On Wednesday, October 10th, each preschool class had the opportunity to taste test 3 types of apples. They tasted red delicious, yellow delicious, and granny smith apples. They colored an apple coloring page and voted on which apple they liked best. The preschoolers really enjoyed this activity. Thank you Mrs. Furst for bringing fresh fruit into the classrooms and thank you to Quentin Slater and Kayla VanRite from the high school for helping with the testing in the classroom.
Click below to see the presentation slides that were presented to the School Board on October 8, 2018 by Sam Martin, Quentin Slater, Kayla VanRite, and Vo-Ag instructor & FFA Advisor, Sarah F. Martin.
October is National Principal's month. It is a month set aside to give principals honor and recognition for the work they do. Your perspective of what it means to be a principal may be different based on experiences you have had as a student, parent, teacher, community person or even movies that you have watched. Watching movies like Lean on Me, The Principal, or even Kindergarten Cop gives a very different view of the role of a principal that may not be necessarily complete or entirely accurate, but the characters paint a picture in your mind. While Mr. Latimer in The Principal was fearless in his pursuit, I am not sure I know too many principals that have ridden their motorcycle down the corridor of a school.
All said principals have rather superhero status in my book as they have such broad responsibility to serve hundreds of students and parents, work with teachers and support staff, and communicate effectively with the community. They also keep records, complete state reporting, and finalize program and staff evaluations. Their days are tightly scheduled and they are required to meet several deadlines. They track their budgets, make purchases, and work with staff and community groups to find additional funding to fill in the gap. They manage the school and lead the staff in making sure that our schools provide the best possible learning environment for our students. They serve as instructional leaders and coordinate with staff to provide high-quality professional development. They are engaged in their work early in the morning and typically leave later in the evening as they are wrapping up student activities.
I could also write a long list of the great things our teachers, coaches, and support staff do, but it is October which is National Principal's month, so I want to extend public appreciation for our principals. All of our staff is important; it takes all of us working together to make things come together each day to support our students and, a high-quality principal is an essential piece of the puzzle.
A new year is off and running. However, instead of leaving classmates in the dust students are pushing their classmates to run right with them through the finish line. Students in Mrs. Shaffer’s class don’t sit in traditional desks, they sit at tables. Each table is a “team”, each team works together daily using KAGAN structures to enhance learning cooperatively. The Old Ways of “keep your eyes on your own paper” and “talking is cheating” are gone. Students are helping teammates to solve problems and verbalizing to learn. We aren’t sitting quietly, we are getting up and taking a look at what other students have done. With our KAGAN training you can walk around the schools and see kids getting to interact with several peers in a lesson; lots of high-fives, quizzing each other, coaching each other, roundtable discussions, and praising each other. “If I have my class sit and raise their hands to share, only one student at a time is sharing. If students are working in their teams 25% of my class is sharing at one time with 100% of my class getting a turn. With partners 50% of my class is sharing at one time, again with 100% of my class getting a turn. More of my class is participating and engaged. Engaged students will be more successful.” - Kelly Shaffer