Tiger Insider

September 2021

Summer Learning

We are constantly learning new skills and content to improve our professional practice. Keep reading to learn about some of the awesome opportunities that our staff participated in over the summer months. We love continuing to learn so that our students do, too!

Mrs. Brooke Carey

I completed another semester working towards my Master's through Edinboro University. I took two classes this summer. I took a course called Advanced Assessment. I learned about various forms of assessment and ways to analyze the data. In the other course, Explicit Instructional Strategies in Special Education, I learned instructional strategies to enhance student growth.

Mrs. Erin Fonzo

This past summer I presented at the Teachers in the Workplace Conference held at the Crawford County Career & Technical Center with Mrs. Joy Shaffer. We presented to participants about 'What Kids Can Make!' to share how technology class has transformed over the past few years at MES.

I also took a course to become a certified Mental Health First Aid trainer through the National Council for Wellbeing. This certification provides me the opportunity to offer training to adults so that they know how to be mental health first aid responders. I am teaching my first course next month!

Mrs. Jodie Kral

This summer was full of learning for me in order to prepare for the upcoming school year and my new GIST position (Gifted and Instructional Support Teacher). My trainings involved both academic and behavior techniques. It has allowed me to reflect on interactions with the students and my response to their academic and behavioral needs. I'm am looking forward to being able to work with students across all grade levels this year and apply this knowledge.

Mrs. Amy Prenatt

This summer I completed a course on trauma informed teaching. It contained strategies to help many students, not just those working through trauma which I will be implementing and encouraging others to try as well. I also completed training on the Orton-Gillingham reading program. This training provided a systematic approach to help our early readers to make sense of our written language. I am looking forward to the progress students will make when doing these activities!

Mrs. Leirin Schmader

Keystone Technology Innovators Summit was a week filled with STEM of all kinds. I had a great experience learning from other educators across the state and gained some great ideas for new technology use!

Mrs. Joy Shaffer

Mrs. Shaffer participated in the Teacher in the Workplace initiative that launched with a 2 day Tech Skills conference. The conference included area business people and educators. The collaboration between business people and educators continued the following week when teachers shadowed the workplace. Mrs. Shaffer had the opportunity to shadow the PA State Police for 3 days where she learned about the various roles of the PA State Police Trooper and what skills are needed to be a trooper.

Mrs. Kim Turner

The courses I took this summer were chosen to continue strengthening my ELA knowledge and expertise. I am always looking for ways to be better at what I do! These courses were: A New Approach to Spelling Instruction, Mastering the Text Complexity Challenge in Grades 4-8 and also, Grief and Your Students: Honoring, Sharing, Healing.

Mrs. Jen Wilkinson

The KTI experience was a whirlwind of a week spent not only learning about new educational technology, but also new ways to use the technology we already know. It opened my eyes to the amazing possibilities that are out there - and the amazing educators across Pennsylvania. We were challenged to ADVOCATE, LEAD, CONNECT, and DEVELOP in the world of education. From this conference, my personal goal is to work to DEVELOP educational strategies that support both the curriculum, technology, and a true love of learning for my students. First up - Readflix - coming to a classroom near you!

In addition to KTI, I also took a course titled, Effective Strategies to Improve Students Writing - This course helped to develop effective ways to teach students how to write in the narrative, persuasive and informational style. It provide a variety of strategies to help not only strong writers, but also struggling and reluctant writers. This course was was beneficial in helping to embrace, challenge, and bring ALL students to the joy that can be found in writing!

Keystones Technology Innovators

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Mrs. Schmader, Mrs. Wilkinson and Mrs. Walton represented MES at the Keystones Technology Innovators (KTI) Summit held annually in Shippenburg University this past July. Mrs. Wilkinson is from the Class of 2020, Mrs. Schmader from the Class of 2021 and Mrs. Walton was a returning Lead Learner (Class of 2017).This initiative is a nationally recognized honors program for PA teachers who help their schools shape learning environments with technology thoughtfully integrated into classrooms. Congratulations! You make us so proud!

Elementary Cross Country

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Our elementary team competed at Titusville on Saturday, September 4 at their cross country invitational. Our elementary boys team got a plaque for 2nd place team! It is on display in our trophy case!

PBiS Virtual Kick Off 9/10/2021

MES at PBiS Virtual Kick Off 9/10/2021
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Our Students ROAR!

We LOVE having the opportunity to help our students succeed and we're very proud of them for repeatedly making the right choices. We hope you are as excited as we are about the great work that the students have been doing. Our recent SWPBiS evaluation confirms what we already know..... MES is PAWS-itively the best!