in a much more timely fashion.
When all of the decisions and revisions are made regarding the 2015 ISTEP+ assessment, and when everyone sees a drop in scores and school accountability grades, please remember that we have the same great students, the same caring staff, and the same supportive community that were here last year.
As you might well expect, our teachers and administrative staffs are hard at work, analyzing the ISTEP+ data that is available and preparing our students for the 2016 assessments. While we continue to celebrate the many successes of our students, teachers and staff, we are not satisfied with past accomplishments. We look forward to continued success that we know is in store for the Fayette County School Corporation.
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The first semester Awards Program will be held on Thursday, January 7. Grades K-2 will begin at 1:00 pm; Gr. 3-6 will begin at 1:30 pm. If possible, please join us for these celebrations.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
On Monday, January 18, our school will celebrate one of the greatest civil rights leaders of all time, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In order to help our students understand the impact that this man had on history and the importance of his work, we have planned a variety of activities that will take place during our school day. Students will read about and discuss Dr. King’s life and legacy, participate in a variety of history simulations, and a number of other activities.
Star Lab at Eastview:
Star Lab will be at Eastview on January 18 and 19. Mr. Messerschmidt will be using this hands-on tool to educate students about our solar system. I would like to thank him for his efforts in bringing this special project to our students and willingness to help out.
Student Council Update:
This year our student council decided to accomplish at least one act of community service each month. Starting in October they held their first canned food drive and collected 283 canned food items. They decided to donate these items to our high school food pantry. The next food drive was just in time for the holidays; they collected 475 canned food items and donated those to our local Salvation Army. During the week before break the student council members wrote letters and Christmas cards to soldiers to share our appreciation for everything they do to make sure that we are safe here at home.
At Eastview we feel that it is important to not only promote community service and involvement, but to allow the students the freedom to share their ideas and take part in making Connersville a better place.
If you haven't already done so, we highly recommend you sign up for emergency alerts provided by our local 9-1-1 service. This Emergency Notification system enables the Fayette County 9-1-1 to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, including weather delays and closings. You can find a link on the Eastvew homepage or at the following website: https://ww2.everbridge.net/citizen/EverbridgeGateway.action?body=home&gis_alias_id=900761
Over Christmas Break, we had six new electronic SmartBoards installed in classrooms. This means that every classroom here at Eastview has this powerful learning tool! Three of the six were purchased with funds raised through fundraising efforts organized by our PTO. Thank you for your support!
Yearbook order forms have been sent home. All checks should be made out to Lifetouch.
March 7 - Third Nine Weeks ends
March 16 - Report cards sent home
March 21-27 - Spring Break
April 14 - Spring Program Gr. 1, 3, and 5