The Kindergarten classes at Old Mill Elementary participated in Literacy Month. They played Literacy Bingo each week and read every day in a creative style. The Kindergartners read with stuffed animal friends, to a family member, and under a blanket with a flashlight. At school, each class earned a “Bingo Blackout” by reading and writing stories together and doing other literacy activities. All the classes ended the month with read-a-thon.
The Cat in the Hat and Thing 1,2,3, and so on, came to visit on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The day was filled with reading books by Dr. Seuss, practicing rhymes, playing games, and eating fun snacks. A Seuss-tastic day was had by all!
Finally, the brilliant Kindergartners showed off their knowledge and skills for their parents at student-led conferences. Their teachers and parents were impressed with all they could do and by how much they’ve grown.
The third term ends on Thursday. Reminder there is no school on March 20th. This is a professional day for the teachers.
Old Mill Elementary School has added a flare for the dramatics as they now include Drama in their special’s rotation. Here students learn about theater, by acting, reacting and using improvisational skills to tell stories. Their teachers, Mrs. Trish Charles and Mrs. Becky Thorpe are true theater practitioners. Mrs. Charles has taught theater full time in elementary school for the past few years and Mrs. Thorpe has participated in the Heber Valley Theater scene for many years as both an actor and a teacher.
In the drama classes students are participating in imaginative play as they recreate beloved stories, participate in readers theater and learn to empathize with characters they portray on the stage. Empathy isn’t the only thing these children can learn from theater; children learn to get up in front of their peers at a young age so that in years to come they will be more comfortable speaking in public.
It’s rewarding to see a child’s confidence increase as they get up on the stage and face their fears. Children learn teamwork and listening skills as they work together to create theatrical scenes. Their creativity and response time are increased as they practice in improv exercises. The imagination and artistic expression that is accessible through Drama classes help children express themselves in a safe environment.
Drama is a great way to introduce kids to classic literature and history. Drama supports all academic subjects, even math! Drama gets kids up and moving as they learn. Perhaps most important of all it is that theater is creative and fun!
The kids at Old Mill have loved their drama classes. Hazel Green, a 3rdgrader in Mrs. Charles class, said, “I really like drama, I think it’s fun acting. I like seeing different people’s reactions and acting. I like the teachers and the plays they have us do. I like how we all work together on it!” Star Bowen from Mrs. Thorpe’s class said this, “I like Drama because it's a thing that you can do where you can act like a character and understand what the character does. It’s really fun and I like it.”
Old Mill is excited to add drama to their special's rotations. The school appreciates Mrs. Charles and Mrs. Thorpe for their enthusiasm starting up this new program.
Old Mill Preschoolers are hard at work! With the holidays over, we have really hit the ground running. Our students have been working non-stop making toys, writing a “How To” text and learning all about what to do when they get angry. We are also starting our museum unit where we will turn our classrooms into a museum of collections both gathered and created by our students. Our students will become expert curators and be able to teach visitors about fossils, castles and fairytales (just to name a few.)The district preschool lottery is open from January 13th through February 28th if you are interested in enrolling your child in preschool. You can apply online at www.wasatchg.edu.
OME was chosen to be an International Model PLC School by one of the leading K-12 educational professional development companies in the world, Solution Tree. We are only 1 of 175 schools in the country who have been given this honor. In order to be considered for this award, OME had to provide evidence of the following:
- Demonstrate a commitment to PLC concepts.
- Implement those concepts for at least three years.
- Present clear evidence of improved student learning.
- Explain the culture, practices, and structures of the school or district, and submit it for consideration to the PLC Review Committee using our online submission process.
- Update school or district information on the site each year to show your data continues to meet the criteria of the PLC at Work process.
- Demonstrate a shared understanding and commitment to the PLC at Work process.
- Demonstrate a culture of continuous improvement in our school.
- Describe the process that our school uses to create and implement a guaranteed and viable curriculum.
- Describe the strategies our school uses to monitor student learning on a timely basis.
- Share how we are creating and implementing systems of intervention and extension to provide students with additional time and support for learning.
- Explain how our high-performing, collaborative teams focus their efforts on improved student learning.
Our staff, students and community are dedicated to helping all children achieve at high levels and the PLC process has been a invaluable asset to our student's education. Thank you Solution Tree for considering us, we are extremely humbled and honored!
OME Reading Brag Tag Challenge
Let's get reading OME...
We spent some time chatting with adults and children alike about what hooked them into reading and almost every one of them said it was a particular series, character, genre or author that peaked their interest. Therefore, we created the OME Brag Tag Reading Challenge. Students choose a book series that they would love to read and then get a bookmark from Library. After they read each book in the series, students then complete a graphic organizer to share what they have learned and loved about the book and turn it into their teacher. Students then check out the next book in the series. When they finish all the books on the bookmark, they turn it in at the office. Mrs. Discher will come around once a week with the Reading Brag Tag cart to award the students with their grade level super cool Converse keychain and a new brag tag or two for their efforts. The goal is to have students fall in love with characters, settings, genres and authors, as well as allow their imaginations to take them on amazing adventures! (Currently we have students who are completing 2-3 series a month and we are struggling to keep up with them, which is great and we are up to the challenge) Students proudly display their keychains on their backpacks with all the brag tags that they collect. We hope students will "brag" about the books they are reading to share their excitement and encourage others to do the same. The journey of a lifetime could start with the turning of a page...Happy Reading OME!
OME Brag Tag Challenge Video
Old Mill Elementary is a great place to be. I believe that strong community/school relationships are essential to high academic achievement. Find any successful school and you will also find parents and community members that are involved and supportive of the school. This community recognizes the value of educational and extracurricular activities. Therefore, our school expects our students to excel both inside and outside of the classroom. I hope you are proud of our students as they reflect these expectations through their character and commitment. It does take an entire village to raise a child, therefore please talk to your child’s classroom teacher about volunteering opportunities.
We hope that you find our website helpful and informative. We know everyone has busy schedules, therefore we want to keep everyone in the loop to allow families to plan for and attend school events. You will find that all information sent out via email can also be found on this site. Our monthly newsletters are emailed to parents and will be uploaded to the website as well. We have also entered all dates for events and activities in the “Calendar” feature. Additionally, we have a Facebook page that we will use to send out updates and quick announcements throughout the year.
It is truly an honor to be a part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and to a very exciting and successful school year … Go Owls!
Proud Principal of Old Mill Elementary