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Elementary Christmas Music and Art Program

Mark your calendars! Our elementary students in 1st, 2nd, and 5th grades have been working diligently with Mrs. Waugh and Mrs. Dooley to prepare an outstanding performance to help you celebrate the sights and sounds of the season. They will be performing and showcasing their talents on Tuesday, December 11, beginning at 6:00 PM in the Middle School auditorium and commons area. See you there!

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High School Yearbook Receives Gallery of Excellence Award

The 2017-2018 Putnam County High School Yearbook was inducted into Walsworth's Gallery of Excellence.  The annual Gallery of Excellence showcases the best yearbooks printed by Walsworth, and only a small percentage of the yearbooks they publish are included in this distinguished collection.  Walsworth prints yearbooks for schools across the nation, including large metropolitan schools with thousands in attendance.  Books are chosen based on their superior examples of theme, coverage, design, photography and copy.  Walsworth President, Don Walsworth, stated, "The induction of your yearbook honors your staff's exceptional work and dedication to excellence.  Again, I offer my congratulations on this tremendous achievement."  Adviser Brook Fleshman and the current yearbook . . .

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December Events at PCR-I

December is a busy month at Putnam County R-I Schools. So many events to showcase our students' talents and abilities. Join us on December 11 at 6 pm in the Middle School Auditorium and commons area for the elementary music and art show. The first, second and fifth-grade students have worked enthusiastically to craft beautiful and entertaining pieces of art and music for your enjoyment. There is a basketball game almost every night of the week somewhere, so be sure to check the district calendar for times and locations so you can cheer on your favorite Midget. Celebrate the sounds of the season with us on December 13 at 6 pm in the High School gym as the Middle and High School band and choir entertain us with their Christmas concert selections. High school and elementary students, pull out your dancing . . .

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5th Grade is Decked out for Christmas!

Fifth-grade got into the Christmas spirit early this year and made tree ornaments for the Christmas Tree at the courthouse. Students in Miss Sturch's class made ribbon trees and Mrs. Chapman's class made puzzle piece reindeer. The classes went to the courthouse and decorated the very large tree as high up as they could reach. After, they sang a few carols and previewed one of the songs from their upcoming Christmas Program, "The Everlasting Fruitcake". Their program is December 11, 2018, and starts at  6:00 p.m. with 1st grade. They would all love to see everyone there! Be sure to check out our school Facebook page to view a video of our students caroling at the courthouse.  

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2018 Holiday Hoops

  Our 2018 Holiday Hoops is right around the corner. Coach Kyle Fleshman and Coach Keith Smith have planned a fun event for 3rd-6th-grade students. On December 26-28, from 10:30 am to noon, students will have the opportunity to learn new basketball skills and have some fun. The cost is $20 per student or $50 per family. A T-shirt to commemorate the event is included. The students will perform at halftime during varsity games. If you have questions, feel free to contact Coach Fleshman (kfleshman@putnamcountyr1.net) or Coach Smith (ksmith@putnamcountyr1.net).  Holiday Hoops Flyer

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Technology Fun in First Grade

First graders have been learning through a variety of fun, engaging platforms lately. Daily, we use our 4 Chromebooks and 2 iPads to access EPIC or Teach Your Monster to Read during our literacy centers. On EPIC students can access ebooks, audiobooks, videos and read to me books. They can also access EPIC at home. Teach Your Monster to Read is a game based site teaching phonics, phonemic awareness and sight words that can also be played from home. We also enjoy using KaHoot! to take quizzes in math, reading, science or social studies. Finally, and possibly our favorite is using our Plickers cards. These cards are individual to each student like a QR code and depending on how they are holding them they can choose a different multiple choice answer to a question on the board. I scan the cards with my phone or iPad. I . . .

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Student Selected For Photography Scholars Program

The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art host an annual Photography Scholars Program for exceptionally talented high school students. This prestigious, competitive program only accepts a few of its applicants, almost all of which are in the Kansas City area. The program consists of eight classes where students work with museum staff and professional artists to create a series of photographs with the finished work being displayed in the Ford Learning Center Galleries.  Junior Graycie R. was selected for this years program. Her photography portfolio was labeled "highly impressive" by the museum photography department! Graycie is the second student from PCR1 to be a part of the Photography Scholars Program! 

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Winter Break Reading Challenge

It is so important to read every day, even during the holidays.  With this in mind, I will be hosting a winter break reading challenge.  Students will choose 10 different reading challenges.  Each challenge should be done for at least 15 minutes as that is our daily reading goal.  Students need to complete the challenge and return their challenge sheet to the library by January 4, 2019.  All students that complete the challenge will be invited to a hot cocoa party in the library.  The challenge packet will be sent home in Friday Folders on December 14, 2018.  Merry Christmas and Season's Readings! Click on the links below to download forms. They will also be sent home with students.  Winter Break Marshmallow Cup Reading Challenge Winter Break Marshmallow Activities  

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How Santa Delivers All Those Presents

  Preschool has been gearing up for Christmas! We had a discussion on how Santa gets presents in our house. I hope you enjoy these responses!  Ethan : Santa goes down the chimney and puts his bags down. I don’t know how he gets in quiet. That is crazy!  He walks quietly. He takes the presents out. Then he puts them under the tree. Then he leaves. I think Santa will bring me maybe a remote control monster truck because I have been good. Dade : You have to shut your fireplace off and he will get down there. I don’t know how he fits. He brings us presents. I think he will bring me a hoverboard this year because I like hoverboards.  Harper : He rides a sleigh. He opens the doors. He gets presents. Eats cookies and goes home. I hope he leaves me a Rapunzel doll. I love . . .

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Indoor Projects Wanted

Our Building Trades classes, under the direction of Mr. Brad Gorkowski, are looking for some indoor projects this winter. Examples of projects might be but are not limited to; feed troughs, bookshelves, she-sheds, deer stands, wiring, drywall installation, etc. If you have an indoor project you would like them to consider, please submit your inquiry soon to Mr. Gorkowski. bgorkowski@putnamcountyr1.net.

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