Public Schools Week activities
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

March 5, 2006 - Local schools will be bustling three out of the five school nights next week with parents and community members showing support of their children during Texas Public Schools Week activities.

Most rural schools have designated one night for these activities, however, due to its size and the varied number of campuses, Sulphur Springs Independent School District has designated three days for the open house activities to give parents with children attending different schools a chance to visit each campus. Activities will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday based mostly around the state theme “driven to succeed.”

On Monday, open house will be observed at Early Childhood Learning Center/Beginnings Learning Center, Douglas Intermediate School and Houston Learning Center. Tuesday will be open house at Sulphur Springs Middle School and High School. Open house activities are not slated Wednesday in deference to church activities, but resume Thursday at Austin, Bowie, Lamar and Travis Elementary schools.


At ECLC, prekindergartners will display artwork and table work on the “Road Trip ‘06: Oh the Places You Will Go,” themes while Head Start students utilize a spring theme for art and science activities.

Kindergartners will investigate seed and plant parts, and insect life cycles as part of science lessons and will make “All About Me” books, have lessons about respecting others and community helpers as part of social studies lessons.

PPCD, SESC and resource classes will coordinate bulletin boards and locker tags, as well as enjoy centers, songs and fingerplays featuring the state theme. Units on travel and transportation will also be incorporated into the activities.

Students in transitional first grade classes will use a city map to show community points of interest, and will tour the hospital and police station.

Douglas Intermediate

Douglas fifth graders will display work folders and Power Point presentations in their classrooms, and while the basketball dribblers demonstrate their skills at 6:45 p.m. 7 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for physical education class. The results of the “Walk Across Texas” participation will also be displayed in the gym.


Open house activities on Tuesday will focus on Sulphur Springs Middle School and High School. Middle School will have a PTO meeting during which the Strings students will perform and posters created in art classes will be displayed. At high school, teachers will be in their classrooms to speak with parents and students’ work will also be displayed.

Austin Elementary

At Austin, first graders will have guest readers, and study the following units: “All About Me,” Texas, Texas symbols and Texas life. Second graders will also have guest readers, will make “Me” booklets, Texas booklets and silhouettes, and will display writing portfolios, class books, mobiles and occupation writings. Third graders will also have guest readers, do biography book reports and literature projects , as well as focusing on units in life cycles, butterflies, poetry, symmetry in nature and geometric shapes. Fourth graders will study a unit on Texas, write group biography reports from the Internet, have a guessing contest and study ecosystems. ACE students in grades 1-4 at Austin will display higher level thinking skills on individual projects. Physical education activities include Jump Rope for Heart and a Power Point presentation.

Bowie Elementary

At Bowie parents and grandparents are encouraged to join their children for lunch, will have a book fair in the library, hear open house announcements each morning and place orders for yearbooks all week. The fourth grade choir will present a folk dance program under the direction of Ann Garrett during open house activities. 

First graders will make a Texas symbols booklet, a “Book About Me,” write in student journals, make self-portraits and do puzzles. Bulletin board and wall decorations will have written statements about each student, pattern writing, student name block patterns and acrostic poems, while student silhouettes and self pictures, a race track and hand prints will be displayed in the hall.

Second graders will write name poems, make “Me” books, friendship venn diagrams, do weather science project, study historical figures, do a research activity, hand print art, make tissue paper butterflies, creative writing, a student biography and “Flat Stanley” project. The windsocks are project will be on display in the hall.

Bowie third graders will work on science journals, do an order of planets project, writing selections, student books on various subjects, put together health folders, life skills books, geometry mobiles and time lines. Art and 1 meter math displays will adorn the hall,

Fourth graders will have “novel” activities as well as several activities focused on Texas, including bluebonnet painting, the significance of the six flags, individual student-created brands and successful Texans, as well as writing activities such as a bio poem, road map of life.

Lamar Elementary

At Lamar Elementary school, local race car driver Scotty Wells will explain to the students how hard work in school leads to success in life. Students will get a first hand look at Wells’ race car, and will then build their own car incorporating curriculum and class lessons to make it. Water cycles and ocean activities will be studied, and Famous Black American booklets and Texas State History booklets made.

Travis Elementary

Officials at Travis Elementary are encouraging parents, community, board and staff members to have lunch and visit second and fourth graders at the school on Tuesday, March 7 and with first and third graders on Wednesday, March 8.

During Open house activities on Thursday, March 9, the school gymnastics team will be performing between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the school gym. Third and fourth grade GT students will present “Live Wax Museum of History Greats” in the school cafeteria during open house.

In preparation for the school night activities Thursday, first graders will sort, compare and group living organisms while incorporating art projects, writing activities and research projects using the theme “Driven to Succeed as We Journey to the Bottom of the Ocean.”

Second graders will construct winter animal science books, state of Texas books, design their own race car illustrating reasons to succeed after meeting a race car driver and touring the O’Reilly race car.

Travis third graders will create a driver’s license with student pictures, as well as design and construct a race car out of everyday objects, then write about the challenge in their journals.

Fourth graders will display writing portfolios, construct Gallon Guys, create an Alamo and design salt maps of Texas.

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