Extended School Day August 21st
On August 21st, the Cobb County School District has extended the school day by 45 minutes as a result of the solar eclipse. In preparation for the event, we purchased the NASA certified protection eyewear for our 4th and 5th grade students and teachers. Only students in those grade levels will be allowed to view the eclipse live outside with proper eye-wear and parent permission. Permission slips will be sent home in Tuesday Tracker folders on August 15th and must be returned by Friday, August 18th. Students in K-3rd grades will be allowed to watch a live stream of the event from their classrooms. Any students that have a portable classroom will be brought into the cafeteria to watch a live stream of the event. As always, you are allowed to check your student out prior to 2:00 pm. We are asking for no checkouts from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. There will be additional support in the front office from 11:30-12:30 to assist with early checkouts. Dismissal will begin at approximately 3:05 with bus students. Please feel free to call the school if you have any further questions or concerns.
In less than 72 hours, you will be back at Eastvalley for the 2017-2018 school year!! When I joined the Eastvalley family in 2009, I didn’t know how much I would come to adore this school, the students, the families, and my co-workers. I would like to let you all know how much I love being a part of your lives! We have the most awesome kids and the most fabulous parents and that was evident yesterday at Eagle Day! It was a joy to see so many familiar faces and some new ones too! I am so ready to start this year! Here we go!!!
Tuesday, August 1st is RED, WHITE, and BLUE Day! That means we hope that all of our EV students will take the initiative to walk independently to their classrooms. Having mom and dad around is great, but here at EV, we want you to be self-reliant and step up to taking on new learning and new challenges in a positive proactive manner! Wear your RED, WHITE, and BLUE in support of taking charge of you!
July 31st is just 2 weeks away! I hope you have all been having a terrific summer break! I have had a very laid back and easy break, enjoying daily walks with my dog, Bebe and reading a lot of books. My trip to Florida was not as enjoyable as years past because of Tropical Storm Cindy, but we made the most out of being in a great home and ate lots of good food. It was Bebe’s first trip to the beach. She loved the sand and taking daily walks-even if it was raining and the waves were rough. I also had the opportunity to travel to Helen, Georgia and tube down the Chattahoochee River. It was a nice getaway and the weather was perfect!
I can’t wait to see you all back at Eastvalley! I hope you are excited about seeing who your new teacher will be and where your classroom is located. I look forward to seeing you on Thursday, July 27th for Eagle Day and Sneak a Peek!
We are in the home stretch now with just
31 days of school left in the 2016-2017 school year.
The Georgia Milestone test is right around the corner. Testing will begin at Eastvalley on April 19th for 3rd through 5th grades. Testing will be over for 3rd and 4th on April 25th and end on April 27th for 5th grade.
If you would like more information about the GA Milestone test click the link to connect to the GA Department of Education’s website.
Click this link for some study guides:
Click here to take a practice test:
As we approach the end of March, we are getting closer to the end of the 2016-2017 school year! Please continue using your best Leader in Me skills and manners. Spring Break is the week of April 3-7. We will see you back refreshed and relaxed on Monday, April 10th.
I’ve added a few new items to our Eastvalley Computer lab blog…check out some new activities in the READ ALL DAY section, as well as, the Spring Activities.
I think you will all like creating an avatar based on a wild animal. This cool website is connected to New York’s Zoos and Aquariums. You can find this hyperlink in the Spring Activities section.
Educational Forum, Wednesday, March 8, 6:30 pm Wheeler Auditorium
Sponsored by Wheeler’s PTSA
Learn how Education is being impacted by what is happening “Under the Gold Dome” (The GA Legislature) with Karen Hallacy, PTA Legislation
& “How will the Ed-SPLOST V impact our schools?” with Scott Sweeney, Cobb County School Board Post 6
Q & A following (questions will be accepted via notecards)
Any additional questions may be directed to Daniel White, Wheeler PTSA Legislation Chair, [email protected] .
March is an excellent month….spring is officially here! The weather is getting nicer and we can all go outside to play!
4th and 5th grades will work in their Studio Code courses this month. We are also trying really hard to meet our typing goals.
5th grade must meet 25 words per minute at 95% accuracy by the end of school in May.
4th grade is working towards meeting 20 words per minute at 90% accuracy. March goals are 21 WPM for 5th and 15 WPM for 4th.
Kindergarten and 1st grade are really working hard at inputting text.
They are learning the keyboard layout and understanding how enter, backspace, caps lock, and the space bar work as they type.
2nd grade has taken a break from graphing to learn about looping. This is a process of repeating directions in computer coding.
We have been working on some unplugged lessons as well as on the computer.
Type to Learn was also introduced a few weeks ago. This program helps students understand finger placement on the keyboard,
so they will have a better understanding of the home row.
February might be a short month…but it will be very busy!! We are having a great time in the lab. I have added a few new typing practice games into both Kindergarten and 1st grade.
Check them out!
We are concentrating on good keyboarding skills throughout each grade level. Third, Fourth and Fifth grades are taking monthly assessments on speed and accuracy. We are working hard on correct finger placement. So many of us want to peck at the keyboard using only our pointer fingers. That’s where Type to Learn comes in. This software helps remind us that each finger has a job and a starting position on the home row keys.
Second grade is about to be introduced to the keyboarding software Type to Learn. This software concentrates lessons on the home row keys, as well as, correct finger placement.
There has been a lot of new learning going on in the computer lab this month!!
Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders are learning how to make a spreadsheet in MS Excel. We are adding our Speed and Accuracy assessment data to the spreadsheet so that we can keep track of our scores for the rest of the year. We have charted our goals for each month, so now each student can look at their WPM Data to see if they are where they need to be in typing accurately and efficiently.
Second graders are giving surveys and keeping track of the data through graphing. We will cover picture graphs, pictographs, bar graphs, and line plots before the end of the quarter.
First and Kindergarten are working on adding text to a document. Both grade levels are learning about text alignment, changing the size, color, and style of the font. First grade is also learning how to insert tables and clip art into their documents.