Cardinal Schools
November 26, 2015 by Staff Report

The Cardinal School District would like to send a very special "thank you" to Jacob Clark, father of first-grader Tanner, who took time ...

Veterans Day Visit

The Cardinal School District would like to send a very special “thank you” to Jacob Clark, father of first-grader Tanner, who took time to come in and speak to Mrs. Pike’s class on Veterans Day. Clark is an Army veteran and he spent an hour with the class talking about his experiences in the military and answering students’ questions.

Students really enjoyed looking at the Army Combat Uniforms (ACUs) Clark brought in and the various patches he’s earned.

“This was a really unique experience for the class, to have a peer’s dad come in and just talk to them about being in the military,” says teacher Kate Pike. “They had a lot of questions about his service and he was kind enough to answer all of the questions and used pictures and videos to help students gain a better understanding of some of the items he was speaking about.”

Clark also brought every student a coloring book and an American flag.

Veterans Day Breakfast Assembly

Cardinal High School held a special breakfast on Nov. 11 welcoming all veterans and the community to attend. The breakfast gave veterans and students a chance to meet and talk about military service, which provided students with a unique civics and history lesson.

Following the breakfast, there was a special ceremony in the gym where staff and students who have served or know someone who has or is serving were recognized. A presentation on Armistice Day was given, members of the Rolling Thunder spoke, pictures of service members with ties to the Cardinal school district (either through employees or students) were shown, and the choir and band performed renditions of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Taps.”

Principals Participate in Reading Challenge

National Young Readers Week kicked off with a huge challenge at Jordak Elementary School and Cardinal Intermediate School on Nov. 9. Principals Kelly Bearer and Julie Fulton accepted the Principal’s Challenge to read all day long and spent the entire day going from classroom to classroom (and even went out to recess) to read to and with their students.

The challenge was part of the Pizza Hut Official BOOK IT program challenge for principals to be examples for literacy. Ms. Bearer and Mrs. Fulton wore their pajamas to school so they were comfortable during their marathon challenge and invited all of the students to do the same.

“Reading is the foundation to learning for these students,” says Assistant Principal Julie Fulton. “The more we, as educators and administrators, can do to show students how fun reading can be, the more they’re going to want to read, which is only going to enhance their learning in the classroom.”

One lucky elementary school principal will win 101 copies of the 10th book in the Wimpy Kid series, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School” for their school’s library. Jeff Kinney, author of the Wimpy Kid books, will autograph one of the books for the principal who reads his or her heart out. Winners should be announced soon. Good luck, Ms. Bearer and Mrs. Fulton.

CMS Paw Pride Winners

Cardinal Middle School Paw Pride winners are: fifth-graders Ethan D., Troy D. and Josh S.; sixth-graders Abigail M., Mac R. and Anthony S.; seventh-graders Gabby D., Lorena F. and Ashley M.; and eighth-graders Casey H., Michael L. and Josiah Z.