Walker’s Blog Bits:

4th Grade- Austin

Teacher Appreciation Week 

   One great teacher can make all the difference in a child’s life. Teachers may not always see the impact of their work on students and families, but testimonies received from parents and students are proof that good teaching is a powerful thing. I invite you to post a comment or a note of appreciation to a teacher or staff member who has made a difference in your (or your child’s) life. 

Calendar of Events: 

  • May 3rd-7th  Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 7th:  OAA Dance 1:00 (3rd & 4th grade) 2:00 (5th grade)
  • May 10th:  PTA Meeting 6:30 in AE Library
  • May 11th:  2010-11 Kindergarten Orientation 9:00 in Gym
  • May 13th:  Volunteer Reception 4:00 in Gym
  • May 27th:  Kindergarten Graduation
  • May 29th:  Last Day of School


West Clermont is currently taking appointments for kindergarten enrollment for the 2010-2011 school year. Enrollments will now be handled at the district office through the new Central Enrollment Center.  Please contact the district office at 943-5000 in order to schedule an appointment.  

Blog 101:  I invite you to allow your children to interact with me by posting comments, taking surveys and/or submitting stories to be added to the school blog.  I envision this site to be a valuable source of information and an interactive approach to exploring 21st Century Technology Skills. 


New Building Photos


The Stage with Music Room in Background

Primary Classroom Instructional Wall

View of hallway

OAA Pep Rally

3rd, 4th and 5th grade students participated in a pep rally on Friday, April 16th in order to celebrate the upcoming Ohio Achievement Assessments.  Each classroom created a song, cheer or rap designed to motivate their peers.  The pep rally ended with teachers leading students in a VERY LOUD cheer…  “OAA, bring it on!”

OAA Spirit Day: Fancy Friday

Amelia Elementary students celebrated during OAA spirit week by dressing in their “very best” on Fancy Friday.  I am certain that you will enjoy the following photos:  🙂 

Smartboard 101:

Amelia Elementary teachers went “back to school” this week to learn about the new technology that will be available in classrooms during the 2010-2011 academic school year.  Teachers will continue to receive professional development during the remaining weeks of the school year in order to interact with the technology that will provide students with a hands-on approach to classroom learning, as well as engage students in today’s high paced technological world.


Mrs. Schneider Learning How to Use Smartboard Technology


For a long time, chalkboards were the standard method of displaying and relaying information in most classrooms. As technology advanced, the messy chalkboard was replaced by the white board, a flat, plastic surface that could be drawn or written on with special markers and then erased with little to no mess. As the chalkboard gave way to the whiteboard, the whiteboard is being replaced by a newer invention, the smartboard. Invented in 1991, the smartboard is a digital whiteboard that is touch sensitive and runs off of a personal computer. It is an interactive whiteboard that can save and store any information that is written on it, as well as enable the user to refer to notes downloaded from the Internet or other sources.

Most smartboards have the same features, allowing users to input data through the use of plastic pens that contain no ink, the user’s hands, a wireless mouse or pointing device. The software for the smartboard is loaded onto a local computer or network, where smartboard-compatible software can then be called upon for use on the screen.

While the smartboard does not utilize a traditional keyboard or mouse, the tray that holds the digital pens has two functional mouse buttons, allowing the user to perform common functions. The pens, which do not use ink or electronic components, are programmed to display as different colors, typically blue, black, red and green. The pen tray also contains an eraser that works on the same principle as the pens. The smartboard software also allows users to bring up a digital keyboard that can then be utilized by pointing to the letters on the screen. A smartboard comes with its own program, called Notebook, which is commonly used by educators in a classroom setting.

Take a look at our future…

The New Amelia Elementary Gym

I am excited to post the latest photo from my visit to the new building this morning.  As you can see, the gym is almost complete.  I am sure that Mr. Davis is counting the days until he can hold class in this amazing gym!

OAA Spirit Week- Put a Cap on the OAA!!