What's Happening in Third Grade at Monroe Elementary!

Upcoming Testing News: The third grade students at Monroe Elementary have been working hard preparing for the Stanford and the Ohio Reading and Math Achievement tests. The week of March 19th – 23rd the third graders took the Stanford Test. The Stanford is a series of tests in language arts, math, science, and social studies. This will show the level of knowledge at this time for each individual student. The last day of testing, the students took the OLSAT test, which shows their potential learning ability. The Achievement Test is the “high stakes” test the third grade students will take on May 2nd and 3rd. The students will take the Third Grade Ohio Reading Achievement Test and the Third Grade Ohio Math Achievement Test. Students have been working very hard to sharpen up their test taking skills through a variety of lessons and activities. Good Luck to all our third graders on their upcoming tests! We are confident they will shine! Upcoming Events:

Buzz Hornet Visits the Second Grade

This is Buzz the Hornet reporting live from Monroe Elementary School, talking to these energetic second graders! As I walk quietly down the “B” wing, I see the seven second grade teachers, Mrs. Cooper, Mrs. DeBord, Mrs. Dirksen, Mrs. Marchetti, Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. Owens, and Mrs. Shockley hard at work. I’ll quietly peek in each room to see what all of the excitement is about in these classrooms. Let’s see, Mrs. Marchetti is playing vocabulary BINGO with her 25 students to practice using these words in sentences. Mrs. Mitchell’s 25 students are doing an activity called “Making Words”. It seems that Mrs. Mitchell gives each student a set of letters and clues that the students use to spell mystery words. What a neat way to teach spelling and rhyming words! Across the hall in Mrs. Dirksen’s room, all 25 children are actively listening to her read aloud. She is reading a Magic Tree House book, by Mary Pope Osborne, and you could hear a pin drop!

Illustrator Loren Long

Loren Long will visit Monroe Elementary on April 26th and April 27th. Loren Long is an award-winning illustrator who can be found drawing each day at his house in West Chester, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, Tracy, and their two sons, Griffith and Graham, and their dog, Stella. Loren was born in Joplin, Missouri and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Kentucky and did graduate work at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He has taught illustration at Northern Kentucky University and guest lectured at Columbus College of Art and Design, and Kendall College of Art. The illustrator has published numerous books for young readers. His first was My Dog, My Hero by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, and Laurie Myers. It was published in 2000. In 2003 superstar singer Madonna chose Loren Long to illustrate her story, Mr. Peabody’s Apples, which skyrocketed to # 1 on the Children’s New York Times Best Seller list. Loren won the prestigious Golden Kite Award for best picture book illustration from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for I Dream of Trains by Angela Johnson and for When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer.