Kindergarten has been busy working on learning school routines and making new friends. In science we will be learning about living and non living things while growing pumpkin plants and going on a field trip to the pumpkin patch!
First Grade News
First grade is just finishing up with three weeks of reading review and are practicing reading 10 minutes every night. Starting September 24th all first grade students will receive nightly reading homework which will be on blue paper. Our new Bridges in math curriculum has already introduced counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, recognizing numbers and extended number patterns, addition within 20, building numbers within 20 using our number rack boards and story problems, all while building number sense through various math activities. In science we have our plant kits and first graders will have the opportunity to plant seeds and learn about everything a plant needs to grow!
2nd Grade News
2nd grade is working on writing friendly letters and personal narratives. In math we are working on addition and subtraction within 20 and skip counting. We just took our NWEA tests and DIBELs testing. In science we are learning about erosion.
3rd Grade News
In reading third grade is working on comprehension, sequencing and compound words. Phonics skills are being taught along with using context clues to find the meaning of unknown words.
In math, we are working on finding the friendly number that ends in a 5 or 0. There are a lot of workplace games that are helping kids practice their addition and subtraction skills. In number corner we are showing patterns, taking surveys and creating graphs, skip counting and practicing word problems. We have the Reiman Simmons time travelers field trip coming up on October 11th from 9:20-12:20. The kids will learn about their community and what it was like to be some of the first families to settle in the Quincy Valley. The kids have a really fun morning of activities and learning ahead of them!
Building Mathematical Thinkers
Quincy students in Kindergarten through fifth grade are experiencing a new curriculum called Bridges in Mathematics. Adopted last spring, this math program equips teachers to fully implement the Washington State Math Learning Standards in a manner that is rigorous, coherent, engaging, and accessible to all learners. The curriculum focuses on developing students’ deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems. Bridges blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration. It taps into the intelligence and strengths of all students by presenting material that is linguistically, visually, and kinesthetically rich as it is mathematically powerful. Thank you to our Quincy community for supporting our schools so we can bring a high-quality math program to our students which will allow us to fulfill our Quincy Promise: All students graduate from high school and are prepared for the next step in their post-secondary education, career and life.
Specific questions about math can be directed to your student’s teacher.
Pioneer Elementary Mission
The Pioneer Elementary community is committed in their support of students’ learning with quality instruction and guidance that addresses the needs of the whole child.
Pioneer Elementary Vision
Pioneer staff strive to empower students to become resilient, hardworking learners that achieve personal excellence as scholars, contributing citizens and in life pursuits.
Dear Pioneer Kindergarten Families:
Welcome to Pioneer Elementary! We are excited to have you and your child as part of our Pioneer family. This school year is going to be amazing as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making real-world connections. You will be amazed at the amount of wonderful information your child learns this school year. The first day of school has always been magical for me both as a student and as a principal. There is something special about watching this building come to life as we build up to that new beginning. Particularly special is the first day of kindergarten, the start of a new journey for our little ones. Some of you may be filled with questions and a bit anxious about this new journey; others are already on this path and maybe know a little bit more. Rest assured that we are ready to welcome you and your student with open arms! As your child’s principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors - teachers, students and parents-are excited to be here! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment. We believe that all of us – the school and the community – must work together in an extended family environment to ensure success for all our students. With that in mind, you are invited to be an active participant at Pioneer Elementary School. Whether you are a classroom volunteer, a member of the Parent Volunteer Committee, special event participation, or member of one of our school communities, you are encouraged to be involved! Research on schools clearly demonstrates that parent participation in their child’s school coincides with a greater likelihood of academic success for their child. My door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns or questions you might have throughout the school year. Our friendly office staff is here until 4:00 pm and would be happy to assist you in anyway. Thank you for sending your child to Pioneer. It is a privilege to serve a positive and impactful role in your child’s education. It is with great joy that I welcome you to the Pioneer Panther family!
Principal, Pioneer Elementary
I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer. I also hope you are relaxing, recharging and gearing up for a new school year. I am delighted that you are all part of our amazing learning community. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education. I look forward to working with you and your children.
A large amount of time, effort and careful consideration has gone into the process of student placement for the 2018-2019 school year. We used input from staff and families as well as student learning styles when considering placement. Classrooms are balanced both academically and socially to ensure a positive learning experience for all students. Our lists are also structured to ensure equitable class sizes at each grade level. Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities. Thank you for being positive with your child about this process. ALL of our staff work hard to make school a wonderful, positive experience for ALL students.
Please click on the supplies tab for items your child will need to start the school year. If you are unable to provide the items listed, please ask in the office and we can assist you.
Our library is whole once again. The company worked diligently for two weeks and was able to complete the work. It looks beautiful! In addition, the construction company refinished the gym floor so it looks shiny and new again! Maintenance will also be installing metal poles on the outside. This will prevent this accident from happening again. We have also installed several security cameras throughout the building to increase safety. Pioneer has also gone to a single point of entry during school hours. That means that the front door is the only door that is unlocked during instructional hours except recess and lunch time. This will help us make sure the building is secure at all times.
Our Pioneer office will re-open on August 13th when our administrative assistant returns. I will be in the office off and on starting August 1st if you need any questions answered. I am looking forward to greeting students and families again on August 27th at Pioneer’s Open House from 4pm to 6pm. It is both an honor and privilege to serve as your principal. Please feel free to stop by and say hello in August. Together, we will make this a year of growth, learning and achievement for all Pioneer Elementary students.