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

 

The Eclipse is Coming!

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

Eclipse

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

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