Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Helping Students Use Their Planners

This week during advisory homeroom period, we are focusing on study skills: using your planners.

I recorded two separate videos using (GREAT website).

Here is the middle school one:

Here is the high school one:

It is so important for students to learn an organizational system that works for them!  We really encourage our parents to let their middle school students become independent.  Let them be responsible for turning in their work, following up on assignments, even checking their grades and homework on Renweb.  

As parents, here are some ways you can help your child:

* Have a family meeting once a week, (Sunday night is a great night!), where you all get out your calendars.  Help your child not only look at what homework, tests and projects they may have due, but also look at extra-curriculars.  They need to learn that life is about balance.  If you know you have a test on Friday, but Thursday night is gymnastics or soccer night, they should study before Thursday night!

* Help your child develop a system for not only doing their work, but turning it in to the teacher.  Teachers cannot grade work that is at home or in their locker!  Whether they mark through it in their agenda book or put a check mark beside it, have a way to determine they actually turned it in on time.

* Help them break big assignments or studying for tests into smaller, more manageable chunks.  For example, if they have a presentation to do for class, do the research first.  Then make an outline of what they want to include in their power point or poster.  Assemble the presentation. Finally, practice giving their presentation.  This helps them not feel so overwhelmed and avoids waiting until the last minute.

* Urge them to write in their agenda/planner every class period, even if it is to write "no homework".  This makes writing in there a habit.

* Help them set up their own student account through ParentsWeb so they can take responsibility for checking homework that is posted and look at their grades.  

We all want to aid our students in becoming independent, responsible young adults.  These are life skills they need to succeed as adults in college and/or careers.  Your guidance now and allowing your child room to make some mistakes will be invaluable to them later in life!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Elementary School Focus

All of our elementary classrooms have Disney related themes this year. Their doors are decorated and corresponding labels and decor in classrooms are organized to coordinate. Here are a few examples:

I also love walking the halls and already seeing student work on display. Even this first full week of school, teachers have put up student work. Here are a few examples:

Students are engaged and enthusiastic when I pop into classrooms. I observed kindergarten morning meetings today and students were excitedly answering questions. 

Our teachers have done a fabulous job gearing up for the school year. Students are learning, growing and having fun. 2016-17 is off to a great start!

Monday, August 8, 2016

New Year, New Theme

Our school adopts a yearly spiritual emphasis. The theme for the 2016-17 school year is "Put Your Armor On" and is centered around the passage in Ephesians 6:10-20 about the Armor of God. 

We want our students to be firmly planted in God's word and truth. We want them to be prepared for anything the world may throw in their path. We want them to be able to withstand temptation and know what they believe. 

Our chapels will be centered around unpacking this passage all year. 

We have the verses up in our main hallway along with a "soldier" and we will add the different pieces of his armor all year as we study them. (Thank you to Mrs. Cull for our soldier). 

We are excited to welcome families tonight to our Back to School Open House. We are ready for the 2016-17 school year to begin!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Summer Reading

A great deal of research supports the need for children to read over the summer to support losing valuable reading skills. It is important for students to continue reading, honing comprehension skills and building vocabulary. 

At our house, we all read, often together. Some nights, we read a particular book aloud together (we just finished Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library- great book!). Other nights, I read with/to the boys individually. I try to read in front of my kids frequently and discuss what we are reading. I have tried to foster a love for reading in each of my boys.  

This summer, our classes have issues summer reading challenges for students. Here are a few examples:


Rising 3rd grade

Here is the link to all the other summer reading challenges from our teachers:

Several of our teachers have done several things to encourage reading this summer. One is example is our 4th/5th grade Language Arts teacher, Mrs. Bevins, is hosting a summer reading group for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.  They are reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl. On Thursday, they had their first meeting. Mrs. Bevins greeted them dressed like Willy Wonka and passed out golden tickets. 

Our summer program has reading time and they have partnered with the public library for their summer reading program as well. Check out to enroll in their summer reading program!

Others have suggested recommended books to read. We will have a special treat on the Friday of the first week of school to celebrate summer reading as well. The Kona Ice truck will be at school for students!  Our librarian is also going to have incentives and prizes for reading for MS/HS as well. 

What are you doing this summer to encourage reading with your child?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Some BIG and EXCITING changes at TFCA in Elementary

We are playing some musical chairs with some of our teachers this year and I am SUPER excited about this. After a lot of prayer and meeting with each teacher individually, we have placed all the teachers for TK-5th and Enrichment/Specials teachers for 2016-17 school year. 

Here they are:

TK- Angela Stout
K- Dawn Noble and Tammy Boyd
1st- Jennifer Cull and Faithe Wheatley
2nd - Katie Bratton and Sarah Gilbert (new!)
3rd- Shannon James (Math, Science and Bible) and Lori Wainscott (Language Arts and Social Studies)
4th/5th- Lori Anderson ( Social Studies and Bible), Margaret Bevins (Language Arts), 
and Ashley Newcomb, (Math and Science)

Art- Karen Bourne
PE- Stacy Lilly
Computer- Joyce Cole
Music- Becky Adams
Spanish- Emily Doolin (was Pinkston-just married!)

We are excited!  Teachers are doing math training this summer with Creative Mathematics.  Several teachers are also attending the Training in Lexington with the renowned Dr. Harry Wong. 

Classroom and homeroom assignments will be sent out mid-July along with details on school supplies, Back to School Open House and a Meet the Teacher night for Parents (something new we have planned!). 

We hope your summer is going well!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wrapping up 2015-16 School Year


This year was a whirlwind. We had so many BIG events going on along with our re-accreditation cycle with ACSI and AdvancED like Significant Seniors day, Fall Auction, Glo-Run, PI-day, Annual Book Fair, testing week, hosting the ACSI Speech meet and Fall District Meeting and our Spirit Week, Principal for the Day, Disney Day and more!,

Our Extra-Curricular teams saw the return of our Girls Volleyball and Girls Basketball programs, along with ongoing programs with golf, archery, baseball, soccer for elementary, middle school and high school, dance tam, cross country, and basketball for elementary, middle and high school.  Our elementary academic team won the entire Regional tournament as a quick recall team and overall.  

Fine Arts blossomed with the production of A Charlie Brown Christmas in December, Christmas programs by preschool and elementary students, singers and Praise band performing at the Christmas festivities downtown, the spring musical, "The Wizard of Oz", our Chorus competing at Holiday World Spring contest, and our annual Art Show. 

Students excelled academically in the Duke TIP program with all four of our seventh graders that tested with the ACT receiving state recognition and students scoring above the state average for 12th graders, even though they are in 7th grade!!  Our ten Seniors received over $300,000 in scholarship money for pursuing their post- secondary education. Students competed well in the WKU History contest, ACSI Spelling Bee, Creative Writing contest and Speech meet. 

Our middle school/high school programs added elective offerings like Public Speaking, Lego Robotics, and American Sign Language. AP Spanish is also now available for our high school students. Xtreme Week offerings this year included: Washington DC, Car Maintenance, Agricultural Careers, KY Foodie, Local Missions, KY History Alive, ThinkGreek, Art and Drama, Disney Week and Lego Robotics. It was another successful Xtreme Week!!

We are thankful for all the many ways God has blessed us this year. We had so many people that have volunteered their time, finances and prayers for our ministry. Our theme this year has been Galatians 5:22-23- "But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."  We pray our students have walked away from this year with the desire to allow Christ to be glorified through them and to want to show their fruit!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

We're off to see the Wizard......

I am just so excited about our Spring musical, The Wizard of Oz.  It is a classic story of good prevailing over evil, kindness winning over cruelty and realizing there truly is "no place like home". I was privileged to be a part of this play when I was in high school as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North.  

Mrs. Bourne and Mrs. Adams have done a lot of work preparing our students for this musical. Mr. Bullock has made some amazing sets. Mrs. Crouse has helped paint and design sets and props. The students have just done so much work learning lines and songs and rehearsing. 

Please come out for a night of wholesome family entertainment next Thursday or Friday evening from 6:30-8 and see The Wizard of Oz. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and $15 maximum for a family. There will be small concessions and a short intermission.