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The following classes won the most "gotchas," by going the extra mile and doing great things. Beth Davenport's fourth-grade class won over all for the school. Joanne King's class won in kindergarten. Cindy Patton's class won for first grade. Michelle Porter's class won for second grade. Sherry Burns' class won for third grade and Sara Guyton's class won for fifth grade.
Students in the following classes played online math games and earned stickers:
First grade, earning 1,497 stickers in one month, Linda Britt's class
Second grade, earning 2,568 stickers during March, Kristen Carpenter's class
Third grade, earning 3,394 stickers, Veronika Childs' class
Fifth grade, total of 2,260 points, Sara Guyton's class
Fourth grade, the class earning the most points at their grade level and school wide, with 5,812 stickers, Sheila Aikens' class.
The top five players, students with the greatest number of points for the school this year are fourth-grader Kristen Marshall with 4,511 points, second-grader Jackson Guadalupe-Mercer with 4,702 points, second-grader Daniel Staggers with 5,608 points, fourth-grader, Patrick Salvanera with 6,138 points and fourth-grader Lilia Vanderhoof with 6,627 earned this year.
Park Ridge Elementary
Representatives from the Hope for the Warriors organization visited Focus students at Park Ridge Elementary recently. They came to personally thank them for raising money for the organization, and to share information about Hope for the Warriors. The students set up a lemonade and fruit cup stand at the 5K PRES Run to raise money for the Hope for the Warriors organization. Fourth-grade student Claire Ginder initiated this project, and was helped by fellow Focus students.
Students in third through fifth grade have been participating in the WordMasters Problem Solving Challenge. WordMasters is a national analogy competition and students participate in three challenges during the school year. Math Problem Solving Challenge is a monthly competition. The 2011-2012 winners are:
WordMasters Challenge Competition
First place--Mack Bartsch
Second place--Abigail Shropshire
Third place--Jill Krysa and Samantha Lewis
First place--Dylan Evans and Claire Ginder
Second place--Caylah Franklin
Third place--Helen Grab
First place--Samuel Lightfoot
Second place--Jacob Pfeiffer
Third place--Jack Connally.
Math Problem Solving Competition
First place--Jill Krysa
Second place--Mack Bartsch
Third place--Zachary Morgan
First place--Madison Shelton
Second place--Rachel Carter
Third place--Dylan Evans, Caylah Franklin and Helen Grab
First place--Samuel Lightfoot
Second place--Josie Marsch
Third place--London Rizzi and Kellen Egan.
Anna Sober and Logan Zollner are recent Artists of the Week, chosen by school art teacher Nicole Brooks. Their artwork is displayed in the front lobby of the school and they receive a certificate.
The following families volunteered at the annual Habitat Family Workday: Bingham, Butters, Garcia, Holt, Holtzhauer, Ingram, Martinez, McDonald, McHugh, O'Kelly, Oram, Torres, Valero, Womack, Wood and Wren. Volunteers from the school staff included coordinator Beth Halterman, Jennifer Clemmensen, principal Pat Johnston and assistant principal Karen Bingham. The PTO provided funding for Habitat supplies and the following families donated items: Collier, Kushner, Mattison, Novak and Rupertus.