ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES AND CITIZENSHIP
Many students will have the opportunity to participate in various activities, depending on interest and academic standing.
YOUNG AUTHORS. The Young Authors’ Program is sponsored throughout the state by the Wyoming Reading Association. To enter the program, a child writes a story and binds it into a book. This program promotes creative thinking and use of language skills. Books are first judged at the school level. Winning entries from the schools are then sent to the district for judging. The entries that win first place at district are then sent to the state for judging. Winners at the state level are invited to a special banquet at the Wyoming State Reading Conference held each year in October.
SCIENCE FAIR. Each year in the spring, Science Fair is held at Pioneer Park. This involves students in grades 4 through 6. The children are asked to do a project relating to any field of science. Certain guidelines are used, such as how to set up the projects. Judges from the community select the projects to go to the city Science Fair.
SPELLING CONTEST. In order to participate in the District spelling competition, the students must be in the 5th or 6th grade and have an A average in spelling. In December, a test will be administered to determine the finalists. In January, the finalists must be willing to work one or two hours a week to prepare for the contest. Children will be given lists of words to study and parent involvement will be encouraged.
MATH OLYMPIAD. Math Olympiad is an opportunity for 5th and 6th graders to put their math problem solving skills to work. Students participate in weekly practices and then compete in five separate monthly competitions from November through March. Their scores are compared with students throughout the United States.
GEOGRAPHY BEE. The National Geography Bee is a nationwide contest for students in grades 4-8. Sponsored by National Geographic WORLD Magazine, Amtrak, and KUDOS Snack, the Bee is under the direction of the National Geographic Society. With a first place prize of a $25,000 scholarship, and other prizes totaling more then $100,000, the Bee is designed to encourage the teaching and study of geography. There are three levels of competition: school, state and national. The first place winner in each state and territory advances to the national level. School Bees are held in late January or early February. All interested students at Pioneer Park are invited to participate.
HONOR ROLL. The honor roll is announced quarterly and displayed in our front hallway. Students in grades 4-6 have an opportunity for participation.
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS.
The Phelps Kindergarten Readiness Scale is used in the fall to assess kindergarteners’ developmental level. The classroom teacher along with the Title I Early Childhood teacher use this assessment to provide appropriate educational activities to meet the needs and to support the individual learning style of each student throughout the year.
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC. Instrumental music instruction begins in grade 5 and continues through grade 6. Children are in classes for two, thirty minute lessons a week. They are expected to make up any work missed during this time. Instrumental choices include flute, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, baritone, and drums. Students give a number of performances during the year.
STRING INSTRUCTION. String instruction is offered to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders at Pioneer Park. Several programs are presented each year. Instrument choices include violin, viola, cello, and string bass. Instrumental and string lessons are taught during the regular school day, which necessitates missing some regular classes. Students are responsible for making up the regular class work they miss during lessons.
HONOR CHOIR. Honor Choir is open to any interested 4th through 6th grader who would like additional choral practice and performance opportunities. Choir helps reinforce some of the skills and musical concepts studied in respective grade levels. Honor Choir meets Tuesday and Friday mornings at 8:00 a.m.
HANDBELL CHOIR. Handbell Choir is open to 5th and 6th grade students only. Once again, students have the opportunity for additional music enrichment by playing an instrument, developing their note reading and counting/rhythm skills. The handbells have a beautiful sound and are fun to play. Handbell choir meets Monday and Thursday mornings at 8:00 a.m.
ATHLETICS. The after school sports program provides an early competitive experience for boys and girls in the 5th and 6th grades. Boys and girls can participate in basketball and track and field. Flag football is also offered for boys, as well as volleyball for girls. Fourth graders are also introduced to competition in track and field. There are usually 4-6 games played with other schools in each sport. However, the sport of track and field, has one meet which is held with several schools taking part on a particular day.
· Should a student obtain a major, he or she may be suspended at administrative discretion from the week’s athletic events/extra-curricular activity.
· Administrator will notify parents of ineligibility.
· If ineligible, student will still be expected to attend practice.
· Students are responsible for turning in all completed assignments.
· If a student is ineligible, the teacher will notify the administrator, student and parents on Fridays during the season.
· Students may regain eligibility the following Monday at 8:35 am, by turning in completed assignments.