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Technology in Classrooms has Many Benefits

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Classrooms look very different today than they did 20 years ago. When you walk into a classroom today you would notice students using technology. Some may be on their smartphones, laptops or tablets. You will notice that students are engaged and having fun.

There are many benefits to using technology in the classroom. The first benefit is an increase in student motivation. Today’s generation is excited about using technology and catch on very quickly. Another benefit is students are able to take a more active role in their education. Very rarely do students just sit in their chair and listen to a teacher lecture. Technology gives teachers the ability to draw students in and involve them in learning. Technology allows students to collaborate with peers as they work on many technology-based projects.

Rock Creek is taking advantage of this great tool by exposing students in grades K-12 to a variety of technology-based experiences. With technology in the classroom, the possibilities are endless.

This Month Students will Take the ISTEP+

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This month students will be taking the ISTEP+ assessment. While teachers have been dedicated to preparing students academically for this test, parents have a role in the test taking process as well. Please make sure your child receives the following on test days:

  •  Make sure your child gets enough sleep on the night before the test
  •  Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast
  •  Keep a positive attitude about assessments
  •  Talk about the assessment with your child, as this can reduce stress
  •  Encourage your child to do their best

We wish the best of luck to all students taking the ISTEP+ this month.

March is Reading Month

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Reading is celebrated across the nation during the month of March. Rock Creek has many activities planned in our buildings, but you can also celebrate at home with your student. Here are some great ways to incorporate reading into the month of March, and beyond.

  1.  Go Book Shopping. This can be done anywhere from Barnes & Noble, Amazon or the library. Ask friends, librarians and teachers for some great book recommendations.
  2.  Get Comfortable. Designate a special spot in your house for reading. Fill it with pillows, blankets and books. It doesn’t have to be big.
  3.  Set Aside Family Reading Time. It is a lot easier to get everyone reading if everyone is doing it together. Set aside a designated amount of time each night. This may include reading a book as a family or everyone reading on their own.
  4. Celebrate With a Movie. As a family you can choose a book that also has a movie. After you read the book together, you can all settle in and watch the movie together. You can even have a discussion about which one you thought was better and why.

Tips and Ideas To Foster Reading at Home

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Reading Ideas:

*Read bedtime stories.

*Have your child read the grocery list as you shop.

*Write down a recipe for your child’s favorite food.

*Get excited to visit the library.

*Play a board game and have your child read the cards.

Reading Tips:

*Don’t leave home without it! Always have reading materials available to read in the car or at appointments.

*Once is not enough. Re-read favorite stories to help build fluency, speed and accuracy.

*Dig Deeper! Ask your child questions about what they just read.

*Be patient, correct gently and praise with enthusiasm

Giving at the Holiday Season

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The holidays are a great time to teach children compassion and empathy for others. It is easy for children to be excited to receive gifts, but how do we develop the same enthusiasm for giving? Here are some examples of how you can involve your child in the joy of giving.

  • Let your child shop for a few gifts for others using their own money.
  • Do a holiday craft or bake cookies to give to neighbors or friends.
  • Let your child wrap a few gifts themselves.
  • Have your child make cards for others.
  • Give your child the opportunity to present the gift to someone so they can see the joy it brings.
  • Volunteer in a local soup kitchen or participate in Toys for Tots.

Art Students get Hands On

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As an ending to their unit on Renaissance artists, Ms. Roellig’s art class created paintings like Michelangelo, on their backs! Students were so motivated to create their own pieces in this manner. Mr. Roellig does a great job bringing history to the present!

Rock Creek’s Mission

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The RCCA Mission is to offer a distinctive educational choice that provides rigorous standards of academic excellence in a small, safe, nurturing environment in partner relationships with parents and community both in and out of the classroom, and instills and develops character, servant leadership, and desire for lifelong learning in our students.

Rock Creek is excited to implement an educational program that will help focus and challenge our students. This program will include: 40 Developmental Assets with Core Knowledge Curriculum, Character Counts, The 55 Essentials, and over 60 College credits can be earned with students receiving a Technical Certificate in General Education Transfer Credits from Ivy Tech.

Make Your Time Count at Rock Creek

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Being on time and having great attendance is extremely important in making the most out of your education. Here are some tips on how to make your time this year the best it can be.

  •         Being on time sets each student up for success
  •         Helping your child be on time shows them that you care about his/her learning
  •         Learning begins when the bell rings
  •         Your child could miss out on important information even if they are five to ten minutes late
  •         English and Math are usually taught in the morning
  •         Being on time helps keep your child from falling behind
  •         Being on time is an important life lesson
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