Exhibition 2018

CPE’s Exhibition Night has become a big deal both at CPE and around the school district. Students spend a big chunk of their school year collaboratively developing a challenging, class-wide project that emphasizes “real-world” skills.

This year the focus in my class is on video production, which requires from the students extensive planning, script-writing, communication, cooperation, and the use of technology to film, edit, and produce a final product.

For many years now my students have created episodes of CPETV, which highlight “what life is like inside and outside an American public school.” If you haven’t seen an episode, click here. Some of these episodes have actually been picked up by Southern Oregon Public TV.

For Exhibition, I’ve asked each small group of students to independently produce an episode of their own. These shows take hours and hours to create. In the past, though students did a lot of the filming, I took on the bulk of the work planning, directing, and editing. This year, however, the students will handle every aspect on their own. In fact, students have already begun working with video editing software, and my first groups started filming segments of their episode this week. Others are busy writing scripts and getting logistics ironed out. With any luck, they’ll all be able to premier their episode at Exhibition Night on April 27th.

Let’s address your safety concerns. These episodes will appear on the internet. We do a couple things to protect students. Whenever possible, we post final products in an Mp4 format directly on the school webpage only. That way only people with a connection to CPE are likely to see them. When videos are too large to do that, we use a private Youtube channel. That way the shows will not turn up on a Youtube search. Viewers can only get to the video through the CPE webpage. Finally, we do not use last names of students nor the school’s address in any of the videos. If you have any concerns about this, please contact me.

The classroom is buzzing with excitement over our project. I’ll check in with you frequently with more details. In the meantime, thanks for your support!

The Necklace Play Performance

Here is the video of our play entitled The Necklace, which is based on the classic short story by French writer Guy de Maupassant. The video was edited entirely by Taylor R. Be prepared to turn up your volume. As with many student productions, it is sometimes difficult to hear all the lines. Videos of our other performances, The Tell-Tale Heart and A Retrieved Reformation will be posted as soon as the kids finish editing them.

Student Council Results

Our Room 15 kids did a FANTASTIC job with their election speeches. Nearly all the students demonstrated that they’d make great representatives. Unfortunately, we can only send two to the council. Those of you who didn’t get selected should take heart. You all did a great job!  Congrats to Emilee B. and Jocelyn S. on being voted in, and to Trevor R., who was selected as the alternate. Great job, kids!

Mini Marathon Champions

It was a exhilarating day at Sams Valley School on Halloween. Congrats to all the fourth and fifth graders who competed in the annual Sams Valley Mini Marathon! Room 15 kids performed exceptionally well. Nathan W. took second place for the boys, while Ella H., Jacky B., Daisy R., and Emma H. took 2nd through 5th respectively for the girls. Thanks to their strong finishes, CPE won the team event for the first time in six years. Special thanks once again to West Orthodontics for sponsoring this year’s event. For more fantastic pics, be sure also to check out the Medford Mail Tribune‘s photo gallery here.

It’s Mini Marathon Week!

On behalf of 800 fourth and fifth graders from the Central Point School District, we’d like to invite you out to the Sams Valley Mini Marathon this Tuesday morning, Halloween Day. The race officially starts at 9:30, but get there well early for best parking. Carpooling is encouraged, and if you’ve submitted a background check/volunteer app, you can join us on the bus as a chaperone.

The Mini Marathon was established in 1974, making it among the grand-daddies of southern Oregon running events. In fact, many of this year’s runners are the children and grandchildren of former participants.

While Halloween is normally a day of candy and costumes, the Mini Marathon represents our community’s commitment to health and fitness. True, the kids will still be in costume: Imagine 800 highlighter pens jogging down Sams Valley’s back lanes. All 800 kids—the entire population of D6 fourth and fifth graders—will be donning the neon-colored race shirts bearing the “Sore Today Strong Tomorrow” message: Patrick Elementary in neon yellow, Mae Richardson in neon orange, Jewett in neon green, and so on. The “color rush” of the mini-marathon is always an amazing spectacle, especially when juxtaposed against fields of excited horses and barking farm dogs.

On hand for the event will be mascots from all five elementary schools. They’ll compete in a dance-off prior to the awarding of medals and trophies. (Last year, Mae Richardson’s Ram “sprinklered” its way to winning the event, but rumor has it that CPE’s Roadrunner, Jewett’s Jaguar, and Sams Valley’s Hawk have all been practicing their moves.)

Crater’s championship cross country team will also be hand. The majority of these high schoolers, including Andy Monroe, Grace Hokenson, and Janz Tostenson, got their start running the Mini. This year’s favorite to win the boys’ race is Janz’s little brother, Josiah. A Jewett 5th grader, Josiah often runs with the high schoolers and as a 4th graders won last year’s Marathon in record time. But Josiah isn’t the only one who has been training. Nearly all the elementaries have fitness programs built into the school day or after-school running clubs or both.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsor, West Orthodontics, this year’s event will be chip timed for the first time in the mini’s history. Previous events have been hand-timed, with results painstakingly compiled manually. West Orthodontics has contributed approximately $7500 to make the event possible. Dr. West will fire the starting pistol at 9:30. Come join us for this incredible District 6 event!

Lava Beds Recap

CPE fifth graders braved the snow and wind to visit Lava Beds National Monument last Friday (Oct. 20th). As it turned out, the light dusting of snow at the monument itself made for a unique adventure. Click on the replies/comments below to read our students’ reflection on their trip.

Room 15 Update for Oct. 8

There’s a lot going on this week at CPE.

School pictures are Tuesday. Whether you’re purchasing or not, please note that this will be your child’s yearbook photo.

Jog-a-Thon is Thursday. This is the PTO’s most significant fundraiser of the year. CPE has stayed at the forefront of technology thanks to past jog-a-thons.

There’s no school on Friday. This is “Statewide Inservice Day.” a day when teachers have the opportunity to take continuing education classes at various locations around the state. It replaces what used to be Columbus Day.

Conferences are fast approaching. At last check I had 20 of my 34 students scheduled. Please click on the Conference tab to verify your time. Some are slightly different than requested.

Finally, our Lava Beds trip is Oct. 20th. We need a few more chaperones for this all day trip. Permission slips go home tomorrow (Monday).

Students of the Month

I have another wonderful class of fifth graders! I have a couple of pleasant and capable students new to our school (Dakota and Hannah). I have kids I’ve known since kindergarten–if not before (Emma and Ella). I have siblings of former students (Tyson, Trevor, Sylas, and others). And I have a whole bunch of other GREAT kids. This week I get to acknowledge two students as Students-of-the-Month. Congrats to Daisy R. and Eric T. These two kids are off to a fantastic start. In addition to being well-behaved and good citizens, they’re eager to participate and they’re producing excellent work. They’ve set a high standard for what it means to be Student-of-the-Month. Great job, Eric and Daisy!

At home kids should be working on their play scripts and preparing for math tests on decimal place value and telling time.
Don’t forget to book your fall conference by clicking on the Conferences tab.
Jog-a-Thon information went home on Friday. Kids are encouraged to start getting sponsors. The event itself is Oct. 12th.
Walk-and-Bike-to-School Day is this Wednesday, Oct. 4th. Kids can gather at Banner Bank on Pine Street or Van Horn Park on Freeman Road to join a convoy of kids, parents, and staff.
School Pictures are next week, Tuesday, Oct. 10th.
Our Lava Beds trip is coming up (Oct. 20th). If you’re interested in joining us, please let me know. Be sure you have a volunteer form on file in the office (if you’re not sure, email me).

This Week’s Super Sentences

Fifth grade students should be able to craft an error-free sentence, yet without practice they struggle with this basic skill. That’s where our Super Sentences program comes in. In addition to traditional writing and spelling activities, kids spend time writing and editing a single sentence per day. Late in the week they’re “tested” and then asked to revise and print their sentences on line. Here is our first attempt of the year.

Welcome to Room 15!

Look at this fun bunch of rotters!Thanks to all of you who attended Back-to-School Night. If you weren’t able to attend, be sure to explore the tabs above and at right for lots of information about how our classroom operates.

As long as the weather or the air quality don’t derail our plans, we’ll be heading off to our first field trip on Tuesday (Sept. 19th). We need several chaperones for this trip. If you’re planning on attending, please let me know. You’ll need to have an approved volunteer application on file with the office as well.

The Crater Lake trip snuck up on us a bit…after all, we’re only two weeks into the school year. To assist families in their planning, here’s some of what we have on tap for the rest of the year:

Awards Assembly: Sept. 29
Walk & Bike to School Day: Oct. 4
Jog-a-Thon: Oct. 12
No School: Oct. 13
Lava Beds: Oct. 20
Harvest Fair: Oct. 21
Mini-Marathon: Oct. 31
ScienceWorks: Dec. 15 (I think)
Planetarium: Dec. 7
Tree Plant: Feb. 8
Crater Lake (spring snowshoeing and sledding): TBD
Exhibition Night: April 27th
Table Rock hike (with 1st grade book buddies): TBD
Overnight Oregon Coast trip May 31-June 1
Adopt-a-Street clean-ups: TBD

Also note that Fall Conferences are scheduled for October 25-27. You can schedule yours by clicking on the Conferences tab.

Finally, for those willing and able to contribute a little extra to the classroom, we are always in need of snacks such as pretzels, Goldfish, and Cheezits. If you happen to work in a bank, you can help us out by supplying us with checkbook registers for the Checkbook Project we do each spring. If you work in a medical or dental office, we ‘re always on the lookout for boxes of nitrile gloves for use with our Adopt-a-Street clean-ups. Thanks in advance for your help with these items.