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Cherokee Elementary

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 make “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 just completed their ABC Bootcamp with a Fashion Show.   They have been working on one of their favorite units of the year, the Pumpkin Unit, and they are planning a trip to the Porter Pumpkin Patch.  At the pumpkin patch, they will learn the life cycle of the pumpkin, will enjoy an old fashion hayride, and pick their own pumpkin.   

First graders are becoming great readers and writers.  They have been studying animals with non-fiction texts and are looking forward to an amazing trip to the Aquarium.  They are using their new-found knowledge to write informational pieces about what they have learned. They are also learning 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 Kids A-Z and Reflex Math.

Second grade students are mastering 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!  They also have been working on their Music Program that they will present at the end of the month.

Third grade students are starting to learn their multiplication and division facts. They are using many different methods to memorize these facts.    In literacy, the 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. They just completed the Cherokee Cultural tour for their first field trip of the year, where they learned about the history of the Cherokee Nation. 

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 topics like weather, 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. 

Fifth grade students are preparing for Biz Town, Junior Achievement’s experiential-based elementary school Capstone Program. They will spend the day acting as business leaders and employees in a simulated city offering public and private goods and services. This setting offers exposure to important aspects of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.  

In September, Cherokee students and staff participated in the PTO Jog-a-thon.  Students ran laps for donations.  Local business donated over $5,000 dollars to this awesome event. Special thanks to all of our stakeholders that made this year’s Jog-a-thon a great success.  The students and teachers of Cherokee are blessed to have your support.

Student Council, Robotics, Archery, Cherokee Challenge Bowl, Cross Country and Book Fair are also going strong at Cherokee. We are proud of our students at Cherokee! Like us on Facebook and watch our incredible students.