Love (appropriate for Valentine’s Day) of Learning – 2/14/14

My day started with an inspiring, insightful, and deep conversation about Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. I sat in on Mrs. Johnson’s English IV Honors class, and I left with the utmost confidence in our AHS students. The level of understanding and conversation was inspiring. Our seniors were so remarkable debating, commenting, questioning, and arguing over the intended message of Capote’s work. Needless to say, it was a terrific way to start my day.

Here are a few other pics from today:


“I love you to pieces.” This Pre-K student created a gift that will be sure to make someone’s day.


A 5th grade in Mrs. Gaul’s language arts class reads a piece of their writing to an audience. Students took part in an Author’s Celebration!



Day of Learning – February 11, 2014

2nd – 4th graders listen to Mr. Rowley as he introduces Rachel’s Challenge (sponsored by our GREAT PTA) to our NES students. The program focused on five “challenges:” 1. Use Kind Words and Do Nice Things

2. Accept and Include Others

3. Choose Positive Influences and Be a Positive Influence

4. Set Goals and Keep a Journal

5. Continue the Chain Reaction

AHS students highlight the 16 career fields related to Economics class.

PTA sponsored t-shirts were distributed to NES staff focusing attention on the C.A.R.E.S. values.


Through my eyes…Day of Learning – February 10, 2014

The very best parts of my day involve interacting with students, teachers and parents. I saw lots of great things yesterday.

.2.10.143 AHS students learning video editing with Mr. Schubauer.


The SBMS Class of 2014 hears about the many offerings of AHS from Mrs. Embley and Mrs. DeLuca.


Kindergartners working on consonant sound / letter relationships in Ms. Bores’ classroom.


PTA volunteers teach about the masters through NES’ Meet the Artists program. A GREAT partnership!


SBMS teachers attend a workshop about students with ADD/ADHD. Always looking for ways to meet the needs of every learner!

Day of Learning – February 7, 2014

Mr. Mount teaches students at NES strategies for using mental math.


SBMS students listen to Jimmy Valvano’s famous, “Don’t Give Up…Don’t Ever Give Up” speech as the culmination of Quest for the Cure Week benefiting the Jimmy V Foundation.


8th grade students at SBMS compare plant and animal cells during.

Kids don’t care what you know until they know you care!

The title of this post is my absolute favorite educational quote, “Kids don’t care what you know until they know you care.” Many people are given the credit for saying it, so I usually just say, “Author Unknown.” I first heard it from an educational guru who happen to be a family friend, Jim Grant. It has stayed with me throughout my years in education and has become a focus of what I believe.

Recently, a teacher sent me this video. I am definitely a fan of Rita Pierson!

Day of Learning – February 4, 2014

The February 3 edition of The Newell News from NES.


Mr. Nice has students identify problems and correct procedures during Driver’s Education.


2nd grade students in Mrs. Kochman’s and Mrs. Graham’s classroom are taught a lesson about regrouping.

Coding / Computer Programming Club

Students at SBMS have started a computer programming/coding club. Under the tutelage of Mr. Yorinks, students use “Scratch” to create programs. Coding is a wonderful opportunity for students and helps them learn valuable tools for life. Below is a sample of a program that one student created.

According to the organization, which seeks to raise awareness about the need for students to learn computer coding, 1.4 million jobs in the computer field, including coding, engineering, and data mining, will be available in the United States by 2020, but there will be only 400,000 college students majoring in computer science. Those jobs come with significantly higher wages than jobs associated with many other college degrees. The starting salary for a 2013 computer science major is about $64,800, a 5 percent increase over the previous year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, based in Bethlehem, Pa., which tracks starting salaries for college graduates.