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The Scripps National Spelling Bee will come again to Throop

October 22, 2015

Dear Throop Parents,

For the second year, Throop Elementary will be participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee program.  Students in grades 1-6 will be bringing home word lists that will be used in the classrooms.  Each grade level will hold spelling bees in their individual classrooms and then a grade level spelling bee to determine three top spellers for the grade level.  

Top spellers in grades 1-2 will be acknowledged in a convocation in January.  Top spellers in grade 3 will be acknowledged at the school wide spelling bee that will be held in January.

The three top spellers in grades 4-6 will complete in the school wide spelling bee that will take place in January.   The winning spellers will then compete in the county wide spelling bee in February.  Students from all Orange County schools will compete for the privilege of going to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Scripps Spelling Bee.  The Orange County winner will have all expenses paid for the speller and a chaperone.

Please encourage your child to study their spelling lists and be a part of this program.  The gains are great as good spellers are also good readers and writers.

Thank you for your attention,

Mrs. Van Emon


The Secrets of Excellence

Dear Throop Parents,

I would like to share some information I read recently. I hope you find it helpful while working with Throop Students.

Secrets of Excellent Students
A survey of straight-A students made by the University of Illinois at Chicago shows that:

1. They avoid interruptions. When studying, they don’t take phone calls, watch TV, or eat. They’re serious.

2. They may study at unusual places or times. Whether the time was early morning, late at night, or afternoon, they were consistent. They never missed it.

3. They are organized. They keep materials together in a desk, a drawer, or a backpack. Many filed each day’s papers by subject so they could be reviewed before a test.

4. They learn how to read better. In Getting Straight A’s, Gordon W. Green, Jr. says the secret of good reading is to be an active reader, one who asks questions that lead to fuller understanding.

5. They schedule large tasks and make the deadlines. For a report, they may divide the project into parts such as research, outline, write, review, and finalize.

6. They take good notes. Teachers test on what they summarize, so notes are vital. Good students also take notes on what they read.

7. They are neat. Their papers are clean and easy to read.

8. They ask for explanations if they don’t understand what the teacher says.

9. They often study together and discuss problems with each other for better understanding.

10. They test themselves. Before a test, great students predict what will be asked and determine whether they know the answers.

11. They do more than required. Part of learning is practicing, they say. The more you practice, the more you learn.

The most important secret of super achievers is the contribution of their parents. Parents set high standards for them and help them to develop a love of learning.



TES to be Future Ready

You may now access all Throop news through school website or by downloading the mobile Paoli School app.

Once the home page is accessed, click on yellow arrows to locate classroom newsletters.  Newsletters will contain skills, vocabulary words, spelling words, and assignments that will be focused  instruction for the week.  The main page also contains a tab for student and parent information.  In this space you will find many resources including information on Chrome Books, bullying reports and bus transportation.

By clicking Throop Elementary under Schools tab, you will find tabs for daily announcements, calendars, information for students and parents and Throop Beat articles.  By clicking Daily Announcement,  you may find specific information about activities and last minute changes for the day. This area of  website may be updated at the beginning and  end of each day with the most recent information possible.  The calendar tab will contain daily building agenda for staff and student activities for the entire year.  Daily updates will be made as additional activities are planned.  To the right of calendar, you will find a  weekly agenda of activities and information.  Under For Students you will find the Throop menu for lunch and breakfast.  Student Handbook is also located there.  For Parents includes current lunch account information and a copy of the most recent Purple and Gold newsletter.

Elm Street Production Company is responsible for creating the Throop Beat webpage and news articles  appearing  in the local Paoli newspaper.  The website contains even more articles from each classroom teacher and highlights informational articles created by  high ability students.

Our school is making every effort to be future ready in instruction and communication.  Soon, emphasis will be on digital communication and less on paper copies of newsletters.  Our students are incorporating technology into their daily world, and we know parents will also become more “tech savvy.”

To take advantage of the free school app,  go to your app store and add it to your phone or device.  Of course, you may access all information by going to



Future Ready Schools

Paoli Community Schools, under the leadership of Superintendent Casey Brewster and the Paoli Community School Board, are investing in your child’s future through emphasis on technology.

At the beginning of this school year, students in grades 9-12 received  1-1 electronic devices to use at school and  home for learning.  January 5, 2015 is set for students in grades 6-8 to receive their 1-1 electronic devices.

What does 1-1 mean?  It means that every student will have his/her own device to access websites and unlimited resources on the internet.  The 2015-2016 school year will provide the remainder of  elementary students with  1-1 devices.  In August  2015, Paoli schools will roll-out these devices to grades 3-5.  January 2016 is the anticipated date for primary students to receive 1-1 devices.

The Google Chromebook is the device of choice for students in grades 6-12.  Decisions are still being made for  devices that best fit the needs of  students in  younger grades.

What does this mean for the future, and how will Paoli schools be “Future Ready?”  The school board has committed to the following endeavors:

  • Work collaboratively to transform teaching and learning using technology
  • Provide  supportive technology infrastructure for wireless access
  • Provide teachers training to effectively leverage learning data to drive instruction
  • Provide professional development for teachers to utilize effect strategies and incorporate technology into the classroom instruction
  • Provide students with regular access to devices for learning so students can be active learners
  • Expand access to college, career, and citizenship opportunities

This is a very exciting time for students, parents, and educators.   In this time of change, we all realize that there are many new things to learn, a time to build confidence, and a time to make adjustments.   All of these things will happen and Paoli students will be “Future Ready.”



Scripp’s Spelling Bee Returns to Throop

After several years of hiatus, Throop students will again have the opportunity to participate in the Scripp’s Spelling Bee sponsored by Orange County Publishing and Orange County Community Foundation.  Miles Flynn, local news reporter, has been instrumental in reviving this event in the schools of Orange County, and we owe him a huge thank you.

Scripp’s Spelling Bee word lists have gone home with students in grades 1-6. Students in grades 1, 2, and 3 will have the opportunity to participate in a classroom spelling bee with the top three classroom winners participating in grade level spelling bees prior to January. The first, second, and third place finishers in each grade will be recognized at the Throop school bee in January. Students in grades 4, 5, and 6 will participate in the class, grade level and the Throop School Bee in January. There will be classroom and grade level spelling bees with the first, second, and third place finishers in grades 4, 5, and 6 moving on to participate in the Throop School Bee to be held on January 23, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. The top three spellers in the Throop School Bee will join other top spellers from the elementary and middle school students from all three county schools. The county bee will take place at the PHS Auditorium on February 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. The first place winner of the Orange County Spelling Bee will participate in the Scripp’s National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. on May 24, 2015. The student and one chaperone will travel, all expenses paid, to the national event.

Good luck to all the students as they prepare for each level of completion. Their preparation will enhance their academics, provide them an opportunity to feel the excitement of the competition, and a sense of pride for their accomplishments.

Dream about the possibilities,


Dear Parents of Throop Elementary,

Dear Throop Parents,

Below you will find a recent letter from our State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz. In her letter she highlights some of the changes that teachers and students are experiencing as the Indiana Academic Standards and assessments are changing.
October 14, 2014.

As the fall season settles on Indiana and colors begin to change, educators across the state are experiencing change in the way we teach and measure student growth and performance. The immediate change, the change that we are all experiencing with our students, is the advanced rigor of our new assessments. The 2014-15 E/LA and Math Acuity Readiness Assessments for grades 3-8 are being administered in classrooms, and the results are catching some educators by surprise.

We are beginning to move away from the “teach to the test” Philosophy, and move toward an assessment system that no longer measures how well our students can do on a test, but instead measures their college and career readiness. Educators must be prepared for a transition in the way they prepare our students for a system of assessments designed to measure how well prepared our students are for college and the workplace.

Today’s Acuity and ISTEP+ are designed to measure our students’ depth of knowledge, and where they perform in relation to Indiana’s new standards.

Changes to our system of assessments will create opportunities for our educators to embrace methods of teaching learners how to learn. Our educators will need the resources and expertise to design student-centered inquiry-based lessons that will engage students to be critical readers and thinkers.

Please ensure that your staff, teachers and parents are aware of, and utilizing, the numerous resources found on the IDOE’s website and below in the memorandum section. Furthermore, in the Assessment section of the IDOE website, one can find resources related to testing windows, 2014-15 assessment resources, examples of items found on the new ISTEP+, and contact information of IDOE staff.
Glenda Ritz, Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Our teachers are spending a tremendous amount of time “unwrapping” the new standards and implementing assessments that will allow our students the opportunity to be exposed to rigorous instruction and activities that promote a deeper level of knowledge. Our teachers and our students are experiencing much change and I encourage all of our parents to be as familiar with the standards and knowledge expectations as possible. Please take time to learn more by accessing the Indiana Department of Education’s website. The information is helpful to all stakeholders.



Conferences Set for October 16th and 17th


Conferences Set for October 16th and 17th

parent-teacher-student-conference.143131028_stdA growing body of evidence suggests  family engagement matters for student success.  Research shows family engagement improves school readiness, student achievement, and social skills.  As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher.  You and your child’s teacher have something in common:  You both want your child to learn and do well.  When parents and teachers talk to each other, each person can share important information about your child’s talents and needs.  Each person can also learn something new about how to help your child.

Parent-teacher conferences are best when both people talk and listen.  The conference is a time for you to learn about your child’s progress in school:  Ask to see data about your child’s attendance, grades, and test scores.  Find out if your child is meeting school expectations and academic standards.  This is  also a time for the teacher to learn about what your child is like at home.

Good parent-teacher conferences focus on how well the child is doing in school.  Conferences can also provide conversation as to how the child can do even better.  To get ready for the conference, look at your child’s homework, tests, and notices before the conference.  Be sure to bring a list of questions that you would like to ask the teacher.

Just like you, teachers want your child to succeed.  You will probably hear positive feedback about your child’s progress and areas for improvement.  Be prepared by thinking about your child’s strengths and challenges beforehand.  Be ready to ask questions about ways you and the teacher can help your child with some of his or her challenges.

Follow up by writing down the plan that is agreed to in the conference.  Be sure to include your child in the follow-up.   Show him or her how you will help with learning at home.  Ask for his or her suggestions.  Keep these principles in mind for a great parent-teacher conference:


Best intentions assumes

Emphasis on learning

Home – school collaboration

Examples and evidence

Active listening

Respect for all

Dedication to follow-up

See you at this year’s conferences,