Mar 12 – SECAC MEETING-Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee featuring online overview of Maryland Learning Links. 6:30-8pm. Free; registration suggested. Centreville Elem School, 213 Homewood Ave. email@example.com or www.qacps.org/page/209.
By Avra Sullivan
Move over Michael Phelps! Centreville Elementary School is sending three students to represent our area in the Junior Olympics to be held in Houston, Texas on July 27th and 28th. The students qualified by finishing in the top 5 for their age group at the State Tournament in speed stacking, where you must quickly stack cups into specific patterns. Alison Kern, a Physical Education teacher at Centreville Elementary leads the group. “It is amazing to see such a young child put such focus into something.” she says. The following children all qualified at the State Tournament:
William George 8, Kennard Elementary, Madeline George, 6 Centreville Elementary, Malone Grace 6 Centreville Elementary, Abigail Gunther 6, Centreville Elementary, Allison Holdgreve 7, Centreville Elementary, Samantha Holdgreve 5, Centreville Elementary .
Allison, Abigail and Samantha will make the trip to Houston to compete.
Alison has been running the cup stacking club for the past five years and says there are so many children interested in joining, that she invites only those who score high when doing the event in her P.E class. “Right now we have about 30 kids from pre-K to 4th grade involved.” There are 18 events in the Junior Olympics and they are held every 4 years. The students will compete in individual stacking as well as be paired with students from other states for the team relay events. Alison adds: “I am very proud of the dedication and determination that these young students have demonstrated. We have practiced together daily and their effort has resulted in amazing times. They will represent us well.”
By: Ashley Winterstein
The teachers and staff at Centreville Elementary School have been working diligently for nine years now to incorporate character education into the daily lives of their students. Through reminders on the morning announcements, character based student-written class rules, positive referrals, and many other avenues, the staff strives to use every day events as opportunities to develop the character of their students.
Another way they have found to encourage their students to practice good character is to include them in decorating their own classroom doors. Each class is offered the opportunity to join in the Six Pillars of Character Door Decorating Contest during the month of October and decorate their door to represent one of the Six Pillars of Character (Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship).
A rubric was created to score each decorated door based on qualities such as presentation, information provided, creativity, and neatness. The judges, Jacki Carter, Character Counts! Coordinator, and Mary Ruth Meredith, Co-Chair of the Character Counts! Advisory Council, then viewed and scored each door. The following classes were recognized for their outstanding doors:
Pre-Kindergarten: Cooper (Respect)
Kindergarten: Ebersole (Caring)
1st Grade: Coursey (Citizenship)
2nd Grade: Schilling (Trustworthiness)
Specials: O’Dell (All Pillars)
Carter admitted that it was difficult to choose only one door for each grade level, as the students did such a great job representing the character traits in eye-catching ways. All the classroom doors will remain decorated to serve as daily reminders of ways to display good character.
The Character Counts! Advisory Council would like to thank the teachers, staff, and students for participating so enthusiastically in this project and congratulate the entire school for their recent recognition from the Maryland Center for Character Education as an Honorable Mention State School of Character!
If you would like more information about the Character Counts! program, please contact Jacki Carter at 410-758-6677 or firstname.lastname@example.org. . Queen Anne’s County Character Counts! is a part of QAC Community Partnerships for Children and Families, our local management board.