By Stephanie Bailey, Principal, Frankford Elementary
It is hard to believe that we are almost to the half-way point for the 2012-2013 school year. It seems like only yesterday, we were preparing for the first day of school. We have had a busy start to the year.
As I mentioned in our September article, Frankford Elementary is a Progress School. This means that overall our students are meeting success on the state MAP test that our third, fourth, and fifth graders took last April.
The state had to make some changes in order to meet federal requirements with the state waiver that was accepted this summer. With those changes, our super group of students missed the state guidelines by .9%.
This has required us to write a Focus School Accountability Plan. Most of this plan will focus on providing on-site professional development for our staff. This plan goes into place in January, 2013 and will continue for two years.
During October our Parent Club held their Fall Craft Fair. They had over 30 vendors which helped us to make over $600.
Our fifth graders are currently selling Smencils to raise money for an end of the year field trip.
Speaking of field trips, our Parent Club provided the funding for bussing all of our students to Prairie’s Edge Pumpkin Patch. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the trip and appreciate Parent Club for their support.
I have given an Accelerated Reader challenge to our third, fourth, and fifth grade students. If they maintain a 90 percent average on AR tests and go over their points’ goal, then they will enjoy an afternoon of Wii in the gym.
October also brings Parent/Teacher Conferences, which provided an opportunity for parents to communicate with the classroom teachers.
November brings Grandparent’s Day at Frankford Elementary. With our larger enrollment, we decided that we had outgrown feeding our crowd of over 300 a meal. Instead we had Grandparent’s Day Desserts with an extended visit in the classrooms. This went well and we received positive feedback from everyone. A special thanks to Brandy Grote and Pauline Gibbs for the wonderful desserts, Parent Club for helping serve, and our Girl Scouts for decorating the gym.
Also in November, I have challenged our students and staff to donate 1,000 canned food items to donate to the Hope Center. So far we have collected almost 700 cans. They have been promised a sweet treat from Mrs. Bailey if we reach our challenge.
The highlight of December will be our annual Christmas program. Students will perform “It’s Christmas, Carol!” on Monday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. With our enrollment growth and the large crowd this draws, we have moved our program location.
The Frankford Worship Center is paying for the rental of the old opry in Frankford. We are excited about the size, the stage, and the sound system. A special thanks to the Frankford Worship Center’s congregation.
I want to take this time to thank the community for their continued support of Frankford Elementary. Without this support, we would not enjoy so many successes. So from our staff and students – Thank You!