On 11/09/2015, Tappahannock Elementary School hosted its very first annual PBIS Bus tour. The mission of this bus tour was to "Provide support and build stronger relationships with our students, parents and community members to ensure the holistic success and well-being of OUR children". Please take a moment to complete this survey so that we can continue to work hard to ensure the holistic success of all students.
Under direction of Mr. Godsey, the first year music teacher at TES, the 2nd grade class presented the 2015 Veterans Day performance on November 11, 2015. The performance, held at Essex High School, opened with the presentation of colors by Boy Scout troop 304 which was followed by the pledge of allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem by Ernestine Fauntleroy. The students practiced for weeks learning and memorizing the words to four different songs while being accompanied by Mr. Godsey on the guitar. The students sang My Country ‘Tis of Thee by Samuel Francis Smith, This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie, The Noble and the Brave by Joanna Fuchs, and Thank You by Eric Godsey. During the Noble and the Brave five students accompanied the singing of their classmates with drums and other instruments. After their musical performance, students returned presented letters and artwork they created for the veterans who were in attendance.
Monday, November 8 was not an ordinary Monday for the teachers, staff, and administration at Tappahannock Elementary School. Rather than reporting to morning duties and greeting the smiling faces of their students, teachers and staff were loading a bus driven by Mr. Bobby Byrd. The teachers, along with assistant principal, Ms. Blanding, were heading into the community. Nothing was going to stop these teachers from spending their day building stronger relationships with students, parents, and the community. The cooler than hoped for weather conditions, and chance of rain, did not deter the group. Ms. Blanding, leader of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports team, proposed the idea of holding a community outreach day. The PBIS team worked diligently to plan out the day’s route and events. Mr. Byrd drove the teachers around the county and the bus made stops at Little Rainbow Daycare, Essex Mobile Homes, Foxchase Apartments, Rappahannock Apartments, Hobbs Hole, and Riverview Mobile Home Park. The families who came out to meet the teachers were able to take part in a make and take activity, face painting, tattoos, conversations with teachers and administrators, and raffles! At five of the stops the team from TES raffled off one frozen turkey and at the final stop one lucky winner won two gift cards to Shoney’s.
The National Fire Protection Association has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922. This year Fire Prevention Week took place October 4-10. During Fire Prevention Week, schools across the country take part in fire safety procedures in classrooms and their homes. In an effort to better educate our young students at TES, teachers teamed up with volunteers from TappahannockEssex Volunteer Fire Department. Some of the volunteers gave our Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade students the opportunity to be up close and personal with Rescue Engine 1 and an ambulance! The students heard the sirens, saw the spot lights, and learned how the hoses are controlled, along with many other parts and equipment on the truck. A few more shared with the students a fire fighter’s uniform and they learned about how it can keep the fire fighters safe. All of our students were encouraged to learn their home addresses in case of an emergency and they all learned important fire safety tips that can help keep them safe! The students and teachers at TES are so thankful for the volunteers coming out to the school and providing a hands on learning opportunity!
A Student Success night was recently hosted at Tappahannock Elementary School. The purpose of this night was to shine a light on all of the students’ accomplishments from pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. Over 150 families attended the night and were given the opportunity to visit the classrooms of their children with all teachers and administrators in attendance. In each classroom, and throughout the school, student work was displayed and their accomplishments and successes were shared. Along with visiting classrooms, the music room, library, gym, and art room were all available to visit as well. Thank you to the PTO, who contacted Maxie Broaddus to bring the Walking Tall Monster Truck. The time for the truck was donated and it was parked in front of the school for the evening so that students and families were able to pose with it for pictures. TES is continuously making strides to provide support and build stronger relationships with our students, parents, and community members to ensure the holistic success and well-being of our children.
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