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Third grade AIG students were asked if they thought the scale that is used with most models and posters of the solar system was an accurate representation of the size of the sun and Earth..
Students made some calculations and scaled the Earth down to the size of a penny. After more calculations, they found the size of the moon and sun in relation to their penny. They also figured the scaled distances between the Earth, moon, and sun, they created their own scale model outside and discovered that all other models are incredibly inaccurate.
If the Earth had the diameter of a penny (0.75 inches), the sun would be about 7 feet in diameter. It would be 243 yards (more than two football fields) from the penny-sized Earth to the 7-foot sun.
These two pictures show the students in front of the sun and at a distance of 243 feet from the sun.
Congratulations to our Cookie Dough Fundraiser Winners!
Evan Nanney, Hannah Merritt and Peyton Mitchell
Eli Roberts was recently recognized as Cleveland County's "Do the Right Thing" Award Winner.
Eli's teacher, Mrs. Conner, nominated him for this honor. She wrote:
"Eli is an amazing young man! He strives to do his best at all times, and makes excellent grades at school. Eli is a true example of a good citizen and someone who does the right thing. We have a student with a disability in our class. Although Eli is a wonderful friend to everyone in our class, he goes above and beyond for this one student. He helps him with his assignments, sits with him at lunch, and even helps him with appropriate behaviors at school. Eli also goes the extra step by thinking about this student while he's at home. He finds old toys and new ones that he wants to share, brings them to school, and gives them to his friend if he has a good day at school. Eli is truly an amazing student and I feel that he should be recognized for his selflessness and generosity."
We are proud of Eli!
On November 14, two members of our Springmore Family were honored by the Cleveland County Schools Educational Foundation.
Autumn Weeks was recognized as Springmore's "Hero" for overcoming insurmountable obstacles in her life, having a positive attitude towards school, and showing compassion to others. Autumn is growing into a high-spirited, confident and resilient young lady who is admired by staff and who is a role model for other students.
Mrs. Rhonda Greene was recognized as Springmore's Agape Award Winner for her willingness to do anything that is needed to reach all of her students. Rhonda works hard to modify her instruction to meet the needs of her high learners as well as the ones who struggle. She uses her knowledge of technology to make learning fun for her students. Her students learn so much while having fun. Not only does she help her students, she is a great team player. She goes above and beyond helping out her grade level.
We are proud of both of these members of our Springmore family!
Each year, Springmore sponsors an Angel Tree to provide Christmas presents for children in our community. Families can now select tags from the tree located in the front office.
All gifts need to be returned no later than Friday, December 6th.
All of the items will be donated to the Greater Cleveland County Baptist Association's Toy Store and will benefit children and families in need throughout Cleveland County.
On October 22nd, the English as a Second Language Department held a Family Night. Families celebrated Hispanic/Asian Heritage Month, learned about tips for helping children with homework and participated in a bilingual musical presentation from Criss-Cross Mango Sauce.
Title I classes are up and going. First-Fifth Grade students who showed the greatest need for reading interventions, based on a variety of assessments are now being pulled out of their classroom to receive extra reading instruction. The Title I staff includes 3 certified reading specialists, 2 paraprofessionals, and 1 tutor who is a retired certified teacher. These ladies work with 2-5 students at one time, targeting their specific literacy need. Most students receive these interventions four days per week for forty-five minutes.
New to Springmore this year, is Title I inclusion in the Kindergarten classrooms. A member of the Title I staff is going into each Kindergarten classroom four days per week for 45 minutes. After intensive planning, the Kindergarten teachers and Title I reading specialists created a system for four literacy stations in the classroom. During this time, Kindergarten students work at their own ability level and get extra reading instruction. This instruction is focused on all of the following areas:
-Phonemic awareness, the ability to verbally manipulate sounds in words, using a variety of games and other activities
-Sight word fluency using a specific list and repetitive practice
-Phonics using letter tiles and decodable books that correlate with the Saxon Phonics curriculum
-Guided reading that allows all students to strengthen their awareness of books and ability to read
Great things are happening at Springmore!
Springmore kindergarten students had some special visitors on Friday, October 11 from the Boiling Springs Fire and Rescue Department. Fire personnel presented a fire safety lesson to each class. After the lesson, students went into the mobile smokehouse and practiced calling 911, reporting an emergency and crawling low to the floor to exit a structure. The students ended the day with fire hats, badges and coloring books to take home and share with their families.
North Carolina Public Schools Post Strong Academic Growth;
Higher Standards Mean Fewer Students Marked Proficient.
Dr. Atkinson Discusses READY Accountability Results in Video Online
State Superintendent June Atkinson discusses North Carolina’s 2012-13 READY Accountability results and what they mean for students, parents and educators in the following video: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/movies/ready/multimedia/20131107-atkinson-test-scores.mov
More than 71 percent of North Carolina public schools met or exceeded academic growth expectations in the 2012-13 school year, according to the first READY Accountability report today presented to the State Board of Education. In addition, test scores dropped as expected in the first year of more rigorous standards. To read more, as well as access results for end-of-grade and end-of-course tests and the other accountability model measures for schools, districts and the state, please visit www.ncpublicschools.org and click on the appropriate link under “News.”
Thanksgiving Break - November 27-29