It's amazing to think we are already finished with the first quarter of this school year! Here are the dates for the upcoming awards ceremonies on Friday, October 20th. We'd love to see you celebrate with us!
Literacy learning looks a little differently than it did even just a few years ago. However, with all of these advances making instruction more personalized to the learner, it doesn’t mean we have to abandon those things which have proven helpful for some students over time.
For example, these pictures happened in the same classroom at the same time. As you can see, some of the students in Mrs. Godwin’s class are using Chromebook and digital content to increase reading skills.
Other students, however, are using tried and true “phones” to listen to themselves read. The “phones” help students hear how they say words and sounds and can help students reflect upon their strengths and weaknesses by helping them hear what they may miss just speaking.
Students learn best when we use a rounded approach to education - bridging the old school and the new school.
📸: Mrs. Tarkington
When you think of recess, you think of running and playing. For a few of our students, recess means time for something else. Mr. Rogers credits his mother with saying “look for the helpers” in times of need. A helper is someone who sees a need and meets that need. They aren’t asked to help - they automatically offer help when it’s needed.
A few weeks ago, two sixth grade students, Rachel and Liv, asked if there was anything they could do to help during their recess time. As it turns out, there was. Several of our Chromebook were in need of minor maintenance and repairs. Their response was “sure!”
Without any prior experience and just a bit of instruction, they set out to fix keyboards and screens on Chromebook which were not even necessarily going back to their classrooms.
Since that first day, they have shown up during their recess to make sure these devices get back in the hands of our students who need them.
Thank you, Rachel and Liv, for being helpers.
When we open the doors to GPE, our families and community always turn out! Last night was no exception.
Open House 2017 was a huge success and we want to thank each and every family who came out to support your student/students and our school.
Check out just a FEW of the families who came out to share the evening with us.
📸: Ms. Worley - Assistant Principal
Has your student come home and started telling you they had LLI today in class and you were not quite sure what that meant? Well, LLI is the acronym for Leveled Literacy Interventions. You may be wondering why LlI is important to your student - especially if your student is a strong reader.
Essentially, LLI serves to move all students further in reading. It is not a one-size-fits-all program. Instead, students' reading skills are monitored through teacher observation, in class tests, and iReady performance (an individualized digital assessment and enrichment program). If your student struggles in reading, LLI works to fill in those gaps to help your student progress. If your student is a strong reader, LLI works to challenge them at their level.
LLI does not necessarily look like a traditional reading class. Students can be in groups. They can read where they are comfortable - as long as the focus is on reading.
Check out these cool 5th grade students in their LLI groups becoming even better readers!
📸: Mrs. Heavener
Gator Girls and Gator Gents are community service organizations for 6th grade GPE students. Please check out the interest letters. Links to the documents are included.
Gator Gents Interest Letter Link ----> click here
Gator Girls Interest Letter Link ----> click here
When we think of math, we think of structure, order, and rules. However, the more you look around in the real world, you can see quickly that math is also messy!
The students of Mrs. Geisler's class explored such messy math in their classes this morning. Mrs. Geisler scattered colorful straws on her floor. The students, instantly curious and engaged, were asked what would be the best way to figure out how many straws were on the floor.
Students discussed with each other, used critical thinking, and built upon their previous math knowledge to figure out how to tackle this messy predicament.
Keep up that great mathematical thinking, gators!
📸: Mrs. Geisler
Growing Great Gators Breakfast
Here at Grove Park Elementary, we love a celebration! We especially love celebrating kids!
This month's character trait is RESPECT. Each of these students exemplifies that characteristic. They were chosen by their teacher for their model behavior in class and around campus. This invitation gave them the chance to meet, with their parents, for a special recognition ceremony and treats for breakfast at school.
Check out these happy faces!
📸: Mrs. Thai
The ancient Greek scientist, Archimedes, is credited with having exclaimed "Eureka!" when he realized he could use displayed liquids to determine the volume of irregular solids - important especially since it was the king's crown of which he was trying to find the volume.
While it has been some time since his exclamation, his ideas live on through our students.
The students of Mrs. Martin's science classes used three different methods to measure volume: using a graduated cylinder, displaced liquids (of Archimedes fame), and the formula for rectangular prisms.
Check out these great gator scientists!
📸: Mrs. Martin
If there isn't such a thing as READING ENVY, there is today!! Our students enjoy many reading experiences throughout the day all over our campus! The love of reading is so essential, and we want to foster that through the use of guidance and facilitation.
In the first photo, some students in Mrs. Heavener's Reading/Language Arts class enjoy a Literature Circle. A Literature Circle is very similar to a book club, except it is much more structured. A teacher provides guidance and facilitates discussion, but the thinking is entirely dependent upon the students. This level of thinking helps students to become better consumers of reading materials,
In the second photo, students in Ms. Gillis' class enjoy some IDR. IDR is independent reading, but is not just free reading. In IDR, students read a text on their level and in which they have interest. Their teacher will meet with students individually to see what they are reading, ask questions about the student's comprehension, and look for feedback from the student for future IDR selections.
Photo Cred for Image 1: Mrs. Heavener
Photo Cred for Image 2: Ms. Gillis