May 25, 2017
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Homeroom: A Gold Star for the Kindness Crew

Schools also recognized for experiential learning, student achievements


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BY BILL GUIDA
bguida@kenoshanews.com


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This week’s Gold Star goes to the Curtis Strange Kindness Crew.

The group of approximately 60 students in grades 2-5 meet every other week to spread acts of kindness throughout the school and community. They created a video, “Fill ‘Em With Kindness,” a spin-off of Selena Gomez’ popular song, “Kill ‘Em With Kindness.”

Curtis Strange is a PBIS Bucket Filler School, and this video changes Gomez’ tune a bit to demonstrate how students can easily fill someone else’s bucket with a simple act of kindness.

It also ties into the Kindness Crew’s fundraiser, “Fill ‘Em with Coins,” which is raising money for a buddy bench for the school playground. A buddy bench is designed to help students connect with each other. Someone who feels the need for a “buddy” can sit on the bench, and other students can join them.

Our School Standout is the Vernon Elementary School kindergarten class which teamed up on April 26 with Breezy Hill Nursery to make a real world application of their learning.

The planting of a donated golden maple tree culminated the kindergarten’s case study about trees that began in October, which included field work to observe seasonal changes in their neighborhood trees. Throughout the first quarter, the kindergarten class developed early literacy skills by incorporating nonfiction texts about trees into their daily instruction.

Last summer, teachers planned how to integrate elements of science and language arts, and they saw how planting a tree would connect the classroom studies with the natural world. So, when planting day came, the kindergarteners were very excited about sharing their what they learned with the Vernon community.

“Now we can share our tree with everyone!” Fiona Johnson said.

Noteworthy

n On April 24, The Washington Middle School Positive Wildcats visited Jefferson Elementary School to read to first and second grade students. Washington students begin each day with The Reading Revolution where the entire school reads for 20 minutes. The Positive Wildcats want the elementary school students to know how important reading is for them. n The Lakeview SkillsUSA team competed April 26 in the 2017 Wisconsin SkillsUSA State Competition.

Cade Almarez took 2nd place in Prepared Speech. Delaney Jaronik placed 2nd in Extemporaneousness Speaking. Madelyn Lacroix took 1st place in Job Interview. Lacroix will head to Louisville June 19-23 for the National SkillsUSA Competition.

n The Cielito Lindo mariachi band performed May 4 at Wilson Elementary School to honor Wilson’s Latino community the night before Cinco de Mayo.n KTEC brought in award-winning pianist and entertainer Jason Lyle Black in for an inspirational assembly May 4 for grades 2-7 in the west campus auditorium. n The Indian Trail High School & Academy Communications Academy held its Senior Showcase on May 9.

Students presented portfolios specific to their career or interest goals. They welcomed professionals willing to share insights about what they do, review their work and provide insights on how their skills could be effectively or practically applied.

The purpose was for students to practice networking, share what they’ve learned, gain valuable insights, direction, and practice communicating on a professional level.


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