Saturday, October 30, 2010

Another Great Fall Festival Saturday

The Elementary campus was full of goblins, fairies, superheros, and multiple other costumed children and their families scurrying around trying to get from one booth to the next on Saturday as they enjoyed the Annual Fall Festival. Children young and old were enjoying the train ride, ring toss, face painting, treasure chest, shooting baskets, and so much more. The lines were long but moved quickly as kiddos were playing games and gathering their winnings.

Sami was a big hit at the picture booth and we're not sure what she loved more, the couch where pictures were being taken or the close proximity of the concession stand. Either way she received lots of loving and plenty of treats. Another bigbhit was the costume contest This year's costume contest was very hard on the judges. There were so many entrants and great costumes that the judges had to make two categories - little kids and big kids.

Our silent auction was a success with folks gathering for last minute bidding as time ran out. It's always fun watching everyone get in position to try and make the last bid to win a basket or donated item. We appreciate the contributions from individuals and businesses of our great community that donated items for the silent auction. The silent auction is always our most successful fundraising portion of the Fall Festival.

It was also exciting to learn we had visitors as far away as Livingston, Coldspring, and Houston. We even had a guest appearance from the seamstress for Little Bo Peep! Word on the street is that costume plans are already being made for 2011.

Thank you again to everyone for supporting our Annual Fall Festival - hope to see you again next year.

Jack and Sami enjoying the Fall Festival

Friday, October 29, 2010

Being a responsible pet owner...

Means that sometimes you must take your pets home. Here Josh's Golden Retriever Maddie is being taken home after trying to attend school for the day.

Of course all the other students loved Maddie and she may want to come back because of all the extra love she received.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fall Festival this Saturday

This Saturday the Elementary Booster Club will host it's Annual Fall Festival on the elementary campus. Activities will take place in the cafetorium, gym, and surrounding area outside the cafetorium.

Classes host theme based baskets that will be a part of the silent auction and businesses within our community have donated some nice items for the auction as well. Along with the auction there will be games and activities for all ages. Sami will be in attendance to take photos with the kids.

This is always an exciting day of fun you would not want to miss out on. Come on out after your child's games too - we'll be here until 2PM!

All proceeds go to the Elementary Campus to support the students and staff. Our Booster Club has helped fund activities, school projects, and technology upgrades over the past 5 years.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bing Contest ... We are rated at 4.0...can we get higher?

Bing has extended the deadline for rating projects. We now have until October 26th to increase our rating....please Help Our School.

Help Our School by clicking here

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Author's Perspective in Mrs. Pipkin's class

Mrs. Pipkin's class has been reading Old Yeller. In the writing below one of her students wrote from the bear's perspective. Enjoy...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Congratulations to Mrs. Myers

Mrs. Myers, one of our 4th grade teachers, completed the Harbor Half Marathon in Corpus Christi this past weekend. That's 13.1 miles over some really tall bridges! Mrs. Myers' husband also completed the half marathon and their oldest son completed the Corpus Christi Marathon Kids.

Mrs. Myers competes often in races and can be seen in the early mornings training on the roads around town.

Congratulations Mrs. Myers - well done!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Accomplished but not finished....

Saturday I attempted my first 50 mile trail run. The year of training and excitement leading up to the event on Saturday was an incredible experience. I came short of my goal of running 50 miles stopping at 37.81 miles. I may not have finished the race but I gave everything I had. The heat of the West Texas Canyons and hills were more than I expected. I feel that I could have completed the 50 miles, I simply ran out of time.
I attempted the Palo Duro Canyon 50 Mile Trail Run which has a 12 hour cutoff. Upon my third loop (of which it takes four to finish), I only had 3 hours to complete 12.5 miles. I can typically do this distance without much concern, however, the combination of heat and hills had taken their toll on me. I would not have been able to complete the last loop in the allotted time. Therefore I, along with the race director, felt the best decision was to stop. It would be getting dark and cold within a few hours. Stopping was the smart choice....
I wanted to continue but knew my day was done. Strangely for me I was not sad or disappointed because I knew I gave my best effort. Will I attempt another 50 miler? Good question. I have plenty of questions that I must work through following this race as I've never had to stop short of my goal.
I am blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful people that are supportive of me. No one does anything alone...and this race was no exception.
Thank you. - Ana

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Thanks for the support and well wishes

Thursday I leave for Canyon, Texas and more specifically Palo Duro Canyon State Park to participate in the Palo Duro 50 Mile Trail Race. I am excited, anxious, and humbled. I am excited to embark on a journey of 50 miles which I have been preparing for since December of last year. I am anxious about the distance and ability of my body and mind to endure the task. I am humbled by the love of the people who have wished me good luck and even wondered if I am a little crazy.

I have run a couple of marathons and 50K trail races but this 50 mile adventure is a new test - one that I am excited about and feel well prepared. I have endured alone the long training runs as well as the brutal heat of the summer. I am more reflective and patient as I feel more in tune with who I am and what I can do. I have learned that in time I will complete my task and by pacing myself I will succeed.

We face these kinds of challenges in education all the time - always preparing for a test that determines our success. We hope that the hours we put in will help us reach our goals, all the while keeping our focus on the true purpose of our profession - loving kids and watching them grow and reach their potential. In the end success comes in many forms not solely measured by a single accomplishment.

Here too, with a 50 mile race ahead of me, I know I will be successful. I have the spirit of each of you with me as well as love and support. No matter what my finishing time is, I know that I have prepared well and will do my best.

Thank you all for your kind words, well wishes, and love. Each of you will be with me in my heart...

Have a great week and I'll see you all on Monday!

Our School Needs Help Contest through Bing

We need your help - please go to Our School Needs Help supported by Bing and find project #493 (Smithville Elementary, Texas) and rate our project.  The link is listed below. The top 5 rated projects will advance to the finals where a vote will take place. Please rate us as high as you'd like and share with all your friends. Our goal is to reach the voting level.

We need your help to get the word's really easy.  You will need to create a Bing account, then confirm the email you will receive in a matter of minutes, then you can access the site and rate our project.

This is an exciting project that was put together by parents and students from our campus.  How awesome is that?

Thanks in advance for your support!


Our School Needs Smithville Elementary Project #493

Look at this!

Our maintenance guys hung our banner today - what an awesome job!

Thanks Marshall and Hoyt

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

4th Grade Student Work

4th Grade students are studying Native Americans...

Science Mixtures....

4th Grade classes enjoyed an experiment in Ms. Swearingen's class last week. The experiment called for taking a hamburger and fries and blending them together. Once that part was completed, the items were strained, boiled, and then chilled. Students then wrote about the processes in their journals.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Save for America article in the Smithville Times

Thank you to Amanda Sena for the article on the Save for America Program. Teacher Melissa Hanna has spearheaded our involvement in the program sponsored by First National Bank.

You can view the article at

Sent from my iPhone

Mobile Dairy to visit 3rd Grade

The Mobile Dairy Classroom is a traveling milking parlor, featuring a live cow and an oral presentation. The trained instructors will demonstrate how to milk a cow, describe how milk goes from the farm to the consumer, and then answer questions from the audience. This is an innovative program that brings the dairy experience directly to children. At schools, students and teachers share an experience that includes math, science, health (nutrition), and agriculture, all presented in an outdoor classroom format.

The program is scheduled to begin at 9AM. For more information the website is:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wednesday's Activities

Today has a busy and exciting schedule for such a short day. This morning our staff is being treated to a pancake breakfast as our students go banking and join the book club before school.

Once school begins, we will have adjusted Specials schedules, and ultimately an early release day. The purpose of our shortened day is to allow Teachers and Parents time to have good conversations about our students.

During Specials, Officer Stewart will be on hand to talk with our students about bicycle safety, which is a nice lead-in to the Bicycle Rodeo scheduled for this Saturday. The Rodeo will take place in the parking lot of the Elementary.

Enjoy the day and all of it's excitement!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Happy World Teachers' Day

World Teachers Day is celebrated every year on October 5th, since from the year 1994 which commemorates the organizations of the teachers in the entire world. The aim of this special World Teachers Dayis to activate the support for the teachers and also to ensure the requirement of the coming age group will go on to met by the teachers.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Understanding, Acceptance, and Love

I was moved this weekend by a blog post I read by a principal in Canada who wrote about one of his students. He wrote about a little girl named Emily. Emily has Autism and her parents were concerned about Emily's acceptance at this new school.

When the mother finished asking her questions the principal reassured her the school would take care of Emily. Apparently the mother was more use to resistance and didn't know how to respond when the principal was so welcoming and helpful. He jokingly even stated the parent asked if he really was the principal. That made me laugh.

I was moved by the blog post by the love the principal showed for this child he hadn't even met, but mostly I was moved to find an example of our school. As I was reading the blog post I thought of the staff of Smithville Elementary. Every child that walks through the door of our school is treated with kindness, acceptance, and love. No matter the story each child walks in the door with, we welcome them. Even when we know we won't have them with us for very long.

Each day is a new day, a new smile, and a renewed sense of why we are in education. There can be no greater calling than to work with children. Sometimes I wonder who is getting the education - the children or the adults...I think both! Each day we all grow in our understanding, acceptance, and hopefully love of one another.

Have a great day!