Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It's Election Time!

Smithville Elementary is having a mock election on November 6th.  As you can see in the picture our candidates are BabyMouse and Bad Kitty.  Students have been working hard on both campaigns to help their candidate get elected. The polls are predicting a tight race.

We will host a debate during our Rise and Shine Assembly on Monday, November 5th.  Each candidate will have a chance to answer questions from the student body about why they should be elected. 

Students have completed their registration forms and will vote during the school day on Tuesday, November 6th. Election results will be announced at the end of the school day after all classes have had a chance to cast their vote.

The City of Smithville has been very helpful in our mock election providing us with ballot boxes and voting stickers.  The students are getting excited and I know they'll enjoy the best debate in Texas on Monday morning.  That's when we'll get to meet the candidates in person!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Tiger Time News on the SES Website

Thanks to our Librarian, Mrs. Gutierrez, the Tiger Time News will be available for parents and families to watch on our school website.  The video shown below is an edited version which does not include the three minutes of pledges, moment of silence and school creed. We encourage you to click the link below to view our news from today.  Enjoy!

Tiger Time News was established three years ago and is under the direction of our Librarian, Krystel Gutierrez.  Mrs. Gutierrez works with our news crew twice a week to produce the news segments for our campus.  The TTN is viewed in classrooms via the website which is projected through our LCD's providing a large image for the entire class to see. We are proud of our TTN and look forward to each broadcast.  We hope you enjoy it too!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Reading Adventures Part 2

The adventures of reading a book with 5th grade boys has continued to be fulfilling.  I look forward to the book club each week and ward off potential meetings that would interrupt it from happening like a superhero on a mission to save the planet. So far, I've been successful.

The Homework Machine
At the second meeting with the boys I was delighted to see they all returned.  The gusto of which they returned was energizing to me.  These kids don't want to miss the book club and were happy and smiling as they entered the room where we meet. In true 5th grade boy style I had to set some ground rules for behavior and they readily agreed it was for the best.  Before I could began reading the book for the day I was told that one of the boys had checked out one of the books that we had discussed reading.  When I questioned the student, he smiled wryly, and said that yes he had checked out the book. The satisfying piece for me was that this kid, who does not really get into ready, checked out a book.  I check with him when I see him around campus to gauge how the book is going.  He smiles every time! 

When I began this book club the purpose was for the boys, and I truly feel they are getting positive reinforcement through the book club.  However, I failed to recognize the power and positive affects this club would have on me.  Once the time is up for the book club to return to class, some boys stay back to talk with me about the characters, some of the boys share books they're reading, and others ask if we're meeting again next week.  The boys seek me out on Tuesdays, wanting to be sure they get their book club pass.  During the day I find myself in conversations with the boys more easily and they often initiate the conversation in passing on the sidewalks, in the hallways, and in the cafeteria. 
I am no longer only their Principal.  We share a common bond, a book. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Reading Adventures

The Homework Machine

Tuesday of last week I began a new adventure, a book talk with a group of 5th grade boys.  I LOVE IT!  I had no idea the boys would be so enthusiastic to listen to me (their principal) read.  The excitement for me leading up to the first reading was nerve-wracking. I could not wait for the time to come to have the boys join me and help choose a book.

Once the boys arrived with their lunches, we talked about the book selections and after much deliberation, we chose The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman.  Within just a few lines in the book, the boys were laughing, talking about the characters, and eager to hear more.  It seemed like time flew as we read the first pages together.  Before we knew it, our time together for the day was over, and it was time for the boys to return to class.

As the boys gathered their things to leave, one of the boys asked, "What about when this book is finished?"  I reassured him we would continue reading books together if that's what he wanted to do.  That was an incredible feeling for me, and one that will keep me energized until next Tuesday when we meet again to read.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Academic Family Fun Night - October 23

     Smithville Elementary
     Academic Family Fun Night
         Tuesday, October 23rd – 6:30pm-7:30pm

Would you like to learn ways to make school fun for your children?  Have you wondered if there are games that you can play at home that would support your child’s learning at school?  Come join us for the 3rd Annual Smithville Elementary Academic Family Fun Night!  Children can play games against their family and friends that will enforce what they are learning in school.  Most games are played with common household items so that they are easy to re-create at home. 

Third – Fifth grade parents are invited to meet in the Library to attend one of two 30 minute informational meetings about homework.  These sessions will be presented from 6:30-7:00 and 7:00-7:30.

We hope to see you there!