WATSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER 2014
ITBS/CoGat TESTINGSometime from November 3-14 students in grade 3 will be taking the ITBS normed reference test and the CoGat Cognitive Ability test. It would be very helpful if parents did not schedule appointments, trips and other activities during testing window. It becomes very difficult to have them make up tests they have missed. Each student will take tests, in reading, math, and one in language arts. They will also take a CoGat ability test. Thank you for your cooperation. Help your child by seeing they get plenty of rest, eat a good breakfast, and come to school on time.
SCHOOL STARTING TIMESchool begins at 8:10. The bell to come in rings at 8:05. Students are tardy after 8:10. Tardies will add up to absences.
It is extremely important that students are in school and on time. This develops skills of responsibility for later in life that will be needed as productive, contributing adults. Both in our jobs and our personal lives we have to be responsible for others and ourselves. By developing good attendance habits and being on time to school students will become successful individuals as adults.
We understand that mornings are busy times, but it is difficult for students and staff to catch up each day. When a student arrives late the teacher must stop what they are doing and interrupt the class to inform students of what they have missed to get on track with the class. We appreciate your cooperation on this matter. We need the help of parents to make sure students arrive on time. We as adults set the example for our students.
STUDENT ATTENDANCE POLICYThe Hastings Public Schools Board of Education adopted a Student Attendance Policy.
The policy was updated to comply with Nebraska State Law. School Board Policy 503.01 states that a student who does not attend regularly misses out on the exchange and sharing of information provided in the classroom environment. To assure regular attendance, students who accumulate five (5) unexcused absences in a quarter or ten (10) days per semester shall be deemed to have “excessive absences.”
Parents or guardians of students will receive a letter of notification when the student has been absent and is in violation of the policy. The school will always offer the opportunity to schedule a conference to develop a plan to improve attendance. Also tardies can accumulate and will add up to an absence.
If you would like a copy of the school Attendance Policy, please contact the District office.
Please remember to let the OFFICE know when your child will be gone for the day or week.
SCIENCE CLUB will continue through November 19th. There will be NO Science club in December.
Boys Basketball program: We have a Coach from the high school and high school players coming on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 to work with boys in grades 3 -5. It’s a free program for anyone. You do need to sign up though. We only had four players come last Monday and they would like to work with a few more. Forms are in the office.
2nd Grade to Stuhr Museum on November 17th. They will be learning more about early family life on the prairies of Nebraska. Remember to dress for appropriate weather as most of the trip is outside.
4th Grade will be going to Hastings Museum on Thursday, Nov 20th for Native American Day. Students will be there all day. Students will need a sack lunch that day.
NO SCHOOL NOVEMBER 26th, 27th AND 28th
Last Month Student Council had their elections and the following will be our 2014-2015 Student Council Leaders:
3rd grade: Demetri Theoharis 4th grade: Ian Waite
Braden Ochsner Titus Shafer
Lexi Benson Isabelle Merrill
Selah Wenburg Liz Weseman
Alt: Sidney Norlen Alt: Ashton Tackwell
5th grade: Hannah Reynolds - President
Carly Norlen – Vice President
Peytin Hudson – Secretary
Katie Opperman – Attendance
Alt: Grace Randell
Next meeting for Student Council will be November 3rd right after school.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
The annual Region IV Leadership Conference will be held on Nov. 7 in Kearney. The following 5th grade student council members will be attending. They are Carley Norlen, Katie Opperman, Hannah Reynolds, and Peytin Hudson. Students will listen to a guest speaker, tour the UNK campus and share some leadership opportunities.
As the weather gets cooler, it is important to make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. Please make sure that your child has a coat, hat, mittens or gloves, and boots for when the snow arrives. The students will be going outside for recess most days, so please be sure they are prepared.
Please remind your children to check the lost and found box regularly to see if any of the items belong to them. Please label your child’s coats, hats, gloves, lunch boxes, etc. so they are misplaced we can get them returned to the right student.
Do you have clothing your child has outgrown that you would want to donate? Any smaller size wind pants/sweatpants in good shape would be appreciated. We need size 6-8 or 8-10 mostly. Jeans are not as functional because of sizes of kids.
REMEMBER: PTO Meeting will be November 3rd at 7:00p.m. in the Library. Babysitting will be available.
THANK YOU PTO!!!
Watson Staff and students would like to thank the PTO for their generous gifts. In addition to purchasing the Accelerated Reader and Math programs, and the Brain Pop program, they have donated $2,700 to the classroom teachers for supplies and materials. They have also provided $500 for the purchase of Golden Sower Books and $365 for the WATCH D.O.G.S. starter kit. We certainly appreciate all you do.
Our magazine sales have come to a close once again. Thank you so much to Laurie Zimmerman for taking on this huge task! Our limo riders had a great time on Monday riding a huge stretch limo and going to lunch at McDonalds. They were:
Zach Just Lexi Benson Dalton Newman Selah Wenburg
Trevin Rutt Wyatt Johnson Ethan Zimmerman Colton Guerrero
DON’T FORGET TO ORDER YOUR 2014-2015 WATSON T-SHIRTS! We attached another order form –due back FRIDAY October 31st.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME CHANGES NOVEMBER 2
Daylight Savings Time changes on Sunday, November 2nd. Remember to adjust clocks back an hour Saturday evening November 1st. This is also a good time to install fresh batteries in your home smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, which we learned during Fire Safety Week.
WATCH D.O.G.S. WANTED!!
JOIN OUR WATCH D.O.G.S. WALL OF FAME
CALL WATSON AT 402-461-7593 TO SIGN UP
(BACKGROUND CHECKS REQUIRED)
WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative
There are 2 primary goals of the WATCH D.O.G.S. ® program.
1) To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.
• Students gain positive male role models.
• Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears. The presence of a father or father figure will provide an additional deterrent to bullying, enhance a sense of security in the building, and will help to create an environment conducive to learning.
• Fathers get a glimpse of their students’ everyday world and learn about the increasingly complex challenges and decisions today’s youth are facing. As a result, they can learn to relate better to their student and hopefully connect with them.
• Fathers gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on their student’s life in three critical areas including: academic performance, self-esteem, and social behavior.
• Due to budget shortfalls and cutbacks, often teachers are presented with larger classrooms each year. The WatchDOGS volunteers provide real and important help for the teachers and the students.
Who are WatchDOGS (Dads Of Great Students)?
WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. ® school. During the day, WatchDOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well. Many school principals have reported that the mere presence of a WatchDOG dramatically reduces reports of bullying. On the day of their participation,
WatchDOGS are given a brief review of their involvement and they wear an official
WATCH D.O.G.S. ® t-shirt with a disposable ‘Dog Tag’ identifying them as WatchDOGS.
WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF DAD’S DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER IF YOU CAN FIND A DAY, PLEASE CALL THE SCHOOL OFFICE.
We had our first CELEBRATION OF LEARNING assembly last Friday. The students were pumped up, with the help of some cheerleading teachers! The following students has made significant improvement in their learning goals for quarter one:
Kindergarten – These students know all of their Q1 popcorn/sight words:
Ava Delgado Ben Niemeyer Natalie Warner Zara Osgood
Rebeccca Schmidt Sophia Reynolds Tregan Way
Kindergarten – These students know half or all of their Q1 alphabet letters:
Brielle Meyer Jose Rodriguez Alana Crossno Corle Hall
Ava Delgado Ben Niemeyer Cierra Brown Kolt Hudson
Creighton Sidlo Emma Barnhill Holden Christensen Jason Masters
Jayden Nelson Kameron Barth Kinsli Wessels Rowen Vertin
Natalie Warner Rebecca Schmidt Sara Lehrling Seth Shafer
Sophia Reynolds Tregan Way Zara Osgood
First graders that knew all of their first quarter sight words:
Sophia Jarmer Isaac Russell Trevin Rutt Sam Tunks
Zane Thomsen Kaylynn Waters
First graders that have scored a 100% on a written math assessment first quarter:
Kale Barth Matthew Brailita Darcy Davis Brody Dreher
Marissa Dyess Colten Guerrero Sophia Jarmer Sam Randell
Isabelle Kusek Brooke Ochsner Cedric Oeltjen Bryce Runyan
Isaac Russell Trevin Rutt Peyton Spurling Alivia Thom
Zane Thomsen Sam Tunks Brooklyn Vorhees Megan Welton
Second grade students who improved their words per minute in October are:
Sylvia Walters-Arellano Zayden Delgado Tatum Spurling Chance Vertin
Alexis Sheehan Lily Damgaard Elliott Sidlo Baylen Hall
Robert Schmidt Dalton Newman Jack Hohman Brooke Baker
Paige Engel Payton Hendricks
Third grade students that were proficient or advanced on Fall Benchmark:
Carlie Beckby Lainey Benson Marley Doremus Mason Kusek
Landon Hinrichs Sidney Norlen Abhi Srivastava Riley Wilhelm
Demetri Theoharis Ethan Zimmerman
Fourth grade students have passed the first level of Rocket Math. This includes all the multiplication facts of 0-9. Congratulations!
Logan Brooks Lily Fincher Madeleine Johnson - (2 levels)
Jerry Nguyen Lizzie Malisani Zach Just
Fifth grade best-written practice average and test average in:
Math - Jett Samuelson Reading (most improved reader): Trey Merrill
Fifth grade readers earning BINGO’s (for reading from different genres):
Hannah Reynolds Brittany Zeckser Matthew Boner Grace Randell
Fifth grade most improved scores on ecosystem pre-tests to post tests:
Trey Merrill Austin Middleton Jacob Sanderson
Fifth grade students that have gotten “4+” on our first two tests:
Kiernan Bierman Max Johnson Wyatt Johnson
Katie Opperman Hannah Reynolds Camry Runyan
Celebration of Learning from Mrs. Caba:
The following students have the largest increase in their DIBELS reading scores from the beginning of the school year to October in their class:
Kindergarten: Kameron Barth (Increased 51 First Sounds)
First grade: Sophie Jarmer (Increased Nonsense Word Correct Letter Sounds 33 and Whole Words Read 19)
Second grade: Zayden Delgado (Increased 28 correct words per minute)
Thirds grade: Landon Hinrichs (Increased 62 correct words per minute)
Fourth grade: Alexis Anderson and Zach Just (Increased 48 correct words per minutes)
Fifth grade: Camry Runyan (Increased 59 correct words per minute)