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Get Ready for Summer

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Reading with your child is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. Here are some titles that might be fun to read over the summer. 

  • Matilda, by Roald Dahl
  • The One and Only Ivan, by Katherin Applegate
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
  • The Book with No Pictures, by B.J. Novak
  • A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
  • My Father’s Dragon, by Ruth Stiles Gannett
  • Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak
  • The Hundred Dresses, by Eleanor Estes
  • Holes, by Louis Sachar
  • The Boxcar Children, by Gertrude C. Warner
  • Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
  • Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo
  • Frindle, by Andrew Clements

A Growth Mindset

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Some children are born with an inner drive to keep trying over and over when they fail. Most children aren’t, though, and it is up to us to help them see that failing is actually the key to succeeding. Teaching our children the word YET is key. They may come to you and say, “I don’t know how to read” or “I can’t ride a 2-wheeler” or “I can’t get good grades.” We need to teach them to add the word “yet” to the end of those sentences so they start to realize that these things take time and with the right mindset, they will happen! 

Sit down with your child and list out things that they now do that at one time they thought were hard. Have them tell you that with practice they learned to do hard things. They are able to do hard things! Using this type of thinking and dialogue around our children will teach them that by trying, failing and learning from their mistakes, they will succeed at doing hard things. 

Tips to Help Support Your Child in Math

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Math can be a difficult subject for many. However, there are many things that parents can do at home to help foster a love for math and improve skills. 

  • Familiarize yourself with what your child is currently learning
  • Let your child help with cooking and baking
  • Play math games at home (see your child’s teacher if you don’t have any)
  • Allow your child to play math games on the computer such as www.prodigy.com and www.adaptedmind.com 
  • Access Kahn Academy for math lessons that can help students with their homework
  • Have your child help you with the grocery shopping (adding prices, making change, etc.)
  • Encourage them to do some math everyday 

The Benefits of Reading Books

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It is our goal that every student develops a passion for reading. We provide many opportunities on a daily basis for students to be exposed to a variety of texts. Occasionally we are faced with the question, “Why do we have to read?”  Here are a variety of ways to answer this question.

  1.     Reading exercises your brain.
  2.     Reading increases your ability to empathize with others.
  3.     Reading improves concentration and focus.
  4.     Reading helps develop creativity.
  5.     Reading is entertaining.
  6.     Reading provides knowledge and information.
  7.     Reading enriches language and vocabulary.
  8.     Reading reduces stress and puts you in a better mood. 

Support Your Child’s Education from Home

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Volunteering in the classroom is not always something parents can do. Luckily, it isn’t the only way to foster your child’s education. According to the National Education Association (NEA), here are four tips for what parents can do outside the classroom to help their child succeed. 

  1. Create a home environment that encourages learning and schoolwork. Establish a daily routine of mealtimes with time for homework, chores and bedtime.
  2. Reinforce learning at home and show your child the skills they’re learning are applicable to everyday life. For example, if your child is learning about measuring, bake with them in the kitchen and bring that skill to life.
  3. Let your child see you reading, writing, using math and technology.  
  4. Read all information that comes from school (emails, flyers, etc.) to help you stay on top of what your child is learning.

March is Reading Month

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Reading is celebrated across the nation during the month of March. Crothersville has many activities planned in our buildings, but you can also celebrate at home with your child. Here are some great ways to incorporate reading into the month of March, and beyond.

  1. Go Book Shopping. This can be done anywhere from Barnes & Noble, Amazon or the library. Ask friends, librarians and teachers for some great book recommendations.
  2. Get Comfortable. Designate a special spot in your house for reading. Fill it with pillows, blankets and books. It doesn’t have to be big.
  3. Set Aside Family Reading Time. It is a lot easier to get everyone reading if everyone is doing it together. Set aside a designated amount of time each night. This may include reading a book as a family or everyone reading on their own.
  4. Celebrate With a Movie. As a family you can choose a book that also has a movie. After you read the book together, you can all settle in and watch the movie together. You can even have a discussion about which one you thought was better and why.

Crothersville Welcomes Interim Superintendent

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The Crothersville Board of Education has approved the hire of Rob Hooker. Hooker is a former teacher with experience in grades 4, 5 and 6 for 10 years. After that he worked as an assistant principal and a principal before moving into the central office for Jennings County School Corporation. Hooker spent 10 ½ years as superintendent of Scott County School District 2 before retiring. He came out of retirement in the fall of 2012 to serve as interim superintendent of Seymour Community School Corp. and had the interim tag removed in the spring of 2013. At the end of 2018, he retired for the second time.

During his time in Seymour, the district expanded programs, including special education and vocational offerings, upgraded academic and athletic facilities, including the addition of the new agriculture building, and improved safety at school buildings. Hooker shared his thoughts about his new position “This is just an opportunity and a challenge to do something in retirement,” Hooker said. “I am excited and nervous to take this on. I can’t think of anything I haven’t been challenged to do in education. Education is one of the greatest professions in the world.”

Hooker plans to work for the district two days a week. He will help pave the way for a permanent superintendent come July 1.

Check out the New Math Lab

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The Math Lab is completed with furniture and carpet!

 

Crothersville Gives Back

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2021 Toy and Food Drive became the 33rd year of delivering Christmas Joy to 96 residents in Crothersville and Vernon Township! Special thanks to our fire department and everyone who helped, participated and came to support us! All ages, young children up to our senior citizens,  here in Vernon Township have benefited from the FFA’s efforts. They will do toys but focus predominantly on the agriculture side and helping to “Box out & Fight” against hunger, which was the theme for this year’s Drive. The craft show raised $6,000 which set a new record to help our Food Drive be so successful.