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    Mr. Anderson

    The second grade students in Mr. Anderson's class have been working hard on their addition and subtraction facts. They have taken a few practice Speedy Spartan tests at Roosevelt Elementary and took their first official test in January. To help them reach their goal of 100 problems in 6 minutes, the students have also been working on Skills Tutor which is a fun way to learn and practice addition and subtraction facts. Shown here are Natalie Selby and Brandon Szakal working on a page from Skills Tutor.
     
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    Mrs. Floyd

    Wow… it has been a really busy year so far for Mrs. Floyd’s third graders! The students have been focusing on improving their reading/writing skills and strategies. During our reading block of time the students implement “The Daily Five.” This program allows the children to participate in a variety of skill opportunities. They have the chance to “Read to a Partner,” which gives them a chance to practice strategies, help work on their fluency and expression, check of understanding, hear their own voice, and share in our learning community. Next, we have “Word Work” in which the students have time to work on vocabulary and spelling. This is an essential foundation for writers. Then we have “Read To Self” where the students choose books that are at a just-right reading level for them. “Working on Writing” is the fourth member of our Daily Five giving the students more opportunities to practice their writing each day. The final part of our reading block is our group time where the students work on reading books at instructional levels to increase their reading abilities. This is quiet a bit for an eight year old to process and complete daily! However, our classroom has done a terrific job at being active learners!
     
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    Principal's Update

    Congratulations to the students in room 312! They won the attendance award for December!  We had 14 students with perfect attendance for the month! We celebrated with a pizza party! We have also been busy collecting money for Children's Hospital. Hopefully, we will reach our $75 goal so that we can have a dance party!

    The students have been busy reading in their guided reading groups, reading independently and reading to someone. Before Christmas the students performed a reader's theater for the class! We had The Polar Express, Redheaded Robbie's Christmas Story and The Christmas Elves. The students have enjoyed many read-alouds to help them make inferences, sequence events, use context clues and make visualizations. The students have also been busy writing an opinion essay that they typed in computer lab. This was an exciting task. Many of them had never typed anything before! We will be making a class book out of the essays! 

    We are now beginning to learn our multiplication facts. The students are very excited about this! I am so proud of how much they have improved on their math facts this year! We now have four Speedy Spartan members and 16 students who earned the Improvement award. We are also doing a math facts race in our classroom to help improve their math facts. Math in Focus has presented us with many challenges. We just finished the chapter on bar modeling which was quite difficult and made the students think and figure out which operations to choose to solve the problems. Bar modeling was new to me also so, we were all learning about them at the same time.

    Finally, we had Mrs. Carr from the Arc of Summit and Portage Counties come and do a program called People Together. The purpose of this week long program was to educate the students about people with disabilities. It emphasizes character education by encouraging the students to understand, communicate and accept people regardless of their disabilities. The students participated in discussions, simulations and other activities throughout the program. We also had a guest speaker, Colleen, come in and talk to the students. She has cerebral palsy and discussed a little bit about what it was like living with CP. The students were very interested in all of the activities in the program. Hopefully, they will be more respectful and compassionate towards others.

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    Tank the Reading Dog

    Miss Judy brings in Tank every Tuesday so the kindergarteners can read to him.  The students really look forward to Tank’s visit each week and cannot wait to sing and read with him.  Thank you Miss Judy for sharing your time with us!
     
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    Spartanaires Visit Roosevelt

    The Spartanaires visited Roosevelt during the holiday season, singing, dancing and spreading holiday cheer. The children enjoyed the performance and were even able to sing along! Here are some of our kindergarten children from mrs. Craig and Mrs. Scrimo's classes meeting the performers.
     
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    Mrs. Ward

    Third graders at Roosevelt were very fortunate to be able to participate in a Disabilities Awareness program this month. The program, sponsored by The ARC of Summit County, and taught by Hope Carr, was integrated into the classroom to help children become more sensitive and understanding of people living with physical and/or mental disabilities. The students participated in many simulation activities, including some that required them to use crutches, walkers, and wheelchairs to get around the third floor hallway and the gym. They had other simulation activities to teach them how it might feel to be hearing-impaired, have dyslexia, or to have a learning disability. The students have come to the realization that people with disabilities are much more like us than they are different. Through various lessons and hands-on activities, third graders have developed a more accepting attitude about interacting with people with disabilities!
     
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    Mrs. Warzinski

    Our second-graders have been working very hard!  

    Mrs. Warzinski's second grade class has been working very hard these past few months. We just received 1,000 points for good behavior and will celebrate with a pizza party during our lunch time. The students are excited about this. We began Everyday Reading in October. Mrs. Oliver works with the readers on poetry and reading fluency, while Mrs. Warzinski teaches guided reading lessons. Students are busy working on Daily 5 activities and  also are using our new iPads during this time. In November we had a guest teacher from Kent State do a special writing lesson with us. An Akron University student helped us during our math lessons in the fall. We are working on building our math and reading stamina each day. The students should be very proud of the job that they are doing!

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    Mrs. Wyss - Art

    It's cold outside but it's warm in the art room. Here's what we've been working on.

    1st graders are making torn snowman collages and learning how to show texture in their work.

    2nd graders are making winter paintings of cardinals. They too are learning how to incorporate varied textures in their artwork by combining torn and cut papers.

    3rd graders are drawing snowman portraits with oil pastels. The sky in their artwork is a tribute to the windy sky in Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night".

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