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Poplin Patriots Are "Ready" to Learn!

Fifth grade students in Melissa Kite's class practice math skills as they convert decimals to fractions.

From using computers, to practicing writing skills, students jumped right into learning the first week of school at Poplin Elementary for the 2015-2016 school year.  Students learned procedures and routines.  Students shared memories about summer, some writing stories, others drawing and writing about their summer days.  

Teachers and students also got to know each other during learning activities this week. Third graders in Patricia Murphy’s class read the story First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg. Mrs. Murphy and her students then discussed their “excitements” about the school year and their “jitters.”  Student responses ranged from being excited to learn to write cursive in third grade, to learn math, to make friends, to having Mrs. Murphy as a teacher. Students in Jennie Taylor’s second grade class practiced writing skills as they wrote a story about their summer and what they hope to learn this year in second grade.   

In Kim Peck’s fifth grade class students were issued a chromebook to use each day in the classroom.  After completing the chromebook orientation about how to be a safe, responsible digital citizen, Ms. Peck taught her class how to log in and access websites for school work including Discovery Education, Dream Box, Google Classrooms, and Front Row.  

All students also began learning Leadership Traits.  Each week on Monday a leadership trait is announced for the week.  Then the teacher and students discuss what the trait means, examples of the trait, and students learn how to demonstrate the trait throughout the week. At the end of the week, one student from each class is recognized for being a great example of the trait.  On Friday each week a student is recognized for demonstrating the trait on the morning announcements and his or her picture is displayed on their hallway throughout the school year.   The first Leadership Trait for this school year was “Ready.”  

Written by: Beth Medlin - Media Specialist
Posted: Aug 28, 2015 by Beth Medlin

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