Calculators and computers are great, but the people using them still need to know if an answer if reasonable. So children need to learn to estimate the answer in their heads. Here are some ways to foster mental math skills;

* Ask your child to give you quick answers to small math problems. For example, “I’ve put 3 cups of flour in the recipe, but it calls for 5 cups. How many more do I need?”
OR “I need to bring 24 drinks for your class party. They come in packages of six. How many packages should I buy?”

* Teach your child to estimate an answer. Sometimes, that means using numbers that make it easier to do a problem in your head. It’s hard to add 18 and 29 quickly, but it’s easy to add 20 and 30. So the answer to 18 + 29 should be close to 50.

* Ask often, “Is the answer reasonable?” Is it reasonable to add 17 and 35 and get 367? Why or why not?

* Ask for your child’s help at the grocery store.
You can ask your child to weigh vegetables, count items in the cart, compare unit prices or estimate your total grocery bill. Or use coupons to teach math. Ask, “If this coupon gives us 25 cents off, what will the final price be?”

Monday
Taco Salad w/Baked Chips & Cheese OR Turkey on Bun OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Cheese Sticks/Graham Crackers
Corn
Veggie Cup w/Ranch Dressing
Peaches

Tuesday
Chicken Noodle Soup w/ 1/2 Grilled Cheese Sandwich OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Cheese Sticks/Graham Crackers
Crackers
Potato Wedges
Broccoli/Cauliflower Cup w/Ranch Dressing
Pineapple
Fresh Fruit

Wednesday
Spaghetti w/Meatsauce/Breadstick OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Cheese Sticks/Graham Crackers
Tossed Salad
Carrot Sticks w/Ranch
Fruit

Thursday
Oven Roasted Chicken
Mac ‘n Cheese
Green Beans
Roll
Oranges
Fruit Cocktail

Friday
Cheese Pizza OR Grilled Cheese OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Cheese Sticks/Graham Crackers
Baked Beans
Tater Tots
Banana

Monday
Chicken Nuggets/Roll OR Ham on Bun OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Sticks/Graham Crackers
Mashed Potatoes
Broccoli w/Ranch
Pears

Tuesday
Chili w/ 1/2 Grilled Cheese OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Sticks/Graham Crackers
Tossed Salad
Carrot Sticks
Applesauce
Fresh Fruit

Wednesday
Ham/Egg/Cheese Biscuit OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Sticks/Graham Crackers
Hasbrowns
Cherry Tomatoes w/Ranch
Strawberries
Juice

Thursday
Taco Pie OR Turkey on Bun OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Sticks/Graham Crackers
Corn
Refried Beans
Pineapple

Friday

Beef Ravioli w/Bread stick & Cheese OR Grilled Cheese OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Sticks/Graham Crackers
Celery/Cucumbers/Tomato w/Ranch dressing
Peas
Banana

Last week, I went with our 4th graders to Environmental Science Camp. Although it rained, we still had lots of fun learning about birds, insects, reptiles, and soil. Our students got to participate in a pond study and used nets to catch tadpoles, crawdads, and minnows. We enjoyed spending time together and created some memories of a lifetime.

Monday
Chicken Fajita w/Cheese & Salsa OR Ham on Bun OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Cheese Sticks/Graham Crackers
Carrot Sticks w/Ranch
Refried Beans
Mandarin Oranges

Tuesday
Taco Soup w/Cheese & Baked Tostitos OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Cheese Sticks/Graham Crackers
Pinto Beans
Tossed Salad
Applesauce

Wednesday
Mini Corn Dogs OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Cheese Sticks/Graham Crackers
Corn on the Cob
Broccoli/Cauliflower w/Ranch
Strawberries
Fruit

Thursday
Hamburger on Bun OR Turkey on Bun OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Cheese Sticks/Graham Crackers
Broccoli w/Cheese
Tater Tots
Lettuce/Tomato
Fruit Cocktail
Fresh Fruit

Friday
Homemade Lasagna w/Bread stick OR Grilled Cheese OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Cheese Sticks/Graham Crackers
Celery/Cucumber/Tomato Cup w/Ranch
Peas
Banana

Our 5th grade students have recently completed their “Entrepreneur” projects. This was the final project for their economics unit. Students took loans from their parents or got investors to help with the cost of mass producing their items. On Thursday, March 27th, students sold their goods to students and teachers during the morning and to parents, guardians, and the community in the evening. Students sold such items as candles, cookies on a stick, banana splits, key chains, book marks, headache oil, chocolate dipped pretzel rods, pom pom animals, chili, chocolate spoons, mustache on a straw, mystery grab bags, coasters, and many other items. Students had to repay their loans to their parents/investors with interest. From selling their wares, students raised $1200 toward their end of the year field trip. Way to go Northside 5th graders!!!

Congratulations to our Academic Team and Mrs. Sarah!!!! They placed 2nd in the end of the year tournament. They have had a GREAT season!!!! Going into the tournament they had been beaten once, had tied one game, and had won the rest. I am so proud of them!!!!

Monday
Oven Roasted Chicken OR Ham on Bun OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Cheese/Graham Crackers
Mac N Cheese
Green Beans
Mandarin Oranges

Tuesday
Chicken Noodle Soup w/ 1/2 Grilled Cheese OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Cheese/Graham Crackers
Potato Wedges
Broccoli/Cauliflower w/Ranch dressing
Applesauce
Fresh Fruit

Wednesday
Spaghetti w/Meatsauce/Breadstick OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Cheese/Graham Crackers
Tossed Salad
Carrot Sticks w/Ranch
Fruit

Thursday
Taco Salad w/Baked Chips OR Turkey on Bun OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Cheese/Graham Crackers
Corn
Veggie Cup w/Ranch
Peaches
Blueberries

Friday
Cheese Pizza OR Grilled Cheese OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Cheese/Graham Crackers
Baked Beans
Tater Tots
Banana

Harrison County Board of Education approves amendment to calendar eliminating Spring Break.

For Immediate Release
March 5, 2014
For more information contact: 
Donald Richie
(859) 588-4705 or donald.richie@harrison.kyschools.us

CYNTHIANA, Ky. — Harrison County Students will be in class during the week of April 7-11, the time frame formerly slotted for the district’s Spring Break.

In a special meeting Wednesday, March 5, the Harrison County Board of Education voted unanimously to use those five days against the 22 which have been missed due to weather issues.

The change was necessitated by the latest batch of winter weather, which moved through the area Sunday night.

This move allows the district to keep June 6 as the last day for students instead of moving into the second week of June. Since three days were missed this week, the last day otherwise would have been June 13.

Harrison County Schools Superintendent Andy Dotson said using Spring Break in this regard was the best option.

“It would, at this point, be the right thing to do,” he said.

Harrison County Schools have missed 22 days as of March 5, the most in the past 20 years. The closest number of missed days during that time frame is a three-way tie at 17 in the 1993-94, 1995-96 and 2009-10 school years.

Before the days were missed this week, several changes had already been made to make up some of the snow days. Scheduled days off on Feb. 17, March 21 and March 28 had been reinstated to the calendar. Moving the last day from May 21 to June 6 provided a large boost in make up days.

As for any other make up days, nothing has been set in stone. For the time being, barring no other cancellations, there is no school on Memorial Day, May 26.

As of right now, the last day of school is Friday, June 6. It will be a full day and Harrison County High School’s graduation ceremony will be held that evening in the Harrison County Athletic Complex.

Monday
Chicken Fajita w/ Cheese & Salsa OR Ham on Bun OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Cheese/Graham Crackers
carrot sticks w/Ranch
Refried Beans
Mandarin Oranges

Tuesday
Taco Soup w/Cheese & Baked Tostitos OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Cheese/Graham Crackers
Pinto Beans
Tossed Salad
Applesauce
Fresh Fruit

Wednesday
Mini Corn Dogs OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Cheese/Graham Crackers
Corn
Broccoli/Cauliflower Cup w/Ranch
Strawberries
Fruit

Thursday
Hamburger on Bun OR Turkey on Bun OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Cheese/Graham Crackers
Broccoli w/Cheese
Baby Bakers
Fruit Cocktail
Fresh Fruit

Friday
Homemade Lasagna w/Breadstick OR Grilled Cheese OR Yogurt/Mozzarella Cheese/Graham Crackers
Celery/Cucumber/Tomato w/Ranch
Peas
Banana