Culture! Culture! Culture! Culture is a HUGE part of the foundation of our school. For the past few months, I have been working on bringing a project to fruition that will help make our students' thinking and feelings about our school visible. Our main front hallway that leads to our cafeteria, gymnasium, and kindergarten classrooms has been painted with a design that is completely student-driven. It is not fully complete yet, but the final stages are being completed this week. Each student at Wass (kindergarten through fifth grade) has participated in a discussion and activity with their classroom teacher to share one word that describes what they think or feel about our school. There were hundreds of words submitted. After tallying the frequency of the words and looking at patterns, I have worked with an artist to visibly display our Wolves' feedback in a permanent mural that symbolizes our Positive School Culture through the students' perspective. I would encourage you to stop in after school sometime to view the mural in the hallway. It's very impressive! We have deep thinkers, great citizens, and dedicated learners in our Wolf Pack!
We kicked-off March is Reading Month with a school-wide Read-In on Wednesday. Every member of our school gathered together in the cafeteria and gym to ENJOY THE RIDE WITH A GOOD BOOK for 30 minutes. Students brought their Wass reading cinch sacks to begin our reading for enjoyment throughout March. We had some special visitors from our central office administration team join us - Dr. Machesky (Superintendent), Jordan Harris (Asst. Supt. of Employee Services), Kerry Birmingham (Communications Director), and Stephanie Trotter (Finance Director).
Our kindness campaign is an ongoing and never-ending initiative. We want it to become a natural habit and a part of our students' daily character. I have enjoyed viewing the kindness examples shared on our Twitter page with the hashtag - #BeWassKind. I had the honor of sharing an act of kindness from one of our kindergartners at our Read-In with our entire Wolf Pack on Wednesday. If your child performs a random act of kindness (no matter how small), please consider sharing it on @WassWolves with #BeWassKind. I will be visiting each classroom in the month of March to read Maria Dismondy's new book, Jelly Donut Difference - Sharing Kindness with the World, to emphasize the importance and impact of kindness in our school, homes, and community.
MARCH MADNESS TOURNAMENT OF BOOKS
Every year, the NCAA college basketball season culminates its season in the month of March with a tournament. It is traditionally known as March Madness. This year, we will be having our own March Madness with a Tournament of Books for each grade level to determine our Wassbery winners. Each grade level has eight books selected by the grade level teachers for the students to determine what is their favorite read aloud. You can view each grade level tournament bracket on the bulletin boards in the front hallway. Again, our goal is to make reading fun and enjoyable in as many ways as we can for our students.
2017 FUTURE CHEFS' COMPETTION
The Troy School District Future Chefs program took place on March 1. Twelve students were chosen as finalists from the 40+ who applied. They came to Troy Athens High School with their adult helpers — food service workers from various Troy schools — to create healthy comfort food from their own original recipes. Then a team of judges carefully evaluated each entry for originality, taste, ease of preparation, kid friendliness, and use of healthy ingredients. One Wass student made it to the finals – Julianna Petrous. She finished as a silver medalist. Congratulations Julianna!
I'm proud of all of our first and second grade students for reading in and outside of school to grow as readers. I also enjoyed going into our grades 1-2 classrooms to honor and recognize students that have spent time on Raz-Kids reading and developing their comprehension skills. Way to go Wolves!!!
Spring Parent/Teacher Child Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, March 30 from 1:00-4:00 and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Spring conferences differ from fall conferences in that only one afternoon and evening are allotted for teachers to meet with parents. Therefore, conference times are limited and will not be scheduled for every child in grades 1-5, however all kindergarten parents will have conferences. Specific instructions have been emailed to kindergarten parents. Teachers in grades 1-5 have sent home an email if a conference is needed or not. Students will have a half-day of school on March 30.
For those of you that are on Twitter, you might notice a variety of students and staff reading as they follow Energy Bus Rule #5 - "Enjoy the ride with a good book." This was the emphasis of our Wolf Pack lesson at the end of February. If you would like to take a picture of your child reading at home or in a favorite or unique spot, you can Tweet it to @WassWolves with #WassReaders. You can also view all of the #WassReaders in action on the Wass website on our Twitter feed.
MARCH TSD TECH TALK
5th GRADE TROY FITNESS RUN
Every year the Troy Elementary Physical Education Department hosts a race called the T.R.O.Y. Fitness Run. The event is only for Troy School District students who are in 5th grade. This serves as a culminating event as we send elementary students off to middle school. The T.R.O.Y. Fitness Run is about having fun and getting some exercise with friends.
This year the race will take place on Saturday, May 13 at Boulan Park. The event starts at 9:45 a.m. and is usually over by 11:00 a.m. I understand that the springtime is very busy. However, I hope you will consider that this is just a one-time, can’t miss event for your child! Sign-up only takes a few minutes and the link is below. Please sign up your 5th grader today. Encourage them to come out to Boulan Park, Saturday May 13th, to have a fun-filled morning with their teachers, principal, and friends. Let’s Go WOLVES!!
Sincerely - Mr. Mark Cavataio
Should You Make Your Child Redo a Homework Assignment?
You are looking over your child’s homework and you notice that a few of his answers are incorrect. Should you make him redo it?
According to experts, you should not ask your child to redo his homework if just some of his work is wrong. Instead, point out the items that are incorrect, and let your child choose whether or not to correct them.
This policy makes it clear that homework is your child’s responsibility and it also helps avoid power struggles over homework. Leaving incorrect work also enables the teacher to see where your child needs help.
There are, however, two reasons you should ask your child to redo his homework:
- The assignment was done in a hurry and is sloppy.
- The entire assignment is totally wrong.
Reprinted with permission from the March 2017 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2017 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: J. Craig, “What Happened in School Today?”– Helping Your Child Handle Everyday School Problems, Skylight Press.