By Dierdre Jones/ Peabody Elementary Staff
The atmosphere at Peabody Elementary’s Spelling Bee was much like that of a game show. The participants sat nervously in their seats awaiting the opportunity to spell a word that pronouncer, Dr. Susan Dold would enunciate. Each one having hopes of earning the coveted title: “Champion Speller.”
The audience waited with great anticipation and bated breath as each participant walked to the microphone and listened for their word, only exhaling after each attempt. This ambiance continued until the judges announced Reuben Dailey, a 5th grade student, as the winner.
Rueben has held the title of Champion Speller for the past three years. He will represent Peabody at the final local competition February 1st at the Al Chymia Shrine Center. Cameron Weatherpoon placed second, while Dontavious Siggers placed third. Both are fourth grade students.
We are proud of all student participants!
By Dierdre Jones/Peabody Faculty
If you ask the students at Peabody Elementary about their greatest love, you are likely to hear them say, “My grandparents.” Over a three day span the overwhelming visibility of grandparents was proof positive. More than 150 grandparents filled Peabody Elementary’s cafetorium to capacity. The special occasion, was our annual Grandparent’s Day Luncheon.
As each guest arrived they were welcomed with a visitor’s badge and a sweet treat by the school secretary, Mrs. Wilkes. With all of the preliminaries out of the way, our special guests were then directed to the cafetorium to meet their grandchildren.
It was a heartwarming experience to watch the expressions of the students and grandparents as they caught each other’s eye upon entering the cafetorium. The grandparents were happy to be there and the smile on the students’ faces showed that the feeling was mutual.
According to Alison Webb’s grandfather, Mr. Alvin Ferguson, he has attended the Grandparent’s Luncheon for six years and has enjoyed it every year. He not only enjoys eating with Alison but also seeing and talking to the teachers and staff.
Fourth grade student, Lauren Dunnam, was all smiles as she sat between her great grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz. Her face is always aglow when she speaks of her weekly visits with them. These are memories that Lauren will cherish forever.
Grandparent’s Day is “Grand” at Peabody Elementary School because our students appreciate and celebrate one of their greatest loves – Grandparents!
I would be remiss not to mention one of my greatest loves, my 94 year old Granny Annie Lou Johnson, to whom this article is dedicated. There would be no me without you.
By Deirdre Jones / Peabody Elementary International Studies Coordinator
Peabody Elementary’s first school-wide assembly resembled a small theater production more than it did your average school assembly. Academic and behavior expectations were explained and reinforced through role playing. The students used skits to demonstrate the required behavior expectations for the cafeteria, hallway, and restroom.
Then, they “walked the runway” to a snazzy hip hop beat showing off the appropriate selections and colors for the school uniform.
The second and final half of the program focused on bullying. Students used drama to show the “bully circle,” how to help a friend who is being bullied, and the “No Bullying” box, which we will be housed in the cafetorium. Anonymous tips about bullying can be placed in the box for further investigation.
Principal Melanie Nelson and Counselor Christopher Jones acted as creative directors. In addition to developing the skits, they also engaged the audience members by having them state what they noticed after each presentation. The assembly was an excellent example of Ben Franklin’s popular quote, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
Because Peabody Elementary’s students are involved and actively engaged in the learning process, they are off to a great start!