Claremont Elementary School!
Home of the Bears!
Claremont Bear-a-thon a Success!
Claremont Elementary held its 1st Bear-a-thon last week on April 23rd and raised $2,300 to support school technology initiatives. Students were asked to gather pledges per mile they could run. During their acitivity time for 30 minutes, each class ran as hard as they could, with the school running a total of 756 miles! Students kept track of their laps as staff members checked off each time they completed a lap around the field. Top runners were 6th graders Christian Y. and Nick P. who each ran 3 1/4 miles. Third grade ran the most, running a total of 135 miles! The top pledge earners were Collin A. and London R., and the top homerooms were Mrs. Hennessee's 4th Graders and Ms. Moore's 1st/2nd combo. Thanks to all the teachers who ran with their kids and all the family members who provided financial support.
6th Grader Attends National Young Leaders State Conference
Kaitlyn P., nominated by teacher Lisa Mateyunas, was selected to attend the National Young Leaders State Conference in Charlotte, NC. Criteria for selection is that she is a recognized leader, achiever and a respected member of her school, community and state. The conference is designed to help prepare high-achieving students for college and career success.
Kaitlyn had the opportunity to reflect on the qualities and skills necessary for leadership. She realized that success is measured by more than being smart, gifted or talented. Success also includes embracing strengths, developing practical skills and following a passion. While at the conference, she received a great honor of being one of six commencement speakers, selected from a group of over 100 participants. When asked if the experience was worth the 12-hour work days spent during the conference, her response was ‘Absolutely, I can’t wait to go again if I have the opportunity!”
5th Graders Win School Literature & Art Contest for Little Read
Six 5th graders were recently recognized for their talents in Art and Literature. As part of the district wide initiative for the Little Read, in conjunction with Lenoir-Rhyne University, students were challenged to create based on the theme "Standing Together". Winners from Claremont Elementary for were :
1st Place - Isabella R.
2nd Place - Zachary M.
3rd Place - Cassandra S.
1st Place - Vivian B.
2nd Place - Abigail B.
3rd Place - Jennifer S.
Claremont Staff Supports National Child Abuse Prevention Month
In recognition of April being Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention, our staff proudly wore blue and enjoyed a blue candy buffet of goodies on April 20. We stand together in memory and honor of those who have been affected by abuse. Our role as educators, parents and friends is to encourage a safe, stable, loving environment for all children at home, in school, and in the community. Standing united we promote a bright future for our children and our community!
Battle of the Books Team
Claremont's team competed at the district battle in March. Team members are Mali T., Zachary S., Georgia W., Clayson C., Jasmine P. and Zachary M. Coaches are Megan Bowles, Autumn Brooks, Lara Moore and Amanda Moose.
World Culture Day
Claremont Elementary just hosted their first “World Culture Day” where students, staff, families and the community were engaged all day with different cultures and countries from around the world. While some of the presenters were employees from Catawba County Schools, others came from the community to share their knowledge and travel experiences. Some of the cultures presented included: Costa Rica, Columbia, Honduras, Russia, China, Philippines, Laos, England and Argentina. Our students had an opportunity to see the native dress, money, photographs and many other artifacts from these places. Students also got a chance to try their dance and rhythm skills with a Pilipino dance called “Tinikling”. Creativity was in the air as each child was able to make homemade maracas and shell necklaces as a keepsake from the day. As students traveled throughout the day, they collected information in their “passports” along with a stamp for each country. Claremont Elementary also hosted an evening program for students, parents, staff and the community to attend as the culminating event for the day with a program called “All around the World”. Many songs from other countries, dances and instruments were performed by the music ensemble and PE Club, directed by Shari Wright, Darla Peeler, Erin Weaver & Maggie Wasielewski, throughout the program. Claremont students, staff and community had nothing but high remarks for this highly attended day. We hope to host such an event again in the future!
Parents and Students “Learn to Learn” at Claremont Elementary
With a national focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), CCS is bringing students and parents together with LEGOs for STEM nights. The Bunker Hill Feeder area held a STEM night March 3rd in the Claremont Elementary School gym, inviting Oxford and Lyle Creek Elementary School’s community. Over 300 participants came out to learn how LEGOs could help students and parents create and improve creations together. During this program, participants worked to classify, organize, and name pieces using attributes. They also used the manipulatives to explore symmetry, building mirror images across a line of symmetry on their building plate. Catawba County Schools is working to introduce STEM to the community at large and to encourage parents and students to ask, imagine, plan, create and improve (the engineering cycle) together!
5th Grade Host Career Day
On Wednesday March 4th, Claremont's 5th graders dressed up and presented their career projects during an all day event. Classes were welcomed into the media center by teachers Erin Weaver and Lisa Mateyunas. Visiting students then had the opportunity to learn about more than 40 different career options such as military, chef, musician, investigator, electrical engineer, mechanic, CNA, mathematician, physical therapist and veterinarian. Students shared what education would be required, what their job would entail and how much their salaries would be. It was an awesome glimpse into their futures!
Claremont Celebrates Read Across America Day & Dr. Seuss
Target wants to make a positive impact in the lives of the people in the local communities where we live. Across the country, our team members give hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours in their communities each year, making their neighborhoods safer, healthier places for everyone. On March 2nd and 3rd, Target team members from the Newton, NC Distribution Center were welcomed by Mrs. Kim Yancey and her staff at Claremont Elementary to celebrate Read Across America. Team Member volunteers enjoyed the wonderful experience of reading books by Dr. Seuss with all twenty classes at the school over the two day event. Thank you Target for helping get our students excited about reading and education!
Valentine's Dance King & Queen
The annual Valentine's Dance was held at Claremont Elementary on Friday, February 13th. The dance was sponsored by the teacher assistants and raised money for their convention and other student needs at school. This year's 6th grade King was Clayson and the 6th grade Queen was Jahliyah.
Media Center Wins Grant!
Media Coordinator Amanda Moose, recently won a grant from Delta Kappa Gamma's Nu Chapter. The $350.00 grant was written to purchase needed items for the schools new MakerSpace which opened in November. Items purchased include a Lego brick set with 884 pieces, a Lego Fairytale and Historic Minifigure set, a Lego Vehicles set, a Lego Building Plates set, and numerous IQ games including Q-bitz, Qwirkle and Laser Maze Logic. With the addition of the Lego pieces, students will be able to make digital movies to present on many topics. The MakerSpace currently serves 5th and 6th grade students, giving them a creative environment in which to create and explore. Activities in the MakerSpace are tied to Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering, Math and Literature curriculums (STEAM). Thanks to Nu Chapter for supporting Catawba County Teachers!
School Spelling Bee Winners!
Congratulations to these students who were the classroom winners from their 3rd - 6th grade classrooms. These students qualified to participate in the school Spelling Bee. Our school champion is Maddie H., a 5th grader from Mrs. Mateyunas' homeroom. She will go on to compete at the district level in March. She is pictured with Spelling Bee Coordinator Kristen Davis and Assistant Principal Cory Klassett. Congratulations!
Town & Country Tire in Claremont sure made some elementary kids happy this holiday! Mr. Freeman collected and donated all the toys to families in need in our community. Thank you for your kindness and support of our community!
Exxon Mobil Grant Awarded to Claremont Elementary!
Principal Kim Yancey, proudly accepted a check for $500 from David Bumgarner on Thursday November 12th for the 2014 Educational Alliance Math and Science Grant. This grant, awarded by Exxon Mobil, has a long history of supporting educational programs with a focus on improvements in grades PreK-College. Exxon Mobil believes that it is fundamentally important to encourage the next generation to pursue studies and careers in math and science. Bumgarner Oil Company applied for this grant on Claremont's behalf due to our eligibility based on location near the Cubbard Express #10 on Hwy 10 East in Claremont. Yancey plans to use the grant to fund supplies and equipment needed for the new Science Club. Thank you Bumgarner Oil for your continued support!
5th Grade Student Selected for NC Honors Chorus
On November 9, 2014, fifth grade student Zachary M. traveled to Winston-Salem to participate in the North Carolina State Elementary Honors Chorus. This was the final destination for Zachary for a long road traveled through the audition and preparation stages for the concert. Rehearsals for audition material began in late August and an audition CD was submitted to the state judging team on Sept. 15. Over 600 students from across the state of NC auditioned for the privilege of participating in this group. Two hundred students were chosen of which Zachary was one. Zachary then worked very hard to memorize all of the music that would be presented on the concert. He represented Claremont well with his outstanding attitude, behavior, and performance in the program. We are very proud of Zachary and this very memorable accomplishment.
Hometown Hero, Gina Houston, Honored!
On Friday November 7th, 1st grade teacher Gina Houston was ambushed in her classroom by students, staff, and family as she was awarded the October "Hometown Hero" award for Catawba County. Mrs. Houston, a second year teacher, was nominated to be a "Hometown Hero" in a monthly contest supported by the law firm of Charles G. Monnett III & Associates and Domino's Pizza. Bob Dill, representing the law firm, and Taylor Patterson who represented Domino's Pizza joined assistant principal Cory Klassett to award her.
"Charles Monnett's wife has worked in public education her entire career. He knows first-hand the enormous time and effort teachers put into their classroom in order to provide the best education for their students - and how they spend hundreds of dollars of their own money every year on classroom supplies. To recognize the commitment our teachers make to their students the law firm of Charles G. Monnett III & Associates has chosen to award one deserving teacher in each county in our area a $250 Visa Gift Card for classroom supplies each month during the upcoming school year. Each month, the winning teacher in each county will receive a $250 gift card... and, to celebrate, their classroom will receive a Domino's Pizza Party! The Hometown Hero Teacher Appreciation Award showcases one amazing teacher each month in Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Catawba, Iredell, Cabarrus and Union Counties to celebrate the hard work and dedication of teachers throughout our area."
After a small celebration in their classroom, students escorted Mrs. Houston through the halls of Claremont Elementary. She was greeted by the entire student body and staff who had made signs, banners, and streamers to celebrate in her honor!
Congratulations Mrs. Houston!!!
SchoolWay App Available to Parents!
Parents at Claremont Elementary can now stay connected through the SchoolWay app, available in both Google Play and the App Store. The FREE SchoolWay app allows parents to receive notifications of school events, emergencies and reminders immediately through your mobile device. SchoolWay also accesses the school calendar, lunch menu, weather, school contact information, Powerschools, and gradebook features. Simply download the app, register with an email, receive your confirmation email, log into the app, then choose your role as parent and select your state, your district, and your school. This great new app will even allow you to choose multiple schools if you have students enrolled other places than Claremont Elementary.
Get connected today!!!
Title I "Take a Book Break" is a Success!
153 people joined Literacy Specialist Meredith Herman and Media Coordinator Amanda Moose on November 6th for a Book Break. Students, parents, and grandparents gathered in the school's media center and attended one of two sessions that were offered to teach reading strategies for parents. Parents also learned about new digital resources available to their students through Follett, Pebble Go and Tumblebooks. While spending time with together enjoying reading, guest enjoyed a snack prepared by our cafeteria staff. At the end of the event, every student was allowed to select a book of their choice along with an informative bookmark. Thanks parents for coming out to read!
NC Author Visits Claremont Elementary
On Monday November 3rd, NC author Libby Bagby visited the 4th and 5th grade students of Claremont Elementary. Bagby, an award-winning author from Roaring Gap, returned to debut her newest book K9 Deputies: A Plott Hound Tale. Her mission to share the story of her Plott Hound Lucky, continues as she educates students about our state dog. Lucky was a rescue dog who's legacy carries on to teach students important character traits. Her newest book is her first work of non-fiction. In K9 Deputies, Mrs. Bagby shares how Plott hounds are being used by the Guilford County Sheriff's office to find missing children and elderly people. Claremont's 5th grade students were especially excited about the new book, since they were given the opportunity last year to preview, edit and make suggestions to Mrs. Bagby before publication. To thank these students for all their efforts, a picture of Claremont's 5th graders and their 4th grade teachers appears in the front of the book as a dedication! Students were so excited! Thank you Mrs. Bagby!
International Walk to School Day
Wednesday October 8th!
Please join our staff and students as we participate in the International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 8th. Started by Safe Kids and FedEx in 2000, this program strives to bring attention to pedestrian safety. Students will walk from St. Mark's Church to our school together as they learn important safety reminders. Lessons which support the P.E. curriculum will also be taught in classrooms by trained professionals through our partnership with Catawba Valley Medical Center. Come out an join the fun and WALK TO SCHOOL!
Bethlehem United Methodist Church Loves our School!
This summer Bethlehem United Methodist church partnered with Claremont Elementary for a huge 3rd Annual “Back to School Bash”. The church donated over 200 plus backpacks filled with school supplies for students here at Claremont Elementary. They not only donated school supplies for our students but also for our teachers! This was a wonderful way to support our students and staff here at Claremont! A “BIG THANK YOU” goes out to Bethlehem United Methodist church and all its members for giving to the school community.