New Spanish class at Prospect


We asked principal Jim Eibel: <strong>What are you looking forward to most this year?</strong> “I’m the most excited about having the students back in the classrooms so the building’s alive again. It is special when the kids come back to have the building alive with students and teachers and learning.” He’s also excited to meet the new third-graders. <strong>What do you see as your greatest challenge?</strong> “We still have the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and we have a new reading test, which we don’t know what it is yet. The third-graders are going to have a new language arts test. They’ve given us a timeline but not any other details on that test. It’s going to be between Nov. 30 and Dec. 11. They’ve gotten rid of PARCC and are going with AIR for math and reading. That’s going to be a challenge again because it’s new. We did AIR for science and social studies but we have to try to learn the new test format and we have the option of paper and pencil or computer. It’s the same thing: more state changes this year. The big thing is to keep parents informed and teachers ahead of the game.” <strong>What message do you have for new students coming into your building?</strong> “To be risk takers in their learning. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.” <strong><strong> What do you want parents to know?</strong></strong> “To be an active partner in your child’s learning. To try and be in constant communication with your student’s teacher.”

We asked principal Jim Eibel: What are you looking forward to most this year? “I’m the most excited about having the students back in the classrooms so the building’s alive again. It is special when the kids come back to have the building alive with students and teachers and learning.” He’s also excited to meet the new third-graders. What do you see as your greatest challenge? “We still have the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and we have a new reading test, which we don’t know what it is yet. The third-graders are going to have a new language arts test. They’ve given us a timeline but not any other details on that test. It’s going to be between Nov. 30 and Dec. 11. They’ve gotten rid of PARCC and are going with AIR for math and reading. That’s going to be a challenge again because it’s new. We did AIR for science and social studies but we have to try to learn the new test format and we have the option of paper and pencil or computer. It’s the same thing: more state changes this year. The big thing is to keep parents informed and teachers ahead of the game.” What message do you have for new students coming into your building? “To be risk takers in their learning. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.” What do you want parents to know? “To be an active partner in your child’s learning. To try and be in constant communication with your student’s teacher.”


We asked principal Jim Eibel: What are you looking forward to most this year? “I’m the most excited about having the students back in the classrooms so the building’s alive again. It is special when the kids come back to have the building alive with students and teachers and learning.” He’s also excited to meet the new third-graders. What do you see as your greatest challenge? “We still have the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and we have a new reading test, which we don’t know what it is yet. The third-graders are going to have a new language arts test. They’ve given us a timeline but not any other details on that test. It’s going to be between Nov. 30 and Dec. 11. They’ve gotten rid of PARCC and are going with AIR for math and reading. That’s going to be a challenge again because it’s new. We did AIR for science and social studies but we have to try to learn the new test format and we have the option of paper and pencil or computer. It’s the same thing: more state changes this year. The big thing is to keep parents informed and teachers ahead of the game.” What message do you have for new students coming into your building? “To be risk takers in their learning. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.” What do you want parents to know? “To be an active partner in your child’s learning. To try and be in constant communication with your student’s teacher.”
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/08/web1_Jim-Eibel.jpgWe asked principal Jim Eibel: What are you looking forward to most this year? “I’m the most excited about having the students back in the classrooms so the building’s alive again. It is special when the kids come back to have the building alive with students and teachers and learning.” He’s also excited to meet the new third-graders. What do you see as your greatest challenge? “We still have the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and we have a new reading test, which we don’t know what it is yet. The third-graders are going to have a new language arts test. They’ve given us a timeline but not any other details on that test. It’s going to be between Nov. 30 and Dec. 11. They’ve gotten rid of PARCC and are going with AIR for math and reading. That’s going to be a challenge again because it’s new. We did AIR for science and social studies but we have to try to learn the new test format and we have the option of paper and pencil or computer. It’s the same thing: more state changes this year. The big thing is to keep parents informed and teachers ahead of the game.” What message do you have for new students coming into your building? “To be risk takers in their learning. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.” What do you want parents to know? “To be an active partner in your child’s learning. To try and be in constant communication with your student’s teacher.”

Every student at Prospect Elementary School will have the opportunity to be taught Spanish this year by a teacher.

Julia Thomas was hired in June as Eastwood and Prospect schools’ Spanish teacher. She will travel between buildings teaching students in the first through fifth grades.

“Spanish is probably going to be our biggest change,” said principal Jim Eibel. “It’ll be a weekly special like physical education.”

The class will be offered once a week to students for 40 minutes or two 20 minute sessions.

Thomas will replace the Spanish in the Elementary Schools program, which allowed Oberlin College students to visit and teach kids a foreign language.

A change that will benefit teachers this year is a switch throughout the school district to the use of Google technology, which allows teachers and staff to share materials.

“The Google Drive document-sharing and paperless options for us are fabulous,” Eibel said. They will help the work flow of staff and allow teachers in the same grade to share documents for their classrooms.

The building did undergo a few repairs this summer including another upgrade to its roof.

Eibel is hopeful this will be the final fix for the roof, which has had repeatedly leaked in the gymnasium.

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.

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