As you receive this newsletter, our third marking period is well underway. Many students and their families already have taken this opportunity to assess current progress and plan for the future. As our teachers and staff members continue to work on curricular objectives, learning experiences and high-quality instruction, we encourage students to continue to work on accepting responsibility, attending to their teachers & classmates and supporting each other in our community of learners. We will continue to encourage our students to build up, to solve problems, to become independent and to become interdependent.
These last two are not mutually exclusive. These objectives acknowledge personal responsibility for students’ educational experiences and an understanding that we need each other in an increasingly complex world. Please continue to encourage your children to build into our school life by participating, by sharing their experiences, by acknowledging the diversity of opinions shared by others and by encouraging their classmates in our community. Maybe they can reach out to a new friend; perhaps they may take the challenge to be positive in all their encounters; hopefully, they can be kind, friendly, positive, supportive, encouraging as they embrace these and other positive traits before letting a negative attitude show!
As we look ahead, consider our calendar items on the reverse of this document and our social media sites. The Presidents’ Day holiday is Monday, February 18. Schools and the central office will be closed. Our Reading Super Bowl has been rescheduled for February 22, because of the early dismissal day on February 1. We thank Ms. Yerkes for organizing this event and for rescheduling our guests to come and celebrate our champion readers! On Saturday, March 2, we have lots going on: Come out to the Barnes & Noble book fair, North Salisbury Boulevard, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Ms. Yerkes and Ms. Drauker from the primary school have organized events to encourage participation and celebrate literacy. Mr. Burton & Mrs. Bruce will lead musicians in their performances; we will have face-painting and storytelling sessions; we will enjoy the fellowship of our classmates and families; and we will purchase books so that a portion of the proceeds benefit our schools. Come out and join us for this event. In addition, on this day we will join Jeffrey Hsia at UMES for the Script’s Regional Spelling Bee as he represents Fruitland Intermediate School as our champion. The following Saturday, March 9, a few of our Destination Imagination teams will represent our school at the Regional Tournament at Salisbury Middle School. This is a great event; perhaps we will send our teams on to the state championships from here!
Finally, please join me in celebrating with our faculty and staff as Mrs. Staci McGowan will represent Fruitland Intermediate School as our Teacher of the Year honoree. Our district already recognizes her enthusiasm and excellence as they repeatedly call on her to support district events and to take a leading role in professional development sessions. We wish her well and much success as she works through the process. Other nominees include Mrs. Kate Wight, Ms. Traci Yerkes, Mrs. Anita Harris, Mrs. Denise Gregorius, Mrs. Anna Krider and Ms. Marissa Graydon. Congratulations to all our nominees; they represent excellence and a commitment to our children.