Read Across America
On Thursday, March 7th, community members joined the IHGS in celebrating Read Across America Week. Community members took time out of their busy schedules to come in and read Dr. Suess books to our Kindergarten, First and Second Grades. Thank you all for spending the morning with us!
The Board of Education held its first Strategic Planning meeting. The meeting was held on Thursday, March 21st. Over 30 representatives from the Board of Education, staff, parents and community members attended the meeting. If you would like to follow the progress of this process, please visit the link below at www.islandheights.k12.nj.us for more information.
Term: Winter | Issue 18| Date: March 2019
NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK
Congratulations to Sophia Pasqua for winning the Ocean County Mental Health Awareness calendar contest! Sophia's picture depicts this year's theme "It's Mentally Better to Have Friends". Sophia will join eleven other winners at the Ocean County Library on May 1, 2019 for the awards celebration. Congratulations Sophia!
April 3rd, Wednesday: Art Fair; 5:00-7:00 p.m., Gym
April 10th, Wednesday: BOE Meeting; 6:15 p.m.
April 11th, Thursday: Strategic Planning Meeting; 6-8 p.m., Large Instruction Room
April 17th, Wednesday: Literacy Fair; 6:00-8:00 p.m, Gym.
April 18th, Thursday: 1:00 p.m Dismissal
April 19th-26th: Spring Recess
The IHGS will be holding its annual Student Art Show! Come join us on Wednesday, April 3rd, from 5-7 p.m. in our school gym and see our students' hard work.
Libraries = Strong Communities
April 7-13, 2019 is National Library week, and April is School Library Month. This Month and Week is to celebrate the contributions of libraries and librarians to their surrounding communities, through the resources they provide, programs offered to customers, and partnerships in the community such as the one between the Island Heights Branch of the Ocean County Library and the Island Heights Grade School. Above is the official proclamation from Mayor Steve Doyle, declaring April 7-13 National Library Week. Please join the IHGS in celebrating our library and librarians by visiting your community libraries.
If you wish to volunteer for this event, please contact Mrs. Smutz at firstname.lastname@example.org
A VISIT FROM THE "CAT"
It’s hard to believe that we are entering into the 4th quarter of the 2018-2019 school year! The good news is that we survived the usual cold and stormy winter months without using an emergency closing day. Because of this unusual occurrence, the Island Heights Grade School’s last day of school and 6th grade promotion will be Friday, June 14, 2019!!
Before we complete the school year we have a lot happening here at IHGS. The yearly standardized assessments (formerly PAARC) will be administered to Grades 3-6 in May after the Spring recess and our 3rd and final MAP Assessment K-6 will be administered shortly after.
I want to thank all of those who have volunteered their time to participate in the Strategic Planning Process for the 3 planned meetings that are currently in process. You may go on to the school’s website and choose the link for Strategic Planning to see where the process is at this time. On behalf of the Island Heights Grade School, I want to wish everyone a very Happy Easter and Passover and please enjoy your time with family and friends. Happy Spring!!!!
The Cat In The Hat visited the Island Heights Grades School on Tuesday March 5th. The Island Heights Teacher's Association sponsored the event which included having Mrs. S read while the "Cat" acted out the book. Each grade was able to interact with the "Cat". Thank you IHTA!
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The Island Heights Grade School had a great time celebrating Read Across America week. The entire school participated in a school-wide reading initiative and we read 1,041 books. You can see all of our colorful fish adorning our hallway to show the books we read. The K,1, 2, and 3 classes enjoyed a visit from the Cat in the Hat courtesy of the New Jersey Education Association. During the week students enjoyed listening to stories read by guest readers from the community. We also had classes partner up and participate in buddy reading. The K,1, and 2 classes sampled green eggs and ham and participated in Dr. Seuss fun learning stations. We learned so many interesting facts about Dr. Seuss and enjoyed honoring his birthday. Many of these activities were sponsored by the Island Heights Teacher Association.
READ ACROSS AMERICA
The Wax Museum was the finale to our Research Writing Unit. To begin the project students read non-fiction books from the "Who Was" series and recorded the important facts into their writing notebook. The class conducted further research from additional articles, encyclopedia sources, and online videos. Once they gathered research they created speeches from the first person point of view of their influential figure. To supplement their findings they created timelines using Google Slides. Finally the students "became" their character for the day and taught their family members their life story and their contributions to American history. They greatly enjoyed becoming their influential figure for the day!