The Spartan Scoop

Your Monthly Guide to School News and Events June 2018

Save the Date

June 11: 5th Grade Cookout-11:00 A.M.

June 12-14: Saunders Early Dismissal 2:10 p.m.

June 12: Fifth-Grade Promotion Ceremony, Hines Middle 6:00 PM

June 13: 9:30-Kindergarten Promotion Ms. Oates/Fisher, Mrs. Navarro, Ms. Morgan

June 13: 10:30 AM Kindergarten Promotion Ms. Lee, Ms. Henne, Ms. Tomcho

June 14: Last Student Day

Principal's Corner

Greeting Spartan Scholars and Families,

I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to our students, parents, volunteers, teachers, and staff for making this a year to remember! We have shared many successes this year and I am grateful for our bright future ahead. Tuesday, June 12 Spartans were recognized at the Elementary STAR Award Celebration for their contribution to service and leadership.


Pictured below (in not particular order): Legend Clark, Destini Dunbar, Micah Garner, Kamille Floyd, Cassie Jaggers, Bennett Masters, Sydney Neel, Alexander Santibanez, Paige Spellman, and Lucy Thornton.

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Andrea Gonzalez-Quintanilla, third grade Spartan in the Dual Language Immersion program, led the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance at the June School Board Meeting. She is pictured below with Mr. Hunter, Board Chairman and Mr. Nichol, Acting Superintendent. It was announced at the meeting that Ms. Robin Boone, Assistant Principal, will be transferred to Denbigh Early Childhood Center and Marshall Early Learning Center for the 2018-2019 school year. We wish her well as she begins the new school year supporting preschool and kindergarten scholars. The School Board approved the appointment of Mrs. Lindsay Kidd for the position of Assistant Principal at Saunders. Please give her a warm Spartan welcome when she begins in August!

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As a result of the safety forum held in January, we partnered with the Newport News City Department of Engineering and the Safe Routes to School Coordinator. A proposed traffic flow was shared with administrators following the traffic study. I am seeking your input! Please click on the button below to vote on the existing traffic flow or the proposed traffic flow. I will communicate any traffic flow changes prior to the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

As one school year comes to an end, we are already planning for the upcoming school year. I am happy to share with you that Costco Wholesale will again be providing backpacks and starter supplies for every student next year. We will send home the 2018-2019 supply list with report cards Thursday, June 14, the last day of school. Students should not bring their backpacks to school the last day.


Grades 1-4 will be hosting student-led conferences and celebrations and you are invited! Please contact your child’s teacher for the date and time. While you are in the building please check out the lost and found in the main lobby. Any items left after Thursday, June 14 will be donated to the Goodwill.


Together we can achieve the extraordinary!


Principal Pipkin

Spartan Proud!

We are so proud of Saunders’ student Jaydon Willoughby, who won 3rd place in the Primary K-2 Division of the Citizenship Essay Contest for the Newport News Council of PTAs! Way to go Jaydon!

Fourth Grade Pen Pals with Troops

Mrs. Brown's fourth grade students wrote letters to troops in Afghanistan. The troops wrote letters back and sent a plaque dedicated to the school. The American Flag was flown over an American Base in Afghanistan.
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Second Graders Love to Google!

Second Graders from our Dual Language classes had a great time at the Google Expedition technology session.

Math Review

Fourth-grade marvels worked hard on math review leading up to the SOLs.
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Second Graders have Green Thumbs!

Mrs. Collin's second graders had fun identifying the parts of real plants. Then they carefully sketched and labeled them.
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Clay Creations!

Mrs. Rose's art students enjoyed painting their handmade clay pottery and sculpture!

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