Shining Star News

December 14-18

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Hoit's Highlights

From Our One Star Family to Yours, Happy Holidays!

Thank you for all your support over the past semester. We look forward to One Mission as we come back in support our children and help them Shine Bright in all areas of their life.

Grade cards will be available on Skyward January 8, 2016.

3 Claps,

Mrs. Hoit

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Art News

Kiley Parkhurs in 4th grade has been nominated for artist of the week by Artsonia

(our online portfolio site).

Artists win the contest by people voting for their work.

If you have time in the next couple of days, please go to the Artsonia contest website and vote for her work. It only takes a few seconds.

The contest ends on Saturday.


Karen Matheis

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Spelling Bee

Calling all Rising Star Spellers in fourth through sixth grade:

Our Rising Star Spelling Bee is January 14 at 1:15 pm.

We will have two awesome spellers from each class and one alternate!

These people will vie for the chance to be the Rising Star CHAMP! They will compete in the Johnson County Spelling Bee on January 30, 2016.

Please join us to celebrate our spectacular spellers! Students can use the website to go to the Scripps Spelling Bee website to study over break.

Good luck


First semester tutoring was a success! Thank you to all the parents who signed their kids up and picked them up after. We will be sending information home about 2nd semester tutoring later in January.

4th Grade Zoologist

The 4th grade zoologist were busy at work learning about animal adaptations! We had five stations: The Blubber Hand, Bird Beaks, Bugged Eyed, I Spy a Butterfly, and SwitchZoo. We learned all about how animals need to adapt to their surroundings with blubber, camouflage, and other adaptations.

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Miss McCullough's Class is starting Genius Hour!

What is Genius Hour?

Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school.

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Mrs. Osner's Class on their Field Trip to Crown Center Coterie

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Pre-K Celebrating National Monkey Day!

A day for monkeying about, Monkey Day is celebrated across the world by acting like monkeys, but has a more serious undertone about raising awareness of medical research and animal rights.
Pre-K Celebrating National Monkey Day!

Are You a Member of the PTA?

Join PTA for just $7 per person or $12 for couples in the same household! And don't worry, by joining you are not committing to meetings and volunteering all the time. You are free to choose what you attend and volunteer for!

What does your $7 do? $3.50 goes tot he State PTA. The rest is used to help our kids! Last year our budget called for $8,000 for school field trips! We put on Family Fun nights and 2 class parties per year! And those are just a small amount of the awesome things our PTA does! So please join and help us continue to be able to fund these awesome items!

Forms are available in the office or email Ellen Sandelin

or Jen Hight

FOOD SERVICE...Did you know...

Did you know that there are job openings with SMSD Food Services? You could work a few hours each day in one of our school kitchens. It’s a great way to earn some money while your student is at school. Check out our current job openings and apply at, go to Careers, Job Opportunities, click on View Current Job Openings and then Food Services.

Don’t forget – if your child receives free or reduced meals, they are eligible for one breakfast and one lunch per day as part of this benefit. All breakfast and lunch meal choices are available for all students regardless of eligibility status.

The school breakfast menus, lunch menus, and other nutrition information are available on the district’s website at