Step Up For Students: Success Stories
Volume 3 Issue: 7                                                       February 2015

I Learned to Love in Kindergarten

It wasn't until after a few years of teaching that I discovered a great book titled "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten". I can remember reading this with intensity as I recalled learning almost all of the lessons shared in my own kindergarten class!  

Now, as an educator with a few years "under my belt", I look at things a little differently. I see how those life lessons all lead back to one central theme - LOVE. Of course it is not the type of love our society ties so desperately to instill in us; instead, it's the kind of love that seeks others before self!

That's a difficult thing in today's world as we are constantly bombarded with ideas and concepts that emphasize selfishness, personal gain, and getting ahead in life. Through experience, I have come to realize that it is the opposite that is true. Sacrifice and selflessness have proven to win out every time.

Think of all the heartache I could have saved myself since kindergarten had I comprehended that my teacher was right - it is not going to hurt me to love others more than myself. In fact, it will probably benefited me for a long time to come.

So as we celebrate this month dedicated to love, take a moment to think about how you can love others selflessly for the rest of the year. If we do, I'll bet we will have a better year!

Let me know what you think.

Scott Beck, School Coordinator
 

 

MARCH WEBINAR SCHEDULE

Using the Personal Learning Plans (PLP),

Unit Plans, Lessons Plans and Gradebook

All sessions run from 3:30 - 4:30 PM 

 

Tuesday, March 10        

Thursday, March 12    

Tuesday, March 17

Thursday, March 19

Tuesday, March 24

Thursday, March 26


Click here to join the webinar:

http://stepupforstudents.adobeconnect.com/tle/
 

 

 

FREE MATH GAME APP! 

Build automaticity in basic math facts!


 
Zearn, an education technology non-profit organization founded by some of the greatest social entrepreneurs and education reformers ever (David Levin, Norman Atkins, Evan Rudall, David Saltzman, Dacia Toll, etc.), has just released Impoppable, a new iOS math game designed for 8-12 year olds.

 

It is designed to build skills including automaticity and flexibility with key facts. The user pops bubbles by creating multiplication and division equations. It's simple, highly addictive and fun! 

 

Impoppable is available on the iTunes Store. It's 100% free for anyone

. Download, play, and share it with your friends. Go to www.zearn.org/impoppable to download it and learn more about the fun and math inside the game.

 

Here's a one-minute video about it:

http://youtu.be/jVkwtRpi-lI


 

If you like the game, please help the Zearn team spread the word by sharing it on Facebook and Twitter, and with anyone who might enjoy it.

 

Happy popping! 

 

MORE WEBSITES  FOR SCHOOLS!
  
  • Adopt A Classroom-

    Donors find and fund a classroom by searching for a teacher they know, a school they have a connection with, or a subject they're passionate about. 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes to the classroom.
      http://www.adoptaclassroom.org 

     

  • Modest Needs -Modest Needs is a non-profit organization with a unique mission. Modest Needs exists to responsibly provide short-term financial assistance to individuals and families in temporary crisis who, because they are working and live just above the poverty level, are ineligible for most types of conventional social assistance but who (like many of us) are living one or two lost paychecks away from the kind of financial catastrophe that eventually leads to homelessness.

  • http://www.modestneeds.org 

     

  • Good 360 - Working with our partners, Good360 is able to: 

    Help companies help charities.
    Give a voice to nonprofits - large and small.
    Provide real-time impact data and stories.
    Keep usable goods out of landfills.
    Make your money go further

    http://www.good360.org 

     

  • Reading Rockets - Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

    Reading Rockets Celebrates 10 Years of Launching Young Readers
    We bring the best research-based strategies to teachers, parents, administrators, librarians, childcare providers, and anyone else involved in helping a young child become a strong, confident reader. Our goal is to bring the reading research to life - to spread the word about reading instruction and to present "what works" in a way that parents and educators can understand and use.
    http://www.readingrockets.org/helping/target 

     


Does your Parent-School Partnership shine? Let your OSL coordinator know about the wonderful things happening at your school! We want to spotlight YOU in an upcoming newsletter.  Contact information is at the bottom of the newsletter. 

 

 

Spotlight on Rockledge Christian

 

  The Rockledge Christian staff hosted a Muffins for Moms & Donuts for Dads drop-in breakfast for their parents and guardians this month.  The morning went very well, and the parents really appreciated it. Principal Ric Speigner shared that they never would have thought of it if Rockledge hadn't been a part of Success Partners.

 

Josue Desjardins, part of the Robotics Team
          

                     Spotlight on William A. Kirlew Junior Academy 

 

 Josue Desjardins is 14 years old, and is currently in the eighth grade at William A. Kirlew Jr. Academy. He is an exceptional student that doesn't settle for anything less than the best. He continues to strive for excellence with his current GPA of 4.0, which he has maintained for over three years. When things do not come easy to him, he doesn't let it defeat him. He continues to practice until he defeats the problem. William A. Kirlew is so proud of his efforts in and out of the classroom.  He is part of a wonderful Robotics Team that has competed in various competitions.

 

          

                                      Spotlight on Kingdom Academy 

 

Ms. Ulvila, Lead Teacher at Kingdom Academy reports that that they did Module 9 with Compass Points at their January 29 meeting with parents and staff and THEY LOVED IT!  Everyone was really engaged and had fun.  One parent even asked for a copy of the descriptions of the different "directions" and the questions because she wanted to do it at her work.

 

Office of Student Learning Contacts  
Jeff, Erica, Meredith, Andrea, Carol, Lauren, Kaethe, Scott