Amanda Moore Elementary School

JANUARY 2016 CHALKBOARD NEWS

"Empowering ALL students to succeed!"

The Amanda Moore Sharing Tree

As most of you know, it is now an Amanda Moore tradition to have our sharing tree gifts go directly to Amanda Moore students and families in need. Transitioning from our old system to our new sharing tree system required a great deal of work from three very important people. Mrs. LoGrasso, Mrs. Garland and Mrs. Kraemer all worked tirelessly to create, organize, buy, wrap and distribute gifts in a way that protected the dignity and anonymity of those students and families in need. This year's tree helped 26 Amanda Moore families.


In addition to the hard work of the three women above, our sharing tree wouldn't be a success without all the support from families, staff and the community who took tags, purchased and wrapped gifts. So many groups, individuals and families dedicated their time and money to help those in need.


Again this year, there were several groups and organizations who donated time and money to help Amanda Moore families. Bruce Township once again dedicated their collections to our sharing tree , Romeo Good Fellows sponsored a family with gifts, food and bills, Romeo Ford Engine Plant donated $1000, and Romeo High School Link Crew sponsored 3 families this year.

M-STEP Results: What Romeo Families Can Expect

This past spring, Romeo students took Michigan’s new statewide test, the
M-STEP, for the first time. After nearly 45 years of the MEAP, the change was a big one for teachers and students alike.


Michigan has adopted higher standards for its students in English language arts and mathematics, and the rigorous M-STEP was built to see how close our students are to reaching these standards.


We think this year’s test scores may appear to be lower than on the MEAP, because the test is not just new, but challenging. This is not a reflection on Romeo students, but on all the progress that has been happening across Michigan. We encourage families to remember that these changes are good for our kids, and to keep them in perspective.

When it comes to M-STEP, we must ask ourselves: Would we rather have an easier test that doesn’t get our students where they need to be for careers in the future, or do we want a strong and useful test that helps our kids be successful in life? We are joining with every parent in Romeo in saying we want every child to be as successful as possible.


The individual parent reports arrived the day before break and will be sent home with each student on Friday, January 8, 2016.

Student Council

Have you had the opportunity to see the new bulletin board created by the fifth grade student council members?? We Lead…What’s Your Power!?!?! If not, check it out!

Student Council members have been excited to get started and meet some of the goals they set forth at the first meeting. So far, they were a big help with the food drive! Third grade members gave up recess throughout the food drive to collect and count cans from each classroom. In addition, members have organized two fundraisers to help meet their causes. Fourth grade members created a persuasive letter and presented it to Mr. Bennett. Their letter suggested teachers pay $5.00 for the opportunity to wear jeans on the remaining early release dates. They presented a great argument and he agreed! Then, members created a document for ‘Give a buck’ and air dropped it to student iPads. We used some of the funds to help an Amanda Moore family at Christmas. Coming soon…student council members will be reading The Dot in classrooms and creating a community bulletin board collage of dots!

IXL Certificate

Congratulations students!! As a school, you have completed 110,000 math problems on IXL. Check out the certificate awarded to "Mrs. Enciso's class" which is actually the entire school, because she is our math interventionist. We are very proud of all your hard work to improve your math skills.

ACRI = Adolescent Critical Reading Intervention

ACRI is a class about reading and understanding nonfiction books. Before we read, we look for reader’s aids. Reader’s aids help people know what the page is about (table of contents, bold words, headings and more). We go slowly through the book to make sure we see what the author is showing us (author’s purpose). You use your book and your brain to answer questions. When we finish a book, we map every page in the book. To map the book, we use text structure. A text structure is the way the author organizes the pages and the book. ACRI is for qualifying 5th grade students. The class is taught by Mrs. Tobiczyk from 3:00-3:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Every day we get snacks and water (in our new “READ, read, read” cups from Mr. Bennett). Some days we get candy. We even have a party when we finish reading and mapping a book. It is so fun!

-Written by ACRI group #girlpower

Green Team

Love helping our environment? Love helping our school? Enjoy working with kids? If so, we are looking for a volunteer(s) to organize a student “Green Team”! If you are interested in helping or looking for more information, please contact Mrs. Friedli at olivia.friedli@romeo.k12.mi.us

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Environmental Tip

Carefully store and dispose of household cleaners, chemicals, and oil.


Antifreeze, household cleaners, gasoline, pesticides, oil paints, solvents, and motor oil are just some of the common household products that enter our storm drains. You can help keep these out of our lakes and streams. Instead of putting these items in the trash, down the storm drain, or on the ground, take them to a local hazardous waste center on collection day.

AMANDA MOORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FACEBOOK

Our Facebook page is up to 152 likes!!! Our goal was over 200 by the end of November but we increased by 33% last month alone. If you haven't already, please like us at the link below.

Amanda Moore Elementary School Facebook
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The Boys and Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club is located at 11711 26 Mile Road Washington Township, MI 48094. A yearly membership is only $25. For more information call 586.277.1208 or visit the website by clicking here.
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Romeo Community Schools:


Board of Education:

Mr. Chris Giancarli, President

Dr. Gus Demas, Vice President

  • Mr. Michael Antoine, Secretary
  • Mrs. Anita Banach, Treasurer
  • Mr. Wayne Conner II, Trustee
  • Mr. Ed Sosnoski, Trustee
  • Mr. Chris Young, Trustee

  • Central Office:
  • Mr. Eric Whitney, Superintendent
  • Ms. Jennifer McFarlane, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services
  • Ms. Grace Stafford, Executive Director of Human Resources
  • Mr. Don Gratton, Executive Director of Facilities & Quality Control
  • Mr. David Massoglia, Executive Director of Business and Finance
  • Mr. Mark Nelson, Executive Director of Technology

  • Amanda Moore Elementary School:

  • Mr. Roger Bennett, Principal
  • Mrs. Dee LoGrasso, Secretary
  • Mrs. Tammy Hagood, Office Aide

  • Interpretación en español disponible poniéndose en contacto con Celia Ciecko 586-281-1419