FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
HEALTH CLASS: Students in grades 1-6 will soon begin the health curriculum with units on Human Sexuality. The 1st graders will review the names of the basic body parts. They will also be able to identify male and female. The 2nd graders will learn the proper names for all the body parts and complete a health program called “Its Your Body: You’re in Charge”. The 3rd graders will review the basic body parts and be introduced to the disease AIDS. The 4th graders will get a better understanding of what AIDS does to the immune system and are introduced to puberty and body changes. The 5th graders will learn the stages of human growth and be introduced to the vocabulary used in the human reproductive system. They will also recognize that some diseases such as AIDS are caused by high-risk behaviors. The 6th graders will review the disease AIDS and review the vocabulary associated with the reproductive system. They will also discuss adolescence and puberty and its relationship to physical and emotional changes. Joan Streck and Joan Bolt will team teach the 5th and 6th grade puberty lessons. If you have any questions about the Human Sexuality Curriculum, please feel free to contact Joan Bolt.
PUBERTY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM: The fifth graders will be viewing the puberty / personal hygiene film once again this year. The boys will view the film “Always Changing – for Boys” with Nurse Streck. The girls will view the film, “Always Changing – For Girls – with Nurse Streck. The boys and girls will also have separate time that day with Joan Bolt for worksheets, vocabulary, and basic facts. Parents / Guardians can preview either film followed by a Q&A discussion time with Nurse Streck prior to the students watching the videos. This will be done in April, so more information will be available as the date approaches.
SPRING BREAK: Spring Break will begin on March 12th, 2018 and last the entire week. School will resume at the normal time on Monday, March 19th, 2018.
AUTHOR’S VISIT: On March 26, 2018,Eisenhower students will have the opportunity to hear author Shelly Simoneau share information about her books. Her stories are inspired by childhood memories and experiences growing up in the farming community of Wilsey, Kansas. Your child will bring an order form home that can be used to purchase copies of Ms. Simoneau’s books. Purchase is totally optional, however; the library will be obtaining copies for student enjoyment.
STATE ASSESSMENTS: Just a reminder that State Assessments will begin in the next couple weeks. It is important for parents to send their child to school during this time to take the tests. Encourage your child to take the test serious, and do the best they can. This is an important part of the school year and we want the students to feel refreshed, relaxed, and confident of their ability to be successful on these very important State assessments. Thank you for your support.
STUDENT SICKNESS: A child needs to be fever free for 24 hours without having Tylenol or Ibuprofen reducing the fever, before they can come back to school. Students still contagious during that 24 hour period are exposing their classmates if they come back to school too soon. If you have a question about this, please contact school nurse Joan Streck.
MTSS: More than 30 years of research exists indicating how children learn to read, why some children fail at reading, and what components and practices are necessary to provide effective instruction in reading. A multi-tiered reading model has been designed to implement these research findings and meet instructional needs of all readers. MTSS is a prevention model aimed at providing early supports to students before they become disengaged from school because of advanced learning needs or falling behind. Considerable research supports the importance of using systematic and explicit instruction when teaching the five essential areas of reading—namely: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.