Tiger Insider

November 26, 2019

Positive Teacher Recognition

Traveling Tropies

Curriculum Award

Mrs. Jodie Kral

She is loving the Units of Reading & Phonics and feels like a brand new teacher - in a good way! The Units have re-energized her love of teaching and given her a new purpose!

What Great Teachers Do Differently

Mrs. Shannon Ploski


"The variable is not what teachers expect of students. Many teachers of all skill levels have high expectations for students. The variable - and what really matters - is what teachers expect of themselves... great teachers have high expectations for students, but have even higher expectations for themselves."


Whitaker, pages 34-35, What Great Teachers Do Differently

Faculty Spotlight

Mr. Joe Sienicki

Interview by Liam McCarl & Ayden Gates (grade 6 students)


Hometown: Titusville


What's the most rewarding thing about what you do?

I like to see children become very successful and independent with their learning.


Why did you choose this profession?

I was tired of working for a water plan and not using my full potential.


What is the one thing people might not know about you?

That I am an avid downhill skier.


What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?

I would be a welder.


What is at the top of your bucket list?

I would like to visit England.


If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

I would like to be able to fly so that I could see what is going on down below.

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, November 27 - Monday, December 2 - NO SCHOOL (Happy Thanksgiving!)

December 9 - 13, 2019 - Hour of Code

Thursday December 12, 2019 - Gold Card Luncheon

Sunday, December 15, 2019 - Brian Gisewhite Benefit Dinner 1-4pm at MES

December 23, 2019 - January 1, 2020 - NO SCHOOL (Merry Christmas!)

Maplewood Moments

Grade 6 students are podcasting their writing from Mrs. Marshall's class for a larger audience. Mrs. Marshall and Mrs. Shaffer have been collaborating on bringing 6th grade's writing to a podcast in the Makerspace. Great integration of technology into writing!
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6th grade spent a couple of weeks on a circuitry unit. The students used Snap Circuits and Squishy Circuits to correctly wire conductors, insulators, and resistors to a power source. They created open, closed, series, and parallel circuits. In addition, they learned about positive and negative ion charges and the differences between static and current electricity.
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Grades K-3 have been knocking it out of the park with the Units of Study for Reading and Writing! Grades K-2 also have the benefit of the Units of Phonics to bring in to their literacy block. Our kids are noticing different things about books, words and their writing that is creating a lovely atmosphere for literacy all around the building!
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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!