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Starts April 10th
PreK - 8th
5week running series | Sundays, 56pm | ageappropriate distances
earn points for each race | everyone receives medal and gift bag
$35 registration fee covers the entire 5week series
Celebrate Literacy Week Western Style!
At Moss Park Elementary School (MPE), we want students to keep reading, so
we find fun and creative ways to do so. Reading lets students explore other worlds,
go on adventures, and recognize themselves in their favorite characters, showing
them that they are not alone.
This year’s literacy celebration week started off with a visit to the Reading Ranch
Book Fair, then we designated each day of the week to supporting literacy through
a variety of fun ways like “kick up your heals and read” and “hats off to reading.”
We ended this exciting week with a family fun literacy night. This event round-
ed up MPE families for the annual Chili Cook Off where our very own 1st grade
teacher, Mrs. Rodriguez, took first place. Then our little pard’ners sat in on a read-
er’s theater performance of Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat. The cast
featured many talented folks, including Dr. Cantrell himself as Slim.
The evening ended with everyone gathering around to watch the hit movie
Fievel Goes West. A special cowboy “Yee-Haw” goes out to media specialist Mar-
itza Jenarine, 5th grade teacher Pamela Eck, reading coach Tammie Peters, PTA
president Christal Feldman, and all our teachers and volunteers for creating a
week full of literacy experiences that our students here at MPE will never forget.
A message from Principal Abbe
World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol
Dweck is the author of the book called Mindset: The New Psychol-
ogy of Success. In decades of research on achievement and suc-
cess, she has discovered the power of our mindset. Dweck (2006)
explains why it’s not just our abilities and talents that bring us
success – but whether we approach our goals with a fixed or growth mindset.
With the right mindset, we can motivate our students and help them to improve
In the world of fixed mindsets, success is about proving you’re smart or talent-
ed. It’s about validating yourself. In the world of growth mindsets, it’s about chal-
lenging yourself to learn something new (Dweck, 2006). As soon as children begin
to be able to evaluate themselves, some of them become afraid of challenges. They
become afraid of being viewed as not smart.
Some people believe you are either born smart or not. We want to help our
students understand that anyone can be smart, you just have to work at it. Let’s
envision the brain like a muscle. When presented with challenges and even fail-
ures, we are giving our brains the exercise it needs to get stronger. With a growth
mindset, they are becoming smarter.
Inevitably, at some point in time, every student, including our most talented
and gifted students, will have an experience when they just do not understand or
know how to do something. Many times, these students won’t ask for help because
they fear what others might think. Does this mean that they are not smart any-
more? No! We want to remind students that challenges are how our brain grows.
We encourage them to add the word “yet” to those fears and say, “It’s not that I
can’t do this....I just can’t do this yet!!”
Please visit https://www.classdojo.com/BigIdeas/
to find many wonderful resources and short video
clips on having a growth mindset. The video clips are
short and would be fun to watch with your kids.
Please also enjoy this picture of a Kindergarten
class showing how they exhibit a growth mindset.
This STEM activity will present many challenges and
failures to students but ultimately will help students
grow their brains and become smarter, and hence,
have a growth mindset!
Dweck, C.S. (2006). Mindset, The New Psychology of Success. New York,
NY: Random House.
FIRST LEGO League
NorthLake Park Community School
had students on three teams that re-
cently competed in the FIRST LEGO
League Robotics Tournament on Feb. 6
in Lakeland, FL. Guided by adult coach-
es, FIRST LEGO League teams research
a real-world problem such as food safe-
ty, recycling, energy, etc., and are chal-
lenged to develop a solution. Also, they
must design, build, and program a robot
using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technol-
ogy, and compete on a table-top playing
field. For two of the teams, Robo-Bucks
Teams 1&2, it was their first competi-
tion, and they made an extremely strong
showing. Team Mindcraker placed first
in robot performance and earned a bid to the regional tournament on Feb. 28 at
Polk State College in Winter Haven.
NorthLake Park is very proud of all three teams. They’re having fun while ap-
plying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts and their
own imaginations to solve problems.
Modern Woodmen of America Oration Contest
On Friday, Feb. 12, the Modern
Woodmen of America Oration con-
test was held at NorthLake Park.
The three winners are pictured. Left
to right: 3rd Place – David Starr,
1st Place – Pranav Kumar and 2nd
Place – Brooke Myre. The first and
second winner advance to the dis-
trict level competition scheduled for
later in the year. Congratulations to
all the participants and winners!
Sun Blaze Elementary
Moss Park Elementary
Northlake Park Community School
20 MARCH 2016
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