Sunday, April 9, 2017

April 10 - 13, 2017


We had another fun week of learning here at Bacon.  Our teachers are doing a great job of engaging the students with thoughtful lessons (see pics below).  As we head into the 4-day week leading up to spring break, we are going to keep the pedal to the metal!  No rest until Friday!!

The Civil Air Patrol did an aerodynamics lesson with our GT students which involved flying drones in our gym.  Any day you get to fly something is a great day.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Department held a school-wide assembly on gun safety.  K-9 officer Johnson did a great job with the students, and our Bears paid attention to the important content.  As officer Johnson stated, it's not anyone's job to tell adults if they should or shouldn't keep guns in the house - that's a personal decision.  What's important, however, is that kids know what to do should they unexpectedly find one - at a friend's house, in the street, at the park, etc.  The tips and information shared was all about keeping our young people safe.  Thanks goes to officer Johnson and the entire Sheriff's Department for doing your part to educate us and keep us all safe.  

Plans are well underway for our spring Community Night on 5/22.  We'll get more detailed information to you after spring break.  If you have any questions at this point, feel free to call the school.    

That's all for this week.  Have a strong, productive 4-day week!  Keep being great.

Pictures from around the School

The Civil Air patrol giving our GT students a lesson on drone aerodynamics
Drone aerodynamics

Getting ready for the demonstration
CAP with some pre-flight information before the hands-on portion

Checking out the musical at Millville Senior High School
Floor space = learning space

Busy Bears
4th grade using the blacktop for math

Working together on some factoring
Number groups

Working outside - not a bad idea

Learning and vitamin D

Blacktop math

Getting it done

Together is better

Math in the sunshine
Eddie the Eagle assembly

K-9 officer Johnson presenting to our Bears

Ms. O'Neill tried to take the dog home.  She was strictly prohibited.
Post-assembly dog appreciation

1st grade using estimates and measurements in their math lesson
Everything was fair game to be measured...

...even Bears
Working together

This is what happens when you fall asleep during a lesson - you get measured

Birthday Selfies!

Weekly overview
Monday (4/10): C day - Lesson plans due, PBIS Tier 2 meeting (10:44 conference room)

Tuesday (4/11: D day - K, 2nd, and 5th grade PLCs, Leadership Team Meeting (Culver)

Wednesday (4/12): E day - Dare to be Fit (8 am in the gym), Workout Wednesday, 4th grade PLC, I&RS

Thursday (4/13): A day - PBIS Events Planning Meeting (8 am in the library), 1st and 3rd grade PLCs


**Looking ahead
4/17 - 4/21 - Spring Break
5/1 - PARCC testing begins
5/22 - Community Night (rain day 5/23)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

April 3 - 7, 2017


As hard as it is to believe, April is here.  With the return of spring come all the school events and activities that generally take place as the school year begins to concluded - spring break, testing, field trips, Olympic Day, Fun Day, graduation, etc. Even though these events are on the horizon, they aren't here yet.  We have a ways to go (well, spring break is pretty close), and a lot of good things to get done.  And because of that, we want to make sure we stay focused on the here and now, on learning and instruction, on engaging students, and on continuing to build connections and foster relationships with our Bears.  When I was a teacher, a former vice principal used to encourage us to, as he put it, "Maintain educational tempo."  I always liked that.  No matter what is happening or about to happen, we still teach in the moment.  We still give our learners the best of us all day, every day - even when the weather is nice and a lot of things are happening at once.  We are still here to engage, equip, and empower.  And, of course, have fun while we do it.  As I walked around the building this week, I saw amazing things happening.  We are still on point with our purpose and reason for being here.  Great work -  keep it up!  Maintain tempo, and stay the course.

Last week, we held our monthly Respect the 29th PBIS Pep Rally.  Our focus for the students was twofold - 1) we reminded them to continue being respectful, awesome learners, and 2) we encouraged them to come to school every day.  This month, over 50 students had perfect attendance, and we set a goal of over 70 students for April.  We can do it!

Our challenge of the month was a balloon pop.  Participants were drawn from the list of students who received a Paws Up since our last assembly.  The staff even got to play a round.  It sounded a little like the 4th of July in that gym, and the students - and staff - were laughing and having a blast.  

We then transitioned into our PBIS Bear Bucks store.  Our students were able to spend their hard-earned bucks on great prizes (which got even greater thanks to our hard-working PBIS aide - thank you, Ms. Berry!).  Before the assembly started, I asked all the students who received Bear Bucks since our last assembly to hold them up.  Nearly every student help up some blue money.  I then asked every student who received a Paws Up to raise their hand.  Again, many did.  Great job students on earning your rewards, and great job staff on continuing to recognize students for their hard work and good choices.

Also this week, we had our Hoops for Bacon fundraiser.  The cost was $5 or 50 box tops to participate, and over 60 students raised around $350 dollars for Bacon.  For an hour after school on Thursday, the students shot hoops at various stations set up around the gym.  Parents were able to come and watch, and everyone who played had fun with their friends and raised money for Bacon by doing it.  I'd like to thank Mrs. Muhlbaier, Mrs. Bingham, Mrs. Banker, and Ms. O'Neill for their work and dedication in setting up and supervising the event.  All who came had a blast.

On a personal note, April 4th will mark one year since becoming this great school's principal.  Simply put, it's been wonderful year.  Bacon truly feels like family, and I'm completely honored to do what we do with such great people.  Thanks for a year (a calendar year, anyway) of great memories and experiences.

That's all for now.  No baby yet, but we're getting closer.  This could be the week.  Everyone have a great one - keep working hard, keep coming to school, keeping giving your all, and keep being great!

Hoops for Bacon

Pictures from around the School

Birthday Selfies

Weekly overview
Monday (4/3): C day - lesson plans due

Tuesday (4/4): D day - K, 2nd, and 5th grade PLCs

Wednesday (4/5): E day - Dare to be Fit (8 am in the gym), Workout Wednesday, 4th grade PLC

Thursday (4/6): A day - Staff meeting (8 am in the library), Spring Pictures, 1st and 3rd grade PLCs

Friday (4/7): B day - Wear Bacon Gear, Eddie Eagle assembly (2 pm in the gym)