Students-of-the-Month and More

Congrats to our students-of-the-month Sterling C. and Eliza C. Sterling has consistently been among the hardest working and most positive students in the class since Day 1. She’s earned SOTM honors for never giving up and always approaching her schooling with enthusiasm. Eliza has quietly soared to the top of the class. Her citizenship has always been excellent and now her grades are too. Great job Eliza and Sterling. We are proud of you!

The school’s floor hockey tourney starts this week with an assembly on Monday at 12:45. Our teams plays on Tuesday at 11:30. Good luck Room 15 kids!

Finally, we have a teacher-in-training in our classroom. Breanna Hawkins is in the final stretch of getting her degree in education and teaching credential through Southern Oregon University. She’ll gradually assume more and more of the classroom instruction as the year continues, so no doubt you’ll be hearing a lot about Mrs. Hawkins.

More Awards & Acknowledgments

Congratulations to Taylor R. and Jocelyn S., Students-of-the-Month for January. Our February awards will be handed out on Friday, February 23rd. Also congrats to the Rattlesticks, Nathan W., Lydia T., Eliza C., Hannah H., and Dakota M., the Room 15 Classroom Hockey Tourney Champions. The Rattlesticks, who ended up 5-0 on the season, narrowly beat the Bobbys in overtime. Our school tourney begins next Monday, February 26th.

Some New Super Sentences

Room 15 kids crafted Super Sentences containing dialogue with an alternative tag. They appear under the comments section below. Watch for complete sentences, proper capitals and endmarks, as well as proper use of quotation marks and the comma separating the “tag” from the dialogue spoken.

Awards & Acknowledgements

Congratulations to our Students-of-the-Month for November/December: Jaqueline B. and Zoie M. Both have demonstrated great character, behavior, and academic performance all year.

Kudos to the Magical Piggy Overlords, Sylas K., Hannah H., Eliza C., and Braydee C., for winning our 12-day Mathketball Tourney. Mathektball is a game in which we use completed math homework to earn opportunities to score points for our team on the Nerf hoop. It’s a lot of fun and intensely competitive.

Three cheers for our History Jeopardy winners: Dakota M., Daisy R., Eliza C., Carl F., Hannah H., and Jordan C.! History Jeopardy is a team competition designed to help kids study for their trimester history exam.  On the exam itself, this year’s class had one of the highest class averages ever. Nice job, Roadrunners!

Congrats to Emilee B. for successfully staging her adaptation of her Christmas Carol play. Emilee is an aspiring playwright and actress with an uncommon enthusiasm. We look forward to more of Emilee’s performances.

And finally, kudos to our entire class for whopping Mr. Hadley’s class in our first ever time-telling competition. Students were required to successfully read analog clocks, read faceless-analog clocks, and calculate elapsed time. It was a lot of fun and proved that CPE 5th graders can at last accurately tell time without a cell phone to guide them.

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!