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John Hole Therapy Dog (2-24-17)
Students at John Hole Elementary practiced their reading with therapy dog Shaq today. Thanks to Mrs. Cullman, John Hole’s IMC Aide, for bringing Shaq to visit!
PVS Recycling Initiative (2-23-17)
First graders in the Green Neighborhood at Primary Village South explained their recycling project to Jon Wesney, Centerville Schools’ Director of Business Operations, and Mitch Gearhardt, Skilled Maintenance, this week. They shared ideas for new recycling bins they would like to add at PVS, including how many, what colors and what materials to use. The students visited the Montgomery County Environmental Learning Center and operated a lemonade stand to raise money for the project earlier this month. They were able to donate about $60, which they first grouped into dollars and coins before adding together in groups of 10.
Watts Glen Helen Raptor Center Visit (2-23-17)
Rebecca Jaramillo, director of Glen Helen Raptor Center, spoke to seventh grade science students at Watts Middle School today about birds of prey. The students were introduced to an American Kestrel Falcon, a Barred Owl and a Great Horned Owl during her visit.
Driscoll STEM Activity (2-13-17)
Third grade “Cupids” in Mrs. Schade’s class at Driscoll Elementary participated in a fun STEM activity today where they worked in teams to design and test a bow and arrow using materials such as popsicle sticks, cutips, rubber bands and dental floss. Ask your child what he or she learned about the design process.
Stingley Fossil Talk (2-8-17)
A Centerville-Washington Park District volunteer talks about fossils with fourth graders at Stingley Elementary today.
Normandy Souper Bowl (2-7-17)
Normandy Elementary held its first ever “Souper Bowl” on Feb. 7 and raised $1,459 for Centerville Schools’ Food2Go Program, which provides nutritional food to more than 170 students every weekend. Art teacher Alice Tavani received a McDonald’s Making Activities Count grant to purchase clay and glazes, and fifth graders made 200 clay bowls in art class for the event. Student Council members created special placemats for the dinner and served drinks and cleaned tables. What a great way to raise awareness of hunger in our community and beyond!
PVS Chinese New Year (1-31-17)
Students at Primary Village South celebrated the Chinese New Year today with their own Dragon Parade. In addition, visitors from the Dayton Association of Chinese Americans performed Chinese dance, music and martial arts. Watch video of parade: https://youtu.be/_-ptDbwHnkI
Tower Heights Chinese/Korean New Year (1-30-17)
Did you know we have more than 200 English Language Learners enrolled in Centerville Schools? English learners at Tower Heights Middle School recently held a Chinese/Korean New Year’s lunch. Students from China, Korea, Jordan and India brought food from their home countries to share with the teachers and students in Family B. They also did several activities, including Chinese calligraphy, making art and sharing artifacts from home. According to Megan LeMaster, the district’s English Language Learner Coach, it has been very powerful to see the positive outcome for all our students when students from different cultures come together and learn new perspectives from each other.
Cline Literacy Week (1-30-17)
Cline Elementary students celebrated Literacy Week from Jan. 23-27! Each day had a different dress-up theme (such as Text Tuesday, pictured here), and they held their Scholastic Book Fair fundraiser in the auditorium.
On Jan. 30, the school welcomed award-winning author and artist David Catrow, who spoke to students in large and small group settings, spreading the message that everyone is creative and can inspire others. Catrow is a self-taught artist who has written or illustrated more than 80 books, including the creation of the Scholastic easy reader series “MAX Spaniel.” He also has worked in film and television, helping bring films like “Horton Hears a Who,” “Despicable Me,” “Stuart Little” and “Enchanted” to movie theaters all over the world. Students raised the money for his visit during their fall Run to Read event.
Normandy Fitness Challenge (1-27-17)
Congratulations to all of the Normandy Elementary students who completed this week’s Fitness Challenge! During their regular PE class, students worked out at six different stations, such as running, throwing, jump rope and push-ups, a total of 10 times.
Driscoll Winter Musical (1-24-17)
Third graders at Driscoll Elementary presented a musical to their classmates on Jan. 24. Can you guess the theme?
PVS 100th Day of School (1-23-17)
Kindergartners and first graders in the Red Neighborhood at Primary Village South had a blast celebrating the 100th day of school! They listened to stories, made 100th day hats, built towers out of 100 cups, counted out food to create 100-piece snacks, and counted by tens to do 100 movements.
Normandy Souper Bowl (1-20-17)
Fifth graders at Normandy Elementary recently started a service project. They are making clay bowls in their art classes with Mrs. Tavani in preparation for a Feb. 7 event called the “Souper Bowl.” That evening, Normandy families can purchase a simple meal of soup, bread and water, and funds raised will support the Centerville Food2Go program. Families may keep the bowl when they are finished eating. The Normandy Student Council is making placemats to teach about hunger and will be working shifts at the event. The funds for the clay and glaze came from the McDonald’s Making Activities Count grant, and most of the food will be donated. What a creative way to give back to our community!
CHS Freshman Advisory Tug of War (1-20-17)
Freshman advisories at Centerville High School are competing in the annual tug of war competition. Here, students from the South Unit participate in the team building activity.
CHS AP Music Theory (1-17-17)
Have you ever thought about all the steps that are needed to get a musical idea from your mind to your audience? Jim McCutcheon of McCutcheon Music gave a special presentation on “The Physics of Sound” to Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory students at Centerville High School today.
CHS Career Expo
Centerville High School's Career Education Program held a Career Expo today for sophomore who are interested in participating in the program during their junior and senior years. The program offered jointly among Centerville, Fairmont and Oakwood High Schools. Twelve courses are offered at Centerville -- Biotechnology, Business, Communication Arts (Broadcast Management), Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Engineering, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, Information Technology, Marketing, Mass Communication (Print/Broadcast Journalism) and Technical Theatre. An additional four classes are offered at Fairmont – Allied Health, Automotives, Construction and Digital Design -- with a fifth, Fire Science, being added in the 2017-18 school year.
Weller Holiday Concert
Weller Elementary students enjoyed performances by their fourth and fifth grade chorus as well as Centerville High School’s Forte A Capella group this afternoon.
Tower Heights Holiday Assembly
We caught part of Tower Heights Middle School’s Holiday Assembly today. Band, chorus and orchestra students performed for their classmates to get everyone into the holiday spirit!
John Hole Service Project
During this time of year, it is better to give than receive. At least that is the motto of the students at John Hole Elementary as they head into the holiday season. The entire building is taking part in a Give-Back project headed by the fourth grade team. Four years ago, Mrs. Hippenmeyer’s fourth grade class began this Give-Back project by making 35 dental kits. Each year, it has progressively gotten bigger, including more of the students, and this year, they are aiming for at least 200 gift bags! The school has collected coloring books, crayons, hats and gloves, socks, and they are making fleece scarves to put in the goodie bags. They will finish each bag off with a holiday card and some candy. The gift bags will be shared with Kemp Elementary in Dayton and Dayton Children’s Hospital. The kids are so excited to be holiday helpers!
Holiday carols also were heard at Cline Elementary today! Students listened to the Cline Chorus perform and then joined in for some holiday favorites.
Normandy Elementary students got into the holiday spirit during their sing-a-long this afternoon. A few students even gave solo performances -- Siddhant, Delphine and Olivia played piano, Aurora played violin, Max danced and Grayson played electric guitar. Happy holidays!
Driscoll Science Lesson
A stop at Driscoll Elementary this morning found fifth graders in Mr. Bizzarro’s and Mrs. Ferrazza-Snyder’s classes dissecting owl pellets. Ask your students how many tiny animal bones they found!
Tower Heights Music Tour
Students from Tower Heights Middle School’s Vocal, String and Jazz Ensembles toured the community today, performing at Primary Village North, St. Leonard CHI Living Community and Primary Village South (pictured here). What a great way to spread holiday cheer!
Weller Biome Museums
Fifth graders at Weller Elementary have been studying the ecosystem and biomes since mid-November. Each homeroom chose a different biome (forest, tundra, desert, ocean, prairie and rainforest) and learned more about how ecosystems stay in balance and become unbalanced. Students are presenting their Biome Museums today.
Stingley Winter Musical (12-5-16)
Third graders at Stingley Elementary gave the first performance of their winter musical, “Frosty’s First Adventure,” this afternoon.
CHS Chem Buddies at Normandy (12-2-16)
Third graders at Normandy Elementary have been studying the different states of matter. This week, some of the Chem Buddies, a group of about 70 science students from Centerville High School, visited Normandy to demonstrate science experiments related to matter and energy. Thanks for sharing a love of science with our younger students!
PVN Classroom Photos (12-2-16)
We stopped by several classrooms at Primary Village North this morning to check out what our young students are learning.
PVS Peace Night (11-21-16)
Primary Village South held a Peace Night last night, and families were invited to help PVS students spread kindness beyond the school walls by visiting various service stations to participate in hands-on activities supporting local charities, such as SICSA, Helping Hands and Blue Star Mothers. In addition, children’s literature musician Emily Arrow performed throughout the evening.
Normandy Wood Sculptor (11-21-16)
Fourth graders at Normandy Elementary watched a chainsaw artist work this morning as they wrapped up of their study of Native Americans. “Lumberjack Pat,” who taught social studies for 30 years, traveled from Massillon, Ohio, for the demonstration, and Lumberjack Chainsaw Art also donated a bust of Chief Pontiac, who was one of Native Americans the students learned about in class.
Welcome Dayton at CHS (11-21-16)
A group of panelists from Welcome Dayton talked with Centerville High School students this morning about their experiences in the United States. Students were then challenged to reflect on what they learned and how they can help their classmates feel more welcome.
Welcome Dayton promotes immigrant integration into the greater Dayton region by encouraging business and economic development; providing access to education, government, health and social services; ensuring equity in the justice system; and promoting an appreciation of arts and culture.
PVS Classes (11-18-16)
There was a lot going on today at Primary Village South! The Pink Neighborhood held their Turkey Trot, first graders learned about rhythm in Mrs. Rau’s music class, and kindergartners in Mrs. Taylor’s class made caramel popcorn in the cooking classroom.
Stingley Pioneer Day (11-18-16)
Third graders at Stingley Elementary are celebrating Centerville history with a Pioneer Day today. Students dressed in pioneer type clothing and participated in five activities: Pretzel Log Cabins, Yarn Dolls, Pie Tin Tinkering, Making Butter and School Days. There was even a “museum” where students could check out historical items and answer questions about life at that time.
Alexis Gomez Visits Weller (11-8-16)
Singer Alexis Gomez, who was a Centerville graduate and American Idol contestant, visited with Weller Elementary students today as part of their Read-a-thon, a fundraising activity for PTO-sponsored activities. Gomez read a portion of “Magic Treehouse: Pirates Past Noon” and sang three songs for a very excited crowd. What an awesome way to encourage reading!
PVN Veterans Day (11-11-16)
Primary Village North held two ceremonies – one this morning and one this afternoon. Students sang songs and recognized service men and women from all branches of the U.S. military.
City of Centerville Veterans Day (11-11-16)
Members of the Cline Fifth Grade Chorus and Cub Scout Pack 148 from Cline Elementary participated in the City of Centerville Veterans Day ceremony at Stubbs Park this morning. The Cub Scouts presented the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Cline Chorus performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Patriotic Melody,” under the direction of music teacher Bill Burns. In addition, Centerville High School student Victoria Clement read the poem “High Flight” by John Gillespie Magee Jr.
Watts Veterans Day (11-11-16)
Students at Watts Middle School welcomed more than 40 veterans for their ceremony this morning, including James “Pee Wee” Martin, whose company was the one portrayed in the series “Band of Brothers.” Students recognized each veteran by name, the chorus sang “America the Beautiful,” and English Language Arts students read poems about veterans.
Normandy Citizenship Program (11-8-16)
Students at Normandy Elementary learned about citizenship as part of their Election Day activities. Their all-school program included presentations and songs by students. Second through fifth graders also will be voting tomorrow to select this year’s yearbook cover.
Driscoll Election Day (11-8-16)
Driscoll Elementary students voted on school issues during their election this afternoon. Students cast their votes on iPads, and Student Council members even served as poll workers. What a great way to introduce our second through fifth graders to the voting process!
Tower Heights Mock Election (11-8-16)
At Tower Heights Middle School, students voted in their advisories for the next president. Each advisory was assigned a state and received Electoral College votes. Like the real Electoral College, each student voted, but each advisory only selected one candidate, who received the Electoral College votes. Throughout the day, staff announced how each state voted. Be sure to ask your child about the overall winner and what they learned about our voting process!
PVN Pays It Forward (11-7-16)
Primary Village North held its second annual "PVN Pays It Forward" event on Nov. 7. Staff, students and parents worked together during the event to give back to our community. This year, all of the creations and donated items will be given to the Dayton VA Medical Center. The Nov. 7 event kicked off a week of honoring veterans.
Normandy Technology Dedication (11-4-16)
Last year, the fifth graders at Normandy Elementary raised more than $750 for technology. With that money, the staff was able to purchase a 55-inch screen and mini computer to install in the school’s entryway in order to share pictures and events with the school community. This morning, current and past Student Council members attended a dedication ceremony to officially unveil the new equipment.
CHS Lunch Buddies (11-2-16)
Our CHS students visited with their Cline Elementary "Lunch Buddies" today, giving our younger students to chance to share highs and lows from their day and get advice when needed. The Lunch Buddy program runs every other week through spring break and is a wonderful way for our high school students to make a difference!
CHS AP Classes
Did you know Centerville High School is offering 17 Advanced Placement (AP) courses this school year? Over the past two weeks, we visited the AP German, Government, Calculus and Spanish classes.
National Honor Society Induction (10-25-16)
Congratulations to the 132 new members who were inducted into the National Honor Society! NHS membership now includes 296 students from the junior and senior classes at Centerville High School.
CHS Spanish Classes (10-26-16)
The Spanish classes at CHS have had an eventful week! Last Wednesday, they celebrated with a Fiesta de Disfraces, or costume party, a fundraising event for the Spanish Honor Society that raises money for their student exchanges with countries such as Argentina, Costa Rica and Ecuador. The party is held in October to coincide with the Fiesta de Disfraces held each year in Paraná, Argentina, which attracts more than 60,000 people! As a follow up to the dance, CHS Spanish students study the event in Argentina and talk about their costumes.
PVN Purple Pumpkin Party (10-20-16)
It’s a Purple Pumpkin Party! Primary Village North’s purple neighborhood theme this year is “curiosity,” so students have been exploring pumpkins, coming up with questions about them and researching them. Today’s parties are a culmination of this process and involved stations with pumpkin tasting, “rolling and bowling,” measurement and launching. Our curious kindergartners and first graders are having fun while learning!
John Hole Young People's Concert Preview (10-18-16)
Fifth graders from John Hole Elementary prepared for the Dayton Philharmonic Young People's Concert. Two volunteers from the Philharmonic met with students this afternoon to discuss the music and composers they will hear during next week's "Musical Postcards from America" concert. A few lucky students even got to help with the presentation. We're lucky to have such great cultural experiences in our community!
CHS Lunch Buddies (10-18-16)
CHS students spend lunch time with Cline Elementary students as part of the “Lunch Buddies” program. Qualified and interested juniors and seniors complete an application and interview process in order to become a Lunch Buddy. Their main purpose is to provide a listening ear, advice when needed and someone the younger buddy can turn to if needed. The high school students volunteer one lunch period every other week from October until spring break. What a great opportunity for our high school students to make a difference!
Teen Read Week (10-13-16)
Each day this week, Tower Heights Middle School students and staff have been silent reading during selected periods as part of their Teen Read Week activities. It was great to see everyone “stop, drop and read” throughout the building!
CHS Culinary Arts Class (10-11-16)
Over the past few weeks, the CHS Culinary Arts students took an active role in working with the youth in our community by partnering with the Centerville-Washington Park District to offer cooking classes for 18 children. The Parks promoted the classes, and in cooperation with the Early Childhood Education program, our high school students transformed into teachers. What a great experience for our students!
Cline Run to Read (Oct. 7, 2016)
Cline Elementary students joined together this morning for an exciting “Run to Read” pep rally at Alumni Stadium. During their scheduled Integrated Arts time today, students will run or walk one mile, followed by a healthy snack and 20-minute cool down with silent reading. Funds raised from this PTO event will go toward an author/illustrator visit and IMC improvements, including new Chromebooks.