Jennifer Miller was nominated for Williamsburg Area Reading Council’s 2017 Liz Beckhouse Reading Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Miller was nominated in recognition of the many creative ways she engages her students in reading and literacy learning, including her “Operation Nonfiction” text surgery event and her Reading Detectives mystery event. Congratulations to Mrs. Miller!
Matoaka’s “Little Helping Hands” after-school service club creates crafts to be provided to children in local hospitals. Here are the students and club sponsors with their completed fleece blankets.
March was Fine Arts Month at Matoaka, which included a recognition of both art and music programs. Events included performances by an Army band and the Lafayette High School orchestra, demonstrations by potters, an author talk, and hallways filled with student artwork.
In honor of Matoaka’s tenth birthday, students and staff created a special celebration design that was captured by drone photography. The Student Council Association served students Matoaka birthday cake, the PTA provided cake for teachers and staff, and everyone received commemorative wristbands as part of the special celebration. The five-year time capsule was opened and displayed, and a ten-year time capsule is being created.
Happy 10th birthday Matoaka! Teachers and staff who have been at Matoaka since it opened in 2007 gathered for a commemorative photo to mark the occasion. Additional celebrations will include birthday cake and wristbands for students, burying a time capsule for future generations to uncover and marvel at, and a drone photo of the entire student body and staff. It’s been a great ten years and we’re ready for more!
Matoaka staff and students have “adopted” Brick Bat Road for clean-up. Led by organizer Gayle Harmon, a 2nd-grade teacher, and Nature Club sponsor Dawn Forgit, a kindergarten teacher, staff, students, and other volunteers gave Brick Bat Road a spring cleaning on a recent March day. We thank them for their efforts to keep our neighborhood clean!