February 2016 Newsletter
Chestatee Elementary School
A Letter From Mrs. Tennies, Our Principal
Dear Families of Chestatee,
There are four core subjects in elementary school: English Language Arts (this includes reading, writing, listening, and speaking), Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. One of the challenges of Social Studies is making the topic real for kids. Honestly, a lot of times history seems like old stories told about a time that has nothing to do with today’s 8-year old. So how do you make it really important?
Just recently our third grade teachers took a leap of faith and make the government unit more “authentic.” They asked me to take a role in it as well as I considered “taxing” the third graders for their excessive use of technology! Let me tell you, this hit close to home and all of a sudden, there were a bunch of vocal protesters on campus. I feel quite fortunate that the Boston Harbor was located far from our borders. Our third graders learned how to stand up to an unfair proclamation from the King, I mean Principal, of Chestatee. Impassioned speeches and thoughtful alternatives were presented, and government became an important tool to learn.
Thankfully the idea of no longer allowing third grade students to purchase ice cream was defeated. Alternative ways to satisfy the high cost of electricity were shared, and civil discourse was shown to be an effective way of solving problems. The representatives from the classroom had an experience of stating their case and outlining their arguments. I feel certain that a number of future lawyers will be in the class of 2025.
What did the teachers and principal learn? Finding a personal connection is powerful. Our goal is to monitor student engagement and to find ways to make school exciting and relevant, especially as we address instruction in Social Studies, which is a goal in improving our school.
We hope to see you on campus soon!
What's Coming up at the T?
Literacy Night : Thursday, February 18th
You’re invited to Literacy Night on Thursday, February 18th! We are so excited! After pizza, the kids will have some fun with Chestatee teachers while adults listen to Steve Straughan’s presentation on the standards and how they build from kindergarten- fifth grade. Then the whole family will choose a grade level to visit to learn a motivating game you can use at home. We hope you’ll join us!
5:30 Pizza starts
6:00 Presentation for adults/ Fun for the kids
6:45 Choose a grade level and learn a game
7:15 Raffle Drawings
Kindergarten Registration for 2016/2017 School Year
Registration for students who are entering kindergarten at Chestatee will be the week of March 21-25 at the Hill Center.
For more information visit our website HERE.
In April, third through fifth grade students will be taking the Georgia Milestones assessment. The state of Georgia has outlined a plan to move all schools toward full implementation of online testing over the course of five years.
Last year, Forsyth County and Chestatee, began by testing a small number of students online. This year we will be increasing those numbers. As part of that movement, all fourth grade students will take the Georgia Milestones in the online format.
Students are already familiar with online learning through their use of itslearning, so this should be a smooth transition for them. Throughout February and March, with the assistance of our Instructional Technology Specialist, all fourth grade students will be working more in depth with the online format. They will receive the opportunity to interact with the testing platform in a practice module that will familiarize them with the format.
If you have any questions about the online testing, please contact Kristen Miskovsky at 770-887-2341 ext. 722432.
WE HAVE REAL WINNERS AT THE "T"!
Tech Fair 2016
Congratulations Mrs. Nizialek!
Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Nizialek! She was selected as Forsyth County's Elementary Teacher of the Year! She was surprised by our Superintendent Dr. Bearden and James McCoy(Forsyth Chamber of Commerce) in her classroom with the great news!
We love you Mrs. Nizialek! You are a great representation of the quality of teachers we have here at the T!
Check out the news story HERE from the special announcement!
Chorus Sings for the County Commissioners Meeting
We know how to "Boogie Down" at the T!
itslearning Tip of the Month
The Chestatee website has several fun links available for typing practice. You can also access those HERE.
A Few Words from our Parent Involvement Coordinator
In Title I, we are always looking for input and feedback. Thank you so much for the surveys that you returned. We will have lots of opportunities at our Family Nights for you to tell us what you would like to see.
Hope to see you soon!
770-887-2341 ext 722302
School Climate Parent Survey
Your Participation is Needed!
Please take a brief moment and fill out the survey below. We want to hear how we are doing!
Don't Forget.... You can Help the "T" Earn "Money for Nothing"!
Kroger and Publix will donate money too...
Publix Partners key-ring cards are available in the front office for to you scan every time you buy groceries at Publix. Publix will donate a certain percentage of their profits to Chestatee as well!
See Ms. Donna in the front office for one of these cards, or send a letter with your child asking for one, and we will send one home for you!
We love our Partners in Education!