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PG Parent Update (6/4/14)

posted Jun 4, 2014, 12:46 PM by Web Master   [ updated Aug 11, 2014, 10:52 AM ]
Dear PG Parent/Guardian,

One more day of school left! Please remember that tomorrow is a full day of school. All students will be participating in the PTO sponsored Schoolapalooza, which is a day full of fun outdoor activities with a culminating year-end, school-wide assembly. Please make sure your children are appropriately dressed for outdoor activities, have sunscreen and bring a water bottle to keep hydrated. Students will be participating in some water related events, as well, just as a heads up. 

The 2013-2014 School Year has been fabulous. Our students and staff have put forth a ton of effort to meet higher demands in education. Students have been assessed differently to be prepared for higher level, multi-step questioning. Teachers have successfully implemented new instructional strategies/programs such as flipped classrooms, Socratic Method, Guided Math, Fitness Logs, World Drumming, Architecture in Art, Spanish in all Junior High Grade Levels, etc. We would like to thank you for being supportive parents as we strive to be the best! Please keep your children reading over the summer, practicing addition/subtraction/multiplication facts, writing in a journal, keyboarding and staying active! 

In 2014-2015, Prairie Grove will be excited to begin a year with fresh faces, but will be sad to see several teachers move on to different paths. We thank Carolyn Oakes, Cathy Verzal, Laurie Krepel and Mary Martin for their unwavering dedication to our Prairie Grove Family. We wish them well in retirement. Other staff members leaving the District are Stefanie Rieb, Jamie Stevens, Dr. Zimmer, Beth Martin, and Mary Sutfin. The Panthers will miss each and every one of you!


Vic Wight

P.S. - Below is additional information for the summer and beyond!


The Prairie Grove PTO is now on Facebook. Here is the link: 

Last meeting of the year is June 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Junior High Library.

Summer Reading

Here are some great links for summer reading recommendations!

Summer Drama Camp

Summer Drama Camp is an excellent chance for 4th - 8th graders to learn acting, listening and speaking skills, as well as tools for acting. If you are interested please take a look at the following link:

Next Year's School Lunches

Effective July 1, 2014, the lunch menu will incorporate additional nutrition standards that have been required by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Some of the nutrition standards, such as offering more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, leaner protein, low-fat dairy,  have already been implemented in the past couple of years. Next year's menu will be incorporating new nutrition standards for beverages and help to limit foods with too much sugar, fat and salt.
For more information you can go to the USDA website http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/child-nutrition-programs or review the following links:

Summer Keyboarding Challenge

Over the summer months, we're challenging all students enrolling in grades 3-8 to take the keyboarding challenge. Essentially, we're asking students to practice their keyboarding skills using the same program they did during the current school year. Students currently in grades 3-8 used a program called typing training. http://www.typingtraining.com/login/ To use this program students need to enter a username and password. 

Usernames follow this format : 
d46-firstinitiallastname (ex. d46-nmotl)
Password: 123456 (for all students)

Students that are currently in grade 2 and entering grade 3, can use the program DanceMat Typing. 
 http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/levels/level1.shtml This program does not require a username or password. 

In the Fall, students in grades 3-8 will take a proficiency test to measure their keyboarding speed. Any student that meets the benchmark set for his/her grade level will earn a prize.

Click Here to download the Keyboarding Challenge flyer which was included in your child's report card envelope.

District Office - Summer Hours

Effective June 6th - August 15th

Monday-Thursday:  8:00AM - 3:00PM

Friday:  8:00AM - 12:00PM

Schools reopen on Wednesday, August 20th

Have a safe and happy summer!

Web Master,
Jun 4, 2014, 12:47 PM