September HappeningsOctober 10, 2011
Posted by Stephanie Ciccone
The Early Childhood Center has started another great school year. September was filled with Welcome Back and Getting to Know You activities. As we began the new school year, all classrooms constructed whole group lessons to help decide the “Classroom Rules”. These rules were established by the students and reinforced by staff. These rules are then posted in each classroom so the students can be reminded of them.
Our school uses PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports); our focus is on the three “C’s”. These C’s involve: 1. Caring about Learning, 2. Caring about Yourself and Others, and 3. Caring about the Environment. Each week during this month, the classroom staff worked with the students on how to successfully achieve these C’s. Lessons were taught to the students to encourage success. Teachers used role playing skills, and visuals to help the students understand. At the end of each month we had a Success Assembly to acknowledge the students who have shown success with the theme of the month.
Our Success Assembly this month focused on the theme, “Caring about Learning”. Each classroom nominated 1 student from their class who has shown the most success in achieving this theme. Also at the assembly, 1 student from each class is nominated by the Physical Education Teacher as the student who has shown the greatest achievement in Physical Education class for the month. The principal also gave out awards to the students who have met the “25 Book Challenge”. This challenge is for all students who read 25 books, and hand in their signed forms to the principal. For each time a student hands in another 25 book sheet their total number of books read increases. We had a 125 book winner this month! At the conclusion of the assembly, all students that have been able to stay in their classrooms and complete work for most of their day, are acknowledged as being on the “green wall”. The green wall is located in our hallway, and those students who have been announced will have their picture displayed on the wall for the entire month!
We had a “Mix It Up” day this month. This day happens once per month for 30 minutes. Students get to pick 2 activities of their choice to participate in; they are then assigned to one of their choices. Activities this month included: kickball, hamburger cookies, painting and much more. This monthly activity allows the students to interact more with peers outside of their classroom.
That’s our exciting start of the school year. Check back soon for some of our updates for October.
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Question of the month: Do you have any strategies to help promote success for our students? We are always trying different things to help our students, if you have a great idea that has worked for you please let us know.