Bee Friendly Frankfort Art Contest and the Farmers Bank Art Show
Our outstanding Art Teacher Miles Johnson worked with students at SSS to submit works of art into to local art contests and art shows. It was no surprise that many of our students not only submitted works but they as well won medals to distinguish their art from others.
Erin McQueen 7th Grade - 1st Place
McKenzie Edgett 8th Grade - 2nd Place
Ella Abney 4th Grade - 1st Place
Kirsten Crowe 4th Grade - 2nd Place
Farmers Bank Event
Jeremiah Pardi 5th Grade - 1st Place
Congratulations to our students and Mr. Johnson on their great efforts and their success.
Student Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to Destiny Romans, Bella Taylor and Ryan Howell on being selected student athlete of the week. All three of these students have demonstrated their ability to be highly successful in the classroom and in their respective sports. Go Panthers!
Leader in Me and the Habits of Highly Effective People
The Leader in Me is a program that helps guide teachers and administrators in teaching children the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This work comes from the work of Stephen Covey's books that 25 years ago focused on the habits of adults. Since that time folks in schools throughout the country and the world have have used Covey's work to teach children these habits. It is a no brainer that we should be teaching these to children first and foremost simply because they provoke the students ability to be successful in whatever they partake in as they are learning them.
The 7 Habits are:
Be Proactive - You're in Charge
-Take responsibility and practice accountability.
-Create positive results.
Begin With the End in Mind - Have a Plan
-Define vision and values.
-Create a Personal Mission Statement.
-Set measurable team and personal goals.
-Start projects successfully.
-Align goals to priorities.
-Focus on desired outcomes.
Put First Things First - Work First, Then Play
-Apply effective delegation skills.
-Focus on important activities.
-Apply effective planning and prioritization skills.
-Balance key priorities.
-Eliminate low priorities and time-wasters.
-Use planning tools effectively.
-Use effective time-management skills.
Think Win-Win - Everyone Can Win
-Build high trust relationships.
-Build effective teams.
-Apply negotiation skills.
-Use effective collaboration.
-Build productive business relationships.
Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
-Apply effective interpersonal communication.
-Overcome communication pitfalls.
-Reach mutual understanding.
-Communicate viewpoints effectively.
-Apply productive input and feedback.
Synergize - Together is Better
-Apply effective problem solving.
-Apply collaborative decision making.
-Build on divergent strengths.
-Leverage creative collaboration.
-Embrace and leverage innovation.
Sharpen the Saw - Balance Feels Best
-Achieve life balance.
-Apply continuous learning.
-Seek continuous learning.
-Succeed in ll phases of your life: body, heart, mind, and spirit.
While students at SSS are learning these habits informally it is my goal that we will utilize the work to achieve Goal #2 of our CSIP, ensure that all students are provided a curriculum that will teach life and career skills, creative and innovative thinking skills, and 21st century technology skills.
Last Wednesday I was able to attend the Leader in Me Symposium in Bowling Green with Ms. Roten and Mrs. Young. We were able to see some great examples of schools that were flying high with student lead educational practices and also some very good examples of how we, as educators, can miss the very talent that sits in our classrooms because we often do not embrace individuality enough. You will find two videos below that portay just that. The first video is an experiment in which world famous musician Joshua Bell is in a Washington subway playing and is barely noticed throughout the day. This parallel was drawn to have educators realize that this can be happening in our very own classrooms if we are not tapping into students individuality and much more than just content mastery. The next video will be used in our staff meeting on Monday March 10th. It is a very compelling piece of work put together by ESPN and Lisa Fenn. I recommend you check both of them out. You may need some tissues for the second video.
Joshua Bell Experiment
A small group of students have already begun working on learning the 7 habits with me in a class that I hold weekly and also a small group of teachers that have read the book. We look to increase our use of this by conducting a school wide book study, leadership binders for all students in the 4th quarter, student lead morning meetings and ultimately a school wide implementation of the Leader In Me.
This Week's School Meeting Reminders
School Improvement Committee - Monday 3/10 - 5:00pm Riverview Cafe
Academics Committee - Tuesday 3/11 - 5:00pm Riverview Cafe
Site Based Decision Making Council - Thursday Library 4pm and Joint Board Meeting at 5pm
-Last Friday we met with Mr. Bill Sykes of Pearl Fundraising to complete our 2nd and final schoolwide fundraiser. Last year our students raised nearly $6,000 in the sale. Funds generated by the sale go directly to specific grade level trips and purchase requests. This proved to be an outstanding way to reduce the costs of some very good opportunities for our students. The sale will run from March 7th to March 17th. Cookie dough orders will be picked up from SSS on the 19th and the orders will be delivered to SSS after Spring Break.
Student Council Video Link
Below you will find a very cool video that was created to support anti-bullying efforts at SSS. Thanks to Ms. Sluss and the kids in Student Council for putting this together.
70% of all Learning Targets to be Taught, to be Learned
On January 6th our staff met and established common goals and common language to achieve our Consolidated School Improvement Plan goals. Teachers adopted the use of, across all grades, pre-assessments and post assessment aligned to Kentucky Core Academic Standards, the use study guides and target retakes to increase mastery of targets. We set a school wide goal that all students would master 70% of all learning targets taught in their respective classrooms. Currently teachers are working during regular classroom instruction, intervention settings, Extended School Services, and are planning Excel sessions for Spring Break to ensure that every student has ample opportunities to achieve the goal. During these sessions students are given the ability to retake or redo work that will lead to the mastery of the target.
We will be sending out invitations for students that will need to attend Excel in the coming days. Our Excel program will be held from 8am-12 on the dates of March 25, 26 and 27.
Extended School Services are held weekly by teachers in grade 2-8. For more information about the specific days of each teacher you can call us at 875-8658 or find them on their teacher websites at Second Street School .
Proactive 5K for Life
Over the course of the last 4 years students at SSS have placed 1st twice, 2nd once, third once in the Proactive 5K. It is our goal that we have more students cross the finish line than any other school participating. Last year 55 SSS runners crossed the line for a 2nd place finish. We will begin training sessions after we return from Spring Break in an effort to win the race on May 9th. Permission forms for training sessions will be sent home this week.
Pennies for Patients
February 20th - March 14th
Since 1994, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare change by more than 10 million elementary, middle and high school students throughout the country. The funds, collected during a three-week period, benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Everyone who participates is a winner!
Students across the country are collecting pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters during the Pennies for Patients campaigns benefiting the Society.
In the Pennies for Patients campaign, the class collecting the most change in each school receives a pizza party. Second Street School will be participating in this event starting February 20th with a Kickoff Assembly. Our school will collect change until March 14th. Good luck to all of the homerooms!
KUNA Update from Mrs. Young
Panther family...please read the email below! Second Street will be attending KUNA March 16th- 18th and we hope to contribute a great deal to this shoe drive. If you have ANY OLD SHOES not being used at your homes...please drop them off in my office. Thanks for helping us with this project!
Hello KUNA Advisors-
We will be partnering with WaterStep again this year and we're hoping to do the BIGGEST SHOE DRIVE EVER at KUNA!
WaterStep is an organization based in Louisville that essentially turns old shoes into clean water for people who need it. The short story is that the shoes are sold to an importer, who resells them to people in third world nations so they can use them to start their own businesses. Meanwhile, WaterStep uses the proceeds from those shoes to send teams to install water pumps in villages without access to clean water (they also teach the villagers how to maintain the pumps). I'm attaching a one-page document with more details on how that works.
A shoe drive is a super easy in-school service project- just encourage your students to reach deep under their beds and find the shoes they no longer wear. Please keep pairs together by tying the laces together or using a rubber band. We have some of WaterStep's official collection boxes- if you'd like one, let me know and we'll figure out how to get it to you. Bring ALL THE SHOES to KUNA- that's all it takes. Bonus- there will be a recognition given to the delegation who collects the most shoes.
This page has loads more resources- fliers, lesson plans, and stories from folks who have benefited from the program- so check it out!