Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Davis Plans for Success

Students demonstrate SuccessMaker, a reading software program, for their parents during Come Read with Me.  
Weston Shirk, Davis 4th grader, reads to his mother during Come Read with Me. 
David Ford, elementary counselor, portrays the Wizard of Wisdom and gives Barb Van Ersvelde who is portraying the lion, advice for taking the ITBS tests.

     Davis Plans for Success

Davis Elementary was designated a School in Need of Assistance (SINA) for this school year as a result of ITBS scores.  Students and teachers have been working to implement changes as detailed in our School In Need of Assistance action plan.  Actions include teachers carefully analyzing student Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test results and targeting instruction for individual students based on the student’s test results.  Students and parents have learned about the MAP test results and the low and high areas for each student.  Students are regularly using the SuccessMaker reading software program for additional practice on reading skills.  The elementary guidance counselors have taught guidance lessons focused on academic success and test taking skills to all third and fourth graders as well as teaching additional lessons on test taking skills to small groups of students during lunchtimes.  Davis teachers performed a skit to help the students prepare for the ITBS tests and the Davis Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) provided snacks during the ITBS tests. 

Another fun learning activity that was part of our action plan was our Come Read with Me night on March 7.  Over 400 free meals were served during the event.  The Drake Library provided information on their programs, students demonstrated reading strategies for their parents, families created posters for their favorite books, and computer programs were shown to families.  Grinnell College basketball players were guest readers for the event and high school students and other community members volunteered to help with the activities.  Prizes, including a kindle and gift card, were awarded for students who participated in the activities.  It was a very successful evening and one we think made a difference for our students.  We are currently waiting for the results of this year’s ITBS tests to see how our efforts have paid off.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Davis Elementary Newsletter, February, 2011

Davis Elementary News

February, 2011

Nancy Beck, Principal


The snow has melted or at least most of it and we’re hoping spring is on the way.  We are left with very muddy playgrounds and still cold weather.  Please help encourage your children to continue to dress for the cold weather – warm coats are still needed and it’s not warm enough for those shorts yet!

Come Read with Me

Plans are continuing for Come Read with Me on March 7, 5-8 pm.  I hope you have made plans to join us that evening to learn about reading strategies, SuccessMaker reading software, other computer programs and websites and the Drake Library. Your Davis student will also choose a book to take home and you’ll have opportunities to enjoy listening to Grinnell College athletes read aloud and also to create a favorite book poster.   Those of you who RSVPed will also be able to join us for a meal that evening.  It should be a fun night!

   New Twitter Account for Alerts

Grinnell-Newburg now has a twitter account for alerting people to closings, late starts, and early dismissals.  It's GNNotify and it's also posted on the Grinnell Newburg homepage. 

                            Registration for 2011-12 Kindergarten Students

2011 - 2012 kindergarten registration will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at Bailey Park Elementary School, from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m., for children who will be five years old on or before September 15, 2011.  All open enrolled families may attend to register their child.  Please bring proof of legal address, the child's birth certificate, and the child's immunization record.  Questions?  Please contact Nancy Beck, Head Elementary Principal, 641-236-2790.

Upcoming Events:

March 7            Come Read with Me, 5-8 pm, meal served from 5-7 pm

March 8            PTO meeting, 6 pm, Media Center

March 16,17,18  Early dismissals, Parent-Teacher conferences

March 28 - April 1            No School, Spring Break






3rd graders learn about famous people

3rd grade students in Mrs. Arseneault’s class chose a famous person, someone who inspired them, someone they admired or a favorite sports figure and wrote a biography about that person.  Students then dressed up as their famous person and presented the biography to their classmates and parents. Bella Amador-Lacson, shown during her presentation,  chose Jenny Arsenseault as her famous person. 

4th grade field trip to Neal Smith

4th Grade students on their field trip to Neal Smith National Wildlife Preserve learn how bison used to roam the prairies.  The bisons’ decreasing numbers were related to transcontinental railroads as well as the United States government’s attempts to move Native Americans further west, allowing for westward expansion.  This field trip is part of the fourth grade focus on nature that culminates with the three day Y-Camp event in May.