Entering the Final Stretch!

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Posted by Mrs. Parks | Posted in Uncategorised | Posted on 03/28/2018

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Can you believe it??  Spring Break is almost here!!  When we return to school, the year is going to be VERY busy, full of learning and end of the year activities!  The kids have been very busy in the computer lab this year learning useful skills and doing so well on their assessments.

Grades 1 – 5 have been using the math program, Prodigy.  This is a free online program that is very engaging, but also lets us assign problems that are aligned to our standards.  The students love to use it AND they are gaining valuable math skills!  An added bonus for our 3rd – 5th graders is that it allows us to assign a Milestone prep course of study that helps them prepare for the Milestone test they will be taking in April.

Grades K – 5 have also been working on their typing skills.  Kindergarten and 1st grade is working hard to learn where the letters are located on the keyboard.  Grade 2 is learning the proper positioning for their fingers on the keyboard and to not look at their fingers as they type.  Grades 3 – 5  are working on speed and accuracy.  Grades 4 and 5 have access to the site, Typing.com.  They can login with their student # and the password of “type”.  This site can be used at home or school and gives us valuable input about their typing speed and accuracy.  Some of the students can almost out-type the teachers!!

All students, even our Kindergarten superstars, are logging in and out of the computer with their student #’s.  They know how to navigate to sites and how to find necessary information.  Fifth grade is working on a College/Career portfolio project which involves creating a power point presentation about a career.  These will be presented to their class and teacher before the end of the year.

As you can see, it’s a busy time of the year!  All students from K – 5th grade will take one more Reading Inventory and Math Inventory assessment in late April/early May. This will allow us to chart the growth they have made this year.

We’ve also been learning in different ways in the HOT Spot with strategy games, creativity stations and fun activities.  The kids love it and gain valuable skills that help them in the classroom.  As an added bonus, social skills, fine motor skills and critical thinking proficiency are also gained.

I hope everyone has a fantastic, fun and restful Spring Break!

Mrs. Parks

A Great Site for Holiday Fun

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Posted by Mrs. Parks | Posted in Uncategorised | Posted on 12/07/2017

If you’re looking for a great site with holiday themed games, Google has a great one this year.  Google’s Santa Tracker and Village has a new activity every day in December to discover.  There are games to teach coding, learn traditions, make computer art and learn by watching videos.  There is also a countdown to Santa’s takeoff and on Christmas Eve you can track Santa’s progress.  Not only it is a fun site to explore, the best part is…it’s free!  Explore, play and learn with Santa’s elves all December long!

Follow this link to check it out!  https://santatracker.google.com/village.html

Mrs. Parks

 

 

November in Technology

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Posted by Mrs. Parks | Posted in Computer Lab Information, HOT Spot Information, School Information | Posted on 11/14/2017

We’ve had a busy month so far in November in Technology!  Classes have been splitting their time between the computer lab and the HOT Spot.  In the computer lab, fourth and fifth graders have been working on Fall Word clouds.  I’ve been so proud of their creativity and computer skills.  Here are a couple of examples of 5th grade creations!  This program is on our Just for Fun page and available to use at home.  It’s free to use and could make some great Christmas presents!  You may also access it by clicking here:  https://wordart.com/

     

When in the computer lab, you’re likely to find grades 1 – 5 enthusiastically working with Prodigy, our math program.  The kids love the program and are gaining valuable math skills.  This program is free to use, no subscription is required to access all the common core content.  I also find them using it (without prompting) while in ASP!  Kindergarten students are working on mouse and navigation skills.  They’re getting very good at finding their way around and operating the computers!

In the coming weeks we are going to be quite busy!  The rotation after our Thanksgiving break, we’ll do our Hour of Code unit.  The students love learning how to program and making their own games online.  This international event is exciting a new generation of future coders.  This year, we’ll be using the computer lab for Hour of Code, Mrs. Ucciferri will do paper and pencil coding in the STEM lab and we’ll both utilize great tools like spheros, Bee Bots and Mouse coding games to bring more fun and knowledge to the kids.

Beginning December 11th, all students will take their RI assessment and when we return from Christmas break, the students will complete their second MI of the year.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break and enjoy the time with your families!

Mrs. Parks

 

October Events

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Posted by Mrs. Parks | Posted in Uncategorised | Posted on 10/05/2017

Can you believe it’s already October?  Time is starting to fly by!  We have a lot going on this month at school and in Technology!

To begin our month, Kindergarten and 1st grade students will learn how to be safe online in the computer lab.  We are discussing how to be SMART and safe while on line.  They are learning to never share personal information. Personal information includes their name, address, phone number, birthday or passwords.  While the younger group is learning to be safe, the older grades are in the HOT Spot.  They are building, using strategy, being creative and gaining tech skills during their specials time.  They are also learning fine motor skills and socialization skills which are so important in today’s world.

Prodigy is back!  Your students will be receiving their login information during the next week so that they can begin to work on math skills.  This program is so successful because the kids WANT to use it and in using it, learn and practice needed math skills.  Parents may also access their students accounts to keep up with their progress.  Most teachers will send the parent letters home with their students with information on how parents can connect an account with their child.  This program is totally free and there is no need to set up a paid membership.  The entire common core content is available for free.  The paid version will simply give the student more things they can collect in the game and do not affect the math content they receive at all.

October is a busy month at Pitner.  Check the school website and listen for Dr. Hosey’s callout to keep up to date with all the events going on this month!

Mrs. Parks

Upcoming Events in the Computer Lab in September

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Posted by Mrs. Parks | Posted in Uncategorised | Posted on 09/01/2017

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In September, we’re going to be busy in the Computer Lab!  We’re done with RI and MI testing, so now we can begin to work on important technology skills.  This month, all grades will be working on a unit about Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship.  In today’s world, this information is vital for students to be aware since they are surrounded with technology opportunities, both good and bad.  They will learn to be smart and safe.

We will also celebrate International Dot Day inspired by the book “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds.  We had a great time with this last year combining technology skills with creativity.  The kids love creating computer art and “making their mark”.  Looking at their art all year made me smile!  I have a few surprises in store for them this year to help them combine art and tech in another way!

We will also start visiting the HOT Spot in alternating rotations.  The students have been waiting (kind of patiently) for testing to be over so they can start to visit one of their favorite places in the building.  They think they’re just having fun while the activities are building higher order thinking skills and cognitive learning.

We have a lot happening in September!!  I can’t wait to share some of our creations with you!

Mrs. Parks

The Eclipse is Coming!

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Posted by Mrs. Parks | Posted in Computer Lab Information, School Information | Posted on 08/16/2017

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On Monday, August 21st, we’ll experience the first total eclipse in this part of the world since 1979.  I was a senior in high school the last time we could see an eclipse in Georgia.  I’m very excited to share this with our students.  We’ve been getting ready by doing eclipse projects, sharing fun facts on the PNN News and planning all sorts of fun events around the coming occurance.  Friday, August 18th, is our first Pitner Spirit day.  We will dress like it’s the 80’s!  (Remember the song, “Total Eclipse of the Heart”?) It should be a fun day ahead of the eclipse.  Remember, we will delay dismissal by 45 minutes on Monday and will not release until 3:00.  You are welcome to check your child out early on that day.  It would be helpful to send a note so that we will be prepared and know that you are coming.

In Technology we have finished our first Reading Inventory test of the year and have started on the initial Math Inventory testing for grades 1 – 5.  We take this assessment 3 times a year: beginning, middle and end.  The students have been doing a great job!  Kindergarten will take their Foundational Reading Assessment (FRA) and Math Inventory test in September.  They have been busy learning their way around our computers and working on their mouse skills!

In the coming rotations, we will be working on a unit for all grades on Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety.

Mrs. Parks

Important Information To Start the Year!

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Posted by Mrs. Parks | Posted in School Information | Posted on 07/02/2017

It’s going to be an exciting 2017 – 2018 school year!  Here are the important things you need to keep in mind as we move closer to the beginning of the year.

  • New Student Registration – Wednesday, July 12th 9am – 4pm.  Please visit the CCSD page for all the requirements you need to know in order to register your student for the upcoming school year.  You will also find forms to download and fill out ahead of your visit to save time. Visit this link for more information: Enrolling Your Student

  • Homeroom Lists – Class Homerooms will be posted on Wednesday, July 26th . This will let you know who your student’s homeroom teacher will be for 2017-18 school year.  Class changes for valid academic concerns or reasons will be considered once school begins.

  • Sneak-a-Peek – The Pitner Sneak-A-Peek is on Thursday, July 27th from 3 pm – 5 pm . Students with the last names beginning with A-L will attend from 3 pm – 4 pm. Students with the last names beginning with letters M-Z will attend from 4 pm – 5 pm.  Please remember that Sneak-A-Peek is not time for a conference but rather a small time to meet your student’s teacher and to drop off school supplies if you wish. We will have Open house and conference week later in the school year.

  • Download the Supply List for the 2017 – 2018 school year HERE.

  • Bus Routes – All Pitner bus routes and information will be posted on Thursday, July 27th in time for Sneak-a-Peek. However, you may go to the Cobb County School District website to view transportation information at anytime.

    http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/transportation/busroutes.aspx

  • The Pitner App –  Parents, we are happy to launch a new way to communicate with you this school year! We have created a Pitner App for your Smartphone! It is free and instantly connects you to all the important information about Pitner!

    Pay on your student’s ASP account, get the information about lunch schedules, check your Parent Vue account, view & upload Pitner photos, view the Pitner calendar, get Push notifications of breaking Pitner news and much more!

    Download it for FREE in the iTunes App store or in the Google Play store.

    Links to download APP:

     iPhone users can use this direct link to download the app:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pitner-elementary-school/id1244590700?ls=1&mt=8

    Android users can use this direct link to download the app:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aplus.pitneres

See you soon on our Voyage to Excellence!

 

Mrs. Parks

Looking Forward to a Great New School Year!

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Posted by Mrs. Parks | Posted in Summer Vacation | Posted on 06/05/2017

I know, I know…it’s only early June.  Believe it or not, preparations are already underway to plan for our new school year!!  This year, our theme will be “Voyage to Excellence”.  I’m excited about all the possibilities the 2017 – 2018 year holds.  There will be many new things to learn and challenges to conquer along the way.  It’s going to be a great year!

In the meantime, enjoy your summer!!!

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Mrs. Parks

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