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Great things at Frankford Elementary in 2012 by Stephanie Bailey

Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Frankford Elemen-tary school has had a smooth start to their 2012-2013 school year, reports principal Stephanie Bailey.

“I attribute this start to our amazing staff here at Frankford Elementary,” she said. “We have several new faces at the school.”

Maurine Leverenz is their new second grade teacher, Chuck Beckham is the PE coach, and Toni Doggett is their special education paraprofessional. The school currently has 127 students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The staff was excited to hear that Frankford Elementary continues to be a Progress School, which means that their students continue to show growth in the state MAP tests from last spring.

“We are so proud of our students for their hard work on these assessments,” Bailey said last week.

On Friday of their first week of school, the school held their annual character camp. Students rotated through stations to be reminded of character traits that need to be remembered.

Our character education theme this year is “Frankford Elementary Super Stars.” Students have an assembly every Monday morning to recognize those students who have shown good character. The students also get to bring their parents in for a Breakfast of Champions.

This year Frankford Elementary is continuing the 100 Mile Walking Club with the Pike County Health Department. All students are challenged to log 100 miles by the end of the school year. Students (and teachers) are logging in miles with their classes on a weekly basis. There is also a competition between classrooms on reaching milestones. The students are learning valuable lessons on the importance of physical exercise.

“We appreciate the County Health Department for their help in this program,” Bailey noted.

Frankford Elemen-tary teachers are going to begin after school tutoring within the next few weeks. They will be working with students who are struggling in math and/or reading as well as working with “bubble” kids. Bubble kids are students who were within points of scoring proficient on the MAP test last spring.

Bailey said that they were pleased to hear that the Y program received their grant. These after school services will be starting on Monday, Sept. 17.

Lastly, the principal wished to thank the Parent Club for all of their help and support with the school.

“Parent Club secured $26,000 through fundraising which purchased an awesome new playground set,” Bailey mentioned. ”The students truly enjoy the new equipment and the staff enjoys the safety that it offers on our playground.”

Frankford Elemen-tary Parent Club continues to be active and have many new fundraising opportunities for the new school year. Their first fundraiser will be the Fall Craft Show on Saturday, Oct. 27 in the gym.