From the Desk of Mr. Horky
8 Keys of Excellence
At Bacon, we focus on one KEY each month. I find myself referring to these keys of excellence more and more in conversations with students. They provide me with an opportunity to celebrate successes with students who are exhibiting the keys on a daily basis as well as the opportunity to use the terms when times to reteach present themselves. These keys are included in the Home Court Advantage that came home at the beginning of the year. They are displayed in classrooms in order to provide constant reminders for all Bacon Bulldogs. They are not just keys to being a successful student at Bacon, they also help adults be successful with the things we do each day.
Primary News - First Grade
This month’s key of excellence at Bacon is the key of Integrity. The base components of integrity are: knowing what is right and doing what is right. This has been a topic of discussion among first graders in regards to recess rules. We are focusing on rules that are keeping themselves and their peers safe. Please help reinforce safe play on the playground.
In February and March, we will study United States symbols. We will be studying the following symbols: the American Flag, bald eagle, Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam, the Capitol, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the White House. Each student will be given a former President to do a research report on at home followed by a monument creation for that President in class. More information will be coming home in mid to late February.
Intermediate News – Fourth Grade
Fourth grade is rolling along! In reading, students are working on novel studies and participating in an Olympic reading contest. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are being awarded in an Olympic style ceremony. In math we continue to work on fractions and will soon move into decimals. We will review several skills (symmetry, composite/prime numbers) before PARC testing in April. As we complete learning about the CO gold rush and how it impacted the growth of our state, fourth graders will transition into learning about our solar system. We have two fun field trips scheduled in April, one to the CO History Museum in Denver and then Rendezvous at the Discovery Center.
Specials News — Technology
What an amazing year of change and growth we are seeing in the world of technology at Bacon….and we still have another trimester to grow! Projects, programs and concepts we have addressed second trimester in each grade include:
Integrated Services News
Our students have been busy learning new skills and applying those skills during our community based education trips. It’s inspiring to watch our students grow and succeed within the community using basic money skills to buy classroom supplies, conversation exchanges with community members, as well as working within a group to perform a common task. Our most recent trip was to Ace Hardware in Fort Collins. We were given a tour of the store and then students had to use their directionality skill to complete a scavenger hunt to find the necessary supplies needed for our wind chime activity. The students had a blast working in teams to build the wind chime made from paint sticks, string, and keys!
Enjoy the video about our school feeder system by clicking the image below
School Accountability Committee (SAC)
· Our School Accountability Committee is again looking for new members. As required by the state of Colorado, we meet once a quarter to review school performance plans and goals, budgets, and safety. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The school office will be open from 8:00 – 4:00
Together, let’s make it a great year at Bacon Elementary!