Ripley Central School Elementary

News and Information for our RCS families - December, 2015

3rd grade Explores Ripley

Third grades latest learning expedition focuses on the question - Where in the World is Ripley? Students are exploring our town and later will be comparing it with other "Ripleys" around the world. Monday, these scholars visited the Waters' Farm, Double D.A.B. Riding Stables, Sensory Winery (focusing on the art displayed there - including work by our own Art teacher, Mrs. Parker), Lakeside Campground, the Hamilton Mansion and Meeder's Restaurant. Students learned all about these special places within our community - from grapes to the lake and everything in between - Ripley has some very interesting places! (Pictured below our students at Double D.A.B.)
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The Polar Express - Ripley Style

The first graders hopped on the Polar Express in December and explored Christmas Around the World. Each day, students traveled to a different country to learn how they celebrate Christmas! By the end of the unit they had traveled to Mexico, Brazil, the U.S., Germany, Sweden, Holland, France, Italy, England, Australia, China, The Philippines, South Africa and the North Pole! What fun! First grade scholars learned then wrote about each country, and they created a souvenir as a reminder of that country. One souvenir they created was a poinsettia from Mexico.
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Reader's Theater!

On December 18th, the fifth grade class performed self-written reader's theater scripts. The creation of these scripts began with an analysis of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The students did a close read of this document and summarized 11 different articles which are rights that all human beings have. Then they read a novel entitled Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. In this novel the characters experience many challenges to these basic human rights. The fifth graders continuously made connections between these two pieces of text and displayed their understanding through the writing of reader's theater scripts that included scenes from the novel that highlighted these challenges to the UDHR. Their dedication to digging into these texts, creating their own original reader's theater scripts and performance using elements of drama and reading fluency made for a wonderful performance and showed their Ripley Character Scholar strengths of Grit and Zest.

Preschoolers After School Program

Pictured above are our Name Snowmen! Aren't they fun? Pictured below, top are our four year olds stringing jingle bells! At the bottom you will see our reindeer - our hand prints made their antlers and our footprints made their faces. What will Mrs. Hartman think of next? We love our After School Program!
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First Grade After School Program

The first grade ASP mathematicians have been growing their “math brains!” The students took charge of their own learning through a number bond project. Our guiding question was: “How many number bonds exist with totals from 1-10?” First we divided into small groups and found all the ways to make numbers from 1-10. We noticed many patterns through this investigation! We then drafted our number bond Christmas ornaments and checked with a partner to make sure we were correct. After decorating, we made signs for each group and displayed them in the hall. The answer to our guiding question is . . . 65! We made all 65 number bonds. We have also been practicing all of our new and exciting math strategies in after school program. These first graders have a lot of “zest” about math!

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Thank you Mrs. Rowe and Santa!

On Monday, December 21st, Santa arrived at Ripley School, and Mrs. Nancy Rowe was here to take pictures. Santa had a gift for everyone! We are thankful for their time. Please visit our Facebook Page to see all the fun class pictures that Mrs. Rowe took. Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas, everyone!


Wed.-Fri., Dec. 23 - Jan. 1 ~ NO SCHOOL - Christmas break

. . . . (The building will be closed, December 24, 25, 28 and January 1)

Monday, January 4, 2016 ~ Back to school today!

Saturday, January 9 - 24th Ripley Invitational Wrestling Tournament

Monday, January 18 ~ NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Building closed)

Friday, February 12 ~ NO SCHOOL - Staff In-service Day

Monday, February 15 ~ NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day (Building closed)

Wednesday, March 2 ~ Read Across America Day!