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Making Gravity Art

Students in the 3rd - 5th Grade Learning Lab group worked on an interesting art project on Wednesday afternoon under the direction of Miss Delisle.  

They used different tools to create the different effects of the "splatter" from the paint and gravity:


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Classroom teachers across the state of Missouri are given the opportunity to apply for a grant through the MDC Discover Nature Schools Nature Unleashed program.  With this grant teachers have the chance to promote conservation education through instructional units through resources and funding from the grant. 

One of the units the students have done with the grant is to plant Boxwood shrubs between the main building and the art/music building.  Not only will this be a beautiful addition to the campus, it has a purpose.  As they grow they will provide shelter from any debris and wind.  

Pictured below are:
Bella, Violet, Constance, Mr. Allen, Brayden, Caine and JC planting the new boxwoods. 


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September PeaceBuilders

Students at Matthews Elementary are chosen each month as "Peacebuilders of the Month" by showing that they are capable of praising people, giving up put downs and seeking and being wise people.  They were also chosen because of their ability to make smart choices and help others around them.  

Congratulations to:

Kambri (PK), Noah (K), Sarah (K), Jersey (1st), Gavin (2nd), Ethan (3rd), Amber (4th) and Kiyla (5th) and our staff PeaceBuilder Ms. Destiny!

Our Community Peacebuilder is Ms. Debbie Grimes for helping us set up for our Grandparents Day Breakfast and assisting Nurse Barbara during our yearly screenings. 




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What do the two have in common?  The Peacebuilder program  teaches students about being kind to others, working to bring peace to the community and to school.  The elephant is none other than sweet Dumbo!  Students in the Morning PreK class spent some time in the library being read the book Dumbo and learning what it means to care about each other and be accepting of each others differences. 

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Meet Ms. McSpadden

Students and staff at Matthews Elementary are so excited to welcome Ms. Destiny McSpadden as a full time librarian for our building!  Ms. McSpadden has been with New Madrid County R1 School district for 13 years.  She has worked at the High school level, at New Madrid Elementary and now we welcome her here!   

Ms. Destiny has made the Library into a tropical oasis for students and teachers alike; with her tiki hut check out counter to the oceanic views that adorn the wall.  

Welcome to Matthews Ms. McSpadden! We are so HaPpY to have you here!

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Kindergarten students that have registered for the upcoming school year were able to come to Matthews Elementary the week of July 15th for the annual Kindergarten Camp.  During the camp the students were introduced to their future teachers, Mrs. Palmer and Miss Myers, they were prepared for what it will be like in the classes with activities, playtime, new friends and proper bus procedures.  On the last day of camp, those that were in attendance were giving certificates of completion and two students, Arianna and Randy, won brand new backpacks filled with supplies! 




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RPDC Nominee

We're so pleased to recognize our very own Ashley Palmer as a nominee for the 2019 - 2020 Southeast Regional Professional Development Centers Teacher of the Year! 

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The Celia Riley Delisle Citizenship award was handed out on May 21st to one deserving student. 
In order to be considered for the award, a student must show leadership, kindness, dedication to being a peacebuilder to her teacher and her classmates.  This year the honor was given to Ella W.  in Mrs. Palmers Kindergarten class.  Ella is the youngest student to ever receive the honor and we are all so very proud of her and her accomplishment.  For all of her efforts, Ella was awarded with a brand new bicycle.  

Congratulations Ella!

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Library is Closed

Although there is still a couple of days left of school, today we had to hang up the "Library is Closed" sign as our 2018 -2019 Library Assistant has left us.  We were so lucky to get Miss Mattie Bolen this year as our Library Assistant; As a student in Mrs. Hanlin's fifth grade class, she would often say that she wanted to be a Librarian when she grew up.  With Miss Mattie's presence in the Library, students made more of an effort to go in and check out books, take AR tests and were quoted as saying that "Miss Mattie makes the Library such a fun place to be" 

We wish her all the best and can't wait to see what happens next!!  Good Luck Miss Mattie!!


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Although the week has come to an end, the appreciation we have for our teachers and staff  lives on daily.  To finish out our week we turn our attention to our Special Class department, which consists of PE, Art and Music.  

First, we'd like to recognize our Art teacher, Mrs. Hutcheson.  Mrs. H, as the students call her, has been with the district for 8 years . She is an awesome mom and has a love for the arts like no other.  She is a constant inspiration to her students and to the staff.  

Secondly, we'd like to recognize our Music teacher,  Mrs. Johnson.  Mrs. Johnson has been with the district for 15 years starting out as a school nurse, but her love of music took her back to school to get a degree in music education.  

Last, but not least,  we'd like to thank Coach Sapp for his 23 years with NMCC school district.  Coach has spent his years as a middle school baseball and basketball coach.  He is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and Mizzou Tigers!  He is the father of one son that attends college in Springfield.  Things wouldn't be the same in "Baseball Heaven" without him! 

Saying thank you is never enough!

These teachers work day in and day out to make Matthews Elementary the awesome school that it is!!  Please take a moment to thank your students teachers! 



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