ENSC Family Notes

December 15, 2014

2015-2016 Calendar

Due to a district challenge, we are not able to approve the calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. There have been several families requesting the calendar and at this time, the only guidance I can give is we will not begin any earlier than August 6 but could begin as late as the last week in August. If the starting date is moved later, that will also move the ending date the same number of days later in June. As soon as a new calendar is approved, families will be notified.

Board Meeting

This weeks Board meeting will be held at the central office, Wednesday, December 17, and start at 6 p.m. The agenda includes a presentation by the JAG Students over their leadership conference held in Washington, DC. In addition, business items include additional discussion over the high school project.

All Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week is Jackie Foster. Mrs. Foster teaches both a morning and afternoon preschool class at Wayne Center Elementary School. She in very in tune with the needs of her students and goes above and beyond to address their specific needs whether it be academically, socially, or emotionally. Mrs. Foster is always willing to try new approaches and methods so that all of her students are successful. She demonstrates great patience in working with the students as she works to provide instruction that challenges each student even with the diversity in their developmental skills. Mrs. Foster also works collaboratively with other service providers such as OT, PT, and speech to further help her students grow.

Mrs. Foster is dedicated to the teaching profession and it shows in all that she does. Wayne Center preschool students are lucky to have Mrs. Foster as their teacher!

Winter Break

Winter Break is Saturday, December 20 - Sunday, January 4, 2015. I hope everyone finds the many holidays relaxing and are able to spend time with family and friends.


Wayne Center Elementary

It was very busy at Wayne Center this week! On Tuesday, students who sold at least 12 items during our fundraiser got to participate in a Mega Party. Students were able to spend time playing with their peers on different inflatables in the gym! Some student even got the chance to earn money! On Thursday, there was a Winter Music Program for grades 1, 3, and 5. The students did a great job performing for their friends and family! Nice job, Mrs. Mettert and students!

Student Council held their annual Jar Wars fundraiser to help support their adopted Christmas families. Students got the chance to put money in jars for different teachers to earn a pie in the face. There was quite a competition between teachers about who the lucky recipients would be. Stay tuned next week to see who the lucky winners were!

The 4th Graders had a guest teacher come in to teach about aerodynamics. Students learned about four basic terms: lift, thrust, gravity, and drag. They even got to experiment by making their own flying device to see how different weight affected its course.

Alternative Learning Center

This week flew by too quickly. Mrs. Justus met with several students individually to complete service and make plans for the remainder of the trimester. Setting goals with each student with what they want to accomplish each term helps keep everyone on track.

It is obvious the winter break is arriving soon. Patience and motivation are a little less than normal. Most students are still working hard to complete their class before break, but like several of us, it's easy to start to checking out early. Staying focused and getting some work done will be the goal for this coming week.

Avilla Elementary

Congratulations to Kalli Cox for winning the Elk's Free Throw contest! She will compete at the next level in January. Congratulations also to Caden Anderson and Anna Becker for finishing in 2nd place.

The past two weekends the National Elementary Honor Society has spent many hours outside in the cold volunteering for great causes. One evening several members spent time representing OUR school at Wal-Mart ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. The NEHS also spent two evenings volunteering at the Drive-Thru at Bixler Lake. Students spent this time handing out hot drinks and snacks and collecting donations for the Kendallville Parks Department. A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to the students and parents for making this happen.

Wednesday evening Mr. Smith led kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grades in the annual Winter Program. The students did an outstanding job representing OUR school in front of a full house. Panther University took place afterwards. Students were able to put together “Reindeer Dust” in preparation for Santa’s upcoming visit!

The students in 6th grade have been learning about the solar system for the past few weeks. The students have created a “Solar System Walk”. OUR students scaled down the diameter and distance from the sun. They then wrote informational essays about a planet. Students then created a Scavenger Hunt on Publisher. The culminating activity for the unit was inviting the 2nd grade up to complete the Hunt.

A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to all of OUR students for collecting over 1,000 nonperishable items for the food bank. Thank you to STAR students for collecting these items.

East Noble High School

East Noble Theatre had a great holiday showing with three great performances of Honk last week and the annual Breakfast with Santa this past weekend. The student performers were wonderful. Be sure to get your tickets for the upcoming children’s theatre performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This student-directed show will be on January 16 at 7:00pm and January 18 at 2:00pm.

The art classrooms have been very busy as well. Sculpture finished their symbolic representation of a song of choice with paper mache and mixed media. The example is by Caitlin Blair. Ceramics got started with a textured vase to learn multiple ways to embellish clay for upcoming projects. The AP art class has been working on using cast shadows to create patterns in their compositions. This example is by Lydia Walterhouse.

The HS music department will present their annual Christmas concert Wednesday the 17th featuring both the choirs and the band. The choirs are also preparing for their competition season which begins this month.

Our Social Studies classes have been taking advantage of the technology and have been having students create original artifacts that demonstrate mastery and comprehension of standards. Government students recently engaged in a class project to produce documentary movies on their Constitutional hero using Windows Movie Maker. Among student subjects were; Rosa Parks, Malcom X, Jackie Robinson, Gloria Steinham, and Ben Bradlee. Sociology Class is getting ready to begin a decades project to see the changes in norms of society from 1940-Present. Students will look at all facets such as music, technology, schooling, types of jobs, and deviant behavior. Other interesting facts such as: Gas Prices, Movie/Concert Tickets, TV Shows, Average Income, Average House Cost, Family Structure. World History Students have been creating a Weebly Web Page from the perspective of an explorer as they learn about the Age of Exploration. Students are blogging on that web page also to work on writing in the curriculum. U.S. History classes made documentary movies on New Deal programs. These documentaries used historical pictures and narration to explain how the program worked, whether it was successful, and what legacy it left for today.

East Noble Middle School

In academics, students are being challenged to turn in missing assignments to earn rewards during NE. We want to finish this semester maximizing our potential. This week 8th grade finished their study on Picasso 2-D Masks and took their final exams. Seventh grade students are still at work with their Vincent van Gogh flowers. They also finished their Final exams today. Finals schedule is Electives on Wednesday, Math and Language Arts on Thursday, and Science and Social Studies on Friday. After Christmas break, all elective classes will switch for second semester.

The middle school choir concert will be held on December 17th at 6:00 at Cole Auditorium. It will be free admission. The choirs will be a wide variety of Christmas songs to help you get in the spirit!

The 8th grade boys blue basketball team is 5-2 and the 7th grade is 6-1 on the season. Come out and support them Tuesday the 16th and Thursday the 18th when they play the first home conference games of the season!

North Side Elementary

North Side was abuzz this past week with ugly sweater contests, Christmas musical performances, and Hour of Code activities. Third and fifth graders performed their annual holiday performance to a packed house of friends and family. Even Oliver the dog was dressed up in his fancy bow-tie! The kids did a great job and in a true holiday spirit there were no less than 10 volunteers who stayed afterwards to help the custodial staff put 250 chairs back and set the cafeteria back up. The week concluded with an ugly sweater contest amongst the staff. The winner will be announced on Friday based on “votes” from students in the form of a coin fundraiser.

In academic news North Side students participated for the second year in a row in activities based around the Hour of Code. Hour of Code has become a worldwide phenomenon aimed at encouraging young kids to learn computer programming. North Siders of all ages learned various skills related to computer programming and continued to build their skills. We believe this is the language of success moving forward.

Rome City Elementary

Rome City first graders celebrated reaching their monthly Pizza Hut Book-It calendar goals. If students read for 1 hour each week they receive a weekly sticker. At the end of each month if a sticker is earned each week, they receive a free pizza at Pizza Hut. Great job first grade Romans.

Last Friday evening Santa, Mrs. Claus and one of Santa’s elves made a visit to Rome City. Children were able to share their Christmas lists with Santa and enjoy milk and cookies. STAR members and Honor Society members helped make this evening a success.

Our Christmas Program was performed to a packed audience this past Thursday. The 1st, 3rd, and 5th graders performed an array of festive holiday music. The 1st grade sang Christmas classics, 3rd graders played on their recorders and the 5th grade sang their version of some classic carols entitled “Crazy Carols.”

South Side Elementary

South Side’s National Elementary Honor Society rang the Salvation Army Bell at Walmart on Tuesday, December 9th. Members sang carols and greeted customers with the Christmas spirit. Students sang some traditional carols as well as a twist on some new songs. “What Does the Bell Say?” made a reappearance as well as a new version of “Let it Go” to encourage customers to let their donation flow.

Our annual Winter Music Program was this week as well. First and third graders performed classic seasonal songs to an audience of over 300 South Side family members and friends. The third grade program incorporated an ensemble of students who have already learned to play our brand new xylophones purchased for us through the South Side PTO using box top funds! These instruments will be used in grades K-6 and will foster a love of music for all of our students!

The grade level update this week is from 2nd grade. Second grade has been busy making snowman and Polar Express ornaments to put on our brand new Christmas tree the PTO bought for our school! We have been working on persuasive writing by writing book reviews to recommend texts to other classmates. Second graders are getting better at their addition math facts by answering math problems in 1 minute through a program called “Kicking It Math”! Each week they try to pass their level to move on to the next one. Once they have passed their specific level, they earn a belt to go on their chain. We are all working towards being black belts!