On Tuesday, December 3rd AGS will host both a Book Fair and Dine Around event in the Geneva Commons located on Randall Road. The Book Fair will be held at Barnes & Noble and two restaurants will be supporting the AGS PTO......California Pizza Kitchen and Fresh D'Lite. Please consider shopping at Barnes & Noble and then perhaps dining at either California Pizza Kitchen or Fresh D'Lite. When dining at these restaurant you MUST present an appropriate flyer.
Click HERE to view the schedule of Guest Readers at Barnes & Noble
Click HERE to view & print the Barnes & Noble flyer.
Click HERE to view & print the California Pizza Kitchen flyer.
Clicik HERE to view & print the Fresh D'Lite flyer.
Please consider shopping at Five Below located on Randall Road in Geneva on any of these three weekends to help support the AGS PTO.
November 29 - December 1
December 6 - December 8
December 13 - December 15
While shopping you MUST bring the appropriate flyer for AGS to get the proper credit. Please ckick HERE to obtain the flyer.
This year the AGS Fall Book Fair will be held at Barnes & Noble located in the Geneva Commons on December 3, 2013 from the hours of 9:00 am until 10:00 pm. A portion of all sales will be donated back to the AGS PTO.
To find out more information about the book fair please click HERE to read the flyer.
Please consider supporting the AGS PTO by visiting the Batavia Panera located on Wilson Street on Thursday, November 7th from the hours of 6:00 am until 9:00 pm. BEtween 10-20% of total sales will be donated back to the AGS PTO. A flyer MUST be presented to the cashier at the time of purchase. Please click HERE to retrieve a copy of the flyer.
All AGS families need to verify their account in order to have access to the online directory set up for AGS. Please visit www.atozdirectories.com to login to your account via desktop. Questions or concerns please contact the school officce.
Thanks to everyone who attended the Back to School Coffee. Congratulations to Kristine Mitchell, winner of the Gator Gold gift certificate.
Check out this video for information about the Clothing & Toy Resale coming September 13 & 14, 2013.
President - Molly Haworth
1st Vice President - Kim Ambrose
2nd Vice President - Somya Bergman
Director of Classroom Support - Nancy Kerr
Director of Communications - Marcie Mefford
Director of Ways and Means - Laura Milhousen & Debbie Rempert
Secretary - Dawn Scheck
Treasurer - Charlotte Vrba
Teacher Representative - Sue Sokolinski
Principal - Dr. Jan Wright
Thanks to Soccer Success, the management company of Sportsplex of St Charles, from where they run Coerver Coaching in Illinois, Lil' Kickers programs and the Sports Performance Academy, for its generous donation to the AGS PTO to help purchase new soccer nets for the playground! Soccer Success was founded on the principles of providing the “best of class” products and services for its customers, and providing the right environment for clients to be successful in the U.S. youth soccer market.
This month’s focus: Technology Tools
The iPad pilot program launched at AGS by Raquel Lightbourne-Coley
Batavia Public Schools launched an iPad pilot program at AGS as part of a new technology initiative to determine how students benefit educationally by using their own personal learning device while at school.
Early in the school year, each fifth grade student received a third generation iPad for use during the school day. An iPad is a tablet computer produced by Apple that provides students with the ability to read articles, take notes, download books and research information that will keep them engaged and motivated to learn. They also give teachers immediate insight into what students may or may not understand, and provide strategies to address any challenges before moving on to other content.
Specific goals for the iPad program include increasing student engagement, improving academic achievement and providing opportunities to enhance student learning. The pilot will be evaluated through surveys of students and teachers participating in the program. The information collected will assist the district in determining possible next steps regarding the use of personal devices at school.
In preparation for the pilot, fifth grade teachers at AGS were given their own iPads prior to the beginning of the school year and received training over the summer. They visited a neighboring school district to learn best practices and see practical ways to apply the technology in the classroom. “I’ve already seen how the iPads have increased engagement and collaboration among students. We are able to problem-solve as well as design and create assignments together,” said Larke Curnock, fifth grade teacher at AGS.
The iPad Pilot Program grew out of the district’s new vision for what teaching and learning is going to look like in the 21st century. “There is a great quote from Dewey that says, ‘if we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow,” says Tony Inglese, Chief Information Officer at Batavia Public Schools. “We know the world is completely different and students need different skills in order to compete. These devices will be used to help students learn. But we have to have structure. Eventually, students will bring their own devices. We’ll be able to share content with students no matter what device they have. But until that technology matures or we have a systems capacity to do that, we are going to experiment.”
Parents, see it live!
At the December 14 movie night, AGS teachers will be conducting live demonstrations for parents, while the movie is playing. Parents will have the chance to see technology in the classroom and how it is used.
How can parents help with the Technology Initiative?
If you know of any grants or foundations the tech team can pursue for funding, please e-mail Susan Andersen email@example.com.
How are we doing?
Funds raised to date: $83,650
Total percentage achieved to date: 42%
This month’s focus on technology tools:
The MimioBoard Interactive Whiteboard
Gone are the days of chalk boards and chalk dust. AGS classrooms are now implementing Mimio brand whiteboards, which are software-driven interactive dry-erase boards.
By using the Mimio stylus, the whiteboard picks up what teachers or students write on it and sends it immediately to the classroom's computer, where students can watch their handiwork appear as if by magic. If a child makes a mistake, they simply use the included eraser to remove that material, and it will transfer the erasure to the computer as well.
Teachers have the flexibly of using the boards as traditional dry erase boards or with projectors. Their wireless capability means teachers aren't tethered to their computer and there are no cables. Teachers can save their whiteboard notes and drawings to computers to reuse in the future.
For example, Mrs. Green’s first grade class uses the Mimio:
- · To practice short and long vowels
- · To make graphs for math
- · To play vertebrate jeopardy
- · To play Everyday Math games
- · To learn about nouns, verbs and adjectives
- · To introduce and practice word families
- · To play word family jeopardy
“Using the Mimio Wizard, we can create a lesson to introduce or reinforce skills such as syllables in words, vowels, even and odd numbers, shape classification, and animal classification,” says Mrs. Green.
These are just a few ways the Mimio interactive whiteboards are being used to engage students while learning. There are other technology tools AGS students use in the classroom and each month, parents will have the opportunity to learn more them in future Gator Gazettes.
If you know of any grants or foundations the tech team can pursue for funding, please e-mail Susan Andersen.
How are we doing?
Funds raised to date: $74,480*
Total percentage achieved to date: 37.24%
*Every 5th grade student has an iPad due to a District 101 test; this number is not figured into our funding.
Follow us online: www.agspto.org and click on “Technology Initiative.”
You could win your own Apple iMac computer and help AGS win $25,000 in technology tools! ZAGG is a technology company that manufactures mobile device accessories and product lines such as skins, shields and other products to protect consumers' mobile devices.
ZAGG's "Tech for Schools Giveaway" offers a $25,000 technology endowment and participating couldn't be easier! It takes seconds to participate by simply visiting www.ZAGG.com/schools and entering your e-mail, first and last name, school name, city and state.
What's in it for you? Each day you enter, you increase your chances of winning your OWN Apple iMac computer. You can submit an entry EVERY DAY. The giveaway ends November 12, 2012. Winners will be announced on November 14.
Please visit the ZAGG.com/schools web site daily to vote and improve the chances of winning for both you and Alice Gustafson School. Giveaway rules and details can be found at ZAGG.com/schools.
Look at the beautiful progess being made in the AGS courtyard! Today Wasco Nursery was out planting shrubs. Keep your eye on the courtyard for more exciting changes!