Mary K. Goode Elementary School

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Monday, March 30, 2015

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  • March

    Posted by Chet Delani at 3/8/2015

    March Happenings 

    Teaching and learning is at the heart of our work at MKG.  The staff works overtime collaborating on improving their skills and adding to their instructional repertoire. Mr.Chris Phenix, our assistant principal, wears many hats. He can be seen sharpening his instructional leadership skills teaching math at all grade levels.  The following photos provide a lens into our school with the staff and students hard at work 
    Mr. Phenix and fifth grade  
     math students
     Mr D and students
     Chet and math
     dr. seuss
    In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, the Mary K. Goode School will be celebrating Spirit week dedicated to Dr. Seuss books. 

    Monday, March 2nd – Stripes Day

    Tuesday, March 3rd – Silly Sox Day

    Wednesday, March 4th – Dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss Character

    Thursday, March 5th – Mismatch Day

    Friday, March 6th – Crazy Hat Day

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    Posted by Chet Delani at 2/11/2015
    Welcome back from vacation!  Hopefully we're all done having to shovel snow with only 2 more weeks until daylight savings.  Spring is right around the corner!
    School vacation begins Friday February 13th at the close of school, and resumes on Monday February 23rd.
    Thanks to the PTA for the t-shirts for staff and students.  It makes for a unified and joyful spirit.  We took a group photo in the auditorium and were amazed  how many students we have at MKG ... we barely fit. 
    Spirit Shirts  
    Steve Krasner had been working with the 5th grade students teaching them about ways to tap into their imagination when writing.
    steve krasner  
     Each day following the daily pledge of allegiance and school news, we end with a question of the day.  The questions generally focus on global awareness. Originally we challenged the students to find the continents and oceans on a labelled map.  Since we all share the same maps, we can easily switch projected maps from our computer and project the map that incorporates the nature of the questions.  Another map, non-labelled, challenges the students to assign labels to the continents and oceans.
    Currently we are focused on the geography, boundaries, and facts about our own country.  In the pictures depicted below, the students are responding to the question, 'What is the longest river system in the United States?'  The students are asked to converse with the student next to them and check their information. Thus everyone has an audience and is heard.  Everyone has a chance to make any necessary corrections. School is a place to learn, modify one's strategies and solutions. School is a place to feel safe in sharing one's ideas.   You might just want to explore with your child regions and places of the world and U.S.A. You might be surprised with what they know.

     Miss Nieuwenhuis
     Miss Nieuwenhuis Class
    100th day of school 
    The students at MKG recently reached the 100th day of school.  In celebration of this day student's in Mrs. Barwikowski's class created projects consisting of 100 items.
    100 days pic 1  
    100 day pic 2  
    100 day pic 3  
    100 day pic 4  
    100 day pic 5  
    100 day pic 6  
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  • Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from the MKG Staff

    Posted by Karen Vaughan at 12/22/2014
     Wishing Everyone Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
    From The MKG Staff 
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  • Goode News

    Posted by Karen Vaughan at 12/21/2014
                                                                                                                                                                 December 22, 2014

    Dear MKG Families,


    As I move onto the next phase of my life, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the MKG families and students for allowing me to be a part of the MKG community. I have enjoyed my work with the families, children and teachers.

     I am reminded daily of the efforts put in by parent volunteers at MKG. The task of running an event or fundraiser is overwhelming with a population of 600 students, yet these volunteers step up and get things done! Tuesday folder volunteers, Holiday Extravaganza, PTA and School Council members who put in so many hours, I thank you for your service. All of your efforts are noticed and appreciated. Supportive partnerships in learning are key to improving children’s development and success in schools. MKG is fortunate to have these partnerships.

    I will miss working with your children. It has been a pleasure to greet them each morning as they get off the bus. I have enjoyed watching them grow and learn. Continue to encourage your children to be a person of great character and to put forth their personal best every day.  Your children will do great things in life! 

    I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a happy and healthy 2015.


     Karen Vaughan


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  • Goode News

    Posted by Karen Vaughan at 12/19/2014


    Grade 2 Gingerbread Houses

    The Holiday Season is here and MKG is ready to celebrate! Grade two students invited family members to school to help them create a non-edible gingerbread house. It is so rewarding to see the number of families that came to school to help with this fun project. Grade 2 teachers would like to thank all who participated or donated items to be used for decorations on the gingerbread house. 

    houses houses houses houses houses

                                                                            Gingerbread Man on the Loose!

    Reading Specialist, Dianne Phillips worked with the first grade teachers to develop a theme unit based on the story The Gingerbread Man. Students read the story  The Gingerbread Man, wrote about the gingerbread man and created art projects about the gingerbread man. Over the course of the afternoon the Gingerbread Man got away and visited many places at MKG!! Being great detectives, the first grade students were able to follow the clues and bring him home again!

    clue  gman
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  • Goode Morning News

    Posted by Karen Vaughan at 12/8/2014


    December Goode News

    December is a very busy month at MKG. Please take a few minutes to read about the happenings at MKG.


    • Reports cards go home this Friday, December 12th.
    • Tuesday, December 9th   Family Night with Instructional Coaches  6:15-7:45 at HBB cafeteria. Come with the family to participate in some fun writing activities with your child(ren).
    • Thursday, December 11th Early Release 1:00 pm dismissal
    • Wednesday, December 17th: Bill Harley Family Concert  6:30 pm HBB Auditotrium
    • The PTA is currently holding its Holiday Shopping event for the students. Your child should have brought home information in their Tuesday folder.



    Morning Drop off Reminder

     8:35 am is drop off time for students coming to school.  There is no supervision for students prior to the 8:35 drop off time. You must wait for an administrator or teacher to open the door and welcome your child to school. Do not leave students under the portico unsupervised. We thank you for your cooperation and help keeping our MKG students safe.

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  • MKG Friday News

    Posted by Karen Vaughan at 12/5/2014
    MGK Students Win Attendance Award
    MKG students had the best attendance record in the district for the second month in a row.Research has proven that there is a high correlation between school attendance and academic performance and success, while absence from school is often the greatest
    single cause of poor performance and achievement. Congratulations MKG students!
     MKG Pajama Drive
    The MKG Pajama Drive, organized by the Fifth Grade Leadership Council was a huge success. The students had hoped to reach the goal of collecting 200 pairs of new pajamas. This goal was easily met thanks to the generosity of MKG families. Thank you to all who helped with the pajama drive!
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  • Happy Thanksgiving to All

    Posted by Karen Vaughan at 11/26/2014
    Administration, teachers and staff wish all MKG families a Happy Thanksgiving. Please take a moment to enjoy family and friends over the next few days.  Excitement was in the air today at MKG as it was Pajama Day, a kick off for our Fifth Grade Student Leadership drive to collect new pajama's to donate to families in need.

    Student Leadership members collecting new pajamas 
    PJ Drive  
    The first grade students put on quite a show with their Thanksgiving Day Parade. The entire school and parents of first grade students came out to cheer them on. What a wonderful way to start our Thanksgiving holiday. 
    banner  balloons float parade
    parade  parade
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  • American Education Week Parent Visitation Day

    Posted by Karen Vaughan at 11/24/2014
    American Education Week Parent Visitation Day

    Once again this year MKG celebrated American Education Week by inviting parents/guardians to visit our school on Monday, November 24th. Parents had an opportunity to visit their child’s classroom and observe a “regular” school day. Many thanks to all who came out in such awful weather to visit the MKG classrooms. We were thrilled to have over 150 parents/guardians visit our school to share a day of learning with their child. 

    American Education Week presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. During Parent Visitation Day, schools across the nation invite parents/guardians into the classroom to experience firsthand what a school day is like for their child. The initiative is designed to spotlight the importance of parental involvement.

    visit  visit visit visit
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  • Holiday Extravaganza at MKG

    Posted by Karen Vaughan at 11/24/2014
    MKG Holiday Extravaganza
    Thanks to the PTA and the many parents and teachers who volunteered their time and talents, the Holiday Extravaganza was a huge success. MKG was transformed into a winter wonderland with holiday decorations, trees and even a visit from Santa Claus. Craft tables manned by MHS student council members welcomed children to create decorations. Gingerbread men and houses, gift basket raffle, hot chocolate, pizza, popcorn and more all made for a wonderful family event that everyone could enjoy.
    Thank you one and all! 
    cakes cake walk teachers trees girls  
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Mission and Values

Mission Statement

The Mary K. Goode School is committed to educating all children in a safe, collaborative, academically challenging and socially conscious environment where diversity is celebrated, respect is paramount and the needs, integrity and differences of each child are met as we develop life-long learners and productive global citizens.

Core Beliefs and Values

• We believe in the development of critical thinking, cooperative learning, collaboration and problem solving skills provided in a risk-free environment through the use of innovative and authentic learning experiences.

• We value our commitment to educational excellence while providing a safe and secure environment that supports teaching and learning.

• We believe the safety and education of our children is the most important responsibility of our community and requires a partnership between family, school and community to maximize the potential of all learners.

• We value the importance of educating all children by creating partnerships between family, school and community in order to maximize the potential of all learners.

• We believe in teaching and guiding Mary K. Goode students to be responsible, culturally aware and contributors to the betterment of the global community.