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Kindergarteners Learn About Fire Safety

James City County Fire Department came to Matoaka to teach kindergarteners about fire safety.student with firefighter

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Meet Matoaka’s 2018-2019 SCA Officers

Left to right: Samantha Andresky- Vice-president, Geremiah Delvalle- President, Campbell Marshall- Secretary, Jeffrey Hennessey- treasurer, Ben Gershowitz- Historian

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Matoaka Celebrates Unity Day 2018

Matoaka students celebrated Unity Day 2018 by wearing orange and being kind to each other. Students signed pledges and proudly displayed their commitment to being kind. Click on the  picture to see more images from Unity Day 2018 at our school.

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  This coming Tuesday is National Mix it Up at Lunch Day! and Wednesday is National Unity Day.

Matoaka Elementary School is a registered participant of Mix it Up.

On Unity Day we all wear orange as a sign of support and a united way to say that we will not tolerate bullying at our school.  In addition to wearing orange, on Unity Day students and teachers participate in a school-wide pledge against bullying.  This year’s theme focuses on how to prevent bullying which is by being: kind, caring, respectful, and inclusive. That’s why our theme is We Are a Community: Everyone Fits in Here!

Thank you in advance for your help with our bullying prevention efforts, not just in October but the whole year through!

Destiney Harris, M.Ed
School Counselor
Matoaka Elementary School


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Mrs. Pesola’s Students Are “On Board” with Learning!

This year, fourth graders have a new learning tool in their classrooms that is taller than their teachers and as big as a bulletin board. The new interactive whiteboard provides opportunity to engage in learning with direct interaction with the screen. Math lesson came alive in Mrs. Pesola’s class when students worked directly on the screen.

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Matoaka’s Students are Campaigning for 2018-19 Elections

The hallways of Matoaka are alive with student speeches and active discussions about the upcoming elections for Student Council.

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Buzzing with Excitement for the Matoaka’s Annual Walk-a-Thon!

Matoaka’s PTA President is a true super hero when it comes to getting the students ready for the upcoming Walk-a-Thon. The Matoaka Cardinal and a friendly T-Rex joined in the fun as the students arrived to school. What a terrific way to start the day!

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Mr. Jenkin’s Exploding Lesson!!!

Third graders in Mr. Jenkins class are very excited about The Scientific Method. The class conducted the Mentos Volcano experiment during an outdoor lesson. Students created a hypothesis, then had to list their materials and procedures from the experiment. Once the experiment was over, they had to tell if their hypothesis was correct or not.

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