Like many schools across the state, Sulphur Springs Independent School District will celebrate Texas Public School Week by conducting activities March 4-8 at each campus and grade level designed to show off students’ work.
SSISD school board in resolution 1-13, approved at their February meeting, noted this year’s theme to be “Imagine, Explore, Discover: Celebrate Texas Public Schools.” The resolution notes the district’s commitment to “map the plan” and secure tools most suited for exploration and discovery in an effort to guide students to find their own personal success. The district strives for excellence and focuses on engaging opportunities at the hands of teachers and students in an effort to attain a higher level of achievement.
While teachers and students are the primary component to students’ success, support from “dedicated parents, educators and community leaders” along the journey are also important to “the excavation of learning,” the resolution states.
Each campus has scheduled an open house to allow parents and the community to show support of Sulphur Springs students and students to display the fruits of their work.
Leading off the week’s open house activities will be Early Childhood Learning Center and Sulphur Springs Elementary. Both ECLC and SSES will open their doors from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday for open house.
At ECLC, Head Start students will display, by class, specific modes of transportation. Hands-on activities will be utilized in prekindergarten classes as Texas symbols, history and flag are discussed; to learn about earth using books, activities and taking a field trip to the Planetarium in Commerce; and to imagine different careers and jobs they might like to have when they grow up. Kindergarten activities are divided up by hall. Summer Hall kindergarteners will display three dimensional shapes, presidential portraits, space rockets and moon phases, miscellaneous Valentine’s projects; handwriting activities; plants; and math activities. Fall Hall kindergarteners will display activities about space, American symbols, “Guess Who” silhouettes, Dr. Seuss books and portfolios of their work so far this year. Transitional first graders will display work on space and “discovering our potential.”
Each campus except SSHS, according to information provided by the director of elementary education and PEIMS offices, is scheduled to hold a book fair all week and during open house.
Open house at SSISD continues Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sulphur Springs Middle School and Sulphur Springs High School. Teachers will be in their classrooms and students’ work will be displayed.
Texas Public School Week concludes with open houses from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bowie, Lamar and Travis Primary schools, as well as Douglas Intermediate School.
At Bowie, first graders will illustrate the main character and themes from the Dr. Seuss books they’ve read and display them on lockers, doors and bulletin boards, along with work on digraphs, blends, families, rhyming words, “When I grow up, I want to be ...” student projects; and their writing, math and science journals. Parents of Bowie first graders will be given a chance to view the “Seasons of the Apple Tree” art project, too. Second graders at Bowie will display projects exploring the water cycle, the night sky, famous Americans, patterns in the world and animal research projects.
Lamar Primary first graders’ focus is on the ocean; students will read books about life under the sea; write stories imagining they are a deep sea diver, illustrating what they explore as they travel in the water; and make creative art projects comparing and contrasting sea animals. Second graders at Lamar will focus on fairy tales; they will explore various versions of fairy tales, and engage in learning that will lead to a “new world of adventure in storytelling.”
Travis Primary first graders will display work on their “All About Me” unit, literature responses, bugs and planets, Native American book and book reports. Second graders will display “Me” booklets, writing journals, class books, a mobile, occupation writings, student Power Point and literature responses. Teachers will be in classrooms and students’ work will be displayed.
Douglas Intermediate has invited guest speakers to tell about their careers and historical information. Science classes will display models of biomes and show examples of adaptations and food chains. Reading and math classes will display work and projects. In physical education classes student displays will show Walk Across Texas results in miles and results of Hoops for the Heart participation.
Sulphur Springs Independent School District will hold open house activities in observance of Public Schools Week from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following days:
Monday, March 4
Early Childhood Learning Center
Sulphur Springs Elementary
Tuesday, March 5
Sulphur Springs Middle School
Sulphur Springs High School
Thursday, March 7
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