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January
2015 Events at Parsley
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Congratulations, Dr. Hamilton!

Dr. Hamilton with her awardWe are proud to announce that our principal, Dr. Robin Hamilton, has been named 2015 Southeast Regional Principal of the Year by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). The New Hanover County Schools senior staff with Dr. Hamiltonnews was delivered to Dr. Hamilton at a surprise ceremony and reception this morning. In attendance were New Hanover County Board of Education members, NCDPI officials, New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) Senior Staff, Parsley Elementary School staff and students, and Dr. Hamilton’s family. Dr. Sandra Sheridan, retired assistant superintendent of Human Resources, was the keynote speaker for the event.

“I love being a principal. I am humbled and so surprised by this honor,” Dr. Hamilton said.

This past June, Dr. Hamilton was named New Hanover County's Principal of the Year, and was then chosen out of other top principals from 13 counties in Southeastern North Carolina to be named 2015 Regional Principal of the Year. She will now go on to compete against seven other principals for the honor of State Principal of the Year in May of 2015.

students congratulating Dr. HamiltonThroughout the day, Dr. Hamilton has received a variety of congratulations. For example, Mrs. Hughes’ kindergarten students made her cards. Three students were chosen to read their cards to Dr. Hamilton.
Mrs. Radford’s first graders were asked, "Why do you think Dr. Hamilton won that huge award?" Their responses were great: 
Dr. Hamilton receives a hug from a studentMiley - Because she teaches the teachers and they teach us and we learn. 
Finn - Because she cares about everybody in this school.
Harper - Because she's a really hard worker and she make good groups for our classes and we learn!
Oliver - Because she has the best students so she's great.
Giada - Because she's done tons and thousands of plans for our school.
Blair - Because she chose the best teachers.

Dr. Hamilton was interviewed for tv news programs

Dr. Hamilton was interviewed by NHCS TV and a local TV station.

National Geographic Bee
from the desk of Mrs. Youmans

tie breaker at Geography BeeOn January 9th, fourth and fifth grade AIG students and other interested fourth and fifth grade students at Parsley competed in the National Geographic Bee sponsored by National Geographic Society.  In preparation for the bee, students explored many websites to learn the latest geographical terms and information.  They also worked on sites in which they could read about certain places, and then they took quizzes to see what they had learned.  They also used other resources like the news, magazines, books, and atlases. 

Final found of Geographic Beestudent participants in final round of Geographi BeeOn the day of the competition, the fourth grade students competed against each other in a preliminary round, and then the fifth grade students competed in a preliminary round.  From the preliminary rounds, ten finalists emerged to compete in the Final Round.  The finalists were fifth graders Madeline Renneker, Lilly Triemstra, Wes Cribb, and Jaxon King and fourth graders Bradley Bush, Ben Usher, Giovanni Martucci, Curren Sload, Niklas Karp, and Jake Persuit.

finalists shake handswinner being presented medalThe Final Competition concluded with two students moving on to the Championship Round.  They were Jake Persuit and Niklas Karp.  Both students competed with great sportsmanship and determination.  In the end, Niklas Karp emerged as Parsley’s bee winner.  Niklas will now take the National Geographic Bee test to see if he will qualify to compete in the NC State bee.

We are so proud of all of the students who studied and learned more about the world in which we live. 

Students reflected on the experience, and this is what they had to say:

Ben U. responded, “It was fun doing it because I learned about geography and stuff I didn’t know.”

Conner J. expressed, “It was fun.  It helped me learn a little more things.  I’m ready to do it next year.”

Giovanni M. commented, “I thought it was pretty neat.  I liked it a lot.  It’s very challenging and very fun.”

Jaxon K. added, “I thought it was good.  It was kind of fun because I haven’t been able to be in anything like that before.”

When Curren S. was asked how he felt about getting all seven questions in the preliminary round correct, he said, “I felt really happy.  I thought if you got all 7 right out of a lot of students, and I was one of them, that could be cool.” 

Niklas K. who also got all seven questions in the preliminary round correct reacted with, “Well, sort of proud.  I felt more confident than I did before the competition.  When Niklas was asked, “Why do you think you did so well in the bee?”, he answered, “I studied by going on Apps and software like “Stack the Country” and “Stack the States”, and sometimes I would look around on Google Maps and search the places there.”

Science Fair

judge interviews students at Science FairAll students in grades 4-5, and some from 3rd grade, prepared a project for the Parsley Science Fair. Using the scientific method they have learned in class, students must compose a hypothesis, conduct an experiment and collect data, and then present their findings.

Patriot Kids doing science experimentsAltogether, there were 146 projects. Many students chose to work independently, while others worked in pairs or even a team of three.   The Science Fair gives the students an opportunity to practice critical thinking, inquiry and investigative skills.

Science Fair judgingEach project was reviewed by a community judge and the students are interviewed.  Judges are looking to see if the project has a clear and specific question and hypothesis. Does it collect enough data to form a conclusion that is relevant to the hypothesis? Judges are also looking for a presentation that is neat, well organized and visually appealing.

Parsley's winners:
Science Fair project
Science Fair project
Science Fair project
Science Fair project
Science Fair project

Like Colorful Walls?  Think Again!
Ria Kapoor

Hot Wheels
Lilly Triemstra & Emily Foreman
Hold the Soap
Regan Williams

Will It Roll?
Joshua Wilber

Fill 'Em Up
Tessa Hardison
Earned award at NHCS Science Fair and advances to Regional Science Fair
Earned award at NHCS Science Fair
Earned award at NHCS Science Fair and advances to Regional Science Fair
Earned award at NHCS Science Fair
 

Science Fair Winners and Honorable MentionsThe five winning entries advanced to the NHCS Science Fair on Jan. 22. 

Good luck Parsley Patriots!

Honorable Mentions: Myles Green, Coltrane Nevruz, Evan Zub, Ian Peplow, Teagan Lauffenburger, Abigail Bowles, Dalia Erazo and Uma Volety


 

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