Soaring Eagles From the Desk of the Principal Greetings, Carver Heights School 411 Bunche Drive Goldsboro, NC 27530 Telephone: 919-731-7222 Fax: 919-731-4503 We have had a great school year thus far. Our Volume 2 Issue 6 students are SOARING! Discipline has improved and April 2009 our students are becoming more responsible. They are Dates to Remember doing homework, participating more in class and embracing our April academic rigor. I continue to be grateful that I have the opportunity to interact with your child/children each school day. At CHS, we continue to have high expectation for all our students. Thanks again for all you do to help us help your child/children reach their potential. 7th Report Card Pick-up 3:15 PM-6:15 PM 8th SOAR Day (3-4) Sincerely, 9th SOAR Day (K-2) Carole Battle, Principal 9th 2nd Annual Men of Color Day County Choral Festival Dillard Middle School 7:00 PM 10th-17th Spring Break 21st McDonald’s Night 5:00 PM-8:00 PM 22nd Awards Day Program 1st & 2nd-12:45 PM-1:30 PM 3rd & 4th-2:00 PM-2:30 PM 28th Math Night 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Sitting: l to r, Mel Ott Battle, Conelius Williams, David Mack, Julian Stackhouse, John Penix, Adgie O’Bryant, Percy Arrington Second Row: Azriah Ellerbee, Thomas Bond, Kirby Hamilton, Herbert Stover, Donald Faison, James Cain, Sam Green, Roosevelt Wright, Neil Stitt, Michael Bryant Back Row: Dallas Freeman, David Milligan, Willie Perry, James Lanier, Junius Shealy, William Vann, Marvin McCoy, Ronnie Smith, Danny King ( See story on page 7) Kindergarten News: Mrs. Daniels, Mrs. Epps, Ms. Ferrell, Ms. McGary, Mrs. Warren March was Marvelous and we know April will be AWESOME! Spring is in the air! The children are excited. We are too! We are excited about all of the wonderful things we have learned and will continue to learn. In reading we completed our “Red, White, and Blue” unit which focused on patriotism. We are almost finished with our “Teamwork” unit, an excellent character trait we use in kindergarten everyday! We will soon begin our FINAL reading unit “By the Sea”, a fun filled ocean thematic unit. We have learned several consonant sounds, all the vowel sounds, and have begun reading words and books ☺ In writing and science we will learn about spring and all the new life it brings, including: plants, animals, butterflies, and ladybugs. In math we are continuing to review numbers to thirty, shapes, planes and solids, patterns and graphs. This final nine weeks we will add simple measurement, data and probability, simple addition, and an introduction to money. This final nine weeks is very important for kindergarten. They are emerging as readers and need all reading time they can stand! It is important that your child comes to school well rested and on time. Kindergartners are held accountable for the things taught to them and will be tested in reading and math. We also have some exciting year end events planned for our students. Please be sure to check your child’s folder daily. Please note that Kindergarten Registration will be held on April 24th and this year’s current kindergarten students do not come to school that day. Attendance is not taken as this is a Wayne County Public Schools event. Spring into Learning with us! School Counseling Corner: Ms. Stewart April is the “Month of the Military Child.” We would like to recognize all students who have parents and/or guardians serving in the military. We give our thanks to those wonderful people who are serving in all branches of the United States Military! During our Character Education classes in March, our students learned how having courage will help them succeed in Page 2 reaching their dreams! We explored different ways to show courage and expressed how having courage will help students do well in school and lead to challenging and rewarding careers! In April our students will discover many different ways to show kindness! Students will learn how showing kindness can have a positive impact on their lives as well as the lives of others! In March I began small counseling groups for 3rd and 4th grade students to work on building self- esteem and self- respect! We will continue to build relationships and skills that will help these students throughout their lives! Our 4th grade students worked hard on the on- demand writing assessment in March and will conclude the writing assessments by the end of April. Our 3rd and 4th grade students are diligently working to prepare for the End of Grade Tests! Ask your children about the EOG reading and math vocabulary words Soaring Eagles Second Grade News: Ms. Best. Mrs. Edgecomb, Mrs. Fulkerson, Second grade is moving forward into the last nine weeks of school. How fast this school year has gone! The students are working hard in all subjects preparing for the end of the school year. In Reading, the new Open Court theme is “Courage.” The students are reading different genres of stories that all tie in to the theme. Share with your child stories of when you or another family member had to show courage. These stories help them to connect to the theme and understand that parents have had to be brave at times in their lives too. The strategies that these stories are teaching include: Finding the Main Idea and Supporting Details, the Author’s purpose, the Author’s point of view, Inferencing, and Sequencing. Each week, discuss with your child the objectives they are learning for each subject. The nine week Math Assessments were given the week of March 23rd. The students were tested on several concepts which included fractions, creating pictographs, place value, word problems, telling time to five minute intervals, and counting money. The last nine weeks will be a review of everything the students have been taught as well as Probability and Making Predictions. If the students have access to a computer, they can go to www.studyisland.com to help them practice the Math Mrs. Williams skills they have been taught. In Social Studies, the focus of learning is on the Community, Economics and Technology. Students are learning how make connections in these categories from the past, the present, and the future. They will also chart past and present forms of communications to better understand how our world has evolved. During Science these nine weeks, we are building an understanding of the changes in weather. This is the perfect time of year due to the constant weather changes happening at this time. Please check the weather before sending your child to school. Some students are wearing shorts on days when the weather isn’t warm enough. We have had several students home due to colds and sickness. As a reminder, please check to see if your children are doing their homework and reading every night. Now is the time that the students need to continue to do their best and not slow down on the things that help them in the classroom. Getting plenty of rest will also make your child more productive throughout the day. P.E. News: Mrs. Lisa Helms Carver Heights had the most successful Jump Rope for Heart Event! Our students collected $ 1000.17 in donations. We had approximately seventy students who participated in the all day events on February 23, and thirty-five who collected donations. Stuart Cochrane, 3rd grade student in Mrs. Hopes’ room, collected $155.00- our top fundraiser!! He will receive a medal from Jump Rope for Heart and qualifies for a drawing to Walt Disney World. Physical Education classes are continuing with the Physical Best Unit that is teaching them about the importance of physical fitness, while helping them to be more independent and responsible for their own health and fitness. The first component is Aerobic Fitness where the children are participating in a variety of activities that teaches them “the ability to play longer without getting tired.” They have learned how to take their Heart Rate and aerobic activities that done often will Volume 2 Issue 6 benefit the body in many ways. Students are currently learning about the FITT guidelines to improve physical fitness. FITT describes the Frequency (how often), the Intensity (how hard), the Time (how long), and the Type (what kind) of activity necessary for improving and maintaining fitness. Please take some time with you child and let them tell you how important it is to exercise and eat healthy!! No matter what your age, improving or maintaining aerobic fitness improves your health in many ways! Page 3 School Nurse: Barbara Graham, RN Staying Well This has been a busy winter in the health room! Some children have had influenza, strep infection, or a stomach virus. There are a few things that you can do to prevent the spread of disease at home and at school. 1. If your child is sick, keep him/her at home until they have been free of fever for 24 hours. This prevents the spread of infection at school. 2. Be fervent about hand washing. Teach your children to follow your example and wash their hands when they are dirty, before eating, and after using the bathroom. Also, don’t touch your eyes, mouth or nose. This will prevent the germs from entering your body. Just following these simple rules will help your child to be healthier. Media Center: Mrs. Evans, Mrs. B. Sutton Our Media Center is alive with new books! Be sure to come in and checkout these new books. Our spring Book Fair begins on March 31. This fair will be a Buy One, Get One Free!! You can choose a FREE BOOK of equal or lesser value for EVERY BOOK you buy! Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to obtain exciting books. Tell everyone you see that we have a BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE fair. Our fair will end on April 7. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Our Battle of the Books Team will compete with 10 other county schools on April 8. Our team has been READING and working hard and looks forward to the competition. The event will take place at Dillard Auditorium, beginning at 8:30. Please come support our BOB soaring Eagles! Parents, remember to READ TO and READ WITH your children! First Grade News: Ms. Adams, Ms. Bullock, Mrs. Garmane, Ms. Jordan, Mrs. Taylor The first grade students and teachers are “hopping” right into spring and preparing for 2nd grade. We are learning many new and exciting things. We have recently completed Unit 8 in Reading called “Games.” Students were able to learn how to play new games, as well as explain the procedures to others of how to play a game. Students were also engaged in playing some of their favorite games. Presently, we are studying Unit 9 called “Being Afraid.” During this unit, students are sharing things that they are afraid of, and why they are sometimes afraid. We are learning Page 4 that everyone is afraid of something sometimes. In Math, we have been enjoying learning about lines of symmetry. We are continuing to learn addition and subtraction word problems and how to make, extend, and translate patterns. Our writing skills are really improving! We are learning sequencing, which is putting a story’s events in the order in which they happened. Also, our focus is on picking out the main idea, then writing supporting sentences. Vocabulary is really improving as we take our weekly spelling tests! We recently took a field trip to the Paramount Theater where we were able to see “Carnival of Animals.” This was a very special treat to our students made possible by Mrs. Peggy Wingate, so we say Thank You! Our students also wrote her Thank You letters. As you can clearly see, we are very busy! We will continue to work hard and explore all the things that will help us become lifelong learners and well-rounded citizens! Soaring Eagles Art News: Mrs. Peacock March has been a busy month in art class with several of Carver Heights’ students having artwork put on display or entered into competitions. Third grader, Zah’Quan Deloatch’s watercolor painting received honorable mention in the Superintendent’s Art Choice Art Awards. Third grader, Na’Corria Grandy’s t-shirt design represented Carver Heights in the 4th Annual Kids Walk T-shirt Design Contest. The students listed below were part of Carver Heights’ art display at Berkeley Mall in March. Kindergarten J'Mari McClarin Coryanna Smith Aryiana Jones DeAndre Peterson Erin Ochoa-Avila Jion Flowers Third Grade Brian Darden Aniyah Marcell Na’Corria Grandy Dashianna Hurst Lisa Urban Exavier Hinton Chyna Boyette Jamaal Faison Ta’Tiyana Ellis Joseph Vaughn Shakeeya Bryant Yasmine Johnson First Grade Dishan Rhodes Timothy Ward Dynashia Dawson Ja’Juan Young Mustafa Coley Randy Perez-Ramirez Jaquavious Lane Khalida Seaberry Malakai Graham Tymere Alexander Jyere Lofton Lesly Aguilar Triston Kreuzberger Second Grade Schantia Thompson Shykeria Wade LaNeisha Faison Kaiyana Byrdsong Trevon Smith Chad Jackson Devontay Vann Jerrica Jackson Jaliyahh Davis Kalen Keys Shaquabia Rose Ny’Zariyah Wheeler Jeremiah Reed Terry McNair Ta’Niquanna Miller Hydia Hamilton Fourth Grade Saavon Jarmon Quanteria Wellington Quanteria Dunn Detroit Matthews Helen Cosme-Torres Danielle Rouse Tyrie Drawhorn Tiara Faison Felipe Munoz Darius Johnson Destiny Butler Jaylin McNeill Waters Carlos Martinez Luna Sony Lab: Ms. Singleton The students in third and fourth grade have just finished reviewing money, time, ratio, and fractions. We are now studying an outline of the Solar System and rewriting and decoding sentences. They are identifying and writing a variety of sentence types and using punctuation correctly in a sentence. The second grade has just finished working on patterns with addition and subtraction. They are now reading nonfiction and fiction stories and developing their vocabulary with words. First graders were using problems with additions and subtraction determining the difference between two given numbers using strategies. We are now building our reading comprehension skills with stories and our vocabulary with words. The kindergartners were solving problems using addition and arranging numbers into pairs. We are now working on developing reading skills and developing their vocabulary and getting acquainted with riddles, poetry and rhymes. All grade levels are enjoying learning new things in the Sony Lab. Volume 2 Issue 6 Page 5 March’s Students of the Month Kindergarten Second Grade First Grade Tyrone Worthington Maniya Mozingo Randy Perez-Ramirez Third Grade Chyna Boyette Page 6 Fourth Grade Saavon Jarman Soaring Eagles Elementary students see successful 'men of color' By Phyllis Moore Published in News on March 23, 2009 1:46 PM News-Argus/BOBBY WILLIAMS Percy Arrington, former chief cameraman for NBC News, spent 30 years of his career covering the White House, working with six presidents -- from Gerald Ford to George W. Bush. On Friday, he could be found taking snapshots of third-grade students in Doris Hopes' class at Carver Heights Elementary School after delivering a speech. He was one of 25 successful men participating in "Men of Color Day" at the school. This is the second year for the event, providing insights into the men's careers and their path to success. Arrington is from Rocky Mount and graduated from Fayetteville State University. He was briefly a school teacher before other opporVolume 2 Issue 6 tunities presented themselves. Standing in front of the classroom, he shared some of his experiences and passed around photos of different presidents, as well as such White House visitors as Michael Jackson. "Were you friends with Michael Jackson?" asked one student. "Which president impressed you the most?" another student asked. "Being with them all the time, I was friendly with all of them. All of them called me by name," Arrington said. "I guess I was most impressed with President Clinton because the other presidents, I could always figure them out. But with Mr. Clinton, he always did stuff that wasn't according to the rules -- he'd be in front of you and then all of a sudden, he would be in the crowd." He produced a "flight certificate" Clinton gave him from Air Force One, the presidential plane. "It showed that you are the guest of the president of the United States," he explained. And on Friday, it was his turn to encourage youngsters to aim just as high. "You all know you can be anything you want to be, right?" he asked. As shouts of "yes" filled the air, he explained that while "nothing comes easy," honesty and good hard work can accomplish a lot. "I can say, everything that I wanted when I was a kid, I got," he said. "I have never been to jail, never been arrested. I did it the hard way." It was his first time speaking before a group of elementary school students, he said. "It means a lot," he said. "I see kids today that are wasting their time, so any opportunity that I have that maybe I can talk to them, show them the hardship that I went through, tell them that they can make it, all they have to do is try. ... I hope that it rubs off on them." Among the others participating in the event were Danny King, executive director and founder of ADLA Structured Day; Junius Shealy, director of Wade Edwards Learning Lab; Neal Stitt, retired educator; Julian Stackhaus, formerly with the FBI; Marvin McCoy, retired Army officet and educator, currently assistant superintendent for human resources with Wayne County Public Schools; Donald Faison, retired associate superintendent with WCPS; and Cornelius Williams, who drove Rosa Parks' husband to work and was at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s house after the bombing. Left to Right: Front Row: Randy Perez-Ramirez, Jonathan Croom, Tristan Kreuzberger, Lisa Urban, Chyna Boyette, Korrie McEachern, Tatianna Ellis Back Row: Jordan Hutchins, Cameron Bennett, Ms. Battle, Angelique Pope Page 7 Fourth Grade News: Mrs. Marti, Mrs. Rivenbark, Ms. Wilson Greetings to our fourth grade parents, guardians and families! Spring is in the air and our fourth graders can feel it! It is our pleasure to share with you a glimpse of the learning experiences and activities that your child is currently involved in. Please read this news from the Fourth Grade team carefully and help us as we work toward providing your child with an optimal education. Communication Skills In the area of Communication Skills we are still working our way through the thematic unit titled Survival. As the students learn about fictional and non – fictional characters who have survived amidst grueling conditions they also are learning how to use graphic organizers which help to improve their critical thinking skills. Understanding the author’s purpose for writing , cause and effect, and how to use appropriate resources to assist with reading comprehension are all skills being worked on. Mathematics In the area of Mathematics our fourth graders are working on Geometry and will soon be moving on to measuring Area and Perimeter. Students are learning how and why we use decimals. Each fourth grade teacher is also introducing strategies that students can use to approach complex word problems. Since these are the type of problems that students will encounter on the Fourth grade End of Grade Mathematics assessment, we greatly solicit the help of our parents to reinforce these skills each evening as students come home with homework. Your child should be learning how to identify key words in a word problem that signifies to him or her the operation that should be applied to solve the given problem. Social Studies / Science Fourth Grade teachers are strategically integrating both Social Studies and Science within the Mathematics and Communication Skills units. Many fourth grade students are working on African American achiever biographies. Check over your child’s project before he/she turns it in. Reading / Math Academy In an effort to prepare our students for success on the End of Grade test, fourth grade students have been granted the opportunity to participate in an In – House Reading and Math Academy. From 1:30 – 3:00 students are engaged in direct instruction geared to extend and improve their knowledge of terms and skills needed to achieve maximally on End of Year Assessments. Parents As always parents, our charge to you is that you remain consistent with holding high expectations for your child. Remember we need you! Please remind your child to bring pencils, paper and homework to school daily. We have many researched based learning programs in place that will prepare your child to experience success on the End of Grade Test. Please talk with your child about demonstrating positive behavior during these sessions and in their regular classroom. You are always invited to contact your child’s teacher or come in and observe. We look forward to your input and are always happy to see you. Third Grade News: Mrs. Forsleff, Ms. Gray, Mrs. Hopes, Mrs. Roger Third grade students are working extremely hard to prepare for the EOG. Students are learning vocabulary and strategies that will help them to be successful during testing. In order to prepare for the EOG, students are involved in Fast Forward, tutoring, and reading/math academies. We have two months left to prepare for the EOG!!! The EOG is scheduled for May 27-May 29. Currently in reading, we are reading about stories that deal with oral storytelling. Parents can enriched students’ knowledge based on this theme by sharing stories dealing with family traditions and family histories. By enhancing your child’s knowledge about storytelling, students may share new stories with their classmates. This will help teachers to prepare their Questions/Concepts Boards on storytelling. In Math, students are learning strategies to solving word problems. Please continue to help your child to remember basic facts in multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. If your child has mastered their basic multiplication and division facts, start helping them to multiply two digit numbers by one digit numbers. Also they need to practice long division with and without remainders. In addition, students are currently learning about fractions. Please encourage your child to read books daily at home. Also, check their homework at night to make sure that it is done correctly. Completing homework at night will also enhance your child’s learning abilities and prepare your child for the EOG this spring.
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