CARRABEC COMMUNITY SCHOOL MARCH NEWSLETTER 2013 28 ~ Distri ct K- 12 Talent Show 6pm IMPORTANT 29 ~ Good Friday 31 ~ Easter MARCH DATES 1 ~ Q3 Progress Reports go home The Princess & the Pea ~ shows at From the desk of our K-5 Principal 12:30 and 6pm 4 ~ K-5 PTO Meeting 6pm 6 ~ Board Meeting at H.S. 6PM 7 ~ K-5 Math Night 5:30 – 7:30 8 ~ Grade 5 District Ski Trip to Sugarloaf 10 ~ Daylight Savings Time 12 ~ 6-8 PTO Meeting 6pm 13 ~ School Board Budget Work Session 6pm at CHS 15 ~ No School / District Workshop Day 17 ~ St. Patricks Day 18 ~ No School / District Workshop Day School Board Budget Work Session 6pm at CHS 19 ~ 6-8 Math Night 5:30 – 7:30 Earth Day 20 ~ School Board Budget Work Session 6pm at CHS 23 ~ PreK – 5 Father-Daughter Dance at Solon 6-8pm 27 ~ School Board Budget Work Session 6pm at CHS I hope all of our students and their families enjoyed the February break. Our students are hoping for a few more weeks of fun in the snow before the arrival of spring. Our Valentine's Day activities were lots of fun again this year. Each student and staff member made a valentine for someone else in the K-5 wing, and we had a beautiful bulletin board display of hearts in the hall near the Resource Room. We had fun playing Hearts on February 13th in multiage teams. Congratulations to the winning team: Olivia Fortier, Aislinn Hatch, Luke Carey, Neveah Holmes, Trenton Smith, and Kaden Bell. The winners of our “Hearts” prizes were Lilly Augustine and Zack Paquette. On February 14th, the students enjoyed exchanging valentines and eating tasty treats during their classroom parties. March 7th is our K-5 Math Night from 5:30-7:30 Thanks to all of the parents who sent in PM. Last year's Math Night was so successful snacks for the parties. that we decided to hold another one as part of our activities in our Continuous Improvement I met with all of the students in grades 3-5 to Priority Schools (CIPS) Project. CIPS funds go over their scores on the New England will cover the costs of this activity. Students Common Assessment Program (NECAP) tests and their families will enjoy a pizza dinner and that they took in October. Your child should then engage in math games run by our have brought these scores home the week teachers and ed techs in the gym. There will before February vacation. We are pleased that be raffle prizes too. Please put this date on our Grades 3, 4, and 5 classes all scored your calendars and plan to join us for a night above the district average in reading, math, of fun with math. and writing, and above the district average in all but fourth grade math. They exceeded or Our fifth graders are looking forward to a great came close to the state targets for the percent day at Sugarloaf Mountain on March 8th for a of students who reached proficiency. Eighteen day of skiing along with the fifth graders from of our students reached the level of Proficient the Garret Schenck and Solon Schools. We with Distinction in one or more subjects; their thank Mrs. Dunphy and Mr. Robinson for names will be displayed on the bulletin board planning this day of fresh air, exercise, and fun in the front hall soon. Our students and staff for our students. We also thank our PTO for continue to work hard to raise our test scores helping to fund the cost of the bus for this trip. on the NECAP to demonstrate that our students meet the Common Core State Please contact me if you have any questions Standards. or concerns about the K-5 program. Think The week of February 25-March 1 is Children'sSpring! Stage Adventures Week for our third, fourth, and fifth graders. Remember that the performances of “The Princess and the Pea” From the desk of our 6-8 Principal are on March 1st at 12:30 and 6:00 PM. We again thank the PTO for sponsoring this special activity. Is winter over yet? No, because we haven’t had our annual March Talent Show! This has become quite a tradition at the Carrabec Community School for students, staff and 2013 with their third quarter progress report. community. We are planning on holding the Please review them and if you have any Talent Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at questions, contact your child’s teacher or me. 6:00 pm. and mandatory rehearsal on You will be asked to document that you have Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 2:30 pm. Sign received a copy of this assessment on the up and permission slips are available in the Office. Please encourage your talented child(ren) to become involved in this fun activity. same form that you sign for progress reports. On March 30, 2013 Emilee Fortier and Bailey Dunphy will be recognized for receiving the 2nd & 3rd place awards for the Elks Club’s Prior to vacation we held an (Skowhegan) regional essay contest. assembly to recognize This year’s topic was “What the students for their academic National Anthem means to me". Both achievement and excellent girls accompanied by two guests of their attendance. Students choosing will receive their awards at a receiving Honors, High celebratory dinner. Honors and Excellent Attendance also received a ticket to a Portland Mrs. McCluskey’s 8th grade students are Pirates game and a food coupon for learning about wind power. She has invited McDonalds. I am proud to say the list of two people from the Kibby Wind Project awardees keeps growing longer. (Transwind) to come in and speak with the class, a manager and an electrician. To We have received our NECAP scores and balance the information, she plans to invite a they are very good! The 7th and 8th graders member of the Friends of Highland Plantation, scored at or above the state average in an anti-wind group. If you would like more Reading and Mathematics! Although the 6th information about this please check with Mrs. graders didn’t quite meet the targets, they did McCluskey. improve their scores over last year’s scores. Since the NECAP is administered during the Our Math League continues to make us proud! month of October, these scores reflect the Ian McHugh placed first for CCS in grade 6 student’s achievement of the previous school and 12th in the league. Katrina Mason placed year. A copy of your child’s NECAP first at CCS in grade 7 and tied for first in the assessment will be sent home on March 1, league. Sara Taylor placed first for CCS in grade 8 and 5th in the league. The 8th grade work to build with all those cups! team came in 2nd out of 6 schools and the 7th grade team tied for first Once again thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions or concerns please call, email or stop by. KINDERGARTEN We celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday in style. Our Kindergarten has been busy this past month getting ready for the 100th day of kindergarten. Everyone did an awesome job on their 100th day project. I really enjoyed seeing everybody's hard work and they made a great display in the hallway. This month, we added three members to the 100's club. Congratulations to Gracilyn, Evan fun Dr. Seuss week included a week full of wacky dressing, wearing patterns and hats. Thanks to Mr. Larlee for making green eggs and ham with us. It was yummy. To end the exciting week, we got a special visit from the Cat in the Hat himself! Kindergarten is looking forward to the arrival of spring! and Zakary for counting their way to 100! We MADE IT to the 100th day of Kindergarten!! It was a very exciting day. We made 100th day hats, made fruit loop necklaces, sorted buttons, and made snack mix. To celebrate our big day, our friend Zero the Hero came to visit. To help him make the number 100, he had a special friend join him, Zeronial! Our favorite part of the day was building with 100 cups. We learned it takes a lot of team Kindergarten students making their Friendship Salad ! Yum! PRESCHOOL ENROLLMENT MSAD 74/RSU 74 (Anson, Embden, came to visit us. Laurie talked about the New Portland & Solon) will be holding “Rainbow Plate” and the five food groups. The kindergarten screening for all pre- students learned that one half of their plate school children entering Kindergarten in should be filled with colorful fruits and the fall. Children must be five years of vegetables, one quarter filled with whole age on or before October 15, 2013. grains and the other quarter filled with protein. Screenings for all district children will be held by appointment only on Tuesday, April 2nd at the Carrabec Community School in North Anson for all incoming Kindergarten students. Please call Bonnie Atwood at the Superintendent’s Office 635-2727 Ext #3 for an appointment and/or any questions you may have. Screening takes approximately 1 hour per child. More information will be given at the time of your call. Laurie then did an activity with the students to help them identify which kinds of foods fit on which part of the plate. We finished with identifying what parts of the body different foods are good for. After vacation Laurie will be coming back to help us start some carrot plants. We are in need of 3 liter bottles for this activity. We are midway through the year and it is time to work on mechanics in writing such as sentence structure, details and using punctuation. In class we have been working together to develop a If you know of children ready to start writing rubric tool that we can use to help school, please share this information develop good writing skills. with their parent. We are now taking applications for the fall 2013 Head Start Pre-School Program. Please call Lee Ann Salley at 649-6570 for registration information. In February we have been celebrating the 100th day of school, Valentine's Day, dental health and learning about the past and present Presidents. On February 8th we had a surprise visit from GRADE 1 Trooper Crawford. Trooper Crawford talked with the students about the importance of We have been extremely busy this month! On being good listeners and learning to read and January 31, Laurie Magee from Food Corp write. Thank you Trooper Crawford! One final note: please check with your child to see if he/she needs any pencils, erasers or crayons. vacation using Literature Circles with books about Harriet Tubman and Louis Braille. We will use the nonfiction book box, available through a grant to the Literacy Committee, to then study Margaret Chase Smith. GRADE 2 We have shared our time travel stories which Valentine's Day has passed and the Second Grade had a lot of fun at their party. The week after vacation is Read Across America Week honoring Dr. Seuss. We will be reading many of his books. We will also be having Green Eggs and Ham for breakfast during the week. We will be starting to read together E.B. White's Trumpet of the Swan. GRADE 3 were very creative, and we have been working very hard on editing techniques of conventions in writing. Our next assignment is a Fractured Fairy Tale. In Math, we are learning multiplication and division and have been playing Quizmo which is a Bingo type game. The prize is the highly coveted free homework pass. This heightens the enthusiasm, as you might imagine. We are also very excited about Children's Stage Adventures. Most of the students are The third grade has been enjoying finishing participating. their science projects on food chains and webs. They are on display in the classroom. We are now starting a social studies unit on world cultures and have been using literacy GRADE 4 strategies such as Picture This. In this strategy, students read a section and then draw a detailed picture with a caption summarizing what they read. They then share this with the class. This deepens comprehension of the topic. We will also be starting our biography genre studies after This month, students presented time capsules they created based on the book LIttle House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. They included items that represented important parts or characters in the book. It was impressive to see all the ideas difference in kids' lives. She says her parents and creativity that went into creating these were her inspiration because they made projects. school a priority. Also she had an elementary Our friend Emilie from the L.C. Bates Museum has visited a few times and presented on different topics, such as oceans, mammals, and rivers. She always brings station activities where students can get close to the items she teacher, Mr. James, who made school fun. The fifth graders are having lots of fun with Miss Morrison. 6ELA brings and create something to remember the topic of the day. We are looking forward to several more weeks of her visits! In reading class students recently finished reading the book, On My Honor. Following In reading we have spent a lot of time making February vacation, the content, themes, and inferences or figuring out an author's unstated purposes of Ancient Greek mythology will be message. This can be a challenging task explored through the use of sometimes, so we have explored making them several Greek myths and the through poetry and picture books. GRADE 5 Student Teacher by Caitlin Crawford and Skye Welch books Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Math students are still working with fractions, decimals, and percents. After vacation they will be exposed to some of The fifth grade has a student teacher, whose the building blocks of algebra, such as order of name is Krista Morrison. Miss Morrison went operations, variables, and expressions. In the days to come students will learn about the to Calais High School and the University of Maine at Farmington. She will graduate this commutative, associative, identity, and May being certified to teach grades K- 8. distributive properties. Throughout March and April solving addition, subtraction, Miss Morrison said she decided her freshman multiplication, and division equations will be year of high school that she wanted to become the focus. a teacher because she wanted to make a In social studies, the unit on Ancient China is lamb? Let's see. wrapping up. Israel will be next, followed by 7ELLIS Ancient Greece. 7MCMANUS Mrs. Ellis's seventh grade math classes are currently working with polygons and their transformations on the coordinate grid. They On March 30th Emilee Fortier & Bailey are exploring translations, dilations, Dunphy will receive the 2nd & 3rd place reflections, and rotations. After they have awards at the Elks Club in Skowhegan. This mastered these concepts, they will revisit was for a regional contest on " What the algebra using linear functions and National Anthem means to me". Both winners investigating inequalities. They have are allowed to bring two guests to this progressed very well this year and many will celebration for a free dinner. be ready for high school algebra in eighth grade. In Exploratory class we are playing Language arts classes are working on educational board games and dissecting giant responses to reading, backing up statements pickerel caught by Mr. McManus at Porter and opinions with specific parts of the text. Lake. They have also had a practice run with research papers using MLA format; the The recent topics in science class were students are proud of the end product because Fishes/ The First Vertebrates, Amphibians, it looks so professional. Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals. Seventh graders dissected yellow perch, pickerel, and Recently, students had to recite poems in front squid. The squid were caught by Miss Tolman of the class; they were surprisingly nervous! this summer. It was a great learning Guess we'll have to keep working on that... experience! 8STONE In Supplemental reading class we are reading Number the Stars as part of a unit on World War Two. Will March come in Like a lion and out like a The 8th graders will begin to study properties of exponents, scientific notation, and situations such as growth and decay that can be modeled with exponents. The study of powers Students have also been coming up with ideas and exponents is a first-step for students to for the "Invention Convention" which will be in move toward modeling of nonlinear April. This will take the place of the annual relationships. Nonlinear relationships are science fair. The top five students from our frequently found in economics and in biological school will continue on to a state competition systems; their graphs are curves. Using the on May 18th. properties of exponents, the students will Most of our time in March will be devoted to multiply and divide powers and find powers of working on the Invention Convention and products and quotients. Using scientific learning about climate and climate change. notation they will perform operations with very large and very small numbers. This work will lead us into the quadratic equations world. 8McCLUSKEY 6-8 ATHLETICS The 2012-13 C.C.S. Varsity boys had one of the best seasons the program has had in years, finishing the season at 12-5. This team The 8th graders have been learning about the also was the runner-up in the Pine Cone atmosphere, wind, wind power and clouds. League Championship, losing out to Athens in We will have a guest from the Kibby Mountain a very close, late night game. The highlight of wind project join our class after the tournament had to be their vacation to help us learn more high intensity close win over about how wind power works. Madison Junior High School. Students are learning how to The Girls Varsity Basketball team recognize bias and how to judge had many success stories this the reliability of information year, including winning nine found online. Students also games. This group worked hard collected airborne particles in all season and showed our air outside and inside at improvement throughout the CCS. They were encouraged to year. The team kept their continue the study at home for extra credit. composure in many tight games and were led on the floor by a strong group of 7th and 8th grandparents and helpers during our graders. basketball season. Adults and students alike helped serve, cook, and clean during these Our JV girls team developed into a quality home games. Without all of you, our season group of basketball players led by many of our would not be possible. 6th graders. They finished their season with a huge win over Spruce Mountain. We will be looking for new officers come the 13/14 school year. Anyone interested in The JV boys team were led by a group of President, Treasurer or Secretary, please dedicated 6th grade boys who vastly improved contact Candy LeBeau at 635-2209 or join us as the season went on. There were many at our next meeting. highlights including beating Dirigo at the buzzer. Our next meeting will take place at CCS on March 12, 2013 at 6pm. Hope to see you A special thanks goes to all our dedicated there. cheerleaders especially the 8th graders who participated over the past three years. There Our PTO also has two new styled were some wonderful routines performed at t-shirts, long sleeve and hoodies available. many of our half times throughout the season. These are in the office. Please check size Their enthusiastic cheering kept many of our availability with Candy. We have adult and fans actively involved in our games. youth sizes. I would also like to thank all the coaches, parents and workers who helped support our students throughout the long winter basketball and cheering. A special thanks goes out to Candy LeBeau and Ann Holzworth who kept the booster kitchen open all season. 6-8 PTO I would like to personally thank all the parents, Our two new shirt styles !! From the 6-8 Civil Rights Team MyPyramid has changed to MyPlate! As not only a student of CCS but a member of society, name calling that goes against our Civil Rights is not accepted. Everyone has a right not to be called names. Nobody has a right to call people these names. Names such as “queer” and “retarded,” go against our Civil Rights. You need to ask yourself: does this word go against this person's race, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, gender or sexual orientation? If so, why use it? Using these words is against the law, and it hurts people. Words like this should never used. CCS 6-8 Civil Rights Team By: Sara Taylor, Josh Long, Cassidy Bailey, and TK Pray 5210 LET’S GO! Did you know that MyPlate is a new icon established in 2010 as part of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help consumers make better choices and to remind us to eat healthfully. The symbol shows that ½ of our plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables, ¼ with grains, and ¼ with protein. Low fat or no fat dairy should be consumed at each meal. This was designed to be an easier way to be sure to get enough variety of each of the food groups throughout the day without having to be as concerned with counting servings. Portions still matter though, so before you reach for the oversized plate, try using a smaller plate and see if you feel satisfied after finishing your meal. You can visit www.choosemyplate.gov for more information on MyPlate and to access handy food and activity tools.