Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Naming the Halls!

Calling all creative thinkers!

In a continued attempt to personalize Sioux Trail we are going to name each hallway in the school and this is your opportunity to add ideas.

Following the name of our school (Sioux Trail is named after a street) the hallways will be named like streets.  Name ideas need to have the following characteristics:
1. Name ideas need to directly connect with Sioux Trail.  An example would be using PRIDE, Shadow, Panthers or another idea directly connected with life at Sioux Trail.
2. Ideas need to be designed around a street; suggestions might include street, road, boulevard etc.
3. Names ideas need to use alliteration.  Alliteration is using the same first letter for both words.  A final example would be "Panther Path".

Directions for sharing your ideas:

Share ideas here!or post an idea in the comments section of the blog.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Weekend Visitors

Unfortunately, someone chose to visit Sioux Trail over the weekend and use Sioux Trail as a canvas for their artwork.  As you can see from the photos graffiti was spray painted on the back of Sioux Trail.  I believe the vandalism was done on Sunday night.

I filed a police report and our crack custodial team dealt with the problem right away.  The graffiti was painted over removed by 10 am today (Monday, July 23).

If you are in the area of Sioux Trail at any time please watch for and report any suspicious activity.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Welcome to Sioux Trail Elementary!

In addition to new Kindergarten students, new students at other grade levels, and their wonderful families we have three new staff members joining the Sioux Trail community in September.  Please join me in welcoming these staff members.

Oluwatoni Adedji will be joining the Sioux Trail team as our music specialist.  Last year Toni was teaching music at Goodman Elementary School in Houston, Texas.  I anticipate that he'll find Sioux Trail a little cozier as Goodman has over 900 students.  Mr. Adedji also has teaching experience in the Twin Cities are and a strong reputation for building great relationships and strong connections with students.

Jess Batterman will be teaching fourth grade at Sioux Trail in the 2012-13 school year.  Jess is a veteran ISD 191 teacher with 13 years of experience, and strong reputation for student success. Mrs. Batterman chose to move to Sioux Trail from Edward Neill elementary where she has been teaching fourth, fifth and sixth grade.  I am very excited to add her to our team and Jess is eager to meet Sioux Trail families and start another successful school year.

Mackenzie Oakes will serving Sioux Trail students in two roles during the 2012-13 school year.  Mrs. Oakes will be teaching third grade and working as our reading specialist.  Mackenzie comes to Sioux Trail from the Breck School in Minneapolis with experience teaching third grade and working with first grade students.  In the newly created position of Reading Specialist (funded with district-wide Title I funds) Mrs. Oakes will work with students who are below grade level in reading and need additional support and instruction to read at grade level. For the 2012-13 school year, we will have three classrooms in third grade and Mackenzie will be partnering to teach third grade with Jeff Gallus in Room 206.

Please join me in welcoming these three teachers to the Sioux Trail community.