- In December the chorus and band students at Eisenhower gave their winter concert. The beginning band students performed on stage for the first time, showing how they learned to play their instruments. The second year band performed several selections including “Kwanzaa Festival”, using African drums purchased by the Lion Foundation 2 years ago. The Eisenhower chorus sang songs that included an arrangement of partner songs called “Winter Fantasy”. There were approximately 150 students involved in the concert.
- We teamed up with CHEPTO and The Back Pack Program at CHUM for a great holiday food drive. Thank you Sue for putting a box at Cornerstone. We collected the following:
$1750 and $500 from Giant. Karn’s gave us a great deal again and we created meals for families. After this successful food drive at the holidays, we are keeping the momentum of helping out the Backpack Program and filling the pantry with a “SOUPER BOWL” food drive. Students will bring food items in and will vote for the AFC or NFC team that they want to win.
- Eisenhower students were rewarded on December 14, 2018 for earning a total of 8,000 Lion PRIDE tickets! The students celebrated this achievement by watching an episode of Brainchildin the Pollock Center. This interactive episode took the students on a journey about the science of how people think. Students played word games, measured reaction times, explored why we have irrational thoughts, and observed the importance of keeping a positive attitude. At the conclusion of the event, students were encouraged to continue the tremendous job of showing Lion PRIDE to earn their next reward.
- Over winter break, Mr. Jutkus challenged students to participate in daily workouts and fun tasks as a way to stay active. The students could earn up to three points each day. One point for doing the daily workout, one for getting an adult family member to join in the workout, and one for completing the fun bonus task. The incentive for participating in the challenge was getting to sign the bulletin board in the gym. Students that completed all 12 days were acknowledged on the morning announcements. Many students participated in the challenge and it was a fun way to keep the students active and engaged over break.
- On Monday, Jan 7th, Eisenhower was excited to launch a brand-new after-school program for 4th Within 2 days of the club’s announcement flyer in December, the class had already reached full capacity! Those 24 students will be participating in an assortment of activities that will encourage creative problem solving and mathematical exploration on Mondays in the Eisenhower library. Parent volunteer Mrs. Christina Garber and 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Anthony are the co-creators and leaders of this new venture. Each has the hope and vision of showing students the beauty of math in artwork, cooperative group work, magic tricks, games and more over a 12 week time span.
- Jack Hubley came to Eisenhower on January 7th to present his “Backyard Critters” assembly. Jack is most commonly known for his time spent on WGAL’s Wild Moments. He brought rodents, snakes, birds of prey and an owl. The students and staff really enjoyed this show that was provided by our PTO.
- The Eisenhower Learning Garden has been busy. A representative from each class in the school have been meeting once each month to date. In January, we made bird feeders that were placed in the garden to keep the birds well fed in the winter months. Also, a worm composter has been established and the students help feed these worms with waste from the cafeteria each Wednesday. The worms will turn this into beautiful vermiculture to help with spring plantings.
- As per PDE, all teachers and staff are again required to take an online assessment before administering the PSSA Test. Teachers and staff are currently working on completing this task.
- Two-Hour Late Start - Eisenhower staff spent professional development time learning about “The Science of Reading” which discusses reading and brain research, and how it applies to older elementary students. We have embraced a word work approach rather than a traditional spelling approach for several years, but research shows that time spent on phonemic awareness and phonics learning helps students become better readers. In education, phonemic awareness is typically thought of as a primary learning skill, but research shows that students need to be engaged in that type of learning at all levels. Our word work time is the perfect opportunity to incorporate a bit more of this approach in our teaching. We used our time to learn a bit more about the research and then we shared ways to incorporate some of these important practices to help our students.
- Aquaponics Cart - Fourth grade has been busy planting during Science. The first round of our “pizza garden” plants have grown and are ready to harvest. These plants have grown well and look like delicious additions to pizza day. Each of the 4thgrade classes will have a chance to plant and start these plants from seed and watch them grow into adult plants. Thanks Lion Foundation!
- The mid-year, round of the DIBELS and Imagine Math assessments are being administered January 7th – 18th. The results will be analyzed during grade level team meetings as well as during our Year 1, MTSS meetings.
21st No School for Students – Professional Learning for Staff
23rd Digital Citizenship Assembly 1:15pm
25th Report Cards Sent Home
30th CPT – Required – Professional Learning Communitiess
31st Lunch and Learn with Karen Ditzler (please note change from Dec.)
1st Eisenhower’s Career Day
5th Staff Meeting 7:40am
8th Eisenhower’s Career Day (Weather Make-up Day if Needed)
14th Valentine’s Day Parties
14th Mini-Mini Thon
15th School Closed
16th President’s Day – School Closed (Snow make-up Day)
20th CPT – MTSS – Required