William Tell Elementary

April, 2014, Newsletter

Disability Awareness Highlights

William Tell Elementary recognized March as Disability Awareness Month with a wide range of activities. Students at each grade level participated in activities to help them understand living life with a disability:

Preschool--watched movie on Tap It computer

K--eating ice cream with a blindfold

1--sign language

2--sensory overload activity

3--wheelchair simulation with dropped objects

4--paperclip in rice bowl--sense of touch

5--wheelchair obstacle course

6--back injury, trying to put a sock on

We also had a guest speaker who spoke of having a daughter with a disability. We want to thank Special Needs teacher Angie Spinner for her work coordinating these activities. We are also very proud of William Tell Elementary parent Jennifer McKinney for "rolling" nearly 60 miles in one week. See her amazing story by checking out the "Planet Roller" page on Facebook!

ISTEP+ Testing

William Tell Elementary Students Do Their Personal Best

It has been a tradition that the goal at William Tell Elementary is for each child to do his or her PERSONAL BEST on ISTEP+. For some, this means moving from Did Not Pass to Pass. For others, it might mean to improve on their writing score, or to move into the Pass+ category this year. Whatever the goal, we're looking for growth. That growth is what makes us an "A" school, and our staff members, you as parents, and our students work very hard to foster that growth throughout the school year. IREAD3 results are expected back in late April. The multiple choice ISTEP+ online testing will begin April 28 through May 13. We should get results in early June.

Art Fair A Huge Success

The second annual William Tell Elementary Art Fair showcased artwork from all Pre-Kindergarten through grade 6 students. We also featured local artists who even let the students get "hands on" with the art. Artwork not purchased will be returned to the student. A special thank you to our amazing and talented art teacher--Mrs. Theis--and to Wendi Rich for her help in coordinating the event. Thank you for supporting our many talented artists!

YMCA Summer Day Camp at William Tell Elementary--Need Summer Daycare?

Fun days filled with arts and crafts, high-energy games, sports, field trips, and friendships. Watch for registration information coming home soon. For additional camp information, contact Christine Kleaving at christine@tricountyymca.org, or call her at (812) 367-2323. Scholarships are available, making the camp accessible for all families! Visit the website at www.tricountyymca.org.