Fourth graders serious about similes
LAKE WALES – Polk Avenue Elementary fourth graders are as serious as statesmen about similes …. or maybe they are busy as beavers, or laughing like hyenas, or brilliant like sunshine.
Pick a simile, and the students in teacher Sydney Mercado’s writing class probably have it on their lists. Students spent part of Thursday (Sept. 27) morning creating lists for their “simile books.”
Fourth grader Daemona Gibson (front) shows off her simile book, while classmates Karen Calderon(center) and Sasha DeVault continue to work on their books.
In late February, all fourth grade students will be tested on writing skills as part of the State of Florida’s FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test).
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LAKE WALES – Polk Avenue Elementary hosted its second annual Leadership Day in May (May 15) and gave visitors a chance to experience “leadership” through the eyes of students.
“The Leader in Me is an innovative, school-wide model that emphasizes a culture of student empowerment. It helps unleash each child’s full potential,” explained Principal Gail Quam. Polk Avenue Elementary has been working for several years to implement The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®. Both teachers and students study and use the leadership principles daily.
Members of the community heard from fourth graders about their St. Jude’s Leadership Project that has raised more than $1,200. Visitors also watched videos created by third graders, viewed the first grade play, and were serenaded by the Cardinal Chorus.
Next, Lighthouse Team students led small groups to different areas of the school. At the Wax Museum, visitors met different historical figures, as recreated by Donna Burns’ students. Then, Melissa Kelly’s reading group transformed into scientists and explained their contributions to our world. Little Cardinal Leadership Academy students paired with fifth graders to demonstrate the Pre-K Pals program where older students read to younger students. Finally, guests saw how second graders track their own progress using data notebooks.
PHOTO #1: Teacher Melissa Kelly and her science students.
PHOTO #2: Student Sebastian Melton represented Sitting Bull as part of the PALS Wax Museum.
PHOTO #3: Members of the Cardinal Chorus.