The first nine weeks has come to a close, and our school year is off to a great start! Cherokee Elementary welcomes many new and talented staff members, parents and students this year. These new faces along with our existing family, makes “The KEE” an amazing place to be.
Great things are happening at Cherokee Elementary! All of our grade levels and departments are working hard and are committed to making this school year successful. Kindergarten students have been working on one of their favorite units of the year, the Pumpkin Unit, and they are took a trip to the Porter Pumpkin Patch, where students learned the life cycle of the pumpkin, enjoyed an old fashion hayride, and picked their own pumpkin.
First graders are becoming great readers and writers. They have been studying animals with non-fiction texts and recently went on an amazing trip to the Tulsa Zoo. They are using their new found knowledge to write informational pieces about what they have learned. They are also learning all about two digit numbers and place value. They are building a firm foundation of number sense so that they can move forward with adding and subtracting. They are also learning computer skills and fluency with programs like Spelling City, Kids A-Z, and Reflex Math.
Second grade students are working hard to master skills like telling time and counting money in math. Language Arts has challenged them by introducing such skills as inferencing and writing an explanatory/ informational paragraph. The students have demonstrated knowledge of these skills by creating diagrams of pumpkins and pairing them with original writings. We love to make learning fun and are practicing inferencing with past super bowl commercials! We are busy utilizing our great outdoor classroom space! Our kids have planted various vegetables, herbs, and flowers and are now enjoying watching them grow, change and put on fruit!
Third grade students are starting to learn their multiplication and division facts. They are using many different methods to help students memorize these facts. In literacy, our third grade teachers are using flexible grouping and whole class groups focusing on greater comprehension through identifying main idea, details that develop story plot, and summarizing with the key events from the beginning, middle, and end of reading passages.
Fourth grade students have been fine tuning multiplication facts and have tackled division, explored multiples and factors, learned strategies for multiplying and dividing large numbers and begun to explore fractions. In social studies and science they have discovered interesting topics like weather and space and learning about the regions of the United States. Fourth grade teachers work very hard to provide differentiated reading instruction that supports each student. Fourth grade students are also heading up the recycling program at Cherokee, working hard to keep our school clean and green.
Fifth grade students recently attended Biz Town, Junior Achievement’s experiential-based elementary school Capstone Program. They spent the day acting as business leaders and employees in a simulated city offering public and private goods and services. This setting offered exposure to important aspects of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. .
All students and staff members recently participated in the PTO Jog-a-thon in September. Students ran laps for donations and raised $10,000. Local business donated over $6,400 dollars to this awesome event. I would like to thank all the incredible teachers, parents, volunteers and corporate sponsors that made this year’s Jog-a-thon a great success. The students and teachers of Cherokee are blessed to have your support.
As you can see, we have been very busy during the first nine weeks of school and we are looking forward to a very productive year. We are proud of our students at Cherokee and will take every opportunity to show off their talents. Like us on Facebook and see more incredible things about Cherokee Elementary.