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To See or Not to See….His Shadow That Is-Groundhog Day is February 2nd

Below is an article written by Meteorologist Brian Rupp:

Millions of people across the nation get up early on February second each year to watch their local prognosticators or they watch the national prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil on television to find out if they see their shadows. And this year will be no different. But what exactly does seeing a shadow mean and what is the forecast for this year's prognosticators?

Here's how it works. If the groundhog sees his shadow when he gets up on February 2nd, it will scare him and he will go back into his hole and burrow himself in for six more weeks of sleep and six more weeks of winter is expected. But if the groundhog does not see his shadow he stays outside his home and winter is over. Spring has arrived. That's how it works.

Now, who are the prognosticators? Well there are many but only two that are followed in Texoma.

The most famous groundhog in the world is Punxsutawney Phil of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

In that little town of 5,962 people (and technically it's a borough) they throw an annual celebration for the groundhog. Kids are out of school and the celebrating includes fireworks and a festival atmosphere.

On that day each year the town folk gather at a location called "Gobbler's Knob." It's at this location that the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil lives in a tree stump. They pull him from his home, they hoist him in the air for all to see. Then the handlers go nose to nose with Punxsutawney and speak groundhogease with him to officially find out from him if he has seen his shadow or not.

At this time the forecast for the borough of Punxsutawney, PA is for a cloudy sky and snow showers at the time of the event. Now if that is true and comes to pass that would mean that Punxsutawney Phil would NOT see his shadow and he would stay out of his burrow for the rest of the season and winter would be over and spring begins.

In Texoma, they e go by "Wichita Willie" located at Kiwanis Park in Wichita Falls. And since they live on the Great Plains "Wichita Willie" is a prairie dog. Many cities and towns across the Great Plains use prairie dogs instead of groundhogs for their prognostications.

The local forecast is quite similar to Punxsutawney. At this time the forecast for Sunday, February second calls for a cloudy sky with a chance of snow late on in the day. This would mean that Wichita Willie would NOT see his shadow and spring would arrive.

KFDX Meteorologist Bryan Rupp


Mid-Term Reminder

I want to be sure you are aware of the upcoming Semester /Report Card dates and the progress and attendance goals for your student.

Progress Reports will be generated on the following dates:

Term 6lsa ~April 10, 2014

Term 6lsb ~April 25, 2014

Term 6lsc ~May 6, 2014

Term 6lsd ~May 13, 2014

*Students are expected to reach 50% in each of their courses by this time.

*Full-time students should reach the following attendance goals:

K-2 ~ 360 hours

3-5 ~ 450 hours

Teacher Tip:

Lower School Orientation and iCademy's Policy and Procedure meetings are coming up soon in February. If you have not attended these yet, try to adjust your schedule to attend.

The next Lower School Orientation session is on February 19th at 11 AM EST. The Policy and Procedure Meeting is on February 18th at 11 AM EST and 8 PM EST. Remember you only have to attend one of each.

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Coach to Coach Tips from the January Session:

Create note cards with the different lesson assignments and goals for the day and give to the student. Allow the student to organize the note cards in the order he/she would like to work on each of the lessons. Sometimes, Learning Coaches need students to work on certain lessons at particular times of the day, so the Coach can establish those times and let the student fill in the rest of the schedule.

~Submitted by Jo Phillip

Watch next week's newsletter for more great Coach tips shared by other Coaches!

Journal Topic:

If you were a groundhog, how would you predict the weather?

Riddle of the Week:

What did the calculator say to the other calculator?

Answer to Last Week’s Riddle:

What do snowmen wear on their heads?


ice caps

Send your guesses to me or wait until next week for the answer :)

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Important Dates:

No School

February 7th - Teacher Work Day

February 17th - President's Day


Are you a fan of Pinterest? If not, now might be the time to become one. We have our own k12 International Academy page with several Lower School Boards! Come take a peek!

Progress Goals

Please use this guide to keep progress on track. These are suggested %’s to reach 100% by the end of the year.

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Can I Get a Woot Woot?

Alexis G enjoyed reading Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat for Literature. In fact, she was able to read 99% of the book all by herself and only needed help for a couple of words. Alexis definitely recommend Nate the Great to everyone who enjoys funny detective stories.

Congratulations, Alexis!

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CC Recordings

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Language Skills Blue

Math+ Green

Language Skills Green

Language Skills Orange (PG 1) Math Orange (PG 2)

Math+ Purple

Language Skills 3

Math+ Red

Language Skills 4

Math+ Yellow

Language Skills 5

American History A

Science K2

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"See" you next week!