ENSC Family Notes
August 17, 2015
Elementry iPads will be Heading Home
K-4 students will begin taking their iPads home on Monday, October 12. Between now and then, students will continue to learn important digital citizenship lessons and appropriate care for their device. As a reminder....ENSC has a very good filter set for the devices and students will be restricted on internet searches.
Calendar Dates to Remember
Friday, October 30 is going to be our "trial run" eLearning day. This means students will be involved in eLearning that day while teachers are at school for professional development. During the day, teachers will have several breaks at which time they will be able to respond to student questions.
It is important as parents that you encourage your child to complete their work and put as much effort into their eLearning assignments as they would with their daily classroom work and assignments. You are not expected to provide close supervision to your child during their work. A part of your child's education is helping them become independent learners. This includes eLearning days. Teachers provide assignments which do not include new technology use and is a continuation of their current lessons. If your child is able to complete their regular homework without your assistance, they should also be able to complete their eLearning assignments. The group of students who may need some assistance, is our kindergarten and first graders. However, as those students continue to take their iPads home nightly, their assignments will feel easier for them.
Buildings will be open and accessible to students 30 minutes later each Monday.
Some examples that have been already been tweeted:
#ENSCBecause....teaching NS kindergartners to read is the best!
#ENSCBecause...our community supports our kids.
#ENSCBecause...school makes my kids happy!
Mrs. Bodeker is ready for her science students. #ENSCBecause we have awesome teachers!
#ENSCBecause...our maintenance staff is incredible!
#ENSCBecause..Principal_P just walked in on my ENL class doing the chicken dance, and he joined in.
#ENSCBecause the football players left the marching band some popsicles.
Please feel free to use the hashtag #ENSCBecause... whenever you want to share good news with our communities.
Unsung Hero of the Week
We are proud to recognize Silvia Perera as the ENHS Featured Staff Member of the Week. Silvia is beginning her second year teaching with us, but she’s already having a positive impact in and out of the classroom. Silvia was born and raised in Costa Rica and brings a rich first hand cultural experience for her Spanish students. Not only are kids learning about the language, but they gain insight into the culture. Being able to learn a foreign language from a native speaker is quite an advantage for our students. Not only do her students benefit from Silvia’s background, but our other Spanish teachers collaborate with her to learn new insight about the culture and the language.
Silvia brings a great deal of energy and support for kids. As an avid soccer fan she brings that passion for the sport and serves as assistant girls’ soccer coach. During the winter, Silvia also serves as swim coach. Her love of travel is evident. She actually traveled to Brazil to attend the world cup! Soon she will begin organizing a student language immersion trip so that her students will be able to experience new cultures, meet new people, and practice their language skills.
Silvia’s background with gifted and talented allows her to create a rigorous rich classroom environment for her students. We are fortunate to have someone with Silvia’s skill set sharing her talents with our team. It’s obvious that she is proud of her heritage and is eager to bring those experiences into the classroom. That’s why Silvia is our choice for the ENHS Featured Staff Member of the Week.
Have an excellent week!
East Noble High School
The year is off to a great start! Algebra 1 students are settling into the Algebra 1 module program. They are busy learning about equations and inequalities. They are learning to solve equations in multiple ways while understanding the difference between an equation solution and an inequality solution and how to apply their skills to solve real life application problems.
In AP Calculus class, students are exploring limits. They are learned to solve limits numerically, graphically, and analytically. This topic will lead into the first new concept of Calculus which is derivatives. The AP students have the opportunity to earn dual credit through Ivy Tech this school year. It has been a great start to the year!
Student Council has decided that the Homecoming dance on September 19th will be a Sadie-Hawkins dance! The dance will run from 8:00-11:00 pm on Saturday, September 19th. We hope that all students plan to attend this brand new event!
East Noble Middle School
Wow! We have survived our first full week of school, and we have had a great start to the year!! Seventh grade students are doing a great job making the transition from the elementary to the middle school. They have found their classes, conquered the dreaded locker combination, and survived the cafeteria. Our eighth grade students have been sharing stories of their summer activities and seem very confident about this upcoming year.
Football has started, as well as cross country. Coach Starkel is looking for a few more female runners for his team. Girls, come on out and show the boys how to do it. Volleyball call outs were this week and will be starting very soon. Announcements about the many clubs that ENMS offers have been advertised for all the students to check out. Please encourage your child to participate and get involved.
Study tables will start the week of August 17th. These are every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2:50-3:30. New this year, study tables will be MANDATORY if a student has two or more F’s. Teachers will check grades each Wednesday, and parents will be notified if their student is required to stay after school the following week. Students do have the opportunity to raise their grades by Monday to avoid having to stay after school. First grade check will be Wednesday, August 19.
Also on August 19th, students will be receiving information about this year’s fundraiser.
The 7th grade pre-algebra classes began a Caribbean Cruise project this week. Students will explore the cost of cruising, fuel consumption ,and the cost of different activities on the cruise. They will also find the longitude and latitude of the different islands visited and the rocks and minerals on the islands. The final phase is to write about the whole experience.
What a GREAT start to a new year! Students have been learning procedures, expectations, and goals for this upcoming year. We are all very excited about all the fun and educational learning opportunities we have in store for OUR kids. The 5th grade is eagerly awaiting the annual trip to Camp Potawatomi, and the 6th grade is gearing up for the annual Notre Dame trip. Both of these will be happening in early September. Please be on the lookout for more information.
For the 2015-16 school year, OUR National Elementary Honor Society has decided to focus their efforts into two very worthwhile endeavors. They have selected Pennies for Patients and Honor Flight as their philanthropic focus. Pennies for Patients help boys and girls with lymphoma and Honor Flight sends veterans (at no cost) to Washington D.C. to see their respective memorial. If you have a desire to help with these causes, please contact Mr. Pine or Mr. McNamara. We will begin OUR efforts with the help of the entire Avilla community. We will be having a Hat Day this Friday. Students may wear a school appropriate hat during the school day with a $1.00 donation.
We would like to thank all of OUR classroom assistants for all that they do for OUR kids each and every day. It is wonderful to have the extra teaching hands that we have here at Avilla. We are very blessed to be able to have these hardworking individuals making OUR school better each and every day. They have so many different hats to wear each day it is amazing that they are able to keep things straight, but they do. OUR kids enjoy working with them and learn so many skills from them. Thank you again for being here for OUR kids each day!
North Side Elementary
The first full week of school was a busy one. Teachers were reinforcing expectations and teaching routines as well as diving into academics. Daily 5 was launched in every classroom fully this week and students were working on building stamina in their independent work times as well as learning and practicing new strategies for reading. Many classes improved dramatically from Monday to Friday in their stamina as they began to get set in and comfortable with the new routine. Along with launching academics in all subjects teachers were beginning to assess students to find out what their specific needs are.
Students continued learning expectations for common areas in the building and the common language Wildcats use such as “Red Light” means quiet voices. Ms. Perkins, North Side’s new Dean of Students, made the rounds this week to talk about bus safety and bus expectations. Students are glad to be back in the routine of things and the hallways of North Side are buzzing with excitement for the upcoming year!
Rome City Elementary
This week at Rome City was a fantastic week. Student finally were able to get back into a normal routine. Mrs. Owen’s class created a “Promise” chart of things they promise to do become successful learners. All students were able to get messy and stamp their chart with their hand for their sealed commitment.
Students this week at Rome City learned their assigned college cheer as they talked about life after high school. Students have been discussing careers in the classroom and what colleges they may want to attend after high school.
Rome City students wrapped up their week with a schoolwide assembly. Romans continue to talk about life after highschool and played a baseball trivia game with college and career based questions. Each class was able to stand and chant their assigned college career. Mrs. Green ended the assembly with assigning students a homework assignment over the weekend. Their assignment is to think about what they would like the Principal Challenges to be this year if they meet their academic goals.
South Side Elementary
Students are well into learning after their first full week of instruction at South Side Elementary School. From Kindergarten through Sixth grade, students are building their reading stamina and learning about the Six Traits of Writing. Many grade levels have begun their reading logs and started taking books home. Our preschoolers are immersed in a literacy-rich environment, working on social and academic skills through organized play; and our related arts classes are well-underway as students begin this year’s arts and media education. Students have their devices in hand and tech-integration is already a major part of how students learn reading, writing, and mathematics each day. This week was our first “No Excuses Time”—a part of our No Excuses University plan where all students can earn activity time at the end of the week by making good learning choices all week long.
Did you know that South Side offers over a dozen extra-curricular opportunities for elementary students? Your child can participate in everything from service and academic clubs to sports teams right here at school. In the coming weeks, those sponsors will be having call-outs to build their clubs for 2015-16. Keep an eye out!
Wayne Center Elementary
Last week our Wayne Center Tigers continued to work on procedures, both in and out of the classroom. Teachers continued to practice classroom procedures, hallway procedures, lunchroom procedures, recess procedures, etc… Students are continuing to build stamina in their reading and writing as part of our building-wide literacy emphasis. Our students even took part in training on bus procedures. Each grade level joined Mr. Buhro, our Dean of Students, for a 45 minute presentation over East Noble’s bus rules and expectations Students shared their ideas about what good character should look like on the bus and what they can do to help keep themselves and their peers safe on the school bus. Students also reviewed the proper procedures for bus evacuation drills which we will be conducting early this week as part of our continued efforts to emphasize safety with our students and staff. Wayne Center Tigers strive to continue our improvement efforts in the area of school and bus safety. While on the subject of safety, Wayne Center School would like to give a shout out to our School Resource Officer, Sgt. Johnny Richie, of the Noble County Sheriff’s Department, who took part in advanced training this summer and completed the School Resource Officer and School Safety Specialist Training modules sponsored by the Indiana School Resource Officers Association and the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police. We appreciate his efforts and dedication to increase the safety of our students and staff by partnering with Wayne Center School.
Alternative Learning Center
This week at the ALC students have already completed classes and started earning credits. Some students had classes started last spring that they completed this year to finish the credit. Others had start classes from the beginning, which takes a little longer.
Mrs. Justus has started meeting with each student to complete their Individual Service Plan (ISP)and set goals for the year. It is an annual requirement for alternative schools to have students set goals for the year and future. The goal setting this year has been focused on College and Career Readiness and what students hope to prepare for during their high school careers. It is a great way to get to know each student better and keep them focused on the ultimate goal of graduation and employment.
This has been a very smooth start to the school year and it's exciting to see where the year takes each student.