Around the District
We thought we would share a few highlights from the last month to let you know how things are going in our schools. In addition to learning in all of their academic subjects, our students have a wealth of opportunities each and every day to explore the world around them, express themselves, and build community.
Fire Safety Week: In addition to fire safety topics covered in classes, the students were treated to a visit by our local Fire Department! The WFD conducted 3 sessions and talked to students about fire safety and the need for smoke detectors. Each student got to spray water from the fire hose and had an opportunity to sit in the driver's seat of the fire engine!
Holmes hosted 2 separate Family Nights in October. More than 100 families participated in the math and reading family nights, where students learned fun math games, received materials to take home and play, and learned about reading games available for them to check out. Everyone had a great time!
Arts in Education:
Thanks to a grant from the Foundation, the Cincinnati Traveling Children's Theater came to Holmes and performed Rumplestiltskin for the children. Following the show the actors opened the floor to questions, and teachers were told about available study guides to go along with the shows. The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the interactive performances.
Denver Place Elementary
Girls on the Run:
12 Denver Place students were recognized at the last Board meeting for their participation in Girls on the Run. The program is a 10 week after school program that helps young girls build confidence in themselves. The program encourages positive emotional, social, mental, and physical development.
Peer Autism Team: The first activity at Denver Place for the Peer Autism Team was a success! Everyone got to know each other and had a fun pumpkin craft for the season. A student pointed out "All pumpkins are different, just like us. But together we make a great patch!" #denveristheplacetobe
East End Elementary
Once again our local fire department stepped up to help our students. This time they encouraging the students at East End to read in a challenge called Blazing a Trail to Reading. At the end of the quarter, the top 3 students that have read the most hours for the quarter will get to take a ride in the fire truck, go to a restaurant of their choice, and spend some time talking with the firemen and asking questions. Ready, set, read!
Being Kind, Responsible, and Safe:
Our 5th graders are working hard to be kind, responsible, and safe. So far for the month of October, teachers have given out over 650 Hurricanes - positive referrals - for students who demonstrate what it means to be kind, responsible, and safe. Way to go!
Wilmington Middle School
Recognition: This year they are doing things a little differently at the Middle School. Each month they hold an assembly to recognize and celebrate students for positive actions or perfect attendance. Rewarding positive behavior can be encouraging for these students and can help set clear expectations for behavior that improves the climate of the Middle School.
Wrap Up: In the past month our MS students welcomed Operation Cherrybend, held 8th Grade Student Council Elections, created awesome 3D cells and wrote children's science books, broke some school records in athletics, celebrated students of the month, and practiced team building as a follow up to the Sandy Hook Promise program.
Wilmington High School
Fall Theatre Production:
Students have been working hard to bring you their Fall performance, The Crucible, on November 9, 10, and 11th.
FFA Fruit Sale:
Our WHS FFA members are taking orders through November 2nd - citrus fruits, apples, poinsettias, meat sticks, BBQ sauce, wreaths, and assorted nuts!
Wrap Up: The Journalism staff published their first edition of The Hurricane newspaper, FFA students attended the National Convention, The Pride of Wilmington Marching Band earned a Superior rating, students attended a youth leadership seminar, others created fun photographic masterpieces in Photo 1 class, and the Lady 'Cane Tennis team won the Fall Sports GPA Breakfast! And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Our HS students are having a great year so far.
And we're barely a quarter of the way through the year!