Math and Muffins

The 1st grade room was a little crowded on March 8th as parents and family members joined their students at school for Math & Muffins.  The idea behind Math & Muffins was to involve family members in the learning process.  While enjoying juice and muffins family members and kids played math games to reinforce what’s being learned in the classroom.  It was a very successful event and the students are already asking when we can do it again!

Read Across America

We started the afternoon celebration with the ebook The Lorax.  Many students knew that The Lorax movie opened in theaters last Friday.  The National Honor Society took over as the classes went to separate rooms.

The fourth and fifth grade talked about the Lorax then drew their own versions of the Once-ler.  As everyone knows, you only see his hands in the book.

The second and third graders listened to My Many Colored Days then colored their personal version of their “colored day.”  While they worked, Mrs. Binger read Fox in Socks to the group.  This book will tie anyone’s tongue in a knot.

Kindergarten and first grade did a Lorax color by number picture, but had to do some math to figure out what colors to use.  They finished by listening to The Cat in the Hat.

The celebration finished with Laurin and Jordan doing a duet reading of Green Eggs and Ham.

Summer Fun Camps 2012 – Planning Under Way

The planning of Summer Fun Camps 2012 is under way. This year our Summer Fun Camps are planned for June 4th to 28th. We are expanding our schedule by incorporating full day and half day camps. Camp leaders may also choose from 1 day, 2 day, or 4 day camps.

We are looking for individuals and community groups who are interested in leading a camp this summer. If you would like to put your special talents or interests to use, join us in leading a fun summer camp this year. If you are interested or know of someone who may be, please contact Kim Marx or Shannon Langford here at the school or via email at shannon@panesu.org.

We would like all camp proposals as soon as possible. The camp brochures are scheduled to be published and out to the public no later than May 1, 2012.

Summer Fun Camp 2012 Camp Worksheet

Hay Springs Outscores Neighboring Districts

All school districts in the State of Nebraska anxiously awaited the results of the Nebraska State Assessment test, which were released by the Nebraska Department of Education on November 8. These tests determine which schools met AYP (adequate yearly progress) and which schools were on the PLAS list (Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools). For Hay Springs Public Schools it was another year of excellent news.

All schools at Hay Springs (elementary, middle level, and high school) met AYP. Not only did they meet AYP but we were one of the highest achieving schools in the area on this assessment test. We outscored neighboring districts at most grade levels in both Reading and Math.

The State of Nebraska also released the schools on the PLAS List (Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools). The PLAS list categorizes the lowest performing schools into three categories: Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3. Again, Hay Springs Public Schools is not on the PLAS list.

Two years ago Hay Springs did not make AYP at the Middle Level and High School and was on the PLAS List at the Middle Level and High School. We took the low ranking very seriously and addressed our academic challenges head on. The staff addressed attendance, created mandatory remedial programs, scheduled summer school for students failing classes, focused on curricular needs, improved instruction, and encouraged students to be responsible for their own learning. We are pleased that our efforts have been successful.

Take time to celebrate our success, show your appreciation to a teacher, support personnel, and school board members. Acknowledge a student’s effort and hard work, and recognize we have many outstanding parents that support education, expecting their child to learn and be successful.

Reading Rocks!

This month Mrs. Matthews has suggested a book to read for each level. For the upper level she picked Zlata’s Diary by Zlata Filpovic. It’s about a girl who was in Sarajevo during the war. For middle level she suggested Middle School the Worst Years of my Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts. This book is about a boy who decides to break all the rules in his middle school, but there are consequences in the end. For the lower level she suggested The Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne. The books are about a boy and girl named Jack and Ann who have a magic tree house and they travel back in time. They went back to the dinosaur period, ancient Egypt, the Wild West and even the North Pole.

Mrs. Matthews said, “Everyone should read every day for twenty minutes.”

A/R Questions Answered

Shhh… There have been a few questions concerning the Accelerated Reader Program. Mrs. Matthews was kind enough to answer them.

This program is available to monitor and assess a student’s reading abilities. The purpose of the program is to determine whether a student has read and comprehended a given book. Reading is a very valuable skill for all people to have. The more people read the better their comprehension and reading skills become. There are three different levels of books at which to read: UG (grades nine – twelve), MG (grades four -eight), and LG (K-three). The website ARbookfind.com is helpful in determining the level of a book. The website will also tell the InterestLevel, Reading Level, and number of points for each book. There is also additional information about a book on the website. Using the websites Accelerated Reader Online or ARbookfind.com,readers are able to find out if the book that they want to read has a test. With a test a reader can find how well they have comprehended a book.

There are 15,000 books for the UG level, 50,000 for the MG level, and 55,000 for the LG level. For any further questions please contact Mrs. Matthews.