Teachers at Ida Burns Elementary School say "wild turkeys" were let loose around their school this week. But they were more than thankful for them!
Students dressed up as turkeys in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday this week.
They also each took time to remember the spirit of Thanksgiving. Every student was given a turkey feather to write what they were most thankful for. Teachers then took the feathers and assembled a GIANT turkey.
"The kids loved the turkey and loved this week of thankfulness." said Instructional Facilitator Nicole Loftis.
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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, First Graders at Woodrow Cummins Elementary School have been talking turkey!
Mrs. Lakey's first graders have been working on opinion writing this week.
After reading Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano, the students imagined ways that turkeys might disguise themselves to avoid being the main course next week.
Next, the students wrote about their ideas and followed up with a fun art project to show off their fowl designs.
They worked together at home with their families to disguise the turkeys.
"They turned out so cute and the families loved being able to be creative together," said Mrs. Lakey.
The Conway High School Quiz Bowl Team has won its second big tournament of the year and is currently undefeated.
The Varsity team won the Atkins tournament in October, and won the Huntsville invitational last weekend.
The JV team placed fourth of 26 teams at Atkins and 5th at Huntsville.
Their coach, Paula McKee, says the defending state champs are ready to take the title again this year.
"My juniors and seniors are the same ones that I took to nationals when they were in the eighth and ninth grades," says McKee. "They won that tournament that year and have been winning since then. They actually assure the success of future teams as the underclassmen learn from them in practice. I love to watch them interact."
Matt Sweere, Tim Ablondi, Zelda Engeler-Young and Joe Coker lead the varsity team.
Other members who competed are Blaine Booher, Jesus Orellano, Jack Lester, Tanner Rith, Hunter Davis, Matt Depner, Ryan Swan, Megan Hasse, Peter Grant, Juan Melendez, Maddie Moss, and Savannah Raup.
The team will compete again December 5th in the Benton Invitational.
Woodrow Cummins Elementary has started a new club for Kindergarten- 4th grade.
The "Book It!" club encourages members to read for 20 minutes each evening.
The students are responsible for tracking the time on either a calendar page or on a mobile app. Those that meet their monthly reading goals earn a free, personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.
So far the response to the new club has been tremendous.
"Over 50 families signed up for the Book It! app in the first week," says Julie Olson, WCE Librarian and Club Sponsor. "Hopefully, enthusiasm will stay strong, and our kids will spend some quiet, fall evenings with their noses buried in books!"
Teachers throughout the Conway School District are making connections with students using some new training they received this school year.
"Connections" is a systematic, multi-sensory research-based approach to teaching the phonology, decoding, and reading skills of the English language.
The Conway school district sent 40 participants to be trained in preparing, implementing, and conducting the components of Connections lessons which include decoding, encoding, word recognition, fluency and comprehension.
The newly-trained teachers say this is just one more way they can reach students.
"We were blessed to receive such great training. I feel like I have another tool in my toolbox to use for students who just need a different approach to learning," says Instructional Facilitator Shannon Riner. "I am seeing progress with my kids! Several times a week I hear, “I love coming to your group” That makes it all worth it!"
How would you like for your math problems to be fun AND good enough to eat?
Mrs. Sled's second grade students got to find out in math today!
They used gummy worms to practice measurement skills.
They students measured their worms once. Then again after they stretched the gummy candy as far as it could go.
Then, they compared the two by finding the difference in length.
"These guys love anything that involves food," says Mrs. Sled,"it's a great tool to learn and have fun at the same time."
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