Archives for October 2017

Tiger of the Week: October 30-November 3, 2017

Liz Lansink is our TIGER of the Week for October 30 – November 3.  Congratulations!

Liz Lansink – Volleyball

Liz Lansink is our volleyball TIGER of the Week because of a number of reasons. Her in practice and game effort is outstanding. She is an extremely hard working individual who is constantly pushing herself to become better. Her “winner” personality pushes herself and her teammates to become the best that she and they can become. She has a “never quit” attitude and even facing sometimes stronger, taller and explosive competition she sees this as a challenge she wants to take head on. With all this, Liz never loses the respect and gratitude she has for her peers, the competition and her coaches.

Activity Schedule: October 30 – November 4

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Activities Department

Thayne Johnson, Activities Director
Lori Mittelsteadt, Administrative Assistant

COMPETE LIKE A TIGER

TENACITY, INTEGRITY, GRATITUDE, EFFORT, RESPECT
TIGER PRIDE!

Essential Skills . . . Social & Emotional Learning

By Jessica Bouta, Licensed School Counselor, West Elementary

 

Social and emotional learning is a critical component to educating our children and preparing them for success in life.  Such skills include the ability to manage emotions, problem solve, and work together. West Elementary currently integrates social and emotional learning through the use of our school-wide Positive Behavior Intervention Supports, the Second Step curriculum, classroom character education lessons, and story read alouds. This year, a number of classrooms in our building are also beginning to integrate a brain focused strategy to help our early learners practice these essential skills.

Through the use of the MindUp curriculum developed by the Hawn Foundation, students are exposed to 15 brain based core lessons. These lessons help develop self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. In early lessons, students begin by learning about their brain and how different parts function and interact. This includes becoming aware of emotions and how they can impede decision making skills if we do not acknowledge them in the moment.

Later lessons focus on developing a positive mind-set through perspective taking, performing acts of kindness, and expressing gratitude. Classroom lessons, discussion questions, reading stories, and making connections to core academic subjects are used to integrate these brain based topics into each school day.

Another component to this research based curriculum is teaching students how to calm their brains and bodies and bring a focused awareness to their thoughts and actions. This involves students participating in an activity to regulate themselves such as: deep belly breathing, stretching, and others. Practice in the classroom takes place throughout the day to focus students and prepare them to learn.

Teaching children how to be aware of when their bodies are beginning to experience strong feelings such as stress, worry, sadness, anger, or excitement is important. This allows them to practice techniques to calm and feel in control of their body.

You might be wondering what you can do to help your child develop a focused awareness to their thoughts and actions. Here are a couple of tips to get you started:

  • Discuss with your child what their body and brain feel like when they are calm.  Ask questions such as: What does your body look like when you are calm?  What kind of thoughts do you have when you are calm?
  • Strong feelings are normal.  Talk about warning signs for when they are beginning to have a strong feeling.
    Practice techniques they can use to get back to a calm, regulated state.  This might include taking 5 deep belly breaths, reassessing what they are feeling, and repeating if necessary.  Make this a part of your normal, everyday routine and it will be easier to use when strong feelings arise.
  • Take time to pay attention to what is happening around you.  Talk with your child about what you hear, see, smell, or taste.  Pay attention to those around you and make a guess about how they might be feeling.  How do you know?

By working together to teach social and emotional learning in both home and school we can help set our children up for success.

 

Tigers of the Week: October 23-27, 2017 – Haley Knorr & Britta Johnson

Congrats to Haley and Britta, our TIGERs of the Week for October 23 – 27

Haley Knorr and Britta Johnson – Girls Tennis

Haley and Britta showed resiliency and great effort in competing at our number one doubles position. Their hard work and dedication paid off in earning them a final four appearance in our section tournament. Both players have shown respect and gratitude for their opportunities to compete for our program.

Activity Schedule: October 23-28, 2017

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Activities Department

Thayne Johnson, Activities Director
Lori Mittelsteadt, Administrative Assistant

COMPETE LIKE A TIGER

TENACITY, INTEGRITY, GRATITUDE, EFFORT, RESPECT
TIGER PRIDE!

Tigers of the Week, October 16-20, 2017 – Ben Riewer and Grace Penke

Congratulations to Ben and Grace, the TIGERs of the Week for October 16 – 20.

Ben Riewer – Boys Soccer

Ben has continued to improve every single practice and game this season to the point that he was invaluable to have on the field. He also stepped up to become the JV goalie when no one else really wanted the job. With 10 seniors graduating from the soccer team this season, Ben’s future with the program looks very bright!

Grace Penke – Girls Soccer

As a captain of the Girls Soccer Team, Grace’s leadership is proven everyday in organizing team activities, and is demonstrated in practice and game play. Grace understands her position well in both attack, and transition to defense. She leads by example and encourages teammates to do their best. She offers suggestions where improvements can be made, and asks questions when needed. In our conference game with rival GSL, Grace scored two goals and assisted on a third to secure the win. Her effort to produce a winning attitude is recognized by her teammates as well as her respect for coaches and officials.

Activity Schedule – October 16-21, 2017

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Activities Department

Thayne Johnson, Activities Director
Lori Mittelsteadt, Administrative Assistant

COMPETE LIKE A TIGER

TENACITY, INTEGRITY, GRATITUDE, EFFORT, RESPECT
TIGER PRIDE!

Safety at School

By Mary Getzke, Assistant Principal, Park Elementary

Safety at school is a first priority for all our students. There has been many things taking place to keep children safe at Park Elementary. The biggest and needed change is the new secure front entrance to Park Elementary School. It is with gratitude that the staff wants to thank the public for providing a safe entrance to  Park Elementary for the students in grades 2-5. Our secure entrance is at the far southeast end of the front of the building. Once school is in session the only entrance into the building is the southeast entrance where a staff member will promptly buzz the guest in and the visitor is asked  to sign-in to the building. You can enter the building with a bright yellow visitor’s pass. It takes teamwork to keep our students safe. If a person does not have an employee badge or a yellow visitor’s pass a staff member will redirect this person back to sign-in at the main office. All visitors are asked to sign out when exiting the building. Safety requires multiple layers and the building entrance is one way to improve safety.

Another important step in safety is shown through the dedication of 68 students who have volunteered to serve their peers and families to be able to safely cross the streets to and from the school building. The students in Safety Patrol have made a commitment to  keep members in our community safe crossing streets in the mornings and afternoons. Our busiest intersection is at Grove Street and 2nd Avenue. We have three to four students and an adult at this intersection. It is also greatly appreciated that officers from the Hutchinson Police Department support this corner when possible. It is vital for drivers to give all their attention to driving when around school intersections. If flags are in the crosswalk helping children and families cross the street, stop your vehicle and patiently wait. We thank our dedicated safety patrol students, their parents, our paraprofessionals and officers for their teamwork that helps us keep safe every day crossing the streets by school.

School staff, bus drivers and students have teamed up to learn and review what we need to do to keep our buses peaceful. A bus driver has a serious and important job to drive and get our children home safely. It is the student’s job to follow the bus rules and to not distract the driver. If you have a child that rides the bus, please support us in encouraging your child to quietly sit on the bus. Any distraction can cause the driver to take their eyes off the road.  Riding the bus is a service provided to those who keep our buses peaceful. This is why you will find that the District and the bus company are strict in enforcing a peaceful bus that keeps everyone safe.

At Park Elementary there are close to 1000 people in the building. It takes teamwork from all of us to keep each person safe and provide a productive learning environment for all. School rules and expectations are different than at home because of the amount of people in one area working hard to improve themselves academically, with good character, and to be safe.

Tigers of the Week – Oct 9-13 – Jack Jaeger & Makayla Mher

Congratulations to Jack and Makayla, the TIGERs of the Week for October 9 – 13

Jack Jaeger – Boys Cross Country

Jack finished 2nd out of 53 varsity runners at the Fr. Otto Weber Invitational at St. John’s University.  He led the Tigers to a first place finish out of 15 teams. He was the number one runner for the boys for the second time this season. His 5,000 meter time of 17:41 was a season best for him. Jack has shown great improvement this year through his hard work and determination. He has been a great teammate leading by example and pushing others to do their best in races.

Makayla Maher – Girls Cross Country

Makayla finished 3rd out of 58 varsity runners at the Fr. Otto Weber Invitational at St. John’s University.  She led the Tigers to a third place finish out of 15 teams.  She was the number one runner for the girls and has been all this season. Her 5,000 meter time of 21:14 was one of her season’s best times. Makayla is a great leader on the team, bringing all teammates together. She is a hard worker, motivated, and sets a good example for the rest of the team.

Activity Schedule October 9-14, 2017

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Activities Department

Thayne Johnson, Activities Director
Lori Mittelsteadt, Administrative Assistant

COMPETE LIKE A TIGER

TENACITY, INTEGRITY, GRATITUDE, EFFORT, RESPECT
TIGER PRIDE!

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