Student learning is what schools are all about, and allowing students the opportunity to learn in various ways can help to motivate and keep learning interesting. Ms. Alesha Eoff, Rockdale Elementary Principal, and her elementary staff continue to explore different ways to captivate and motivate our elementary students.
At Rockdale Elementary School, we are dedicated to creating learning opportunities for each and every student. This six weeks, our faculty has engaged, challenged, and motivated our students through multiple learning experiences. Our staff has worked to provide engaging lessons for our students through hands-on activities, and real world application.
In Pre-Kindergarten, each day is a wonderful new learning experience filled with excitement, enthusiasm, and fun. So far this Fall, our little learners have participated in a multitude of activities to help them grow and develop physically, socially/emotionally, and academically. We’d like to share some of these opportunities with you. In October, our students were afforded the opportunity to experience the Rockdale Fair first-hand as we toured the fairground and exhibits guided by FFA students from RHS. The Pre-K students even hosted our own Rockin’ Pre-K Rodeo with stick-horse barrel racing, herding balloon cattle and sheep, roping rocking horses, and an old-fashioned hoedown.
Our students held our own election with a real voting booth and ballots. Our “Snack-Time Election” gave them the choice of voting for popcorn or popsicles. After casting their secret ballot, the votes were tallied and popsicles won the election. As a grade-level family, we created a large pictograph charting the results. A lively discussion followed as the students discussed the graph and interpreted the results.
Coming up on November 22nd at 1:30pm in the Cafeteria, each Pre-K student will shine in their respective roles as they present our annual Thanksgiving Extravaganza. There will be a little singing, a little dancing, and a whole lot of fun! We hope you can come out and enjoy the show. We’d also like to thank our awesome parents for their continued support and encouragement. As you can see, Pre-Kindergarten at Rockdale Elementary School is a terrific place to be!
Our Kindergarten students participated in some fun activities in October. They went to the “Pumpkin Patch” where they were able to enjoy picking pumpkins, stuffing a scarecrow, and they had hay bale races. They also participated in fun fall learning rotations in the classroom. Students were able to help carve a pumpkin, learn facts about spiders, and retell a story with props. The students will be celebrating the customs and traditions of Thanksgiving by having a feast.
RES First Graders have been busy learning their new "Fry" word lists! At parent conferences, we explained the new program of sight word recognition that all students are learning at R.E.S. The students are challenged to read the word, and students are recognized each time they complete a list. First grade is responsible for the first one hundred fifty words. The Fry words help our students improve their reading skills, so that they become more fluent readers. Our students have also begun the Accelerated Reader program which helps with their reading skills. Twenty–one students met their reading goals and they were treated to a popcorn party for their efforts. Each six weeks the students that reach their individual reading goal will be recognized with a special treat and their name will be posted outside of the library.
In our Social Studies, First Grade has been learning about being a good citizen and the qualities a good citizen displays. During the election, First Grade had an opportunity to "vote" for their favorite cookie! Ballots were cast and then tabulated, and chocolate chip cookies were declared the winner! Science has kept our First Graders busy with units on weather, energy, rocks and soil. Each student brought in a "special" rock to describe and share. We have been recording many of our observations in our Science Notebooks like real scientists!
The Second graders at RES have been busy learning new skills and concepts and engaging in many different, fun activities. Second grade is the first year that students get the opportunity to participate in academic UIL activities. They will attend a UIL competition in Lexington on Dec. 8th along with students from the Intermediate School. Students have been working very hard, with the help of their coaches, to prepare for Creative Writing, Storytelling, Spelling, Chess Puzzles, and Mathematics. Creative Writers will look at a collection of pictures and create an original story from at least one of the given pictures. Students are graded on creativity and grammar. Storytellers are read a brief story and then they are expected to retell the story in their own words before a group of judges using expression and inflection of voice. Speller contestants are given a list of spelling words to study and are tested over the given words. Chess Puzzles involves students being able to anticipate the appropriate chess moves based on the situation given. Mathematics students will complete three timed sections- addition, subtraction, and story problems.
Our Second Grade students have also started tryouts and practices for our annual Christmas Variety Show. It will be on Dec. 14th at 1:30 in the RES cafeteria. Students will be performing dance routines, singing Christmas carols and sharing Christmas facts and customs with the audience. The students put on a great show and we would love to have you join us next month!
The whole elementary attended our Veteran’s Day assembly at the high school. Our students made patriotic hats to wear and they sang “You’re a Grand Old Flag”, and “Fifty Nifty United States” to honor those who have served our country. The students have been learning about patriotism, respecting our country, and appreciating those who have fought to keep us free. Our flags waved proudly, and our voices sang loudly as we honored our veterans in the ceremony.
We encourage all parents to attend the upcoming Thanksgiving meal, Thanksgiving Extravaganza and our Christmas Program. We look forward to seeing you!