KUSD No. 20: La Senita hit the ground running and never let up

KINGMAN - La Senita celebrated the opening of school this year with our new ranking of "Performing Plus." We hit the ground running with our first assessment to see where students ranked individually at the beginning of the year.

Those students were given the opportunity to participate in our after-school tutoring program.

September saw our classes really getting into the swing of the year and the expectations we had for them. We invited our parents into school for our first parent/teacher conference to have the opportunity to visit one-on-one with their child's teacher.

In October, our students participated in our school-wide spelling bee and Red Ribbon Week, with activities to inform our students how to stay away from drugs. Our teachers also got their first look at the Online Grade program. Our teachers post each of their student's grades online so parents can see how their child is doing. It gives the parents a chance to see missing assignments and most recent grades.

November was the month we honored our veterans who served in the military with a special school-wide assembly. We also had a visit from the Phoenix Zoo with their Zoomobile and the animals that students would otherwise never have had a chance to see.

Visitors continued to arrive, with Ronald McDonald and his assemblies on the importance of reading. Our fourth grade classes participated in their yearly downtown historical walk, where students were allowed to visit and learn the history of downtown Kingman.

To finish out the month, we got to watch our signatures go into space on the November space shuttle launch. Ours was one of only a few schools around the country chosen to have a poster with their signatures go into space.

December saw the local Rotary Club donate dictionaries to our third-graders for the fourth year in a row. Each child was given a dictionary of his or her own to keep.

We also had a wonderful assembly with band and vocal performers to celebrate the holiday season.

January saw not only a new calendar year but new things here at La Senita. We started our year off with a book fair and a Reading Is Fundamental assembly for our first-graders.

Our second parent/teacher conferences took place in February, with meetings to discuss how students were doing. We also had our science display after school to show off our students' scientific creativity.

March brought our Choral Festival that included several schools participating at White Cliffs Middle School. Mr. Grassi also took a group of students to the Grand Canyon for a great hiking experience and to witness the wonder of the canyon and learn about its history.

April was completely dedicated to the completion of the AIMS/Stanford 10 testing. We also participated in the Band Festival where several of our students played with the rest of the elementary school musicians at Kingman Middle School.

May brought not only an end to the school year but things such as Mr. Grassi's Hualapai hike, our Mental Math competition, Art/Literacy Night, a band/vocal performance, two authors, a student/faculty softball game, honor assemblies, movies and fun activities to round out the year.

Congratulations to all our District Mental Math winners for LaSenita. Zachary Allen took fifth place for the first-grade competition, Todd Cobanovich second place in the second-grade competition, Andrea Gutierrez took fourth place in the third-grade competition, Gage Plummer took second place in the fourth-grade competition, and Courtney Smith took third place in the third-grade Multiplication Bee.

Throughout the year, we have also honored many of our students and faculty with Student of the Week, Student of the Month, Teacher of the Week and Teacher of the Month awards. We also honored our students for their good behavior with Caught Being Good and Bringing Up Grades certificates.

Things have been hopping at La Senita, and next year will bring even more to the students, parents and faculty.

Upcoming events

6/1/10-6/24/10: ELL Summer School held at Hualapai Elementary Monday through Thursday 8 a.m.- noon.