Battle of the Books
Who's Eligible: 4th and 5th Grade StudentsTeacher Sponsor: Mrs. Blewett, AIG TeacherOverview: Battle of the Books is a voluntary club where 4th and 5th grade students form teams to read and discuss engaging books together, and then compete in an exciting competition to test their knowledge of the books. Coaches meet with teams once a week until the competition.
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Odyssey of the MindWho's Eligible: 2nd - 5th GradersSponsor: Mills Park PTAOverview:
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Kids apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.How does it work?
Schools or community groups form teams of up to seven students. Each team chooses one of five competitive problems to solve. The problems appeal to a wide range of interests; some are technical in nature, while others are artistic or performance-oriented. Under the guidance of an adult coach, teams work on their solutions throughout the school year and present them at the Eastern Regional tournament in the spring.How do students benefit from participation?
In Odyssey of the Mind, students learn at a young age skills that will last a lifetime. They work in teams so they learn cooperation and respect for the ideas of others. They evaluate ideas and make decisions on their own, gaining greater self-confidence and increased self-esteem along the way. They work within a budget, so they learn to manage their money. They see that there is often more than one way to solve a problem, and that sometimes the process is more important than the end result.How are teams judged in competition?
Thousands of volunteers from around the world judge the competitions and serve in various positions to help make the tournaments a success. Teams are scored for their long-term problem solution, how well they solve a “spontaneous” problem on the spot, and “style” — the elaboration of their long-term problem solution.Please visit the PTA Website for detailed information about registration guidelines and schedules.
Safety PatrolWho's Eligible: 4th and 5th Grade StudentsTeacher Sponsor: Mrs. Stavrakakis, School CounselorSafety Patrol Reminders:Remember, AM duty begins at 8:40. Do you best with the carpool line and remember, your safety is important! PM duty ends at 4:05. No Safety Patrol member will be allowed in the building early to wait. You can wait in your car until 8:40 if you arrive early. For afternoon Safety Patrol members, please make sure your parents remember that it is your Safety Patrol day and are on time to pick you up. They should arrive at 4:05. You will wait inside the building in the lobby until you see their car and then can walk outside to meet them.Safety Patrol Job Descriptions
Carpool Duty: When you get out to carpool duty, if the cones have not been set out then help set out the cones. There needs to be 4 cones total. You will be assigned a cone and students will report to you when their carpool number is called. Help students get safely into their cars and close car doors behind them; reminding students to show their Panther PRIDE by using “walking feet”. It is important to pay attention so you do not slam fingers in doors!
Kindergarten Pal Duty: One student will assist the kindergarten teachers in helping students walk to the correct cone. They will stand with kindergarten teachers and students until one of their carpool numbers is called.
Bus Duty: Assist MPE by holding up bus route numbers by the appropriate bus, walking Kindergartners to their correct bus or after school van, reminding students to show their Panther PRIDE by using walking feet, keeping hands to themselves, etc. There will always be a teacher with you to help instruct you on which bus number to hold and where the bus is. It is VERY important to remember to stay on the side walk when holding a sign and NEVER go into the street. If you are waiting for a bus to come, do so by the side of the building, not near traffic flow.
Flag Duty: Two students will take down the flag. You need to do this with respect and make sure the flag does not touch the ground. The flag is not a toy. Unwind the rope, lower the flag, un-clip the rope to the flag, secure the rope, and fold the flag properly.For more detailed information, please visit Mrs. Stavrakakis' Website.
Student CouncilWho's Eligible: 4th and 5th Grade StudentsTeacher Sponsor: Mrs. Del Verne (email@example.com) or Ms. Joseph ( firstname.lastname@example.org), 5th Grade TeachersOverview: At the beginning of each school year a Student Council will be elected by the student body. Guidelines about applying for a position and campaigning will be available from the Teacher Sponsor around the beginning of October for the current school year.More Information: CLICK HERE