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Antioch Gators Are Enjoying an Active Autumn!

Fourth Grade students sharpen hockey skills during Antioch's annual Health and Wellness Day

Every day, Antioch Gators are actively engaged in learning. From hands-on science labs to Reader’s Workshop, students are gaining knowledge and critical thinking skills daily. Not all learning is limited to the classroom, however! Antioch Students have been involved in many different activities in September and October that combined community, learning, and life skills- along with a dash of fun!


Our annual Invest in a Child fundraiser kicked off in late September with a pep rally for students and a Family Night Event. Parents and students enjoyed watching the “Hoop-La” and “Gator Raider” teams duke it out out the court in a staff basketball game and learning about the technology equipment needed that the fundraiser will purchase. Our amazing PTO planned prizes and stunts to keep school spirit thriving throughout the campaign. The IIAC campaign continued culminated with meeting our goal and filling Mrs. Dillon’s office with balloons as a final stunt for the kids to enjoy! IIAC was a win-win for all our Gators!

The annual Health and Wellness Fair took place on Friday, October 11. Coach Sloop and Nurse Mastin organized a wide variety of activities for all grade levels. Kindergarten toured the Union County traveling firehouse and learned fire safety rules. First graders learned bike safety rules and got to practice them on their bikes! Second grade learned about handwashing habits and third grade, nutrition. Fourth grade had a blast playing hockey during a program presented by the Extreme Ice Center, and fifth grade did an outdoor physical fitness circuit. Vision and hearing screenings were organized by Nurse Mastin to provide ongoing care for students.

On October 17, the fourth grade students presented their musical program, “Things that Go Bump in the Night” under the direction of music teacher C.J. Michael. Thrills and chills were in the air as students sang familiar favorites like “Spooky Nights,” Flying Purple People Eater,” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

The annual Fall Scholastic Book Fair was held October 15-25 in the media center. All classes visited the “Reading Oasis”, where they learned about Ancient Egypt before shopping for new books. At Coffeehouse Night, students and parents found great reads to take home and enjoy together along with delicious treats at our Courtyard Cafe. Thanks to the support of the Antioch community, we had record sales, which means we can purchase library books to support all readers and new equipment for our school production studio.

The month of October concluded with Book Character Dress-up Day on Thursday, October 31. Students dressed as their favorite book character and in many classes, shared a book presentation to go along with their costume. Our Kindergators enjoyed their Scarecrow Day, an annual tradition, and Fifth grade students changed things up a bit by dressing up in costumes that related to topics they researched as part of their first nonfiction unit of study. Faculty and staff got in on it, too. Robin Hood (Mrs. Dillon), The Cat in the Hat (Mrs. Little), Miss Spider (Mrs. Prince), and the Tooth Fairy (Mrs. Alden), among other “characters”, were all seen teaching at Antioch that day. Some grade levels went with a theme: the Specials team dressed up as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the fourth grade team were the main characters in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This tradition is an Antioch favorite and the creativity of our students was impressive!

Many memories have been made and learning was extended during a very busy but Gatorific season here in Gator Country!

Written by: Kimberly Kovach, Media Coordinator
Posted: Nov 15, 2013 by Kimberly Kovach

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