The Sequiota Scoop

A weekly glance at what's happening at Sequiota Elementary

October 14th, 2016

New Sequiota Mission Statement: Created by staff & representatives from Site Council & PTA

Our tribe inspires and challenges students to discover their unique and collective potential in a dynamic world!



  • No School For Students-Teacher work day!
  • Happy Birthday Nurse Pam!
  • Red Ribbon Week: Sports Day!
  • 2nd Quarter begins
  • Red Ribbon Week: Wear Red Day!
  • Singsations rehearsal @ 7:30 a.m.
  • Happy birthday Ms. Collins!
  • Red Ribbon Week: Mustache Day!


  • Spirit Day! Wear your Sequiota Spirit Wear!
  • Red Ribbon Week: Crazy Hair Day!
  • IGNiTE 3-5 Parent Meeting 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Sequiota Annual Hoe Down 5:30 p.m-7:30 p.m.

Red Ribbon Week-NEXT WEEK

  • Tuesday, October 18th-Sports Day “Be a Good Sport, Stay Drug-Free!”
  • Wednesday, October 19th-Red Day “We are ‘Red’y to Say NO to Drugs!”
  • Thursday, October 20th-Mustache Day “I Mustache You to Be Drug-Free!”
  • Friday, October 21st-Crazy Hair Day “You’d Be Crazy to Think That I’d Do Drugs!

3-5 IGNiTE Parent Meeting

Next Friday, we will host a parent meeting for all 3-5 parents before the Sequiota Hoe Down from 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.! If you have questions and want to see how this looks in the classroom, please come & check it out!

Sequiota Annual Hoe Down! Mark your calendars!

Friday, Oct. 21st, 5:30-7:30pm

3414 South Mentor Avenue

Springfield, MO

Guest WiFi at Sequiota!

On Monday, October 17th, the SPS I.T. department will deploy a new wireless network to our building, SPS-Guest. The purpose of this wireless network is to allow building guests access to the Internet. To ensure our network remains safe and secure, there is an onboarding process that requires a cell phone for guests to gain access. They will use the “Create Account" button and complete the process to gain access to this network. This network has the same filtering as our students.

Staff Members of the Week: Thalia Rodriguez & Kenda Andrews, Cafeteria

Thalia Rodriguez:

CONGRTULATIONS! Thalia got married last weekend! Thalia is our Lead Cook in the cafeteria and joined our staff last May! Thalia was born and raised in Springfield Missouri and is a Central High School graduate! Thalia enjoys cooking and spending time with her nieces and nephews when she's not preparing meals for our kiddo's! Thalia comes from a large family of 8! We are so glad Thalia is a part of the tribe!

Kenda Andrews:

Kenda has been our lunchroom aide for the last 2 years! Kenda did such a great job, the kitchen recruited her and she now prepares meals for our kiddo's on a daily basis. Kenda is from Warrensburg, and moved to Springfield as a teenager. Kenda has been married for 19 years, has 4 children and enjoys reading, quilting, and spending time with her children! We are so glad Kenda is a part of the tribe!

Facility Master Plan

Community members are invited to give input on facility master plan options
Springfield Public Schools is in the process of developing a facility master plan that will provide a long-range vision for future facility needs. Community input is a key component of the process so a series of public meetings has been scheduled. The meetings will provide information about two options for facility improvements currently being considered and provide opportunities to share feedback.

SPS employees, parents and community members are invited to participate in the meetings, which will include a presentation about the proposed options and an opportunity to provide input. For more information or to access an online survey, visit

Schedule of community input meetings:

Monday, Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m., Sunshine Elementary School

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m., Kraft Administrative Center

Thursday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m., Cherokee Middle School

Monday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m., Hillcrest High School

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., Jarrett Middle School

Thursday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m., Pipkin Middle School

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 9:15 a.m., Wilson’s Creek Intermediate School, SCPTA meeting

Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m., Pershing K-8 School

Monday, Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m., Reed Academy

Thursday, Nov. 10, 4 p.m., Parkview High School

Help Support Mrs. Mullins Pick-A-Project!

October Art w/Mrs. McAllister

Kindergarteners will be continuing their unit on shapes. Kindergarteners have painted “Splat the Cat” and will practice using scissors and glue by cutting circles for Splat’s eyes, nose, and pumpkin. Next they will use triangles and circles to create an owl.

1st grade students will be learning about visual and actual texture and using both in upcoming projects. The first will be a texture pumpkin using texture plates to create visual texture and twisting paper to create a stem with actual texture. Next students will draw a texture monster and practice drawing visual textures.

2nd grade students are learning how to mix primary colors to make secondary colors. They are painting a fall landscape by mixing blue and yellow for the grass and red and yellow for the leaves. The next project will focus on mixing red with blue and yellow with red to paint paper for a marigold relief sculpture.

3rd grade students are learning about sculpture, scale, and proportion by creating a fall tree sculpture. They will pinch and twist paper to create a sculpture in the round and then add details to give their tree a fall theme. Students will also be learning about the sculpture artist Claus Oldenburg and view his artwork as an example of how scale and proportion are used in artwork. Students will create their own spooky silhouette by painting lines and filling in shapes evenly with tempera paint and using an analogous color scheme for the background.

4th grade students are learning about positive and negative space and the cultural tradition of El Dia De Los Muertos and creating their own sugar skull using these concepts. The next project will be a leaf collage using radial symmetry and balance.

5th grade students will create a cardboard string art sculpture by attaching cardboard pieces with tabs and and slits. They will explore art reproductions as a way to generate ideas.

Mrs. McAllister is in need of styrofoam egg cartons for mixing paint if you are able to donate! Thank you!

Counselor Column from Mrs. Roffers

In Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade, the students recently completed units on feelings and responsibility. Students were challenged to recognize a broad range of feelings, and practiced identifying responsible choices at home and at school.

In 3rd, 4th and 5th grade, the students finished a six week unit of stations where they had the opportunity to work creatively, utilize technology, and work in small groups on a variety of subjects including study skills, conflict resolution, and learning styles. The stations model worked well in the counseling classroom, and the students enjoyed the experience. We will be starting a new round of stations focused on Self-Esteem and Feelings in November.

The last week in October is Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is a nationally recognized Drug-Awareness initiative. We will be having a school-wide spirit week to bring awareness to our students. In the counseling classroom, we will be focusing on responsible and safe choices for the rest of October.

Aside from my counselor classroom time, I have also been sitting outside classrooms to have Minute Meetings with each student. This gives me time to check in on every student. It is one of my favorite activities in my role as a counselor! I love getting to connect with all students.

Tips for Parents & Parent/Teacher Conferences

Follow these Tips for Parents to make your conference more effective:

  • Prepare questions in advance. What groups has my child been assigned to? Is my child finishing the work assigned in class? The most important question of all is “How can I help my child at home?”
  • Let the teacher know if there is a particular topic you want to discuss. If you want to talk about your child’s progress in reading, let the teacher know. He’ll be able to have test scores, textbooks, and other material on hand to aid your discussion.
  • Be specific. Bring with you any work that is of concern. Describe clearly any situations in the classroom that make your child uneasy. Ask the teacher to describe your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Ask to see your child’s work.
  • Exchange information. Let the teacher know about any situation at home that may affect your child’s school work, such as a death in the family, a new baby, or a change in daycare arrangements.
  • Take notes. Your conference may result in several actions for both you and the teacher. Taking notes will help you remember what was discussed and what was agreed upon.
  • Start with a positive attitude. Don’t waste valuable conference time by focusing on the negative. You and the teacher are a team. Positive comments such as “How can we solve this problem working together?” will be the first step in coming up with good solutions.
  • Support yourself. If you are not confident about your communications skills, bring someone to help. If your understanding of English worries you, bring a friend to translate.
  • Discuss the whole child. Your child’s social and emotional development is as important as academic success. Include questions about her interaction with other children and willingness to participate in class discussions.
  • Allow enough time. Take time to do the task well. That may mean freeing up your schedule by taking vacation time to attend the conference.
  • Leave with a plan. The conference should end with a clear statement of what you will do and what the teacher will do. Schedule follow-up meetings or telephone calls to be sure the plan is working.

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Sequiota is a hidden treasure on the southeast side of Springfield! Over the last 50 years, Sequiota has changed in appearance but the values remain the same. We recently gathered to celebrate 50 years of education, success, community and family! Sequiota is a school where students come first and are at the heart of every decision made. Sequiota is home to some of the BEST families in Springfield! Sequiota would not have the ability to do all that it does without the support of our PTA. The Sequiota PTA truly has the students best interest at heart and serves as a huge foundation of Sequiota Elementary School. If you are looking for a school with a small community feel, you have come to the right place. At Sequiota, we are not just a school, we are a family that supports one another and collaborates to provide the BEST education possible for our students.