Commentary: Orientations, students of the month at Camp Verde schools

Students in Mr. Malloy’s science classes have been building and designing sundials. (Photo courtesy of Camp Verde Unified School District)

Students in Mr. Malloy’s science classes have been building and designing sundials. (Photo courtesy of Camp Verde Unified School District)

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Superintendent’s Report CVUSD’s Dr. Dennis Goodwin

We are proud to say that we will be offering the ACT to 155 students on Feb. 28.

This is a first here at CVHS and it is an offering we hope to extend to every 11th grader who attends CVHS from now on. We have 134 students who will be attending the Renaissance Festival on March 2 in Apache Junction.

I’m very glad we had the funds to pay for our World History students to attend this event.

It is just another example of our commitment here @ CVHS to provide experience and opportunities to our students they otherwise might not get to enjoy.

Our annual eighth grade orientation will be Wednesday, Feb. 15. Our morning session will begin at 10:25 a.m. with a welcome to our CVMS and Beaver Creek visitors.

During lunch hour, club and sport programs will have tables so students can see all of the super cool activities we have here @ CVHS.

We also will have an evening session from 5:30-6:30 p.m. that night for parent who would like to come and tour our campus.

Camp Verde Middle School would like to congratulate its Students of the Month: sixth grader Angel Salas-Muro; seventh grader Wyatt Parker; eighth grader Timber Reedy; and student-athlete Tyler McDonald. Way to go, boys and girls. We are proud of you! 

The eighth grade student and one of their parents gets treated to breakfast and honored at the Kiwanis’ monthly meeting.

Congratulations to our sixth, seventh and eighth grade math teams, who competed in the Northern Arizona Middle School Math Championship last Friday in Prescott. 

There were close to 150 of the top math students comprised of about 35 teams, in team and individual competitions, from all over Northern Arizona. 

Mrs. Sara Boland, Middle School Counselor, was surprised Monday morning by affirmations that had been written by students to her for National Counselor Week. 

Sixth grade Language Arts has been busy learning about narrative writing. They did a number of different activities to practice their story writing. For example, they wrote on a scene from the movie “A Christmas Story.”

They also rewrote and improved a bad narrative to make it better. They are now starting their personal narratives on an accident they have had.

Sixth graders rocked their Ancient Greece projects for their Social Studies class. Mrs. Smith was blown away by the effort her students put into their projects. One student made a huge Greek Theater out of cake; all parts of the theater were edible! Other projects included Trojan Horses made from a variety of materials, Trireme Ships, The Parthenon, theatrical masks, The Temple of Artemis, and Greek Vases. Some students even made Greek food!

They had to practice their speaking skills by presenting their project! They did an amazing job! 

Physical Education classes this week have started the best sport ever ... Hockey! (The safety-oriented gym version of the game that is).  Lots of running and hand-eye-foot coordination skills are being learned, practiced, and perfected in this fast-paced, cardiovascular driven, exciting game! The students are having an absolute blast with hockey.

Elementary School SST Process Adjustments

In the fall of this school year, a team of people at the elementary school met over several weeks to create a student study team (SST) process that would accomplish several goals.

Since it has been a few months, the team decided it was time for a check in to determine how the new system has been working.

This team — Chris Gilbert, Karen Castillo, Vicki Douvikas, Rebecca McIlvaine, Sami Worssam, Britta Booth, and newest member Toni Kohlbeck — met this week and determined that most components of the SST process are working well.

Some adjustments have been made to the speech section and a few shifts were made to balance oversight responsibilities.

In addition, the team planned a training session for elementary teachers that will allow them time to explore the steps in the SST process using common scenarios found in the classroom.

Second grade animal reports

Mrs. Padilla’s second graders have been hard at work on animal reports. This project began with research in the library and on the Internet.

Students were required to check out between two and five books to gather facts on their chosen animal.

Notes from this process were combined with Internet research and were then used to write and illustrate the reports. This project was a great opportunity to combine science and writing. The quality of these reports is truly impressive. Stop by and take a look in the second grade hall!

Mrs. Meheut’s class studies skeletal system

Students in Mrs. Meheut’s class used a differentiated approach to learning the about the skeletal system.

Students used multiple methods to demonstrate their learning including models, notes, and labeled diagrams.

Below are some examples of the work created by our wonderful first grade students!

All grade levels gearing up for MLK

Once again, the Plante family is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by hosting a door and bulletin board decorating contest at the elementary school.

The theme this year is Kindness in the Brightest Colors.

Teachers and students have been working diligently at the task and have created some remarkable works of art throughout the school.

It’s shaping up to be a close contest, with the winning room receiving a treat from the Plante family. Judging will take place on Feb. 16 and the winner will be announced on Feb. 20.

Special Education

In Middle School, Stacey Munger is excited to be a part of the S.T.E.M. training program with Adrienne Wright.

The two of them plan on doing co-teaching to better meet our student’s needs at the Middle School.

The Occupational Therapists at the Camp Verde Schools have been having a busy year.

When children are in the very early years of their education, they are still learning how to control and move their bodies through play. The children who qualify for special education and OT services need specialized play and activity to develop the muscles in their bodies. Ms. Gilbert is so proud of our Special Education Staff (teachers, paraprofessionals, psychologist, and related service providers).

The amount of time and effort each person puts forth, to ensure our students with special needs are working toward their goals, is astounding.

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