The students at North Side Elementary school are benefitting from books, more so than ever! This week, the Scholastic Book Fair has set up shop in the school’s gymnasium, giving the kids an easy opportunity to add to their own home collections. Wendy Smith, RESC Board member, and Book Fair coordinator is thrilled to help create this event each year for the students. “I started this project when my own daughters were at North Side. I fell in love so much with the event, that now the school can’t get rid of me!” But everyone at North Side agrees- Smith is why the Book Fair is such a great draw for the students and they hope she continues this for years to come.
Where most schools are lucky enough to host one book fair each year, Smith has made it a biannual event, creating two memorable book fairs each school year. With themes, decorations, and costumes, each Scholastic Book Fair that Smith chairs is enjoyed by all! This year’s theme, “The Enchanted Forest” features fanciful wall murals and trees, complete with woodland critters and gnome doors!
The Scholastic Book Fair is open every day of the week during the school day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but will have extended hours this Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., in order to coordinate with North Side’s Family Cookout. Book prices start as low as $2 for a new, paperback chapter book, and can run up to $20 for the newest, hardback book. Community friends are encouraged to visit, as well. Please note, though, that all guests to North Side must first register in the office.
On Friday, September 14, the Indians of Union City will host the Northeastern Knights for the school’s annual Homecoming Football Game, and the students at RESC will be celebrating all week with a lot of fantastic activities, planned for them by the UCJSHS Student Council. This year’s overall theme is sure to be a crowd pleaser- “Dr. Seuss.”
UCJSHS Student Council sponsor Kylee Hopkins shared some of this year’s dress up days for the school. “We wanted to include each student at RESC. With permission from Mr. Black at the high school and from Mr. Winkle at North Side, every student can share in the spirit of Homecoming.” Spirit days at RESC will start on Monday, September 10 with “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” Day- all students should wear their grades specified colors (this information has been shared with all classroom teachers to share with their students). On Tuesday, September 11, they will celebrate “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” Day by wearing their favorite college apparel.
On Wednesday, September 12, the high schoolers will show their spirit by wearing their class’s Powder Puff shirts, while the students at North Side and in the Junior High are encouraged to wear school colors. That evening at 7 p.m., the community is invited to the football field to watch the annual Powder Puff Game. This tradition has been around for many years- the men of each class have the opportunity to be the coaches of their class’s team, while the ladies are the players!
Continuing with the activities on Thursday, the school will honor the book “Fox in Socks” by having crazy sock day. And finally, for Friday, September 14, North Siders are encouraged to wear their Iron Sharpens Iron shirts (or school colors) while the students at UCJSHS wear their school colors. The week-long Homecoming festivities will culminate with the annual parade, starting at 3:30 p.m., and football game with kickoff at 7 p.m. This year’s Grand Marshal for the Homecoming parade is UC graduate and biggest fan, Miss Randi Rose. Says Hopkins, “The selection for Grand Marshal was a no-brainer. We wanted someone with spirit, who loves Union City, and is known by everyone. It was an absolute must to have Randi in our parade!” Along with Rose, the parade will consist of the Homecoming candidates for King and Queen, as well as the floats constructed by the classes and their sponsors. This year, the Freshman Class will present “The Cat in the Hat” while the Sophomores share “Whoville.” The Juniors have chosen “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and the Seniors are taking on “The Lorax.” To view the parade, be sure to find a spot along it’s regular route- the parade will travel south on Walnut Street to Pearl, turning west. Once on Pearl Street, it will travel to Columbia Street, turning north up Columbia Street, through downtown Union City, until reaching Division Street. From there, it will travel east down Division, returning to the school.
August is nearly complete- our first month of school is almost a memory! Where has the time gone? It has been a great start to our school year, and everyone seems rejuvenated and refreshed, ready to make 2018-2019 the best school year yet at North Side. As our school year begins, so does our efforts in collecting Box Tops.
Box Tops for Education is a fantastic opportunity allowing schools to help them raise some needed funds to support their students. Each Box Top collected awards the school with $.10. This might not seem like a fortune, but with everyone working together, we can bring in a lot of money by simply cutting out a tiny square of cardboard or plastic! Companies like General Mills, Kleenex, Ziploc, Yoplait, and Old El Paso (and many more) support the Box Tops for Education program. Please visit www.boxtops4education.com to find more companies who support it, as well as ways to earn extra Box Tops. You can also download the Box Tops Bonus app onto your phone to find ways to collect more (it is VERY easy to do and use, but it requires you to take photos of your receipt, and sometimes those receipts are rather long!). Finally, you can join the North Side Box Tops page on Facebook. Search for “@BoxTopsAtNorthSide” to find it!
This year’s theme is “I scream, You scream, We all scream for...BOX TOPS!” Each classroom at North Side will have their own “cone” outside of their classroom. Each Box Tops sheet completed and returned to the school will earn their class a “scoop” of ice cream. Prizes will be awarded for every 7th sheet turned in. The class at the end of the school year who’s collected the most sheets will be awarded a Grand Prize.
You can start sending Box Tops sheets in with your child after we return from Labor Day weekend. Please make sure you’ve attached each Box Top securely to the submission page in the spot they are needed (staples, glue sticks, or a strip of Scotch tape work best- rolled tape on the back of each Box Top does not work well). A collection sheet is coming home soon with your child. If you need more Box Tops sheets, you can pick them up in the North Side office or notify your child’s classroom teacher.
Be sure to invite your family, friends, neighbors, church friends, and our local businesses to help! The more Box Tops we can collect, the more money we can earn to benefit our students!
Thank you so much for supporting this program- we are looking forward to another banner year with Box Tops!
New Program at UC Allows for Hands-On Learning Opportunities
The start of a new school year always brings about exciting, new challenges for both students and staff in any school corporation. This is definitely true for everyone at Randolph Eastern, where the implementation of the student-empowering program, Project Lead The Way, is taking off.
At the end of the 2017-2018 school year, it was announced that the corporation received a Digital Learning Grant worth $75,000 that specified being used for Technology and STEM Education. The corporation’s Guiding Coalition, made up of teachers and administrators, was originally presented this opportunity and felt it was an absolute must do. In this day and age, every student must become acclimated to knowing and using technology appropriately and educationally while developing the necessary math, science, and engineering skills to be a productive citizen. Neal Adams, assistant principal at UCJSHS, having seen the benefits of Project Lead The Way (PLTW) first hand, encouraged the coalition to consider this opportunity as a way to best use these available finances, and the group agreed.
Once the news of receipt came to the school, and once the idea was pitched, it became evident that this was going to create some fantastic opportunities for all students at RESC, Kindergarten through 12th Grade. A team of teachers was created, one whose members were willing to participate in various training events throughout the summer and able to share this information with their colleagues. The RESC PLTW Team consists, from North Side, of Kerry Hinkle, Tammy Brouse, Clorinda Culy, Treva Gough, Lori Clevenger, Nate Cash, and Phil Lynch. The Jr High/ High School is being represented, currently, by Brooke Bissell, with plans to expand this team in the future.
Prior to any training, the mentioned team had to participate in roughly two hours of online coursework. Two hours may not seem like a large amount of time, but when you consider the work a teacher does during the day, coming up with a block of time that can be dedicated to this is difficult. Plus, with the work required, the two-hour block grew into a 3 to 4-hour block. Nonetheless, the team completed this work and was able to go through the mandatory training. Most elementary sessions were two-day events, while the jr. high/ high school sessions lasted a week. The teachers aren’t left alone upon completion of this training; instead, online support is available to them throughout the year, as lessons are taught and classroom experiences had.
What is PLTW?
**The following information is taken directly from the PLTW website. Please, visit www.pltw.org for more information.**
Imagine a classroom filled with engaged students who are collaborating with classmates on solving real-world problems, like programming electronic devices or devising how to clean up an oil spill. Imagine a teacher supporting student inquiry and learning as a coach and facilitator, rather than a lecturer. Imagine an environment where students are disappointed to hear the bell ring because they are intent on solving a medical mystery. Imagine PreK-12 students who are already making a difference today and will go on to change the world tomorrow. This is what happens every day for PLTW students and teachers at every grade level across the U.S.
Through PLTW’ s activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum, students in pre-kindergarten through high school engage in true-to-life challenges like programming apps to solve problems for clients, cleaning up oil spills, and proposing methods to prevent the spread of illness. As they lead their own explorations, students are empowered to connect their learning to the real world, develop in-demand skills, and reimagine their potential.
PLTW empowers educators to lead relevant, hands-on learning experiences through an activity-, project-, and problem-based (APB) instructional approach. Whether challenging students to create animations from short stories or design prosthetic devices, PLTW teachers transform the classroom into collaboration spaces where interdisciplinary learning comes to life. In addition, PLTW teachers receive unparalleled support and comprehensive classroom resources that help them focus their time and attention on what they do best: engaging and inspiring students.
What will PLTW Look Like at RESC?
In order to achieve success with this program, the teachers at RESC have decided to take small steps in hopes to ensure full information retention and participation. Each trained teacher will act as their grade’s facilitator, presenting the lessons and activities to all of the students. Nonetheless, PLTW will look very different throughout the corporation.
For example, for this school year, the students in kindergarten will be learning about the human body- bones, muscles, joints, etc. “The students will eventually be tasked with creating a cast for a broken arm that meets specific, given criteria”, says Kerry Hinkle, Kindergarten teacher. Clorinda Culy, 2nd Grade teacher, adds, “Second-grade students will be learning about states of matter. They will investigate and classify different kinds of materials. They will analyze data from the materials testing, then design an insulating cover for an ice pop to prevent melting.”
Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will be learning from the Design and Modeling component. According to Brooke Bissell and Phil Lynch, “the students will learn the Design and Modeling process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy.”
The students at RESC are recognizing that hands-on learning can take on a real-world approach, and the teachers are thrilled that this opportunity has been given to them. This is a costly investment, each module that is purchased filled with supplies that will regularly need to be replaced. However, the corporation is behind this way of learning 100% and is anxious to see how it affects the future of Union City, the state of Indiana, and the country.
If you’d like more information on Project Lead The Way, you can visit www.pltw.org or you can set up a time to see it in action at Randolph Eastern. North Side Elementary School and UCJSHS are two of only 650 schools in the state of Indiana (over 1900 schools exist) offering this opportunity to their students. Great things are certainly happening in Union City!
There are several fun opportunities planned for students in grades 4-12. Students in those grades are familiarizing themselves with Ms.Haddix's books. Some of her titles include: "Running Out of Time", "Children of Exile" (book 1 of series), "Under Their Skin" (book 1 of series), "House on the Gulf", "Among the Hidden" (book 1 of series), "Double Identity", and "Summer of Broken Things". In addition, Ms. Haddix has ALSO written the 10th book, "Into the Gauntlet" of the 39 Clues series (a GREAT series for tie-ins to history and geography).
The Randolph Eastern libraries have 41 of her titles for students to check out and read.
The day will conclude with an autograph/ photo session.
Refreshments will be available. Childcare will be available.
Randolph Eastern has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying. The recognition acknowledges our district's commitment creating a culture of digital learning and citizenship. Common Sense applauds the faculty and staff of Randolph Eastern Schools for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students' education," said Liz Kline, VP, Education Programs, Common Sense Education. "Randolph Eastern deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large."
Randolph Eastern has been using Common Sense Education's innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 90,000 classrooms nationwide.
"We're honored to be recognized as a Common Sense District," said Lisa Smith, Superintendent. "By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning. We had 98% of our teaching staff become Common Sense Educators during this process and this accomplishment is a testament to their hard work and dedication to this cause." For more information about Randolph Eastern, go to www.resc.k12.in.us. To learn more about the criteria Randolph Eastern met to become recognized as a Common Sense District, visit https://www.commonsense.org/education/recognition-districts.