World Wide Wednesdays With West Oakview – EDE #74 for 2014/15 – It’s Slinky

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Arrival Time:  7:40 a.m.

Cloudy, cold, and the clouds are spitting snow flakes.  Kids were in winter coats but no boots today.  At least ten of our elementary children assured me that this is a temporary joke by Mother Nature and that it will get warmer next week.

The best comment I heard during drop off line duty today came from a girl who was carrying a Slinky.  I asked her if she had ever heard the Slinky Song.  When she shook her head “no” I started to sing the song made famous back in 1960 when I was a better singer.  Or at least then, I really thought I was a better singer.

When I shared that it was possible to find the song on the internet, she said she would “ask Siri” when she had a few minutes. I used the old fashion method by using a Google search:

http://www.hark.com/clips/bsvdsgymsz-old-slinky-song

This is the time of year when our students start thinking about what it will be like in the next grade level.  Today I asked eight students, from various grade levels, if they felt their teachers have prepared them to take the “next step” and move up a grade level.  Every student answered with an emphatic “yes.”  They had evidence that were prepared for the next grade level.  The evidence ranged from “I can read now” to “I know my math facts” to “I know how to write a persuasive paragraph” to “I can get along with other people really well.”

I have a hunch this might be the same skill set that employers are seeking in their new hires.

Have a great evening.

Sincerely and With Great Respect,

Mike Paskewicz, Superintendent
Northview Public Schools

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