The surprise pep rally was the school’s way to say congratulations and to celebrate Boyd being named 2016 Indiana Middle School Principal of the Year.
With the help of lots of "sneaky" Grissom staff, Assistant Principal Seth Molnar was able to pull off the coup of the year!
Grissom staff had some co-conspirators from the ESC. Dr. Kay Antonelli got Boyd out of the school building by calling him to the ESC for a couple of hours of meetings. But it was Molnar’s creativity that got Boyd down to the gym … a supposed wild squirrel on the loose in one of the gym locker rooms!!!
Adding to the fan pep rally atmosphere, students even had Boyd “face signs” as they cheered for their favorite principal.
Nathan was very moved by the incredible outpouring of support from the students and staff, telling them "You are how I measure my success! You are the reason I'm here!"
Boyd definitely has plenty of memories (and mementos) to last him a lifetime!
E.L.S.A. is an intensive three-week and is free-of-charge to every elementary student who has received ENL support services during the preceding school year. E.L.S.A. provides students guided practice in academic English--reading, writing, speaking, and listening in selected grade-level content areas. In the Summer 2016, the curriculum featured Reading/Language Arts (including informational writing and a novel study), hands-on STEM studies (Life Science, Engineering! Math, Coding), Theater (role playing), and Art (image making through the writing process). The session culminated with a Family & Friends Finale with over 200 guests attending!
E.L.S.A. in the summer of 2015--and after extensive ongoing training opportunities for professional ENL staff, ENL Instructional Aides, and General Education teachers---70% of P-H-M ELLs increased a minimum of one proficiency level on the 2016 WIDA ACCESS for ELLs. The state average for growth in proficiency is around .5 level. In addition, 87% of our ELLs passed the 2016 I-READ 3 assessment. Parent involvement has also risen dramatically with our outreach and new ENL programming.
Shelli Treely, Moran Reading Specialist, wrote an article for the December issue of "MindPlay Teachers’s Playbook" national newsletter. The article features details about the growth of P-H-M students (K-5) using MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach and how teachers at Moran motivated students.
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE
Two P-H-M FIRST LEGO LEAGUEs enjoyed great success in competitions this month.
Team 1920 “Flufflepuff” were named State Champions after taking 1st place in all categories! Team members are made up of students from Discovery, Horizon and one home schooled student. Next up, the World Festival in St. Louis at the end of April.
And the “Fuzzy Wuzzy Disaster Busters” took first place in the Strategy and Innovation Award at the Northern Indiana FIRST LEGO LEAGUE Championship Tournament. Team members include students from Northpoint and Discovery.
Indiana Stock Market Competition
For the fourth year in a row Discovery’s team won 1st place in the Indiana Stock Market Competition; another Discovery team took 3rd. The competition is sponsored by the Indiana Council for Economic Education to encourage study of the stock market and investment decision making.