William Tell Elementary

Parent Newsletter December, 2015/January, 2016

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Lego League Teams Compete at USI

William Tell Elementary sent two First Lego League teams--The Badgers and the DeViruses--to the USI competition November 7th. The Badger Robotics team brought home the Core Values trophy, which is an award given to the team that demonstrates the core values of the FIRST Lego League. These values consist of Sportsmanship, Gracious Professionalism, Sharing Knowledge and an overall desire to "...have fun while learning". The team also placed 4th in the robotic games portion of the tournament. They were followed closely by "DeViruses" which finished 6th in the robotics game.


Badger team members (top picture) front row left to right: Kelby Glenn, Kelby Johnson, Adalyn Gentry, Brayden Lain

Middle row: Keita Niimi, Coy Hammack, Cole Goffinet

Back : Keith James, parent volunteer and coach


DeViruses (bottom picture):

Front row: Ankita Kashyab, Macey Haaff, Kali Lehmkuhler, Eli Baur, Jaxon Naviaux

Back: Pat Jarboe, coach, Ashley Byrne

Absent when photo was taken: Will Hammond, Joey Sommer


We are proud of our student engineers and are thankful that the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant brought this opportunity to our students!

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Spell Bowl Returns

Spell Bowl has returned! They competed as a team at Ireland Elementary on Thursday, November 19, and finished third in their class. Team members from left to right are:

Riley Hughes, Dreama Cronin, Mary Ann Hollinden, Shelby Moore, (Coach Erica Wetzel), Lilly Marion, Kyla Casebolt, Ankita Kashyab, and Allison Whitworth. Absent: Chloe VanHoosier. We are proud of our team and how well they performed!

1st Grade Teacher Kelli Braunecker Awarded Grant

Kelli Braunecker, first grade teacher at William Tell Elementary School, was awarded a grant in the amount of $508.95 from the Indiana Retired Teachers Association. One grant was awarded for each of the 10 regional areas of Indiana. Mrs. Braunecker's grant proposal was selected from 127 applications in the first year of awarding Active Teacher Grants.

Mrs. Braunecker will use the grant money to purchase a 2 year license to a researched-based on-line adaptive K-12 curriculum. The curriculum comes with 2 tablets for classroom use, and Mrs. Braunecker will purchase 4 additional tablets with the remainder of the funds. The engaging curriculum and use of the tablets will allow each student to work at his/her own level, whether the student is high achieving, average, or below grade level, while providing Mrs. Braunecker extra time to work with small groups or individual students in order to provide differentiated instruction at the appropriate level for each child.


Pictured is Mrs. Braunecker and Chris Seitz, member of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association.

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Mrs. Kara Braunecker's Class Leads 10th Annual Food Drive

How does a school celebrate National Philanthropy Day? Mrs. Braunecker's class kicked off the 10th annual food drive to benefit the local Council of Agencies. Mrs. Braunecker coordinates this drive in honor of her mother who volunteered there and to instill in children the good that we can do for our community. Overall, our classrooms combined to collect 1,641 items to donate!
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WTE Program Assistant Teresa Baur Leads Cheer Pride Junglecats

We are proud of staff member Teresa Baur for coaching a special needs cheer team--the Cheer Pride Junglecats. Each cheerleader has a buddy with them at all times. They performed at last Wednesday's varsity boys' game. The picture above shows buddies Olivia and Hayven and cheerleaders Natalie and Jalynn.

Students Send Candy to Troops

I'm grateful for the WTE students that are helping lift soldiers' morale while they are serving overseas. The students sent letters, cards and candy!


Another reason to be proud to be a MARKSMAN!! Thank you, parents, for the donations!

Winter Carnival

Saturday, Feb. 6th 2016 at 3-5pm

William Tell Elementary

The PTO will have their annual Winter Carnival on Saturday, February 6th. Students and families can look forward to games, prize give-aways, food, an auction, and more!

Dates to Remember:

December 15: 2nd Grade Christmas Program, 6:00 p.m.

December 16: 1st Grade Christmas Program, 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

December 17: Mega Party (fundraiser)

December 18: Last day of 2nd 9 weeks

December 21-January 1: Christmas Break--No School. Happy Holidays!

January 18: Martin Luther King Day (No School--Make-up day, if needed)