FRIDAY, JAN. 23RD CRAZY HAT DAY
TUESDAY, JAN. 27TH SKATE CITY NIGHT
4:00 TO 6:00
|Welcome to French Elementary!
Fri., 1/16 - Panda Pride Assemblies
Panda Pride Assemblies are coming on Fri., 1/16. Times for assemblies will be as follows:
If you have questions regarding awards requirements or your student’s availability for receiving an award, please see your student's homeroom teacher.
Tues., 1/13 - Spring Testing Article 1 "Out with the old and in with the new."
As many of you know the former state assessment program – TCAP – has been replaced by the new CMAS – Colorado Measures of Academic Success. This spring students in grades 3-11 will take the new on-line assessments in the areas of English/language arts and mathematics. For the first round of testing the dates are March 3rd -March 27th. Students will complete three units for English/language arts and two units for mathematics. These new assessments are intended to measure the level of command a student has on the Common Core State Standards. Please be sure to look for a testing schedule to come home in February. As in the past we ask that you try and not schedule appointments or vacations during the testing window, it is so important that students complete each test in each content area.
If you are interested in seeing what the new assessments look like and what types of questions your student will be given to show their knowledge and application of skills simply go to http://parcc.pearson.com/sample-items - there you will have a choice of selecting the level for grades 3-5, 6-8 or high school. For each level there are sample items for English/language arts and mathematics.
Thurs., 1/8 - PTO & BAAC
PTO met on Thurs., 1/8 @ 4:00 PM in the French library.
New Business included the following:
Jumprope for Heart is Coming in February!
JUMPROPE FOR HEART is coming to French in February. Jumprope for Heart is the national fundraiser for the American Heart Association, which teaches the students about healthy living and promotes heart health. Our students will participate in cardiovascular activities such as jumping rope, hula hooping, and playing basketball. We will also learn heart healthy eating habits, practice taking our pulse, and get to experience a professional JUMP ROPE TEAM! You can support the American Heart Association by donating to French during Jumprope for Heart. More information will be coming your way in the month of February!!
Thurs., 12/11 - Title I Achievement Night
Thursday, December 11th was our first Title I Achievement Night for Parents. Achievement Night for Parents is a by-invitation-only event in which parents receive valuable information and useful tools that they can take home to effectively support their children in key areas. Our focus last night was literacy. Parents who were invited were preselected by their child’s teachers on an as-needed basis to better equip our parents to help their children make needed academic gains. We hope to do it all again with an even greater turn-out in January as we shift our focus to mathematics with loads of fun math games and tools that parents can take home. Invitations will be going out soon.
Much thanks to all of our parents and French staff for helping our night become a success. However, a special thanks goes out to the following teachers for giving their time and expertise toward helping our parents feel more prepared on specific reading concepts. Those teachers are Mrs. Melynda Kelley, for phoneme segmentation (K-2); Miss Renee Foote, for phonics (K-2); Mrs. Carrie McDuffee, for reading and sight words (K-2); Mrs. Kathryn Long, for comprehension (K-2); Mrs. Lisa Snell, for multisyllabic words (3-5); Mrs. Leigh Graber, for DIBELS/Daze (3-5); Mrs. Melinda Rossman, for reading and sight words (3-5); and for Mrs. Kathleen Self, for comprehension (3-5). We also want to thank Mrs. Maria Phelps for running childcare for that evening as well as for Mr. Carlos Lopez, Mrs. Dawn Hunke, Mrs. Danielle Higney, Mr. Ryan Moberly, Mr. Lazurus Ayala and the ladies at the front office, Mrs. Barbara Smith, and Mrs. Jamie Barilli for supporting our parents and staff from beginning to its very end.
Order Your French Elementary Yearbook!
Order your yearbook online now through 1/31/2015. Click this link and order directly through the Inter-state Studios website. Enter parent code 770101. The cost is $18.
Thanks for supporting French!!!
Calling all volunteers...
French is actively seeking volunteers for the 2014-15 school year. If you are interested in being added to our list of volunteers, please visit the French website at french.wsd3.org and click on the "Volunteer Sign-Up" link under the Information tab on the far left of the page to register with our school. All volunteers must be registered with the main office so that we can track hours of service. Men are encouraged to register for the Watch D.O.G.S. program (Dads of Great Students). This is a new program geared at providing positive male role-models for our building and boosting male involvement in our school. Names of volunteers may be submitted for background checks dependent on number of hours served as well as areas of responsibility. Thank you, in advance, for supporting our school!
District Technology Survey Meeting
The WSD3 Technology Survey has closed. There will be a Stakeholder Meeting in the Board of Education Conference Room at the District Administration Building. Widefield community members, parents, staff, and students are welcome to attend. The results of the survey will be the topic of discussion and your input is welcomed.
Out with the Old…In with the New!
If you are interested in seeing what the new assessments look like and what types of questions your student will be given to show their knowledge and application of skills simply go to - there you will have a choice of selecting the level for grades 3-5, 6-8 or high school. For each level there are sample items for English/language arts and mathematics.
Winter Weather - Closings & Delays
WideField of Dreams - Kieran Doolittle
Move over Taylor Swift, and make way for Watson Junior High sixth grader Kieran Rae Doolittle!! Kieran has been singing since she could talk and has played the guitar for three years. Kieran plays what she calls “happy-peppy” songs and enjoys folk music. Her musical talents have landed her local gigs around town and she has recorded two albums. Of course, we wouldn't be bragging about Kieran if she weren't also a stellar student. She's been described as a very focused and mature young lady who pays attention in class and always turns in her homework. Kieran says her dream is be in a small band and play at local venues, unless of course she makes it big and that is okay with her too. You can hear Kieran's latest performance here.
PBIS - Using a Home Matrix
Using a home matrix
Most students are familiar with a matrix, or have at least seen it at their school. Using a matrix at home can be a helpful tool in reinforcing your rules at home. The example may help give you some ideas when creating your very own matrix. A blank matrix is also included so that you can modify and change the matrix to fit your household and the rules / expectations you want to focus on. Remember to create your 3 – 5 positive expectations and or acronym. The acronym or the expectations are listed down the side of the matrix. The areas or times of day you want to focus on are listed across the top. The biggest thing to remember is to always state things in a positive manner. Avoid using words like “don’t”, “No”, or “stop”. Tell kids what you want them to do, not what you don’t want them to do. You must also teach. Putting up a poster or matrix isn’t teaching. Give your family direct instruction on what your rules or expectations are. Have fun and role play or create a game around the rules of you home.
PLTW - STEM Classes in Widefield
Check out this video to learn more about STEM classes in WSD3. PLTW classes are available to junior high and high school students starting in the 2015-16 school year. Talk to your teacher or counselor for more information.
Can't view the video? Click here and scroll down!
PLTW - STEM Classes in Widefield
Do you watch CSI? Ever wonder what its like to examine an autopsy report to figure out what caused a person's death? Students can get hands-on experience doing just that with the PLTW - Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science courses. Classes start 2015-2016, see your counselor for more info. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnYj6-PEolA&list=PLcCTPHuIP75L4OB5bdEiFmryWewqxbXRT
PLTW - STEM Program for Secondary Students
Exciting news!! Thanks to a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) grant, the district will now offer PLTW - Project Lead The Way, the nation's leading science, technology, engineering, and math program. These new courses are available to 6th grade students, and will be offered to secondary students next school year, 2015-2016.
Parents please look for PLTW course information as you help your student select classes for next school year.
Learn more about PLTW
PLTW Program Information
Junior High School - Gateway
High School - Engineering
High School - Biomedical Science
Winter Weather is Coming. Plan Now!
Winter weather is coming! Now, before bad weather or an emergency arises, is the time to make necessary arrangements for your children.
Read more information about school delays and closings. Go to www.wsd3.org, Information>Weather & Closings or click here: http://wsd3.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=187189
2014-15 Registration & Important Information
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