The annual PROWL Night will be this Thursday, October 30th, 2014 from 630 - 800pm. Our families, friends, alumni, and neighborhood friends are invited. Tickets are only 25-cents. Trash Can Band, Sell Key Chains for Firefighters in California, Pop Walk, Basketball Free Throw Shooting, Decorating Cookies, Pumpkin Decorating Contest,Ghostly Bowling, Book-Walk, Pumpkin Toss and Pumpkin Ring Toss, Selling Takis and suckers and the AVID Haunted Dome!
Congratulations to our Support Staff of the Month, Lisa Gasper. Her nomination was by a fellow staff member and read, "The cafeteria workers are often under-appreciated, by both the staff and students (staff just complains less about the food). In spite of all of this, it is hard to ignore how she leads her crew in supporting PRIDE expectations at Coleman. Each day she is prepared, coming in hours before breakfast and even staying after school to help with ASP snacks. She is kind to each student and staff member and in turn promotes a culture of respect. She is focused on making the best use of all of her supplies and not wasting or losing track of food. The thing that I appreciate most about her is her desire to be excellent in all facets of life. She is eager to learn new things herself and is very supportive of her fellow cafeteria workers in their pursuit of higher education. She is an incredible contributor here at Coleman."
Congratulations to our Teacher of the Month, Catherine Arellano. Her nomination was by a fellow teacher and read, "Every day I see her moving about the hallway at about 100 miles an hour but she still has time to speak to Teachers, Staff and most importantly the students. Her duties with family engagement help us link home to the school so we all can create that connection to help us be successful with teaching our kids. There is a direct correlation with her involvement in family movie night and how successful the evening was. Her energy that night was infectious. She has shown that she truly cares about the success of her students. She collaborates constantly with each team to ensure the students are recognized for great behavior or if they may need all of us to touch base with a kid so they can be more successful. A good example of this collaboration involves a student she has for AVID and I have for two hours. This student was having a hard time adjusting to his new challenging schedule. She sat down with him and explained how we are all here to help him be successful but he must start the process and take responsibility for his education. I don’t know exactly how the conversation went but this student has turned it around. He is a fantastic kid and just needed a little push. Without her we may not have turned the corner. She touches us all and we would be lost if she was not a Cougar."
Students attended grade level assemblies during recess the week of September 15-19 to review our schoolwide and district expectations regarding BULLYING, HARASSMENT, AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT. Here are some of the basic highlights of the information students will be learning.
At Coleman, Bullying is:
- Purposeful behavior that intends to cause harm or distress.
- Is repeated over time.
- Occurs in a relationship where there is an imbalance of power.
At Coleman, Harassment includes:
Verbal or physical behavior that puts another person down shows hostility toward another person or group of persons based on their Race; Color; Religion; Gender; National Origin; Age;Disability; or Sexual Orientation.
At Coleman, Sexual Harassment includes:
Unwanted and unwelcome behavior which interferes with your right to an education or to participate in school activities.Sexual harassment may result from words or conduct of a sexual nature that offend, stigmatize, demean, frighten, or threaten you because of your sex. Sexual harassment may cause the target to feel uncomfortable, embarrassed or threatened. Sexual harassment can happen once or many times.
Have a Problem, Question, or Concern?
Students and parents are encouraged to contact the school administration at 973-6600 or to email them directly here: Mr. Freund Ms. Brown Mr. Sweat
We also provide special SPEAK UP lockers in each hallway for students to place anonymous tips or complaints and make use of the districts SPEAK UP anonymous tip line. You can text 'SPEAKUP' plus your tip information to CRIMES (274637) or click the SPEAKUP tab on the left of this website.
We now have LONG SLEEVED Spirit Shirts.Thanks to the hardwork of the Coleman PTO and the design savvy of parent Nathan Williams.
Shirts are $13 for sizes S-XL and $15 for any XXL and larger. See Mrs. Alliband in A HAll Office or contact Asst. Principal, Angie Brown for more info.
On Friday, September 26th, our Coleman Cougars learned about the importance of staying in school and getting a good education from a popular messenger. Wichita State University Men’s Basketball Player Fred VanVleet met with students to share how it’s never too early to think about college. He first met with AVID students to talk about the importance of getting a college education and the importance of doing well in school. After speaking with AVID students, he addressed the entire school.He shared that it’s okay to do well in school and said he was a “nerd.” He encouraged them to never give up and that the teachers and staff at school want them to succeed.“It really does matter that you have people in your corner who care about you and want you to do well,” he said. VanVleet also shared with students that what they do now can have an impact on them in the future. He encouraged them to make good choices now. VanVleet says he likes to talk with students and be a role model for them.“I say a lot of the same things that their teachers are saying, but sometimes when they hear it from someone else they soak it up. I know that was the case when I was growing up,” he said.
Some students at Coleman Middle School get a different school lunch once a week. Members of the school’s Garden Club are able to eat what they grow. The group has set up a small garden near the school’s entrance where they are growing vegetables and herbs. During their lunch period, the
students tend to the garden, pull weeds, trim plants and harvest what they grow. After time in the garden, they cook what they picked and eat it for lunch.“The students learn about healthy eating choices and how delicious fresh food can be,” said Judith Wencil, volunteer site contact at Coleman who supervises Garden Club. “They learn that cooking a healthy meal at home doesn’t have to be difficult and they want to try it themselves.”“It’s fun and the food tastes better because you can be creative and you have ownership of it,” said Scottee Schmeidler, eighth-grade student at Coleman. “I can make food the way I want.”
She was nominated for the Golden Apple by a parent, who said she "sees the potential in her students, which makes them strive to do better. She sparks her students’ imagination and encourages them to be successful."
Golden Apple recipients are nominated by school staff, parents and community members to showcase their contribution to the classroom. The teacher receives $250, a pizza party for his/her classroom, a Golden Apple trophy and is featured on KAKE-TV during their 6 p.m. Saturday newscast.
To nominate a teacher for the Golden Apple, click HERE.
Coleman will be honored at the KAMSA Spring Conference Luncheon on May 9, 2014.
Katie Richardson, 6th grade language arts teacher at Coleman Middle School – New Teacher, Secondary category
Kathleen C. Bastin, science teacher at Coleman Middle School – Middle School Teacher category
Click here to watch videos of the recipients in their classrooms.
During the meeting, it was announced that Bethany Lewallen and Katie Richardson will represent the district for the Kansas Horizon Award competition, which recognizes outstanding first-year teachers.
The recipients were surprised with the award at their schools on February 27 by BOE members, district leadership and members of the selection committee.
The Distinguished Classroom Teacher Awards program honors outstanding teachers who affect the quality of education in the Wichita Public Schools. Peers, building administrators or parents have nominated each of the recipients. A committee consisting of principals, assistant principals, teachers, support staff, the assistant superintendents of elementary and secondary schools and a member of United Teachers of Wichita selects the final recipients.
To view past winners, including Coleman teachers Marie Hampton, 2012, and Frances Oare, 2013, click here.
Each were asked questions about mentors, life lessons and hobbies.
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