CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Published by BJ Johnson on April 6, 2014
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Wednesday, April 02 – Report Cards Go Home

Monday, April 07 – 11 Spring Book Fair

 Tuesday, April 08 – Awards Program

 Tuesday, April 8 – After School Tutoring (Reading)

Tuesday, April  8 - Awards Program

Wednesday, April 09 – After School Tutoring (Science)

Thursday, April 10 – After School Tutoring (Math)

 Friday, April 11 – Math Fact Bee

 Friday, April 18th – Snow Make Up Day; Early Release @ 12:30

Monday, April 21 – Friday, April 25  Spring Break; NO SCHOOL 

 Monday, April 28 – School Resumes

        
Math/Writing Night: A Huge Success!
Published by BJ Johnson on April 6, 2014
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Math and Writing night was a huge success at Sunnyside. We had approximately 140 in attendance. Each grade level created displays. Students rotated to different stations engaging in fun math and writing activities. Our parents were able to see firsthand what their children are learning. Now that math has become much more rigorous, these engaging activities really help to enhance math skills.

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HERE COMES THE JUDGE FEATURING THE THREE LITTLE PIGS
Published by BJ Johnson on April 6, 2014
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AIG Trial 2014 (65)The State of North Carolina VS “. The Big Bad Wolf”5th grade AIG students presented their version of “Jury Trials” for all of the Kindergarten classes.    The Kindergarten students listened intensely to all the evidence. They were thoroughly entertained but …. The Big Bad Wolf was found “guilty” at the end of the trial!
 
Aig2     In the State of NC vs. The Big Bad Wolf”, the students worked hard on their presentation and practiced many hours.  The entire script was written by them  while they completed their studies of the United States Court System and the North Carolina Court System.  

The defense team consisted of Colby B. and Emily B. The sheriff was played by Jesus J. AIG teacher Mrs. Pankey served as judge. and the bailiff was Josie S, who ensured that the court room standards are being upheld.

The prosecution team consisted of Alison C. and Ayden P. They questioned the witness, Moo the Cow which was portrayed by Tam N. AIG Trial 2014 (25)

Mrs. Pankey congratulated all the students who participated and says  ”JOB WELL DONE – STUDENTS!

        
North Carolina Read to Achieve – 3rd Grade Parental Meeting
Published by BJ Johnson on April 1, 2014
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Parents of 3rd Grader are focused as they are assessed.

Parents of 3rd Grader are focused as they are assessed.

 Sunnyside Elementary recently met with third grade parents to share important information about the North Carolina Read to Achieve Program.  Parents were provided an overview of the goals and expectations for all students in third grade.  “The Goal of the state is to ensure that every student read at or above level by the end of third grade and continue to progress in reading proficiency so that he or she can read, comprehend, integrate, and apply complex texts needed for secondary education and career success.” 

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Mrs. Reilly, 3rd Grade Teacher, explains what students will experience during assessment time.

 Additionally, our Instructional Coach and third grade teachers shared valuable information about student reading portfolios, K-3 Diagnostic Reading Assessment (Reading 3D), and things parents can do to improve student performance on assessments. 

Finally, parents were given a mini-EOG styled passage to complete during the evening.  Parents were able to experience first hand what their child will be asked to do when completing the weekly reading passages.  If you are a third grade parent and want more information about the North Carolina Read to Achieve Program, please contact the school or your child’s teacher.  

 

 

        
Military Dad ~ Sunnyside Is Where the Heart Is!
Published by BJ Johnson on March 20, 2014
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Staff Sergeant Hinen Surprises Hunter!

 

Deployment is a reality that military families

"I must be dreaming!"

“I must be dreaming!”

often face. It’s a difficult transition; however, the sweet part is when a soldier returns home to his or her family. Sunnyside Elementary School is home for 3rd grader, Hunter and  5th grader, Zoe. As a part of a military family, they recently received the sweetest surprise of their lives.        

                                        

Staff Sergeant Hinen who had been deployed in Afghanistan for the last six months left the Grannis

Dad and daughter embrace!

Zoe feels like she’s dreaming!

Field Airport with Mrs. Hinen and headed straight for home: Sunnyside Elementary School. Excitement was in the air as soon as he stepped on campus.  When he entered each child’s class,  he was met with screams, tears and bear-hug embraces.

 Sunnyside Elementary School appreciates its military families and are especially proud of the daily sacrifices the US Military makes to ensure our safety and well being.

        
Sunnyside’s PTA Awarded National Grant for Family Engagement Programs
Published by BJ Johnson on March 20, 2014
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PTAgrant7The National PTA® has recognized Sunnyside Elementary School’s PTA with a $1,000 grant for its efforts to strengthen family engagement at Sunnyside through PTA Take Your Family to School Week.  Sunnyside’s PTA is one of only 51 PTAs, nationwide and in Europe, selected to receive a grant. Being recognized with a grant, demonstrates the PTA’s leadership and commitment to building family-school partnerships to support student success and school improvement.

 “Decades of research shows that when families and schools work together, student achievement increases, schools improve and communities grow stronger,” said Otha Thornton, National PTA President. “PTA Take Your Family to School Week is designed to spotlight the importance of family-school partnerships and expand and enhance family engagement efforts in schools across the country. We are pleased to recognize the hard work and dedication of Sunnyside’s PTA to ensure families are involved during PTA Take Your Family to School Week and throughout the year.”

This year, PTA Take Your Family to School Week will be marked Feb. 17-21, 2014 and will incorporate the theme “Supporting Student Success.” The timing of the week honors the day PTA was founded: Feb. 17, 1897. Throughout the week, PTAs and schools across the country will host family-focused events with an emphasis on addressing risks associated with high school drop-out by raising awareness of bullying prevention and multiculturalism, increasing arts participation and improving literacy and math skills.

In celebrating PTA Take Your Family to School Week, Sunnyside’s PTA is sponsoring two upcoming events.  A Math & Writing Festival will be held on Thursday, February 27, and a Science & Writing Festival will be held on Wednesday, March 12.  Both events will run from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Sunnyside’s Principal Angela Dawson, stated “Receiving this grant means so much to the Sunnyside family as it provides more opportunities for our parents to participate in the learning that occurs in our school daily. We love being able to provide hands on activities and interactive leaning for our families. Ending the evening with a lovely dinner for our families is also an added perk of the events being funded by the grant.”  To Read the rest of the article, visit our Parent & Community Page!

        
Sunnyside Is Named “School of High Progress”
Published by BJ Johnson on January 7, 2014
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Sunnyside ~ A School of High Progress!!!!

Sunnyside ~ A School of High Progress!!!!

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) recently announced the State’s “Highest-Performing Schools.”   Sunnyside  Elementary School was named among these distinguished schools and has been identified as a “High-Progress School”.  This is an academic achievement honor which places Sunnyside among the 10 percent of Title I schools in the State of North Carolina that are making the most progress in improving the performance of  “all student” groups and “sub groups” over a number of years on the state-wide assessments. 

Sunnyside celebrated by having a block party that featured a brief ceremony. In the ceremony the banner presented to the school at a recent board meeting was unveiled. The banner reads “North Carolina 2013 -14 ; Title I Reward School “HIGH PROGRESS SCHOOL”. The ceremony was followed by dancing and a variety of games.

 

 

        
Tiger Paws Prowl FSU Campus
Published by BJ Johnson on January 5, 2014
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Linking Up Builds A Strong Team!

Linking Up Builds A Strong Team!

Sunnyside’s Tiger Paw Mentoring Academy for Boys kicked off the 2013 – 2014 school year with an incredible  field trip to Fayetteville State University. Immediately after arriving on campus the young men had an opportunity to listen to  inspirational speakers who spoke to the students about work ethics, team concept and how hard work separates the mediocre from the exceptional. The presenter had the students link their arms  to demonstrate how a team is strengthened when it works together.

Mr. Carroway Shares Life Long Advice!

Mr. Carroway Shares Life Long Advice!

Next the young men traveled in space as they took part in an amazing planetarium presentation. Students had a chance to answer questions as they explored the solar system. The presenter was clearly  impressed with their intellect. The students displayed an outstanding knowledge-base thanks to their science teachers: Mrs. K. Roe, Mrs. Blackwell, Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. Longley.

For lunch time the young men were given full access to the campus’ cafe which featured selections that ranged from steak, potatoes and broccoli to cheesy cheeseburgers and fries.  

Sunnyside Students Get A Glimpse Of College Life

Sunnyside Students Get A Glimpse Of College Life

The Tiger Paw Mentoring cadets were invited to the historically black university by Mr. Gene Carroway of the Student Affairs office. Mr. Carroway reached out to Sunnyside Elementary School a few years ago and has established a powerful and prolific partnership which is impacting the lives of students in a positive and amazing way.

        
Service with a Smile at McTeacher’s Night!
Published by BJ Johnson on January 3, 2014
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4th Grader, Kris T., is in good company!

4th Grader, Kris T. knows she’s in good company!

 

On October 8th, teachers of Sunnyside Elementary School put on a different hat and went to work at McDonald’s Restaurant on Cedar Creek Road. 

Teachers served Sunnyside’s families and guests with a smile as they took on the roles of cashiers, cooks and servers.  Many of Sunnyside’s students and family members enjoyed seeing their teachers working in a different occupation. 

Teachers and parents mingled together enjoying burgers and fries as the students were entertained by Hamburglar, Grimace, and Birdy.   

Teacher Assistant A. Johnson gets a McHug from Grimace!

Teacher Assistant A. Johnson gets a McHug from Grimace!

McTeacher’s Night promoted the school’s PBIS Program which emphasizes positive behavior and builds strong character traits.  A special thank you goes out to the staff of McDonald’s on Cedar Creek Road for the hospitality and guidance. 

        
Globe Trotter’s Bully Prevention Program
Published by BJ Johnson on January 2, 2014
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HarlemTrotterThe students of Sunnyside Elementary enjoyed an entertaining Bully Prevention assembly featuring  Globe Trotter, Ant Atkinson. Ant’s boundless energy, deft shooting and ball handling mastery has made him a fan favorite. He is no stranger to the madness that happens every March during basketball season and the high level of performance the contests require. On March 27, 2007, Ant led one of the greatest comebacks in college basketball history. He scored 10 points in the last 39 seconds of Barton College’s 77 – 75 win in the NCAA Division II National Championship game. Ant’s performance became a You-Tube sensation and helped him land a job with the Globe Trotters.

During the Bully Prevention Presentation, Ant introduced the ABCs of the program. A stands for Action, B for Bravery and C for Compassion. He explained to students what it meant to take Trotter&DawsonAction against bullying, to be Brave enough to tell an adult when they see bullying taking place and to have Compassion for those who are being bullied. Ant demonstrated how students can use these components to help prevent bullying.

As the program was coming to a close, he Globe Trotter’s theme song ”Sweet Georgia Brown”was played as Ant invited students to join him as he took the time to teach them some special ball handling moves. He also took time to give a big smile for the camera, pose with Angela Dawson, principal and spin a basketball on his finger.

        
 
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