Heritage Eagles are flying through this semester with many events. We have two robotics teams gearing up for the State Championships that will be held at the NSU Event Center on March 5th. We have a 4th grade team and a 5th grade team attending this year. Both teams had to build a robot to meet the expectations of the new challenge called “Bank Shot”. Students created robots that could pick up and carry balls into a scoring zone. The 4th grade team is currently working on adding a shooter to their robot which will enable them to shoot balls into a higher-scoring zone. This will allow them to maximize their points with a chance to win in the qualifying matches. The 5th grade team is working on getting their robot to perform autonomously. With this added skill, they will be able to qualify for a skills-challenge award. We are looking forward to matching up with all other state qualifiers in March.
During the month of February, “Think Through Math” is holding a contest called the Oklahoma Math Cup Challenge. Last year, this state competition was focused around the class with the most average-lessons-passed per student. Mrs. Mendy McKee’s 4th grade class won this state honor last year. This year, the contest has taken it up a notch and wants to know which school will have the most average-lessons-passed. To do this, we have all of our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students working on math lessons during school hours and after school hours. The contest started on February 1st and ends on February 29th. Week one has already come and gone and Heritage Elementary placed in the top 10! That means our students are busy working on those math lessons. The top school in Oklahoma will host/receive a State Champion Award Event, a $250 Wal-Mart gift card, State Champion Banner, and a Math Cup trophy. They will also be giving out Top Student Certificates. The runner-up school will win a $100 Wal-Mart gift card as well as a Math Cup Champion Banner. There will also be classroom awards as well as individual awards. We are looking forward to seeing how Heritage places at the end of February. Hard work truly can pay off!
The Annual Tahlequah Polar Plunge 2016 will be on February 20. The “Freezin’ for a Reason” Plunge will be held at Beta Field at NSU. Prior to this event, students will participate in a kiss the pig coin drive at Heritage Elementary to raise awareness and funds in support of Oklahoma Special Olympics. The employee with the most money in their jar will kiss the pig. Make plans to come out and see area administrators, teachers, and staff “take the plunge.” Hope to see you there!
The Spring Scholastic Book Fair will take place in the Heritage library February 29-March 4. Join us in sharing literature with our students and friends of all ages and to raise money for future readers. This year’s theme is “Peace, Love, Seuss” as it runs concurrently with our National Read Across America week. During this week, we will celebrate Dr. Seuss and our students will participate in bookmark contests, dress-up days, and hear stories read from community members.
Tuesday, February 23, all 5th grade students will take the state-mandated Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) in Writing. You can help your child(ren) be successful by following a few simple things: 1) getting a good night’s sleep; 2) providing a well-balanced breakfast; 3) dress your child in layers-kids do better if they don’t have to think about being too hot or cold; 4) reporting to school on time; 5) encouraging your children to take their time; and 6) being supportive. Your confidence in them is contagious. This test will be begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and finish by 12:00 p.m.