Student Council Elections

See the source imageSometimes people make silly mistakes. For example, they forget they have the ballots in their pocket and then toss them in the washing machine. So, I must apologize, but we will have to vote again on Monday. I’m really proud of Page, Jaidah, Sydney, Alexis, Klaire, Jonah, Caroline, and Peyton. It takes a ton of courage to run for a position knowing that you might not be chosen. Whatever the outcome, each of you should be proud of yourself. Good luck in our re-vote on Monday! 

This Week’s Super Sentences

The Super Sentence program requires students craft one error-free sentence of a specific structure. The kids write and respond to practice sentences early in the week and then test late in the week. This was our first week in the program, so the structure was “Standard Sentence.” The topics were beasts, kindness, and Bubbles (either our class monkey or regular old bubbles). You can read the final sentences by clicking on “replies” below.

Field Trip Dates

Here are the dates for upcoming events and field trips.  We love having parents participate as chaperones, so consider joining us!

Sept 29 (Thurs) — Valley of the rogue Bike Trip
Oct. 6 (Thurs) — Rogue River Preserve
Oct. 13 (Thurs) — Jog-a-Thon (on campus)
Oct 14 (Fri) — Inservice Day (no school)
Oct 20-21 — Parent-Teacher Conferences
Oct. 25 (Tues) — Crater Lake
Oct 28 (Fri) — Halloween/Harvest Fair Carnival (evening)
Oct 31 (Mon) — Sams Valley Mini Marathon

We also have scheduled Feb. 10th for the Jo County Tree Plant (super fun!), March 24th for our Lava Beds trip, June 7th for the Jville Cemetery, and June 8th and 9th for our Oregon Coast Outdoor Ed Excursion.

Welcome to a New School Year!

I’m excited about our new batch of 5th graders! Given that we’re starting this year with a renewed sense of normalcy–or close to it–makes it extra special. One way to help your child have a great year is to attend Back-to-School Night on September 20th (5:30-7:00). It’ll give us a chance to connect and it will provide you with all the details necessary to build a successful and happy fifth grader. 

Know that our three 5th grade classes work closely together, so regardless of which class a kiddo wanted to be in, they’ll still be interacting with all their friends, as well as all three of us teachers. If your student is officially on my class list, take a look at the “Basics-Syllabus” tab for details about the class. You can also save some money by clicking on my School Supplies tab, as there are a lot of things on the official list you can skip.

Awards and Accolades

At our end of the year awards assembly (and Baby Picture Show–see below), Cyrus H. and Leilani R. received Student-of the-Month Awards. Cyrus earned his by being engaged in classroom learning. Whenever we were studying anything having to do with animals or nature, Cyrus has his hand up.  He also volunteered to read aloud during our Island of the Blue Dolphins novel study.  Leilani earned her award by working hard in class and consistently having a positive “can-do” attitude, even as the year was concluding and everyone was tired of all the work. Great job Cyrus and Leilani.

Jaylee H., Kadence N., and Laloni M. were all named Presidential Scholars. That’s the elementary equivalent to “Top 5%,” meaning that these three were the highest achieving fifth graders at CPE. Keep that up, kids, and there will be bigger rewards in the future!

Pablo G., Ashton H., Van C., and Brayden P. all earned fitness medals for being in the top 35 fourth and fifth graders in our fitness program. Pablo and Ashton each ran more than 400 laps around the CPE campus, which is nearly 200 miles.  Pretty impressive!

It’s been said that half the battle is just showing up, so we also want to acknowledge Eddy for having perfect attendance, and Pablo, Izzy, and Jeremiah for having excellent attendance, missing just a couple of days or being tardy. 

Jenica, Kadence, Jaylee, Laloni, and Jaxon were all nominated to attend SOU Academy, which is a college-oriented experience in which the students actually live on the college campus and attend classes for a week. Charlotte was our DARE essay winner (while Jaylee and Kadence were also finalists). The top honor at CPE is the Rotary Student-of-the-Year Award. The award is given to the student best exemplifying academic excellence, good citizenship, strong attendance and participation, and positive relationships. Lily Barsalou from Mr. Hadley’s class won the award, but Laloni and Kadence were among eight students nominated. Great job! 

Finally, the class as a whole shared the Floor Hockey Sportsmanship trophy with Mr. Hadley’s class for demonstrating positive attitudes during the tourney. 

Whether your name appears here or not, there are more achievements to accomplish in middle school. All of my students are capable of earning Perfect Attendance, Academic Honors, and my personal favorite, the Solid as a Rock Award. Go for it, kids! 


Students of the Month

Congrats to Jenica T., Brayden P., Van C., and Mason W. for being Spotlight Award winners at the May assembly. Jenica received the award for always being respectful, cheerful and positive. She has been a wonderful additional to CPE this year! Brayden is an all-around excellent student, solid citizen, and good friend. He makes the classroom a better place. Van, meanwhile, has an exceptional imagination which he uses to entertain his peers. It earned him the “Creature of Creativity” award. Finally, Mason received the perseverant award for never giving up. He keeps going even when the content or activity is difficult.  Great job, roadrunners!

Sams Valley Mini Marathon

Like many local running events, the Sams Valley Mini Marathon was side-lined by the pandemic. But, after an 18-month hiatus, it recently roared back to life. This year’s event was won by CPE’s Ryder White in a time of 20:50.52. Henry Davenport also medaled, and Pablo Gonzalaz, Chase Austin, and Ashton Hollon all contributed to CPE’s team victory. The girls’ race was won by CPE’s Ava Ontiveros, while Autzen Ostroskie, Ava Smith, Landrie Miller, Zoey Miller, Esly Pilar-Ibarra, and Lily Barsalou all placed in the top ten. 

The Mini was established in 1974, making it among the oldest distance races in Oregon, and with nearly 800 annual participants–the entire population of 4th and 5th graders in the Central Point School District, it’s also one of the largest. Special thanks to our sponsor and community partner, West Orthodontics of Medford. Additional thanks to Jamba of Medford, First Student, Grizzly Peak Timing, and the Jackson County Sherriff’s Department.