Students of the week of December 13-December 17, 2010
Jade and Kayla. Jonathan and Tommie not pictured
Ed "Doc" Connor treated the students at Central Elementary to a fine discussion about Veteran's Day. Doc was a Navy corpsman during the Vietnam War. A corpsman is a trained sailor who is responsible for providing care to members of the US Armed Forces, first aid and trauma care on the battlefield (this name is used primarily in the Navy and Marine Corps; other branches use the term medic). Doc was dual enlisted in both the Navy and Marines. He taught the students why we should love our country and respect our flag. We thank Doc for his special presentation and for his service to our country.
Central Elementary celebrated "Red Ribbon Week" this week. Red Ribbon Week is nationally recognized and celebrated, helping to preserve Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena’s memory (a DEA agent killed in the line of duty) and further the cause for which he gave his life. The Red Ribbon Campaign also became a symbol of support for the DEA’s efforts to reduce demand for drugs through prevention and education programs.
Red Ribbon Celebration brings millions of people together to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and encourage prevention, early intervention, and treatment services. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States.
On Thursday, May 6th, students from Central Elementary traveled to Tucson, Arizona for their annual 6th Grade Field Trip. The trip was earned by the students for showing all elements of C.A.R.E.- Compassion, Attitude, Respect and Effort. This year, nine of the top 5th Graders were also invited to join the 6th Grade group.
The first half of the trip included a tour of the International Wildlife Museum. The International Wildlife Museum is dedicated to increasing knowledge and appreciation of the diverse wildlife of the world. It highlights over 400 species of insects, mammals and birds from around the globe. Dioramas depict wild animals in their natural settings. Working in small groups, students completed a scavenger hunt as they toured the museum. Our students received high compliments from the museum staff for their cooperativeness and good manners.
After lunch at the museum, the students were treated to a fun time at the Golf N Stuff Amusement Park. The Park features Bumper Boats, Race Cars, Laser Tag, Batting Cages, Miniature Golf, and an Arcade.
Mr. Gordon, and Mr. Acosta would like to thank those students who attended, for their excellent behavior throughout the day.
On Thursday May 20, 2010 our fifth grade students had their DARE Graduation. Each student was presented a certificate and medal for completing this program. Each student wrote an essay on why DARE was important to them. One student from each 5th grade class won the essay contest. The winners received a bike. Our winners were: Cecilia Acosta, Zabian Santoyo, Alejandro Bennefield. We are proud of all our students. Other activities included the fire truck, Officer Pat and his K-9 companion, the DARE car and yes Pizza. Central would like to say thank you to OFFICER JOSEPH FLORES for your help.
The Sixth Grade students at Central Elementary have been learning about the roots of democracy and the legacies of the Ancient Greek and Roman Civilizations. One learning activity centered on developing questions that they would ask a local government official. The school was honored on Wednesday, May 19, to have our newest mayor, Mr. Frank Rodriguez as a special guest. Mayor Rodriguez spoke to the students about his job, and answered several questions related to the type of businesses Lordsburg could have in the future, our potential to attract solar and wind energy industries, and the benefits to the community that the upcoming movie production will provide. He also emphasized the value of our youth developing a strong work ethic to be successful in life, and for our students to take pride in our town, by helping to keep it clean. Each student had the opportunity to read his/her question to the mayor and have it answered. The Sixth Grade Teachers, Mr. Acosta and Mr. Gordon, and students, would like to thank Mayor Rodriguez for taking the time to help us learn more about how our government works.
The Art Show held at Central Elementary School in Lordsburg, NM was the culmination of the Mental Health Awareness Project which the 6th graders participated in. The aim of the project was to use art to teach the children about depression and mental illness. The hope was to also decrease negative attitudes toward mental illness (stigma) in the community. During the program, the children expressed their thoughts and emotions through art and they also met and talked with Douglas Fraser, a person who has had mental illness and is now living successfully.
The art show was well received and attended.