Is it Spring yet?

Is it Spring yet?  This is the hopeful question of the day as we watched the last of the big snow melt!  Several young friends discussed the possibilities while talking about plans for the upcoming break next week.  They also reminded everyone to SPRING forward this weekend back into daylight savings time.

Spring-BreakHere’s hoping everyone enJOYs the time away, finds fun in all possibilities, and gets some rest to gear up for our final 12 weeks of the 2014-15 school year.  Time is sure flying!  Be safe and see you on March 16th!  :-)

Note:  MISD is closed March 9 – 13 for Spring Break.

What’s your super power today?

We all have gifts to share with each other; some of us just open our packages sooner than others.  :-)

Sarah Super HeroSuper Heroes have powers; some for good and some for not-so-good ventures.  During the course of conversations this morning during walk-about, several students shared their ideas from our big Super Hero Day yesterday when we celebrated the Science and Math of Super Heroes.  With help from Mr. Jerry DeCaire of Marvel Comics, students participated in creative process from conception to final comic book story product.  Mr. DeCaire is responsible for drawing the likenesses of Thor, X-Men, Wolverine, Avengers, Hawkeye, and more over the years.  Class Super HeroWorking closely with writers who create the storyline, he in turn draws realistic comic characters using math and science (really!) to create the action you see in the final product.  It’s a truly fascinating process.  More importantly (and fun fact), comic artists continue to create by hand (and not with cutting-edge technology as you might think) because human hands work faster than computer models currently allow.

superhero1Students today took the knowledge they gleaned from yesterday’s presentation to create their own concepts of super heroes–drawings and story lines.  As one little friend shared with me, “My super power today and is drawing and writing; so what’s your super power, Ms. Van?” :-)

Here’s hoping our little super heroes never lose sight of the many extraordinary gifts and powers they have, opening and sharing them when they are ready to do so!  What’s YOUR super power today?

Green eggs and rhymes and fun…oh my!

Brylee Thing 1 and Emily Cat in the HatAs part of National Read Across America Day (through the National Education Association) and the celebration of special birthday, LME dressed in our Seussical best today!  From the Sam I Am and the Cat in the Hat to Thing 1 and Thing 2, we read, sang, and acted out scenes from some of our favorite Beginner Books in the magical world of Dr. Seuss.

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904.  Best known as an American writer and cartoonist, he wrote and published 46 children’s books. His clever books are often characterized by an imaginative cast of friends, lots of rhyme, and frequent use of poetic meter.  Beginning readers LOVE his whimsical, fun passages and important life lessons.

greeneggs2Our cafe even got into the spirit serving green eggs and greeneggs1ham as an entree choice today!  Thanks to Ms. Pat and her crew for bringing fun to our food!

Our first grade friends started preparations for their upcoming program, Seussical Jr., on Thursday, March 26th; please join us for a fun evening!

We have a busy week ahead too:

Tuesday:  Science of the Superhero Day!  Dress as a super hero and be ready to learn about the art of animation with Marvel Comic Book artist, Jerry Declaire.

Wednesday:  Warm Up to Writing in your warm ups today.

Friday:  3M Day – Marvelous Miller Math Day where we do all things math today!

Spring Break is March 9 – 13, 2015; enJOY this time away to play!

Thanks for participating and sharing the love of learning with us throughout the year!  In the words of Dr. Seuss:  “Today you are you, that is truer than true; there is no one alive who is youer than you!” 

They have a dream…

IMG_6831Our second grade friends presented a moving multimedia tribute this evening called “I Have A Dream.”  Under the direction of our extraordinary music teacher, Mrs. Perez, these learners shared a vision from our country’s past, our  current situation, and their hopeful future as citizens of our growing nation.  From historical video footage of speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Oprah Winfrey, to leading Civil Rights leaders and historians sharing stories from the Freedom Train and Selma, our students talked and sang about our need to truly live as “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all…” 

Special thanks to our Specials Team IMG_6832(who ALWAYS create memorable fine arts experiences for every child at LME each year)!  Thanks to our second grade team of classroom leaders who support this work with research, extra practice time, and lots of encouragement along the way!  Bravos ‘e Bravas to these young learners who walk the talk at such a young age, teaching the generations within our audience this evening the true meaning of hopes and dreams!  :-)

Survey says…

STUDENT Survey

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PARENT Survey

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thoughtfulwordsMidlothian ISD parents are encouraged to complete an anonymous online survey to share their perceptions and input regarding MISD. Part of the 83rd Texas Legislature House Bill 5 requires all districts to evaluate the district and individual campus’ performance based on community and student engagement. This bill allows school districts to showcase areas of excellence and success outside the limited scope of standardized test scores. It is also an opportunity for staff to recognize areas that need improvement in the future and to celebrate the good things happening in our school.

The nine factors evaluated include fine arts, wellness and physical education, community and parental involvement, 21st century workforce development program, second language acquisition program, digital learning environment, dropout prevention strategies, educational programs for GT students and compliance with statutory reporting and policy requirements. All school districts and campuses are required to assign a performance rating of Exemplary, Recognized, Acceptable, or Unacceptable for overall performance.

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We encourage all our parents to take the 2015 parent survey which ends Thursday, February 26. Thanks!

InTENTs Reading, y’all!

specialsGreat reading, fellowship, and fun abide when you pitch some creative tents and read, read, read together!  Such was the event this evening where IMG_6774families joined together to read and visit with another our teachers in cleverly designed areas throughout the main hallway.  From Clifford the Big Red dog under the Big Top to the PoeTREE, we shared great books.  PTO assisted in the Book Fair area IMG_6775where families shopped (and donated) new books.  Special thanks to our LME Family Events Committee, our extraordinary teachers, and our families who came out to celebrate with us.  As one friend noted, “It’s some inTENTs reading, y’all!  :-)

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Tutus, Ties, and Books!

tutusIt’s time for the annual Tutus and Ties Dance sponsored by our PTO this Saturday, February 21st from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in our cafe.  LME Daughters and Daddies are invited to dress for success and cut a rug on the dance floor during this festive evening of fun.  From the chocolate fountain and gourmet treats to the fun photos and group dances, everyone enJOYs this annual tradition.

Don’t forget to join us on Thursday evening this week bookfair1from 6:30 until 8:00 for our InTENTs Family Reading Event throughout the hallways of LME.  Starting with the PTO meeting in the cafe at 6:30, learners and families are invited to experience the love of reading in grade-level-sponsored tents down the main hallway.  Stop in the library as well to check out the Book Fair (and maybe purchase some books for Spring Break reading too!).  :-)

From tutus and ties to lots of books and reading, here’s hoping you join us for the festivities this week!