Latest News for Whipple Elementary

Growing Our Own Pumpkins

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur Kindergartners were little farmers as they got to experience how things grow and change with their very own Paper Pumpkin Patch!  On Monday, they cut a seed out of manilla paper and glued it onto a brown piece of paper (the dirt).  This was followed on Tuesday by very carefully cutting all around the edges of a green piece of construction paper to represent the vine.  Wednesday, they glued orange and yellow flowers onto the vine.  These flowers turned into a little green pumpkin that the children had to draw and cut out independently on Thursday.  Friday, after lunch, the children came back to the classroom to find that their Paper Pumpkin Patch magically grew real orange pumpkins!  It was so exciting to watch each child go through the pumpkin patch and pick their very own perfect pumpkin!

The best part was yet to come…the children picked their very own special pumpkin out of the patch, and took it home to decorate!  The pumpkins came back to school on Monday beautifully decorated by each child with paint, stickers, markers, leaves, googly eyes etc.!  What a great experience our Kindergartners had as they watched their pumpkin seed grow into a decorated pumpkin! CLICK HERE TO VIEW A SLIDESHOW OF OUR GROWING PUMPKINS!

Parent/Teacher Conferences – November 13th & 14th

{D70C9A80-CFA8-4993-BBE9-587852273B69}_school-parent-teacher-conference-invitationParent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 13th from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM and on Thursday, November 14th from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. School will not be in session for students on Thursday, November 14th and Friday, November 15th.  Parents are reminded to return their confirmation slip for conferences by Wednesday, October 30th.

Walk-A-Thon Schedule and Information

Walk-A-Thon Picture for WebsiteOur 1st Annual Walk for Whipple is coming up on Tuesday, October 29th 2013.  Parents are welcome to participate in the walk with their students provided the weather permits us to be outside.  If it is raining, we will be adjusting the course to be in our building and thus would not have the capacity for parents to participate.  So, if the weather is good and you are planning to come, please arrive only 5 minutes prior to your students scheduled time and have your ID ready.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW A SCHEDULE.

2nd Grade Students Earn a Game Board Party

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMrs. Baker’s students earned a game board party last Friday by using Smartypants words.  Each week Mrs. Baker introduces 3-4 challenging vocabulary words such as ancestors, veterinarian, delectable, salivated, etc.  Every time a student uses one of these words correctly, to show they know the meaning in his/her writing or a spoken sentence, they receive a magic word stone to put in the class jar.  Once the jar reaches a certain point a mystery reward is opened.  Not only do the students love this, but many of the parents are even trying to reinforce the use the words at home.  So far this year the class has learned a total of 25 Smartypants words. CLICK HERE to view a slideshow!

Perry Gymnastics Clinic – November 16th

Screen shot 2013-10-22 at 5.59.14 AMThe Perry Gymnastics team wold love for you to joins us on Saturday, November 16th for a fun filled morning of gymnastics. Each child will have time to try all four events (floor, balance beam, uneven bars, and vault) and receive instruction on basic skills from Perry gymnasts. Cost of the clinic is $35 and is open to any girl in kindergarten through sixth grade. CLICK HERE for more information and a registration form.

Because of Winn Dixie – Mrs. Ousley’s 4th Grade

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADuring the first grading period, Mrs. Ousley’s 4th Grade students read Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.  The students loved the story and had the opportunity to create book report projects relating to this fantastic novel.  Each student was given a choice between completing one of 8 different projects.  The project options included ones like creating a diorama of their favorite story chapter, writing a biography about the author and then writing the author a letter, creating a map of the town in which the story took place, creating a game about  the story and SO much more!!!!  The projects are simply amazing and are now on display in the school showcase! CLICK HERE to view a slideshow of some of the projects.

Using Technology to Enhance Learning

01 Tech PicThe 4th Graders in Whipple Heights Elementary Technology Class had a great time using our new technology to create Google Presentation Slideshows about Whipple Elementary School!  The class took pictures inside and outside of the school with their Kodak digital cameras, and then downloaded the images into their Google accounts.  The students then created a colorful slideshow tour of Whipple Elementary School using Google Presentation and their digital pictures. The classes had a fantastic time putting together their creations and are looking forward to future technology projects! CLICK HERE to view a slideshow!

Visitor Procedure Notice

id-cardTo ensure the safety of our students and staff,  Perry Local Schools will be implementing a new building visitor policy. Effective Monday, October 14th, visitors entering a Perry Local School building must submit a state/federal photo ID to the designated school building employee. Visitors must also sign in and out when entering and exiting a district building.   The photo identification will be returned when the visitor signs out to exit the building. Thank you in advance for supporting this security change in order to better protect our students and staff.

Whipple Staff Help Kick Off School Fundraiser

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhipple Heights Elementary is gearing up for its 1st annual “Walk for Whipple.”  On Friday October 4th, staff held an assembly for students to kick off the fundraising effort.   Teachers sported their official walk-a-thon t-shirts (with some added touches) and modeled for students a mini walk-a-thon.  They even showed students samples of the activity stations that they will experience at the actual event like hula hooping, jump rope, and pushups.

 Fundraising for the walk-a-thon is in full swing with students trying to reach the top prize which is a limo ride to lunch (with the principal) at CiCi’s Pizza.  The walk-a-thon is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, 2013. CLICK HERE TO VIEW A SLIDESHOW FROM THE FUNDRAISER KICK-OFF ASSEMBLY!

 

Fall Literacy & Math Night

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAClose to 200 of our Whipple families joined us for a voyage through the seven seas on Thursday night.  Navigating around the school, families completed a twelve point scavenger hunt filled with challenging literacy and math activities.  Earning a stamp in their passport at each stop, the families worked to find the pirates treasure (a gold chocolate coin and a NEW book for every child to take home and share together).  Families also had their photos taken at our picture station and enjoyed refreshments provided by our PTO.  It was a terrific adventure for all! CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SLIDESHOW!