Sulphur Springs Independent School District, like most districts across the state, will observe Texas Public Schools Week from March 9-13. Texas designates the month of March to celebrate public schools. During their Feb. 9 board meeting, SSISD Board of Trustees approved a resolution noting they have “firmly planted seeds for student successes,” in the district’s “fertile soil” which “provides the proper nourishment all children need to grow and prosper throughout the years.” Teachers “offer tender loving care,” while administrators provide “steadfast support,” parents give “everlasting love” and business and community leaders “continually shine light on the successes of our students.” The school board, in the resolution, further promised “to cultivate every seed planted within our care and nurture all children as they grow to graduate within the best of our ability.”
In recognition of Public Schools Week, each campus within SSISD will have open house activities from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on their designated nights. At the elementary grade level, each grade has designated activities to reflect this year’s theme, “Growing Graduates: Texas Public Schools Plant Seeds for Success.”
Early Childhood Learning Center, Douglas Intermediate School and Sulphur Springs Learning Center will all host open house Monday.
At ECLC, pre-kindergarten classes will display weather and literature activities based on “Plants and Flowers, When I Grow Up.” Head Start students will display animals on the farm, at the zoo and at home, as well as Dr. Seuss activities. Kindergarten classes will display activities centered around the “Growing Graduates” theme. They will read and discuss various books about plants and insects, plant and discuss seeds and their grown, identify plant parts, discuss the life cycle of a lady bug, do a spring poem handwriting activity and create a flower using geometric shapes. Transitional first graders will display several activities associated with the “Growing Up Green” theme.
Douglas Intermediate School, during open house Monday, will display work done in classrooms. Reading classes will display “task card products,” poetry and journals, while math classes show student-constructed geometric figures and measurement products. Social studies classes will display projects about African Americans and American presidents. Parents will get a glimpse of displays on inherited traits, plant life cycles in their children’s science class. Students’ indoor gardening experiments and those proving geotropism will also be displayed. Hoops for Heart activities will be ongoing throughout the week. Various classrooms will display Power Point presentations.
Schools hosting open house Tuesday include Sulphur Springs Middle School and Sulphur Springs High School. Middle school will have a book fair in the library. There will also be a PTO meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria; the campus Academic Excellence Indicator System report will be discussed, then the PTO session dismissed at 6:30 p.m. for open house. Parents of high school students will be able to visit with their teens’ teachers in their classrooms, where work will be displayed.
Thursday, the final day of open house activities, is dedicated to the elementary schools. As with the two other days, Travis, Lamar, Bowie and Austin Elementary schools will be host open house from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Students at each grade level, as well as ACE and physical education classes, have special activities planned.
At Austin Elementary, the physical education Jump Rope Team will perform, and the first through fourth grade ACE class will display higher level thinking skills on individual projects. First graders will work on an “All About Me” unit, Texas unit, learn state symbols and about Texas life, have guest readers and do science experiments. Second graders will make “Me” and Texas booklets, display writing portfolios, class books, make mobiles, occupation writings, student silhouettes and have guest readers. Third graders will study ecosystems, symmetry in nature, geometric shapes and flat geometric shapes; do poetry, literature projects, biographical stamp books, cereal box reports and video animal reports; and have guest speakers. Fourth graders’ will do a unit on Texas, biography reports from the Internet, hold a guessing contest, and learn about ecosystems and habitats.
Bowie Elementary’s gymnastics team will perform from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the gym, while the gifted and talented students present their “Live Wax Museum” from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria. The GT students’ other completed projects will also be on display. Parents and grandparents of Bowie students are encouraged to join their children for lunch during Public Schools Week. Announcements will be made each morning using the open house theme, and that information will be put on the school sign. Bowie first grade activities’ include making Texas symbol books; they will display sight-words and a collection of students’ work. Second graders will make “About Me” books, bio-poems with students’ silhouettes and “growing future Famous Americans.” Third graders will do units involving plants, fraction quilts, a 1-meter math design, make animal posters and put together writing samples. Fourth graders will make “Texas Flag Books,” do art projects and animal adaptation projects.
Each grade at Lamar Elementary also has specialized lessons and activities to coincide with open house. First graders will utilize a native Texas plant theme, make a poetry book, write plant riddles and make a class book with a garden theme. Second graders will make a black and white collage, a natural resources project and literature-based activities. Third graders will design a bug using recycled materials from home, create “Me Books” and conduct a “Cabbage Garden” measuring activity. Fourth graders will research and display quilt squares of various biographies on African American historical figures and their contributions, as well as demonstrate various writing techniques, student portfolios, reading graphic organizers, math measurements and Power Point projects.
Travis Elementary’s third and fourth grade GT students will present an “In Search of Ologies” museum in the content mastery room. The fourth grade gymnastics team will give a demonstration in the gym at 6:30 p.m. and the third grade gymnastic team at 7:15 p.m. Thursday. First graders will focus on spring plants, animals and the environment. Second graders will write “When I graduate...” stories, grow lima beans, and make seed and tree booklets. Third graders will display an ecosystem project and dioramas, poetry booklets and art projects. Fourth grade students will display personal interview books, “All About Me” graphs, writing folders, journals and portfolios.
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