Independence Elementary where all individuals are inspired to think and learn Independently and show good character at all times.
We are jumping into yet another wonderful quarter of learning at Independence. The students, staff, and parent volunteers have worked very hard this quarter in many different areas. Thank you for being a part of our phenomenal community here at Independence Elementary School!
Please join me in celebrating the following EAGLES:
Marjorie Harkins- SUPPORT STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR!
Maggie Henke- TEACHER OF THE YEAR!
We are so proud of all of our students at Independence Elementary School. Our students have incredible talents that are highlighted each day. Thank you for continuing to send in Eagle Shout Outs for your student. We are posting the Eagle Shout Outs on a large bulletin board in the café/gym hallway. Because of the volume of Shout Outs that we have received, we have decided to post on a two week rotation. Next time you are in the building, stop by the bulletin board so you can read about the many wonderful talents of our children. I continue to be so impressed!
The teachers will be participating in Professional Development this quarter in the areas of Math and English Language Arts. All K-5 teachers will receive training on the Math Common Core Standards and the new math series titled Envisions Math. The teachers will utilize Envisions Math to implement the Math Common Core Standards next year for all students. The 4th and 5th grade teachers will receive training on the English Language Arts Common Core Standards during April of this quarter. Teachers in grades K-3 have been implementing the ELA Common Core Standards this year by teaching Units of Study. The Units of Study are curriculum units that were developed by teachers and literacy specialists from different elementary buildings across the district. The units have undergone several review processes and will continue to be adjusted along the way during the first few years of implementation. The level of student performance has increased and our students are performing at higher levels as well with regard to the quality of their work.
Our students and teachers have been working very hard in preparation for the upcoming spring MAP Tests. Testing will occur during the weeks April 21, 2014 and April 28, 2014, and make ups will be during the week of May 5, 2014. Our primary students will help the intermediate students by assisting with providing the most conducive learning environment. All students really focus on maintaining a “Level O” voice level in the hallways in order to maintain a conducive learning and testing environment. The primary students will also write letters of encouragement to the intermediate students. Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will be taking the MAP Assessments in the areas of Math and Communication Arts. In addition, the 5th grade students will take the Science MAP Assessment. We know that all parents want their children to do well on the MAP Assessments. Here are a few ways to help your child handle the test administration weeks:
- Explain that the tests will show how much he/she has learned. Encourage your child to try their best, but don’t put too much emphasis on your child that they feel stressed.
- Practice the test format. For example, your child might have to read a paragraph and answer questions. Using one of their books, have your child look at the questions at the end of a section first and then read the passage. This practice will help your child know what to read for and how to find the answers.
- Limit activities the night before tests. You may want to avoid having guests for dinner or skip games or activities if it means being out late. Be sure your child gets to bed on time and set an alarm for the next morning.
- On test days, give your child an energy-boosting breakfast. Try to include both protein and carbohydrates.
- Always, always, always provide encouragement, and positive feedback along the way. Your child will respond well to encouragement and they will be more confident knowing that you are rooting them on! J
Thank you so much for all of your ongoing support. I hope to see you up at school during 4th quarter!
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Hanging out with friends on the Buddy Bench
After listening to Ms. McCormick read Barn Boot Blues, by
Catherine Friend, a student wrote her own ideas for a possible sequel. We
shared her ideas with Ms. Friend and the author was so thrilled with the ideas
she sent the whole class autographed bookmarks!
Fourth grade students are working cooperatively to create plaster
Spelling Bee Champions
masks of their own faces!
Joey Bertel: Winner
Lukas Burzynski: Runner Up
Congratulations to Maggie Henke and Marjorie Harkins. They were nominated as Independence's Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year. Thank you for making the Learning Commons such a wonderful place to learn.
Independence students enjoy their new Learning Commons.
The fourth and fifth grade choir entertains the Independence community.