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SCHOOL HIGHLIGHT: Safari After-School Program
SAFARI: (Students Actively Finding Arithmetic and Reading Investigations)
SAFARI is an after-school enrichment program in which 1st and 2nd grade students are given the opportunity to explore a variety of topics through various sources. This program is hosted by 1st grade teachers, Cyndi Summers and Angeleea Varner, and 2nd grade teacher, Kayla Caldwell. SAFARI meets afterschool each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The students are given snacks and provided with homework help at every session. It is a wonderful opportunity for the 2nd graders to take on the leader role as they assist the younger students with homework and reading help. Each week, we focus on a different theme chosen specifically for and by the students! At our first session, we asked them what they wanted to learn about and what they were interested in. They even wrote journal responses and shared them with one another. Using this information, the teachers gathered books, activities, and resources on those specific topics. So far, we have learned all about jungle animals, tornadoes, rainbows, and worms. Our next topic of study is the ocean and scuba diving! For each topic, we have pulled in our own specific experiences and knowledge to accompany the books and other materials we have been using. We hoped that this would help the students make those crucial real-world connections to the topics. During our jungle animal unit, Mrs. Varner brought in photographs and artifacts from her Africa trip, which she shared with the students. During our study on tornadoes, Ms. Caldwell brought in photographs from the April 2011 tornadoes and discussed how her home was affected. Mrs. Summers demonstrated how to make tornadoes in a bottle and explained how tornadoes are created. The teachers also assisted the students in performing a science experiment, in which they created “Exploding Rainbows.”
Each week, we enjoy helping the students to learn, laugh, and grow with one another. They have been introduced to many new topics and given the opportunity to explore them using IPads, the computer lab, books, and videos. They seem to be learning a lot! It is wonderful to be able to provide these children with as many scholastic experiences as possible!
TEACHER HIGHLIGHT: Barbara Hutchins
I am from Cookeville, Tennessee, and I have two children. My daughter Tammie Hutchins who is a hairdresser at Great Clips in Cleveland, and my son John Hutchins who is the Teaching Pastor at First Baptist Church in Galax, Virginia. My daughter-in-law, Mary Hutchins, is the Program Director at Joy Ranch Christian Home for Children in Galax. I have 5 grandchildren, Matthew Cheek (14), Eleanor Hutchins (8), Owen Hutchins (3 ½), William Hutchins (7), and Zachary Hutchins (4 mo).
I am an avid reader and love to read books about health and nutrition. I also love being a Grandmother and having opportunities to help and spend time with my grandchildren.
I have worked in Cleveland City Schools for 27 years. I began my career at T.C. Bower which is now Blythe-Bower. I had a Junior First position for one year, and then moved to 3rd grade for several years. Presently, I am a Reading Teacher and the Building Level Tech. Two if the greatest rewards of my job is teaching students to become better readers and working with the Tech Department to help with the technology needs in our building. I tell people in the community that I am so proud to be a part of the Cleveland City School System and to work at Blythe-Bower. I will always be thankful for the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people. It is a pleasure to work at Blythe-Bower, and I look forward to seeing the great things that are to happen in Cleveland City Schools in the future.
STUDENT HIGHLIGHT: Ashley Thomas
Ashley Thomas is a 5th Grader at Blythe-Bower in Mrs. Bailey’s class. She is beginning an anti-bullying campaign for the school. Ashley had a passion to see bullying stopped in the entire school but has decided to start in 5th grade. She would like to see everyone treated with respect and create an atmosphere where everyone, including new students to our school, feel welcome. She, along with another friend, are planning agendas for meetings to be held on Thursdays during their recess time. These meetings will address bullying, how to be a better person, and how to make a difference at our school. Any 5th grade student may attend these meetings. Those in attendance will be asked to sign a poster/sign that will be a contract to not bully and to help stop others from bullying. She is also working with her mother to set up meetings for students and parents. These meetings will be held after school hours to also address strategies to make our school, and therefore, our community a better place.