On a daily basis, teachers are talking to students about all the places they can go with a solid educational foundation and a high school diploma. Teachers have their college diplomas placed along the walls outside of their classroom doors and college pennants line the walls in the halls and cafeteria.
Along with the core subject areas, teachers are stressing what the world has to offer students after high school. Students are also learning character traits and how to recognize the good that every person has to offer.
It’s never too early to begin talking with students about their future. The teachers are so excited to play such a crucial role in their lives.
Students have completed an entire first six weeks of school and are already engaged in enriching, relevant and fun lessons and activities. Something new GES has implemented this year is “Positive Behavior Referrals.”
Students are recognized for exhibiting character traits such as service, compassion, respect, honesty and enthusiasm. Parents are notified about the positive behavior referral via e-mail, mail or phone call. The students receive a prize, are recognized over the daily announcements, receive a round of applause from their classmates and their names are placed into a drawing for gift cards to be held at the end of each six weeks.
The response has been overwhelming and teachers are seeing more students recognized daily.
On Sept. 26, the Head Start and pre-k students participated in a Safety Day. DPS spoke to the children about the importance of wearing safety belts, EMS personnel gave a tour of the inside of their ambulance unit, Goliad Volunteer Fire Department personnel covered fire safety and allowed the children to spray the fire hose, School Resource Officer, Paul San Miguel covered Stranger Danger and 9-1-1 and school bus driver Joyce Williams led the students in bus evacuation drills.
First-graders have been busy the first six weeks of school.
In reading and language arts, students have been reading fairy tales. In math, students are learning how to collect information to make graphs.
Students enjoyed voting on their favorite fairy tale and designing a graph with the data.
In science, students have been learning how properties change by heating or cooling. Students observed changes in ice cubes, crayons melting and even how apples change when heated on our special “Apple Day.”
Apple activities were incorporated into every subject from learning about the life cycle of the apple to an important historical figure “Johnny Appleseed.”
In social studies, students are learning about what it means to be a good citizen, the Hispanic culture and important Hispanic-Americans who made great contributions to America in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Second-graders have been working hard and the first six weeks came to an end quickly.
Math has introduced the number line this week and how students can use it as a tool to relate to the thermometer as well as the clock.
Science class has been moving along with different types of motion and patterns of movement using simple experiments including paint, chalk, marbles and tops.
In social studies classes, students have been focusing on American identity and what symbolizes Americans.
In reading/language arts, the students have been focusing on different genres of text as well as story elements including problems, solutions, theme, characters and setting. The students have also been working on parts of a sentence, including nouns and verbs as well as correct sentence structure.
In English/reading, students are reading myths, fables and legends as well as the components of a story.
In language, students are covering subjects, predicates, nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives. This will be ongoing throughout the year.
Math teachers are drilling on place value, rounding to the nearest tens and hundreds, adding/subtracting three-digit numbers and enjoying rounding raps.