Main Street Intermediate School Morning Announcements For the Week of March 2, 2009 The lunch menu for WEDNESDAY, 3-4-09: Chili, Tossed Salad, Frenzy Fruit Punch Bar, Goldfish Crackers and milk. Meal prices for 2008-09 are: $2 for lunch and $1 for breakfast. Congratulations to the 5th and 6th Grade Academic Challenge teams for taking first place in the annual Huron County Competition at BGSU Firelands. Main Street’s team, which competed against Norwalk Catholic School, South Central and New London, has now finished first in the county competition for FOUR consecutive years! Team members include – 6th grade: Adam Francis, Ben Hohman, Conlan Hipp, Luke Landis, Noah Little, Emma Penrose, Delaney Petersen, Elliot Rhodes and John Woods; 5th grade: Sean Brady, Austin Burns, Brooke Landis, Ashtyn Ley, Seth Peaslee, Alex Penrose, Ben Silcox and Alyssa Tuttle. Congratulations to all team members, as well as advisors Ms. Burns and Mrs. Beabout! Main Street PTO is sponsoring Bob Evans Community Fun Night next week, on Monday, March 9th and Tuesday, March 10th from 5 to 9 p.m. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for Main Street’s PTO, as 15% of sales will be donated back to the school if those dining at the restaurant remember to bring in their flier announcing the event. Bob Evans is located at 230 Milan Avenue. Hope to see you all at Bob Evans Community Fun Night next Monday and Tuesday! Students are reminded to bring their coats with them to the lunchroom, especially as the weather remains cold. Students will not be dismissed from the cafeteria to go back to their lockers to get their coats. Make sure you bring your coat with you to lunch or you will be the last one allowed to go outside for recess. The school newspaper, The Main Street Journal, will be sold during all lunch periods. Cost is 5 cents. These papers will be sold each day until they sell out. Congratulations to the February Students of the Month! In the 5th grade: Leah Duplaga (Aviators), Ben Silcox (Aviators), Cassidy Pfeiffer (Safari), Morgan Kolanda (Safari), Travis Cring (Waves), Quinn Walton (Waves), Sarah Wilkins (Conquistadors), Caitlen Cameron (Conquistadors) and Nick Eichenlaub (Conquistadors). In the 6th grade: Courtney Lund (Heat), Noah Little (Heat), Jared Cook (Star- Navigators), Job Adkins (Star-Navigators), Dylan Bickerstaff (Star- Navigators), Tyler Shields (Frogs), Maria Vargas (Frogs), Lindsey Krieg (Arctic Storm) and Shayla McGuckin (Arctic Storm). End of the Day: Before the final tone sounds each day at 3:15, bus riders are dismissed a few minutes early so they can go to their locker and get to the auditorium on time. If you are not a bus rider, you are not dismissed until the 3:15 tone sounds. Those who are taking advantage of this need to stop now. If you are caught leaving early and are not a bus rider, you will be assigned detentions that will keep you in the building until 3:30 each day. When the final tone sounds each day at 3:15 p.m., students who are walking, riding a bike or being picked up will be dismissed from their last class to go home. Bus riders will be dismissed to the auditorium during announcements and should proceed immediately to their assigned bus rows. Reminder to students being picked up from school – the best place for your parents to meet you is the city lot, located behind the building on the cafeteria side. A reminder to all students leaving school at the end of the day – make sure you are using the crosswalk any time you need to cross the street. We’ve had some reports of students running across Foster Street when they see their parents parked at East of Chicago. In order to avoid accidents, make sure you are using the cross walk. Also, when you are heading over to the Hangin’ at the Haven skating program, you are only allowed to cross ONE street at a time – do not run diagonally across the street. Our theme for the year, as we announced on the first day, is “The Journey to Excellence – This is the Time.” We celebrate that phrase with a quotation dealing with excellence, achievement or success. Here’s the quote for today from Harriott Beecher Stowe: “When you get in a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” Again this year, the 6th grade will be participating in the “Character At Work” Character Education program, as part of their regular classroom activities. We celebrate that program with today’s “Intercom Insight” on topics being covered this month by the Character At Work program. The topic for March is Service. Here’s today’s, from actor Brad Pitt: “Service is good for us. It’s in our own best interest. It’s personally rewarding when you see lives change because of action you take that, though simple for you, means so much to others. You sleep peacefully at night.” Main Street’s PTO is once again sponsoring the Staff Member of the Month award. Students may nominate any staff member at Main Street School – nominations can be made for teachers, aides, specialists, members of the office, cafeteria or custodial staff. If your nominee is chosen by the PTO, he/she will receive a $25 gift certificate to a place of their choice! If the staff member you nominated is chosen, you will receive a $10 gift certificate to a place of your choice! Forms are available on the table outside the main office and should be turned into the office once they are completed. Congratulations to the Staff Member of the Month for February – 6th grade teacher Miss Didion! Miss Didion was nominated by 6th grader Rachel Palm. In answering the question of how this staff member stands out, Rachel wrote: “She is the best teacher and she makes everyone want to come to school and learn. She encourages everyone to pay attention and participate in class. She also gives us tickets if we do something extra good. She is a great representative of Main Street School. Miss Didion is the BEST!” The next Student Council meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 10th at 8 a.m. in the cafeteria. Main Street’s Yearbook staff will meet this Wednesday (3/4/09) in Room 300 until 4 p.m. Drama club meets this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (3/3/09, 3/4/09, 3/5/09) in Miss Tinker’s Room (Room 105). The Ohio Lottery is sponsoring the Academic All-Star Program, a program designed to recognize outstanding teachers and faculty for their contributions to their school, excellence in their classroom, leadership, innovation, community involvement, dedication, and work on behalf of Ohio students in grades K-12. Main Street’s PTO is coordinating the collection of these nomination forms from our school. If you are interested in nominating one of your teachers for this outstanding award, please pick up a form located on the table outside the main office. Once you have it completed, turn it back into the office. Congratulations to Student Council for a running a VERY successful Pasta for Pennies fundraiser, a nation-wide program that allows schools to help raise money for individuals with blood cancers. In two weeks, Main Street students raised $2,436.23 by bringing in spare change. Homeroom winners included Mrs. McConnell’s ($441.37), recipients of an Olive Garden Pasta Party and Mrs. Van Dresser’s ($423.35), recipients of a class pizza party. Thanks to Student Council advisors Mrs. Reamer and Miss Didion for organizing the campaign! Students who attend the Achievement Academy for 5th or 6th grade will have their name placed in the prize drawing jar for EVERY day they are in attendance at one of these sessions. We will draw names through the campaign to award students for their attendance by allowing them to choose a prize from the Survivor Challenge collection. The annual God, Flag and Country Competition was held this Saturday at the Eagles Club on Cline Street. Congratulations to one of our students, 6th grader Emma Penrose, for taking 1st place in the 10 to 11 year-old age category. Emma’s speech was on her definition of the word “Country.” Former Main Street student Adrian Go, now a 7th grader at Norwalk Middle School, took 1st place in the 12 to 13 year-old age category for his speech on “The Strength to Survive.” Other Main Street participants included: Isaac Lindenberger, Bryon Rowan, Katlyn Wos and Brianna Young. Thanks to all of the students and staff for your excellent participation at the Jan. 22nd Survivor Challenge Assembly. I truly believe that this year’s assembly, featuring the surprise appearance of Survivor cast member Rupert Boneham, was our best Survivor assembly in our four years of having them. The enthusiasm level of the students is higher for this year’s Survivor campaign than any other time in our building’s history. Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming challenges and keep an eye on the wall outside the office for daily point totals. Main Street Intermediate has been recognized as one of 146 schools in the State of Ohio to earn distinction as a School of Promise! The State Superintendent’s Schools of Promise program, administered by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), recognizes schools across Ohio that are demonstrating high achievement in reading and mathematics for all groups of students, despite the fact that 40 percent or more of these students come from low-income backgrounds. Last year, students at Main Street met or exceeded the state standard of 75 percent passage in reading.
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