Students at Pine River-Backus have enjoyed our first year of having a "STEAM" specialist in our building. Teacher Ellie Malecha, our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) specialist, has provided students in grades K-4 with opportunities to create, collaborate, critically think and problem solve through various curriculum projects that require them to solve real-world situations.
February marks Pine River-Backus (PR-B) Elementary School's annual "I Love To Read Month." Our staff is being extra creative with literacy. Staff members will surprise students by being guest readers during our morning announcements. Each day will begin listening to excerpts from favorite books or poems. February is also known as poetry month. Pine River-Backus staff have increased poetry writing into their curriculum. We understand that poetry is becoming a lost art. Continuing to teach poetry helps our students explore writing skills of expression, deep feeling and beauty.
Pine River-Backus (PR-B) Elementary School has embarked on a detailed, two-year journey to demonstrate the desire to highlight and strengthen our school's education by successfully undertaking the rigorous Minnesota School of Excellence (SOE) program. This school improvement process involves a systematic program of self-study, development of a school improvement plan and implementation of the plan based on demonstrated results.
Reading is an essential part of the cognitive development of a child. Starting in the womb, parents and other caretakers are encouraged to read to children daily. Several studies have been cited to support how reading to children will affect their overall cognitive development. We also know from brain research and these studies that children gain a greater vocabulary, develop higher levels of fluency in their language, learn to predict, make inferences, understand emotions, make real-world connections, laugh, cry, and be able to function at a higher level.
Pine River-Backus (PR-B) Elementary School is pleased to welcome back all of our wonderful staff and students for the 2014-15 school year. We are already busy building young minds and providing our families with a high quality education. The beginning of each school year always brings great questions from parents, students and even staff. Here are some common questions I often get asked. If you have further questions, or would like additional information, do not hesitate to call the PR-B elementary office at 587-4447. • How many students are enrolled at PR-B elementary?
Pine-River Backus is proud to provide quality education to all of our learners. We tend to think of our school as a “K-12” system. In actuality, educating our future Tigers begins at birth! At PR-B we have quality staff who work hard to provide best practice instruction to our earliest learners. It was exciting for me to go through the most recent strategic planning process with our PR-B staff, students and community. I was encouraged to see that investing in early learning was at the top of the list as a priority for our district moving forward.
February is another terrific month to be at an elementary school! Schools across the nation are celebrating “I Love To Read Month.” At Pine River-Backus Elementary School, we hope to motivate our students to read, and especially have fun doing it! Here are some things we have done to make this an extra special month at our school: Each morning one of our staff members chooses a story or part of a story to read over our morning announcements. Students get a chance to hear what the adults around the building are reading as well as what their interests are.
It is year two of the “iPride — Engage” iPad initiative at Pine River-Backus Schools. Like many other schools currently implementing iPads into buildings and classrooms, we are continually finding new ways to engage students and incorporate the devices into our daily instruction. One of the best parts of my job is getting into all the classrooms and seeing the various ways teachers are engaging and teaching kids. With iPads, this is happening in many different ways.
Pine River-Backus Elementary School staff and students are off to a fabulous start! Our teachers have been hard at work establishing procedures and routines conducive to creating positive learning environments for our students and our support staff is busy providing the support needed for our teachers to enhance their classroom instruction.