News From Terre Haute, Indiana


October 4, 2012

Across the Wabash Valley: Oct. 4, 2012

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Dixie Bee

Dixie Bee first graders visited Lieber State Recreation Area on Sept. 21. The day was a great learning experience for all involved. Students hiked to the marsh area and learned about raising fish and about bald eagles. Students participated in a predator versus prey game after the morning hike.

We learned about native animals that would be classified as either a predator or prey. The highlight of the day was learning about fire safety from Smokey the Bear. Smokey received many hugs from the Dixie Bee students. Tree necklaces were given to each student to remember their day at Lieber.

— Deborah Myers, first-grade teacher

Farrington Grove

Our physical education classes are off to a good start. A variety of activities have been going on. Kindergarten began by learning about personal space and general space and how to move in that space. Along with that they have been working on their loco motor skills of running, skipping, galloping, leaping, hopping and jumping.

First grade started with movement exploration. Now they are doing manipulative activities using a variety of balls, hula hoops, beanbags, and deck rings. Second through fifth grades began the year working on throwing and catching using a football. In addition the fourth and fifth have been working on invasion game concepts and the basic strategy of creating movement and space.

Also the fourth and fifth have set a fitness goal to achieve in December and are doing activities to help them achieve their goal. We look forward to the rest of the year and look forward to seeing the students improve their skills and fitness level.

— David Frisz and Amanda Adamson


Franklin Elementary's Student Council representatives have been chosen for the 2012-13 school year. Those students are: from Mrs. Norris' classroom - Alicia Burke and Patrick Sowards; from Mrs. Dunkin's classroom - Hogan Jeffery and Elizabeth "Grace" Delp; from Mrs. Bailey's classroom - Jaidlynn Flowers and Jose Gonzalez; from Mrs. Afdahls's classroom - Cameron Brown and Brooke Cottom; from Mrs. Hewitt's classroom - Hayden Tipton and Aryal Carney; from Ms. Garrett's classroom - Avantae Carson and Dionne Richardson; from Mr. Turpen's classroom - Amariyae Wilson and Alexis Baldwin; from Ms. Meier's classroom - Taylor Hill and Lucas Clark; from Mrs. Marrs' classroom - Cameron Weir and Jenna Whitney; from Mrs. Phegley's classroom - Ethan Salesman and Hailey Lawrence; from Mrs. Huey's classroom - Cheradyn Jeffrey and Brockton Jones; from Mrs. Earl's classroom - Aaron Whitecotton and Hayley Bennett.

Franklin Elementary's Student council is very busy throughout the school year hosting many fund raising and school spirit events. Students chosen to represent Franklin in Student Council are good students and citizens; they must have good attendance and good grades and are responsible school leaders. Check back here for Student Council sponsored events.

Union Hospital hosted their annual health fair on September 24th and 25th at Franklin. Union Hospital staff volunteered their time to take student's weight, height, blood pressure and provide healthy information to our students. All students were then given a health report card. This information will be shared with parents on October 2nd.

— School staff


Fourth grade students at Fuqua Elementary are off to a great start. Our school year has begun with smiling faces, great attitudes and students who are eager to learn. We are looking forward to a productive and rewarding year with this group of students.

Our year began with a well-attended parent meeting in August. Information regarding the school year was shared along with PTO information.

Open House was Aug. 20. Students and parents toured classrooms.

Indiana State University students are working in two classrooms. Miss Parrett is working with Miss Oricks and Mr. Sapp is working with Mr. Utterback. Both students have been a welcome addition and are working hard with our students while polishing their teaching skills.

The students will take a trip to Fowler Park on Oct. 18. We will spend the day experiencing life as a pioneer might have done in the past.

— Fourth-grade teachers Miss Oricks and Mr. Utterback


Meadows faculty and staff would like to welcome the new members to our Meadows family. This year we welcome Miss Biberstine, kindergarten; Mrs. Skeel and Mrs. Toney, first grade; Mr. Kirchoff, second grade; Ms. Aubin, special education; Mr. Sanders, special education assistant; Ms. Pitts, pre-school assistant; and Mr. Dwyer, custodian.

During the week of Aug. 20-24 students, staff and families of Meadows Elementary School walked, ran, and biked for the Run For The Fallen organization. Most students completed one lap around the playground each of the five days for a total of one mile. A few students did several laps in a single day. Some walked after school and brought a note from a parent to include mileage in the Meadows total.

Several staff members did their part walking and biking. Meadows was very proud to add 400 miles to the total mileage for the Run for the Fallen. Ms. Goulding, event director of the organization, responded with the following note: “I express my gratitude to the Meadows family for their support of Wabash Valley Run for the Fallen. I am so touched that Meadows Elementary would embrace this cause and run, walk and bike for our brave men and women in uniform who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. I hope your youth never forget that heroes are not just in movies and comic books. We have real heroes today who think more of others than themselves and who courageously serve and sometimes die for what is true and just. May we all could be a little more selfless; a little more courageous and a little more true.”

— Meadows staff


Each month the classroom teachers have the opportunity to nominate one student for a Character Trait award. October's Character Award was for Cooperation: “Working with others in a friendly, sharing way.”

Congratulations to winner Eli Cunning in Ms. Raley's class.

Ms. Raley writes: Eli was voted the most cooperative student by his classmates, because they believe he is able to work together with others in a kind and generous fashion. He takes turns, shares and helps others. When he sees something that needs to be done, he takes action without being asked. He also willingly compromises when necessary and always gives support to his fellow classmates.

Others nominated listed with their teachers were: Addison Koie, Mrs. Jenkins; Sam Willey, Mrs. Arnold; Wyatt Crockett, Mrs. Duncan; Jacob Morris, Mrs. Hicks; Lilly Merk, Mrs. McKay; Morgan Friesner, Mrs. Jarvis; Emily Wilson, Mrs. May; Marissa Snyder, Ms. Pell; Kyle Mundell, Mrs. Bogle; Colin Lee, Mrs. Henry; Paige Crosby, Mrs. Mangin; Sara Mace, Ms. Ray; Matthew Baker, Mrs. Reed; Jacob Wilson, Mrs. Harden; Taylor Wade, Mrs. McFarland; Ayumi Aikawa, Mrs. Minderman.

— School staff

Terre Town

Terre Town Elementary School PTO has a wonderful surprise planned for the Terre Haute community. It’s a Country Rhodes Fish Fry taking place Nov. 8 at Terre Town which at 2121 Boston Ave. It will last from 4-7 that evening and features both eat-in and take-out. The meal will be served as an all-you-can-eat buffet and will include catfish curls, fried walleye, popcorn shrimp, chicken strips, potato salad, cole slaw, applesauce, baked beans and steak fries. The cost will be $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for children 12 and under.

In addition to the fish fry everyone will be invited to visit both the Terre Town Book Fair and more than 20 hands-on science exhibits. These science presentations will be provided by Indiana State University faculty and students. Advance tickets are on sale now at the school’s office. They are selling fast.

— School staff

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  • Some Vigo schools out Nov. 12 for safety drills

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