Academic Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance Quarter 4
Student Intervention Forms
3rd Quarter Honor Roll Luncheon
Grandparents Breakfast 2017
Third Grade Fun with Fractions
Third grade has been working very hard on fractions! This is a new concept to them, and they are ROCKING it! They have been learning different ways to represent fractions such as parts of a whole, strip diagrams, and number lines. They love practicing what they have learned immediately using their interactive notebooks. In this activity, students learned and identified unit fractions by coloring in a piece of a whole and labeling the unit fraction.
Second Grade Investigators
Second graders enjoyed investigating the states of matter with a snowman.
Junior High Scientists
7th grade students built their science skills as they participated in a genetic crosses virtual lab that included
fruit flies with and without wings!
Second Grade Researchers
Mrs. Spradling's class is working non-fiction writing by researching Arctic Animals. Each student got to pick an animal and read information about that animal, fill in a graphic organizer and turn it into a research paper. Once they wrote their rough drafts we edited them and checked out rubrics. Once completed they have a wonderful piece to share with our friends in the hallway!
Second grade made a holiday themed character counts activity. After watching "The Town That Santa Forgot" we discussed ways to be caring during the holiday season. We added these to Christmas lights to help decorate the hallway! We also asked Mrs. Baker's class to join in on the fun!
Character Counts in First Grade
As part of our Character Counts Caring theme, the first grade students drew names, and made cards for each and every child in the class. They wrote thoughtful letters, showing their sincere appreciation for each other. Afterwards, the children read their cards aloud in front of the class.
Holiday Happenings in Pre-K Through 2
On November 22nd, students in pre-K through second grade came together to celebrate Thanksgiving before fall break. We read two Thanksgiving themed books, watched "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," and had our very own feast inspired by the movie we watched. We enjoyed spending this time together before being home for break to celebrate with our families. We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Happy Holidays!
Daily 5 in Pre-K
Our preschool class has started doing our own version of the Daily 5! Every day the students will go to their stations to work on math skills, writing, team work, word work, and listening!
The 8th Graders worked collaboratively to create life size drawings of characters from the novel And Then There Were None. They had a great time researching how the characters were described in the book to draw them!
Third grade has begun the long awaited multiplication! Last week we learned strategies to multiply including equal groups, skip counting, repeated addition, and building arrays. This week third graders are learning different facts! We learned the zero property of multiplication and the identity property of multiplication! This means students know how to multiply by 0s and 1s. When Miss Olson put a fact on the board, students got to choose which strategy they wanted to use to mutliply! We ended our day playing multiplication tic tac toe with 0s and 1s!
Fitness at PHS
Physical Education classes participated in fitness testing during the month of October. Fitness gram tests are a part of the presidential fitness tests. Tests included a mile run, pacer, push ups, sit ups, and sit and reach.
First Grade Math Fun
First graders have been busy learning about 10 frames. They have been making groups of ten and adding ones to make a new number. This has been helping them with their "teen" numbers as well. They are having a great time using the manipulatives and creating numbers.
Fall Fun In Kindergarten
October in Kindergarten means participating in "The Great Apple Crunch" with our school and students around Illinois, learning about Christopher Columbus, creating some fun, fall crafts, and doing some
Marshmallow and Pumpkin Chucking
The second and third graders built a catapult to shoot their marshmallow as far as they could. They will be working on other types of projects like this throughout the year.
First Grade Investigators
We got the chance to cut open a pumpkin to see what is inside in real life. We love the opportunity to get our hands dirty in the name of science!
The 8th grade class finished up their unit on volcanoes at the beginning of October. To show what they learned about the types of volcanoes, the structures, the types of lava flow, and their eruptions, they created and erupted their homemade volcanoes. All of the 8th grade students went above and beyond. They not only showed their knowledge, but they also displayed their creativity.
Our second grade class decided to decorate our pumpkin for the contest as Crankenstein. He is an interesting character that we will be identifying character traits on. We all know that sometimes we can be our very own "Crankenstein" at times!
Congratulations Mrs. Baker
Congratulations to Pleasant Hill's Second Grade Teacher who recently wrote for a Waste Reduction grant from Peoria County Recycling and was awarded the grant. She received a variety of recycling containers to promote recycling here at Pleasant Hill. Mrs. Baker also received some classroom activities to encourage students to engage in recycling activities.
The Junior High reviewed their Greek and Latin root vocabulary words with some friendly competition. They went head-to-head using fly swatters to see who can identify the correct root that went with the definition read to them first.
Jumping Into First Grade
Our first graders have been busy painting their sight words. After writing their words in crayons on paper leaves, the students painted over the words, creating gorgeous fall colors for our bulletin board.
Shapes All Around
Bright Futures have been learning about shapes. They were super excited to find a square box. Together the students decided to turn it into a house. The students worked together to paint it. When it dried we put it in our quite area for them to read in.
The 8th graders scramble to see who can complete a scientific notation puzzle first. Their goal was to match standard form with its scientific notation form.
Sixth Grade students are learning their multiplication facts by playing Multiplication Roll Em
Sum Dog Contest
The Fourth Grade Class has been competing hard in the Sum Dog Math Contest this week. All the students have been looking forward to the competition to show off their math skills.
Good Luck 4th Grade
Third graders have been loving vocabulary this year! They have worked hard to find synonyms and antonyms of vocabulary words, find prefixes and suffixes, and to draw pictures. Here third graders got to use some fun materials to practice word work with their vocabulary words! They had a variety of choices including sand, stamps, wikki sticks, whiteboards, and rainbow roll!
On Thursday, September 22 the 8th graders took a field trip to explore the construction trades. They were given the opportunity to get hands on experience wiring a light bulb, painting with virtual reality, and operating a tractor. They also learned about the requirements needed to enter the field and to be a success.
Second and third grade competed for the tallest tower that would hold an apple.
Here are the winners
Third Grade Math Rockstars
Third graders are math ROCKSTARS! They have been practicing independent and partner activities during the daily 3. Students choose from a wide variety of activities including rounding, ipads, interactive notebooks, and drawing and expanding numbers. They love having a choice of whether to engage in math with someone or math by self. They also love completing interactive hands on notebooks immediately after a lesson. Soaring high in third grade math!
Second Grade Sharks
For the last two weeks Second Grade has been studying the ocean and the animals that live there. Here are a couple of pictures of the students being sharks and crabs.
K-2 Monthly Referral Free Celebration
For our August monthly celebration we had our back to school celebration. We read The Book Who Ate my Dog, one of our monarch books. We also made dogs, ate letter cookies and played letter games. We had a great time!
Junior High Literature
The 7th and 8th Graders have been learning all about annotating informational pieces of literature. To practice their newly learned skill, they worked together to close-read and analyze current events articles by making predictions and asking questions about the information!
Our School Has Heart!
Kindergarten through 8th grade students produced a collage of hearts which are proudly display in the halls of Pleasant Hill!
This week we started discussion of 911 in preparation of reading Terror 911. Students in the pictures are 6th & 8th grade students completing a chart using the article titled "The Real Story of 911" which shared facts about the attack on the World Trade Center.
The Book Tasting Cafe
Third graders practiced picking "good tasting" or good fit books by dining at The Book Tasting Cafe. Students were given a menu and were seated as they waited for their books to arrive. Once students received their books, they were able to dig in and taste the books to decide whether they would be what they ordered from the cafe! Students had a great time trying out different books and deciding which books would be the perfect taste!
First Grade Authors
It's only August, and our first graders have already been busy being authors. The students put together booklets titled "School is Cool" for Open House. Here are some sample pages.
Title I Fun
Talia and Kenna practicing their CVC words in Mrs. Kluesner's room. Keep up the great work girls!
5th Grade Competition
Fifth grade is back and ready to learn. We have started the year off with some math competitions, and a lot of group work.
4th Grade Multiplication
The 4th Grade Class has been reviewing single digit multiplication. The students are working hard together; as one student is performs the teacher role the other recites multiplication facts aloud. The student performing the teacher role will help guide the other student through the facts correctly. Nice Job 4th Grade
Second Grade Jitter Juice
Second grade got rid of their first day jitters with some jitter juice!
Congratulations to Pleasant Hill's Graduating Class of 2016!
8th Grade students created unique books in their English Language Arts class with Ms. Bruno. They had the opportunity to read their stories to the Kindergarten students in Mrs. Jennings and Ms. Douglas' class! Kindergarteners loved working with their 8th Grade buddies.
Miss Douglas' kindergarten and Mrs. Spradling's first grade decided to enjoy the beautiful day on Friday by reading outside together. We chose to all do read to someone as part of our daily five routine while being surrounded by dandelions and sunshine.
Sixth graders work on their measuring skills. They practiced measuring various objects in the classroom to the nearest 1/16th or 1/8th of an inch. Not only were they measuring, but they were required to simplify fractions to lowest terms while collaborating with others in the class.
We Love Monarch Books!
The book called Bear Alert was this years Monarch award winner in Illinois. Students in Kindergarten through third grade can read or listen to the Monarch books and then vote for their favorite one. Bear Alert also won at Pleasant Hill! These second graders all voted for Bear Alert as their favorite.
K-2 St. Patrick's Day Fun
On Friday, Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade students came together for some St. Patrick’s Day fun! We read a book, had a snack (Irish soda bread and green punch), and hunted for leprechaun rocks which were hidden outside near the playground. When found, the rocks were placed in a bucket of vinegar which helped dissolve the rock so that students could discover the surprise hidden inside – a coin from a leprechaun’s pot of gold! We had so much fun celebrating together!
We Love Our Grandparents
WOW! What an amazing turnout we had for our annual Grandparent's Breakfast-over 100 guests! It was wonderful to see all the Grandparents enjoying a special breakfast with their grandchildren. The Grandparents loved being able to take tours of the classrooms and shop with their grandchildren at the book fair. THANKS so much to all the PHS staff members for helping to make this event so successful!
Trustworthy Junior High Students
The Junior High practiced their trustworthiness by guiding one another through a maze while being blindfolded! Students were only allowed to listen to their "guider" while they were blindfolded. The "guiders" had to lead the person blindfolded through the maze using only words without bumping into any obstacle. We had a great time learning to trust one another!
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss
Here are some pictures of K-2 celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday with cupcakes. We let the kids frost them in Dr. Seuss colors and then they got to draw with chalk and play outside.
Second graders are working with compound words. We are building big words out of little words
3rd Grade Math Writing
Third graders have been practicing building their math writing skills. Each day, students receive a new math problem. They have learned how to follow 6 steps to solving a word problem. They use their six steps, and journal starters to not only solve these problems but EXPLAIN their thinking. Third graders watched Miss Olson solve a problem, then they helped Miss Olson, and then got a chance to work with a partner to share ideas. Now, third graders have begun practicing solving and explaining these problems on their own. We are learning to become GREAT math writers!
Junior High Math
7th Grade students examine how to find the area of circles by cutting a paper plate into 8 triangles. They formed a parallelogram and applied the area formula of the parallelogram to identify the formula for finding the area of circles.
Yes, the temperatures are well above freezing, but that did not stop the 7th and 8th graders from having a good old fashioned snowball fight...in the classroom! Friday was spent tossing homework around the room as a snowball. Each student would gather a new snowball, answer the question, sign it, and then throw the snowball across the room. This activity was a big hit for all who participated! What a great way to review math topics while having a little fun in the meantime!
Fourth Grade CARES
The Fourth graders have been talking about the Character Counts word: “Caring”
Because we say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning before class, we thought it would be interesting to examine what it means. We discussed how the word “caring” fits into the pledge. As a class we talked about how people in the United States “care” about one another and how they “care” about this great country we live in. So each student in the fourth grade decided to write their own pledge promising to be true to something.
Here is an example of a pledge written by a Fourth Grade student...
Second Grade Gingerbread
Here are the second graders reading, writing and comparing different gingerbread stories. We read 7 different gingerbread stories and did a compare and contrast with each. Then we wrote our own versions. We also practiced using adjectives to write wanted posters for our lost gingerbread man. We ate some gingerbread men too!
A Very Happy Friendsgiving
On the day before Thanksgiving, K-2nd grade students at PHS came together to celebrate their good behavior and Thanksgiving. We had our very own “Friendsgiving.” We watched the movie “A Charlie Brown
Thanksgiving” and then had a special meal together just like the characters in the movie. Our teachers surprised us with crackers and butter, jelly beans, pretzels, popcorn, and craisins – yummy! We loved spending time together and are very thankful for the teachers and staff at PHS, our peers, our friends, and our families. We hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
Mrs. Spradling's class has been learning to compare whole numbers. Mr. Alligator has helped teach us that he will always eat the larger number. If the numbers are the same he turns his head to fast in confusion that he becomes an equal sign. The class has been working with foam numbers and Popsicle sticks, playing cards and dice to make up their very own problems and decide which number is greater than, less than or equal to. Some of them also challenged themselves by picking two cards and adding them together to compare double digit numbers and practice their addition. They have especially enjoyed working in partners and as a classroom community.
First Grade Thespians
Mrs. Sneed’s class has been performing a skit based on the book Hey, Little Ant. The book teaches empathy for others and reverence for all creatures, big and small. The book and skit were perfect additions to the curriculum for our current Character Counts’ theme: Caring. In addition, the children were thrilled to show off their newly discovered acting skills to other classes. This photo is a scene from one of our practice sessions.
Fifth Grade Wall of Honor
Fifth grade was able to have a discussion during the week of Veterans Day. We had each student come to the front of the class and talk about someone that they would like to honor on Veterans Day and then write that persons name on the board.
Junior High ELA Fun
The 8th graders reviewed Language Arts terms definitions by playing a challenging game. Half of students had a definition taped to their back, while the other half of students had a word that defined the definition. The objective of the game was for the class to help each other find their pairs without giving away what was written on their back. We all had a blast!
Mrs. Pendleton and Mrs. Griffin's students are in competition to see which team can pass the most AR tests! The 6th and 8th graders are the tikis leading with 16 tests! The coconuts are following with 11 tests! The winner will win a pizza party and movie. Which team will it be?
8th Grade Loves Crickets!
Eat bugs, that's right, bugs. Crazy, right? Well, that's what we did in 8th grade science class. After watching CNN Student News, a segment about a cricket farm grabbed our attention. We learned that crickets are loaded with iron and have more protein and magnesium than beef. So we gave them a try. I ordered them online, Chili-Lime Crickets.
The 8th graders were so excited when the crickets arrived. I've gotta admit, Ms. Dunn and I were excited too. Most of the kids tried these edible bugs and most thought, "not too bad". We Love Crickets!
WARNING: If you are allergic to shellfish, shrimp, etc., don't eat crickets.
Visit from a Veteran
As part of our celebration of Veterans we had a guest speaker. Mr Tom Skaggs of the Morton VFW post came to tell the students in Kindergarten and Second grade what a veteran was and how they help our country. Also Mr. Skaggs brought flags for all of the students. They were so excited.
Donuts with Dad
We had an AMAZING turnout for our first Donuts with Dad here at Pleasant Hill. It was so exciting to see all the Dads, Grandpas, Uncles, and other guests join us for this event. During this event, students were able to spend some time with their special guests while enjoying breakfast. Guests were then invited into classrooms where they participated in a variety of fun activities! We are very thankful all of you were able to take part in this special event. We look forward to Muffins with Mom in the spring.
Kindergarten Pumpkin Fun
During the week of October 26th, Miss Douglas’ kindergarten class learned about pumpkins. We learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin, completed some pumpkin investigations, read books about pumpkins, and
did some fun pumpkin-themed activities. We finished our fun-filled week by carving into and digging out the seeds of a pumpkin. It was slimy and gooey, but it sure was fun!
Celebrating the Positive in K-2
On October 29th, K-2nd grade students celebrated their good behavior during our monthly celebration. We began our fun-filled afternoon by reading “The Thirteen Nights of Halloween” by Rebecca Dickinson. The
rest of the afternoon consisted of some fun activities – constructing a skeleton using q-tips, decorating a pumpkin (an orange students could eat when done), playing roll-a-monster, and making a spooky owl
craft. Each student got to choose what 2 activities they wanted to participate in. We finished the afternoon by reading “Pete the Cat and the New Guy” by Kimberly and James Dean to introduce our new Character Counts focus pillar for the month of November – caring! We had a great afternoon and look forward to celebrating our good behavior again soon.
Hard at Work With Daily 5 in 3rd Grade
Third grade continues to work extra hard during daily 5! We have finally begun implementing a student favorite; Word work! Students get to use many different activities to spell their spelling words. Some of the options are sand, rainbow roll, playdough, wikki stix, and stamps! Students really enjoy getting to be craft while also building their spelling skills! We are working towards building our stamina to ten minutes!
PASTA FOR PENNIES
Please help Pleasant Hill School raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by donating money to the Pasta for Pennies Program. All money raised will go directly to the children and families who are affected by Leukemia. The class here at Pleasant Hill that raises the most money will receive a FREE catered lunch from Olive Garden. Students will be collecting money all throughout the month of November. Each student has received an individual box to gather donations in. At the end of each week, donations will be counted. We will also host 3 spirit days to help in raising money for LLS!
If you would prefer to make an online donation to help the children, please click on the link below
First Quarterly Celebration
Students enjoyed the first quarterly celebration. They had the opportunity to play musical chairs and a fun pumpkin toss game. Students were excited to receive special classroom awards, perfect attendance, as well as honor roll awards. The prizes were a big hit! Thanks to the junior high teacher team for planning this celebration. Congratulations to all the students who received awards for their hard work at PHS!
Honor Roll Luncheon
Our first honor roll luncheon was absolutely amazing.It was great to recognize 50 of our 4-8th Grade students for their academic achievements.They were thrilled to have a special lunch where they were able to celebrate with guests of their choice.During the luncheon, each student had the opportunity to visit with their guests.After the luncheon, a group of 5th grade students performed a skit to share what they learned about being respectful.A group of 8th graders also performed a skit to share what they learned about the Boston Tea Party.
Pre-K's Pete's A Pizza
Our Success by Six story of the month is Pete's a Pizza by William Steig. Each student received the book to take home. We read the story as a class then made our own pizza for snack. While the pizza was cooking we watched the video of Pete's a Pizza! We are also adding a pizza place in the dramatic play center for them to reenact the story.
8th Graders have been hard at work to analyze the characters in The Outsiders, the book they have been reading in Reading class. They traced each other to create life-size character descriptions using evidence from the text indicating their traits.
Mrs. Pendleton's 6th and 7th grade students are saying Aloha to their progress monitoring goals!!
K-2 Monthly Referral Free Celebration
K-2nd grade students spent Friday afternoon celebrating their good behavior by participating in some fun activities. They got to choose which two activities they wanted to do, The choices were - tasting
various types of apples and voting on their favorite, painting with apple slices to create their own masterpiece, using apple chunks and toothpicks to construct an apple tower, playing “Back to School” Jingo, and playing on the playground. After completing the activities, we came back together to learn about our next focus pillar
in Character Counts – RESPECT. We read the book, “Do Unto Otters” by Laurie Keller and discussed ways that we can demonstrate respect at home and at school. Everyone had a great time together and we look
forward to celebrating our great behavior again soon!
The 8th grade class took a field trip to Expo Gardens to learn about the construction trades. They learned the requirements needed to enter the trades and what it takes to be successful. The students were able to participate in hands on activities such as wiring a light bulb, bending conduit, plastering, and running a jack-hammer. It was a valuable and educational trip for all of the 8th graders
5th Grade Mon "STARS"
The fifth grade "Mon-stars" have been hard at work implementing Chrome books and all the exiting new technology into the class room. We have made it possible for all of the students in our room to have the ability to step into the classroom from anywhere that they can access the internet. It has been amazing to see how fast that the class has picked up on all of the new things that we have been doing.
Second Grade Crows
Second grade got to make crows for the fall display in the cafeteria. We had a terrific time and loved sharing them with Ms Baker and Miss Tara.
4th Grade Mathematicians
The Fourth Grade Class has been working hard on their Math review ! With so much to learn and new and exciting math concepts this year, Mr. Harrmann is ready for a fantastic year in Math !!!
Please continue to review multiplication facts with your son or daughter. Remember, learning can take place not only at school, but also at home! Thank for your hard work Parents and Guardians
Mrs. Phillips Classroom Happenings!
The kindergartners are learning about the letter "B". We have been busy learning the sound of the letter B and brainstorming words that begin with B. The students have been drawing pictures of words that begin with the letter B and also tracing the letter, so they can become familiar with it. They have been hard at work and excited about learning.
The 5th graders have been tracking their reading fluency. They have been setting goals for the end of the quarter. I created the bulletin board so they can watch their fluency grow. They are excited about it and want to have a pizza party if they meet their goals!! Hint, hint!
Vincent Van Gogh’s