Central Tiger Tales
A Leader in Me School - May 2021
A Message From Your Principal
Dear Central Parents,
It has been my absolute privilege to serve the Central Elementary community as Principal these past 8 years. To watch our Central students grow academically, and develop into thoughtful leaders of their school and the Lebanon community has made me a very proud Principal.
No matter the changes ahead, one thing I know for sure is that Central Elementary and this amazing team of students and staff are poised for continued success for years to come.
In spite of the COVID pandemic, this has been a remarkable year at Central Elementary. I’m so thankful that those of our staff and students who were touched by COVID 19 were able to fully recover. Daily we were equipped with face masks and hand sanitizer in our pockets, but we never lost sight of educational goals for this school year.
As I reflect on the 2020-21 school year, here are a few highlights to celebrate:
- In December, we missed only 1 week of in-person school due to COVID!
- In November and December, our Tiger Cubs continued their philanthropic efforts and raised funds to support Lebanon families during the holiday season!
- In April, our students showed their grit by reaching their goal of reading a million minutes, and becoming Reading Millionaires!
- In April, we received the honor of reaching Lighthouse Certification as a Leader in Me school!
- In May, our Tiger Cubs demonstrated their academic growth by achieving their personal academic growth goals at a greater percentage as compared to past years!
- In May, students donated funds from “Coin Wars” to the Shalom House and Sylvia Center!
- In May, our students showed off their leadership skills by planning, producing and hosting a virtual “Leadership Day”!
Our students soared this year because of their hard work, the amazing support of our Central parent community, and the tireless efforts of our Central team that includes our staff of custodians, café personnel, SRO, clerical staff, school nurse, instructional assistants, teachers and administrators. Together we have navigated a challenging year and accomplished much.
Thank you for your support through the years and your continued support of the future Central Administration. I look forward to hearing about the great achievements of the Central students and staff in the years ahead.
Student Led Leadership Day
Even though it was a different kind of year and we could not invite our normal guests in for Leadership Day, our Central Tiger Cubs found a way to still have a fun and informative virtual event. Great job to our Central students that helped make this outstanding Leadership Day video!
Our Central Tiger Team was tasked with naming our new Tiger, one of the newest Tiger additions to the Lebanon Tiger Trail this spring. All Central students were encouraged to participate by sharing their name recommendations for this colorful tiger! After a week of all students dropping in names for the Tiger in a bucket placed in the Media Center, our Tiger Team selected the name they thought was the best for this newest Tiger in town. Our student leaders revealed the name of CLAWS to our Central students on Tiger Cub News. The following week, Mayor Matt Gentry stopped by to chat with our student leadership team and posed with CLAWS. From left to right: Luke Shirley, Lucas Hicks, Gabby Braner, Mayor Matt Gentry, Jillian Pollock and Landry LePage.
Central Pride Champion - Andrew Kaylor
Nominated by Kim Lahrman, Diana Shirley and Keanna Stamm
Andrew is a leader who constantly displays all of the characteristics of Tiger PRIDE, as well as the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I have had the pleasure of not only being Andrew’s teacher this year, but also watching him lead his baseball team through a challenging season. Andrew truly has a heart for others. It does not matter whether he is in class or on the field, he does his best, and encourages everyone around him to do the same. Both his classmates and his teammates know they can count on him. Andrew works very hard in school and strives to earn good grades. He perseveres through challenging tasks and refuses to give up. He is both proactive and dependable. Andrew has the initiative and drive to do anything he sets his mind to do. All of us at Central are proud to send him to LMS! Congratulations Andrew!
Our Central Tiger Cubs are Invited to a Pool Party in June
Congratulations to Central's Leaders of the Year!
Coin Wars to Support Our Community
Our Central Student Lighthouse team organized a coin war among classes. The end in mind was to raise money for two local charities: the Shalom House and the Sylvia Center. It was quite fun dropping coins into the buckets to add to class totals and adding paper money to other class buckets to subtract from their total. The competition was steep and we were able to raise nearly $900! We are so fortunate to work with such giving students who care about their community.
Third Grade Participated in Survival Simulation
We read “Island of the Blue Dolphins”, in the third grade. To help the students understand the book and simulate the situation Karana (main character in book) found herself in, the third graders designed shelters, made animal friends, built survival tools, created maps, and completed the challenge by creating a coded language of their own!
The Big Run is an event created by the LMS and LHS Cross Country coaches where all four elementary 3-5 Running Club students are invited to run the LMS cross-country course, a 1.8 miles race. We were thrilled to have this opportunity after taking a year off for COVID. Our team focused on pacing our jogs, cheering on our teammates, and pushing ourselves at practice. Many even took advantage to run an extra day each week at practice. All of this hard work paid off as both the girls and boys teams won championship titles. The top three runners for each grade level were honored with medals. Medalist for the boys were: Nolan Frost, Rory Beeson, Anthony Lahrman and Landon Holler. Medalists for the girls were: Alyza Holloman, Alexis Lahrman, Lyla Susong (overall top finisher), Jillian Pollock, Irelynd Farris, and Morgan Kaylor. We are so proud of our Tiger Cubs!
Goodbye and Best Wishes to Our 5th Grade Tiger Cubs
Officer James, from the Lebanon Police Department, spent the last ten weeks teaching D.A.R.E. to our 5th grade students. During their time together, the students learned about the effects of drugs and alcohol, anti-bullying, and effective listening skills. The students said the best part of D.A.R.E. was meeting Officer James and learning how to deal with tough situations. Each student wrote an essay describing what they will utilize most from this class. The classroom winners were Alexis Lahrman, Alyza Holloman, and Allie Robison. The overall essay winner was Juniper Spriggs. We appreciate the proactive approach of the LPD with the D.A.R.E. program.
Last Day of School Parade
Picnic at the Park
After the awesome parade, the 5th grade students headed to the Lebanon Memorial Park to picnic and play one last time. The afternoon was filled with games, food, fun and class community circles. It was the perfect send off for these fine students and we wish them the best of luck at LMS.