Paw Paw School creates "Buddy-Up" program

PAW PAW – The Paw Paw School Board met in regular session on Oct. 18.

Mrs. Coomer presented a new program called the “Buddy-Up” program created by the teachers to group up elementary school children with junior high students. The students participate in various activities or projects together. Each older student is paired with a young child as their buddy.

In September, the older children met with their new buddy, and had a learning time of what the school procedures are, and where particular rooms are located, such as the principal’s, nurse’s, gym, and library. Buddy programs enhance children`s cooperative learning behaviors such as taking turns, listening, sharing knowledge, praising others' efforts, helping one another, and completing a task. As the older students assume the role of teacher, they are motivated to do their best. They experience pride in their ability to be helpful.

Buddy activities will take place once a month throughout the school year.

The Board discussed the pros and cons of joining the IESA – Illinois Elementary School Association for junior high sports teams.

Kim Siemers is the Instructional Coach and organizes and facilitates interventions for students struggling in academics, social-emotional behaviors, or absenteeism. The goal is to intervene early so students can catch up with their grade-level peers.

A Literacy-night and a Math-night are planned for this Fall. Math night was Oct. 26 and Family Reading Night will be Nov. 10. Families are invited to come and participate in various activities and games related to Math and Literacy. 

Kern Lawn Care has been contracted for school snow removal.

A Community Forum meeting will be scheduled in January. No date had been set yet.

Eighth Grade Graduation is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24.

Broken playground borders will be replaced in the near future.