Mrs. Extin’s first grade class took a trip to the library on Sept. 12. While in the library, the students returned their books, checked new ones out, and creative new things with magnetic blocks. Also, Mrs. Toczek, librian, read the class the first book out of 20 in their series called Young Hoosier. With the Young Hoosier, 20 books will be read to the students and in February, the students will choose their favorite one.
Kindergarten Boot Camp
On Sept. 29, all the kindergarten classes at Watson Elementary had a boot camp in the gym. Each of the students were asked basic spelling, math and reading questions by volunteers and then were able to complete a different obstacle courses.
Interview with Mr. Starcevich, fourth grade teacher
Q: How many years have you been teaching?
A: “41 years.”
Q: What do you still love about teaching?
A: “[I love] everything about it, I love relationships. It’s changed a lot, trust me I could write a book about it. I like the relationships. I like horsing around with the students by making them laugh and joke around. You teach in the midst of it. You do more entertaining sometimes in teaching. There was one class I took in college. You had to memorize a whole bunch of countries and if you missed one you would get a F. I would go to the class and the teacher was so funny and entertaining. I would there for an hour and a half or two hours laughing with him. I would look forward to that class. I would take that course again. I model my teaching after that you have to have fun and you have to have entertainment. Let the students know you enjoy their presence.”
Q: Why do you love your subject?
A: “When I was younger, I ran into this English teacher and she was brutal. I didn’t have the background. I didn’t know my predicate nouns, direct objects or indirect objects. That was a very miserable year for me. When I became a teacher, I didn’t want any kids to deal with that, because I know there are bigger issues. I hammer grammar and English. I do it jokingly and laughing but we spend so much time on it. A lot of my past students will come back and tell me that it was so beneficial to them.”
Q: How has teaching changed since you began?
A: “When I first started teaching, you would get the curriculum, do it and you knew you did a good job. There was no pressure. We didn’t have to do all the testing. I’m old enough to remember where everyone had a smile on their face, laughing and joking. Unfortunately, it’s not that way anymore. These teachers are so stressed, it’s taken the fun out of the profession. Unfortunately, there’s such an atmosphere where people come to work so pressured. I know many teachers that cannot wait to get out because of it.”
On Friday, Oct. 20, Watson held the PTO Boo Bash. All students were invited to come and celebrate that night. Throughout the night, the students were able to come in their costumes and Trick-or-Treat around the school. Other events included a costume contest, a dance in the gym, refreshments and food and a photo-booth.
During the week of Oct. 9-13, Watson held their annual book fair. Students were allowed to go to the book fair during their class time in the library. A wide variety of books were available for the students to purchase along with poster, pencils and toys.
Halloween Classroom Parties
On Tuesday, Oct. 31, Watson had their annual Halloween classroom parties. Parents of the students volunteered and helped organize the parties. Some parties included different games like bingo or wrapping toilet paper around students, crafts, and lots of snacks. The students were able to dress up in their costumes to celebrate Halloween.