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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Math Practice Sites

If you are looking for some websites that offer math instruction and practice for your children, below are some excellent choices. Thanks to Dave Sherman, principal of South Park Elementary School (Deerfield, Illinois) who identified them these suggestions to the parents in his community:

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Art of Giving

Schools across the country are getting children as young as kindergarten involved in service learning. Teaching the art of giving, however, begins at home. These tips from the National Association of Elementary School Principals can help.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Proclamation Honoring Regan Gaskin

On Friday, December 12, 2008, Governor Bob Riley signed a proclamation honoring Zora Ellis 8th grader, Regan Gaskin, for her work on her project, Operation: I'm Already There. Regan has been able to raise the money to purchase almost 300 teddy bears and voice recorders for the two National Guard units to deploy since she started her project in July. The Zora Ellis Builder's Club raised almost $250.00 for the project, by having a Patriotic Day.

Anyone wishing to help support Regan's project can give their tax deductible contributions to the Talladega Chapter of the American Red Cross. Shown in the picture with Regan and Governor Riley are Pat Miller, Executive Director for Talladega County American Red Cross and Regan's mother, Susan Gaskin, Salter Elementary kindergarten teacher.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

State Superintendent's Visual Arts Exhibit

Each year, the Alabama State Department of Education sponsors the "State Superintendent's Visual Arts Exhibit." Pictured here are the 6 pieces that will represent Talladega City Schools in that exhibit. When posting student names, we do not use last names to protect the privacy of our students. The work posted here may be viewed by others not only in Talladega, but also in other parts of the United States or other parts of the world.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Merry TubaChristmas!

On Friday, December 5, 2008, the Talladega High School and Zora Ellis Jr. High Tubas and Euphoniums, along with band directors David McDaniel and Danielle Todd, traveled to Atlanta, GA to participate in the ATL 2008 Tuba Christmas. The students practiced with 300 other tubists then performed a concert of Christmas Carols for the downtown Atlanta public.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Sensitivity to Differences

Being different from other classmates is tough. Parents can do a lot to help make sure that their children are sensitive toward others. This Report to Parents from the National Association of Elementary School Principals provides suggestions.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Calendar Change

ImageChef.com - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more The Board of Education made changes to the 2008-2009 school calendar at last night's meeting:

April 24 is now a holiday.
April 27 is now a professional development day (No students).

May 1 is now a school day.
May 4 is now a school day.

You can view the complete calendar, including the updates, by clicking here.


Saturday, December 06, 2008


Reading is a fundamental skill for all learning, and elementary school is where children jump on the reading “superhighway.” In just a few short years, most children go from singing the ABC song to mastering books. To help your child become a skilled reader, try these tips from the National Association of Elementary School Principals in this Report to Parents.

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Monday, December 01, 2008

Just Over 100 Audition for Robin Hood

Just over 100 students in grades K-9 auditioned this evening for part in the Missoula Children's Theatre production of Robin Hood. Congratulations to all our students who put their best foot forward!

Rehearsals will be held each night this week. The students will present two shows at the Ritz on Saturday. The first performance is at 3:00 PM and the second is at 6:30 PM. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for students.

Two actors will be working with the students. Their bios are as follows:

Katelyn Vawter is a recent graduate of the University of Memphis with a BFA in theatre performance and a minor in English literature. Favorite show credits include: “Poppy” in NOISES OFF; “Henrietta Iscariot” in THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT; and “ensemble/dancer” in THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD.

Kerri Heidcamp hails from St. Charles, Illinois. She recently graduated from Miami University with a BA in theatre performance and a minor in history. She also graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City where she majored in musical theatre. Her favorite show credits include: “Meredith” in FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS; “Liz Imbrie” in HIGH SOCIETY; “Helena” in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM; and “Miss Hannigan” in ANNIE. When not performing, Kerri loves traveling, white water rafting, swimming – basically anything that has to do with water, watching movies and reading.

During the day, the two actors will be conducting workshops at for the 3rd grade classes at each of the elementary schools in the school system.