Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Field Day Fun

So much fun was had by all at Field Day. Students and their teachers rotated through multiple stations enjoying 2 hours of non-stop fun.

Great job Coach Kristynik and your whole team.

Lady Tiger Volleyball Camp

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lady Tiger Basketball Camp

Smithville Elementary School Receives Keep Texas Beautiful Youth Award

(Smithville, Texas) – Keep Texas Beautiful announced Smithville Elementary School as a winner of the 2011 Sadie Ray Graff Education Award on Friday, May 20. The Sadie Ray Graff Education Award is one of twelve categories in the Keep Texas Beautiful Youth & Educator Awards and recognizes the efforts of educators and educational institutions who encourage youth involvement and promote the Keep Texas Beautiful mission through environmental education.
The award honors Sadie Ray Graff, an educator in San Antonio, who began using the Waste In Place curriculum in 1979.
       Each year, Keep Texas Beautiful recognizes the efforts of young people, educators and educational institutions that promote beautification, waste reduction and litter prevention through environmental education and community activism. 
Seven years ago, Smithville Elementary (SES) began a "Grounds Crew" program that helped build pride in the school and helped clean school grounds for which students needed to apply. It was extremely successful and is still running. From this program, the Tutoring, Recycling, Environmental Organization (TREO), for which students must be nominated into the position of responsibility and trust, began about six years ago. This current school year was the first full year of the "Watt Watchers" program, and is the inaugural year of the "Junior Harvesters." The Junior Harvesters built garden beds, planted, tended and are now harvesting strawberries, lettuce, and so on. They are using the foods in the cafeteria and have sponsored taste testing for the campus and their parents in an open house. The Grounds Crew and TREO programs especially have a great impact on keeping the school beautiful by taking care of trash and recycling. From January 2010 to December 2010, a CAPCOG grant provided additional resources for their recycling program, which has stepped it up even more. Students are nominated to or apply for the positions each semester, and last year in the 5th grade alone (the grade at which most of these programs become available for student participation), out of 135 students, only 20 did not get involved.
Award winners will be recognized at KTB’s Youth & Educator Awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 22, at KTB’s 44th Annual Conference in Austin. A full list of award winners, as well as more information about the conference, can be found at  
        Keep Texas Beautiful, a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement nonprofit, strives to educate and engage Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment. KTB and its more than 360 affiliates work with government, businesses, civic groups, and volunteers to ensure that every Texan has the opportunity to make Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation.  For more information on programs and events, call 1-800-CLEAN-TX or visit

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Camp Time - Mini Cheerleading Camp Information

It's getting close to summertime and that means Camps!  We'll add a camp flyer a day so you will see what's available in our district for kids this summer.  Have fun!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Region 13 Chef to School Initiative Photo Shoot

Today the Region 13 Education Service Center's Child Nutrition Department took pictures with some our 3rd grade students in the garden and the cafeteria.  The pictures will be used in a brochure promoting the Chef to School Initiative in the Central Texas area.  We were excited to be apart of this initiative and enjoyed tasting all the fruits and vegetables prepared for today's cafeteria lines. Chef Bev was amazing with the students and taught them so much about where the fruits and vegetables were grown and how they are prepared.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bike to Work (School) Week Going Strong

Only two days in and the bike rack is full from students and staff celebrating Bike to Work (school) Week.  Bike to Work Week is a National Campaign to encourage people to ride their bikes to work and reduce the number of vehicles on the road.  It's also great fitness and the weather has been great for the week's celebration.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Semester Cookout

Students earning Perfect Attendance, All A's, A's & B's, and making Significant Improvement were treated to a Hot Dog Cookout thanks to the Booster Club.  As you can see in the pictures below, fun was had by all!

Magic Show at S.E.S.

Students enjoyed a Magic Show compliments of the Smithville Public Library.  Each year the Smithville Public Library hosts a summer reading program with a show for the elementary students.  The students enjoyed the magic show with a lot of humor.  Thank you to Mrs. Bergeron and the Public Library for the Magic!

5th Annual Fun Run

Smithville Elementary enjoyed beautiful weather Friday for their 5th Annual Fun Run.  The fun run is organized by the Physical Education staff and their Specials Team.  It is quite an organizational feat to organize a fun run with over 400 participants.  Each year the school loads up on buses and takes a ride to the high school field where students, staff, and friends participate in a run/walk of a mile.  Upon finishing each student and staff member receive a bottle of water donated by Bluebonnet Electric, oranges donated by the Child Nutrition Department, and a t-shirt made possible by many donors.  As you can see in the pictures fun was had by all!

Read In Finale to Children's Book Week

Our librarian, Mrs. Gutierrez, organized a fantastic event to complete Children's Book Week.  We began our day together with the video announcements then the reading fun began.  We were treated to special readings from Assistant Superintendent, Cheryl Burns who read Children Make Terrible Pets.  She was followed by Superintendent Dr. Rock McNulty who read How I Became a Pirate. At this time everyone in the auditorium enjoyed a book, magazine, or newspaper they brought to the Read-In.  Following the quiet reading time, SES Principal Ana Murray read City Dog, Country Frog and to close out the Read-In, our Librarian Krsytel Gutierrez read The Uglified Ducky. The Read-In was a great experience and it was amazing how fast the hour went.

The winner of the Battle of the Books contest for favorite children's book character is......Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Children's Book Week Friday Review

The Missing Piece Meets the Big O by Shel Silverstein

This has been one of my favorite books since I first read it about 7 years ago.  This book is a good read for all ages and I highly recommend we all read it once a year.  It's also available in our school library.  Check it out!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Children's Book Week Thursday Review

City Dog, Country Frog

Mrs. Gutierrez suggested this book for me to read at the Read-In this Friday. I knew immediately that she picked a good book for me, a dog was one of the main characters.

In the book City Dog reminded me of my young Golden Retriever Sundance "Sunny". Sunny is always full of energy, loves to run, and is always on an adventure. I love a good book and this is one I'll add to my list of recommendations.

The very day Mrs. G suggested I read this book I came home to find my young Golden "Sunny" playing with, yes you guessed it, a frog!

I'll be sharing this book Friday morning at the Read-In. Hope you enjoy, I did!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Children's Book Week Review for Wednesday

Today's book review is about The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare.

This book was recommended by a 4th grade student.

The Sign of the Beaver kept me reading chapter after chapter. When I first began to read it I couldn't put it down. I felt as if I had moved along with Matt and his father into the Maine wilderness to build a new home and start a new life.

Each chapter brings a new twist to Matt's situation as he awaits the return of his father, mother, and siblings. My heart was pounding when Matt had unexpected visitors and when he got himself in a dangerous predicament.

If you like suspense and adventure you should check out this book.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Children's Book Week Review by Ms. Murray

We Are in a Book by Mo Willem

Today's book was recommended by Mrs. Gutierrez, our awesome Librarian.

I must say this book is now one of my favorites!  I love the story and could feel the emotion of the characters from the beginning.  The book is engaging and funny.  I love funny books!  There was one problem problem I had with this book.  I couldn't put it down!  If you'd like to know why I couldn't put it down you'll need to check it out in our library.  Enjoy!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Special Election for Tax Ratification

This is from a post earlier in the year.

The video below explains why schools in Texas are facing financial difficulty. The video is about 3 minutes and worth your time. The video was put together by a collaboration of three Texas school districts, Carroll, Keller, and Grapevine-Colleyville ISD's.

Easy to understand video about the budget

Special Election for Tax Ratification
7:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Smithville City Hall
317 Main Street
Smithville, Texas 78957

Early Voting
8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Monday, May 2 - Tuesday, May 10
Smithville City Hall

Early Voting Extended Hours
Friday, May 6 - 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Tuesday, May 10 - 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Ballot by Mail
Mail applications to:
Nora Cano, Elections Administrator
804 Pecan
Bastrop, Texas 78602

Applications for ballot by mail must be received no later than the close of business on Friday, May 6, 2011.

Children's Book Week

This week we will be celebrating Children's Book Week.  Our Librarian, Krystel Guiterrez, has fun activities scheduled all week including Skyping with children's authors, Battle of the Books Contest, class book readings, and a Read-In on Friday in the Red Brick Auditorium.

As a part of Children's Book Week I want to share about a book that was recently recommended to me by a 4th grade student.  The book is titled The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling.

I enjoyed reading the book and was fascinated by the author's ability to engage young readers with the short stories.  Not being a reader of Harry Potter books, I was equally amazed when I found out that this book came from one of the novels in the Harry Potter series.  Each story grabbed my attention leaving me eager to turn the page for more. 

My 4th grader who recommended the book did tell me that I would probably not like the story of The Warlock's Hairy Heart, and he was correct.  The book The Tales of Beedle the Bard is available in our school library - check it out!