Great News!!! Tahlequah Schools continues to make progress towards a progressive education approach by providing our students with the latest, and most innovative, educational tools and techniques. We are pleased to announce that funding from the PEP Grant, and with additional support from the Greenwood PTO, Greenwood Elementary will be adding two, brand new, state of the art, action-based learning labs. One lab will serve kindergarten through second grade and the other will serve third grade through fifth grade.
Action-Based Learning (ABL) is based on the brain research that strongly supports the link between movement and learning. Healthy, active students make better learners. Research shows that students engaged in action-based learning show improved memory retention, increased focus and attention, improved grades, and less behavioral issues. The school will utilize equipment that helps strengthen the vestibular areas of the brain that are often under-stimulated in our students who have emotional and attentional issues. The body’s vestibular system controls balance and spatial awareness. Strengthening those foundations can facilitate the students’ ability to place words and letters on a page. Proper development and remediation of these systems are critical to a child’s ability to learn. ABL provides students an advantage to learn! Action Based Learning provides educational training that focuses on creating optimal learning environments for all students through movement. ABL strategies are teacher friendly, time efficient, and most importantly, make learning fun for students.
Funding from the 21st Century Grant has allowed Greenwood to offer a wide variety of choices during the Boys and Girls after-school program. Our after-school attendance has increased, along with the length each student is staying. Students are getting small group tutoring, help with homework, and quality time with certified educators during daily Power Hour from 3:15-4:15. Students work independently, as well as in small and large groups before moving into Club Hour. Club Hour offers Robotics, Broadcast Club, Music and Movement, Club Tech, Team Building, Cheerleading, Running and Biking Clubs, Nutrition Club, Archery, Book Club, and Dapper Dudes. It is wonderful to see the connections students are building with their mentors and teachers.
The Greenwood staff continues to incorporate a balanced reading program. Students and teachers are seeing the fruits of their labor and they are excited to share reading success. Parents, please listen to your child read his/her books every night. They have worked hard to learn reading strategies while at school and must practice at home for automaticity and independence.
Greenwood PTO continues to go above and beyond for the students and staff. This year’s projects include resurfacing the Greenwood track and basketball goals, installing a safety window in the main office, and providing additional funds for ABL labs and guided reading materials.
In celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America week, the students at Greenwood Elementary will have a Seuss Celebration the week of February 25th – March 1st. There will be themed activities that correlate with the Read Across America Book Fair. The book fair will include books for all ages including preschool-adults with varied selection and reasonable prices. Books are not only affordable for our students but for teachers as well. One goal of the book fair is to increase classroom libraries. If you are interested in volunteering during the book fair, please contact Mrs. Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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