NJ-SP School News
The children’s book The Secret of Saying Thanks ends with this thought: “We don’t give thanks because we’re happy. We are happy because we give thanks.”
November is the perfect month to focus on giving thanks. As your child thinks about the reasons he is thankful, have him put his thoughts in writing. Here’s how:
1. Brainstorm with your child. Ask him to name one thing he is thankful for. Your child might say, “I am thankful for our dog.”
2. Have your child write that statement at the top of a piece of paper. Underneath it, he should write down all of the reasons he is thankful for his dog. For example, he may love the fact that the dog sleeps on his bed. He may like the dog’s curly tail. He may love to take the dog on walks.
3. Have your child draw a picture at the bottom of the page.
During the month, repeat this activity with everyone in the family. Post these illustrated stories for the whole family to read.
Source R. Fletcher and J. Portalupi, Craft Lessons Teaching Writing K-8, Stenhouse Publishers.
Using proper grammar takes practice. If your child struggles with forming and punctuating sentences, turn writing into a game. Here are two fun ones to try:
1. Fill-in-the-blank game. Review the different parts of speech and write a story with missing words. For example: “The girl stepped on a __ (noun).” Take turns filling in the blanks. You can help by saying things like, “A noun is a person, place or thing. I’ll choose the word pie!” Make the words as silly as you’d like. Then read the story aloud.
2. Punctuation game. Write a short story without punctuation. Then read it together. It’s tough! This shows the importance of punctuation. Now edit the story, adding punctuation that makes it easy (or funny) to read. Suggest that your child write a story for you to punctuate. Discuss why you chose—or didn’t choose—certain punctuation marks.
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The fourth grade students will be collecting cans for the Starke County Food Pantry. The food drive will take place from December 5-12. The class with the most cans and nonperishable items will win a prize! We look forward to helping our community during this season of giving!
Published: December 3, 2014
By: Mary Perren, WKVI
A combination of declining enrollment, cuts in state funding and unfunded service mandates has North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation officials facing some difficult choices. They’ve already had to cut $800,000 from their budget this school year. Superintendent Lynn Johnson says eight staff members have been notified they will not have jobs after the school year ends. She says the corporation is looking to the Indiana General Assembly for meaningful education reform when the legislature convenes in January.
“I would like for them to fully fund kindergarten, and a simple thing is to make kindergarten mandatory. It is not right now. Increase funding to special education. Those children deserve the services they get, but it is not cheap,” Johnson said during a public forum last night at the high school.
Johnson noted funding for special education has not increased in 12 years. She also said the legislature needs to devote more money toward technology upgrades in the public schools. N.J.-S.P. recently spent a significant amount of money on upgrades in order to accommodate the online standardized testing the state now mandates.
Johnson said state lawmakers also need to consider the important contributions teachers make. She said they are valuable, not to mention necessary.
Johnson and corporation business manager/treasurer Guy Richie spoke candidly about the challenges facing schools across the state during last night’s public forum. Johnson says additional, deep cuts to both curricular and extracurricular activities will be necessary unless the legislature acts.
Attendees were urged to sign a petition in support of the types of reforms Johnson mentioned and to contact state Sen. Ed Charbonneau Senator.Charbonneau@iga.in.gov and Rep. Doug Gutwein firstname.lastname@example.org. More information, including the PowerPoint presentation from the presentation, will be shared on the corporation’s website http://www.njsp.k12.in.us/. Johnson encourages anyone with questions to contact her office. WKVI will also air the entire presentation on Sunday, Dec. 7 at noon CST on Kankakee Valley Viewpoints.
Kids may understand the advice, “Look before you leap,” but it can be hard to follow. Thinking about consequences takes patience, practice and self-discipline. With your child:
Source: L. and R. Eyre, Teaching Your Children Responsibility, Fireside.
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Research shows that parent involvement in education is connected to student success at school. When teachers and parents work together, the results can be powerful.
But parent-teacher relationships are like any other—they require good communication. At the start of the school year, make a point to:
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Looking for information about Academic Competitions at the Elementary, Middle School, and High School levels? You can find information listed on the North Judson-San Pierre School website by clicking on the following link ACADEMIC COMPETITIONS.
Academic Super Bowl
When does the boys/girls (insert sport here) start? Who's their first game against? Where will it be played?
Well, my first response to that would probably be to ask you, "Are you referring to Varsity, Jr. Varsity, Freshman, 7th & 8th grade, or 6th grade?" So to make it simpler, we are giving you a link to the North Judson-San Pierre Athletic Schedule on the North Judson-San Pierre School website. This provides you with the fall, winter and spring schedules for boys and girls sports from the 6th grade through the high school level.
You can also find ticket prices, cancellations and postponements, scores and results, and other NJ-SP high school sports related information.
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