Wilder Intermediate
1120 Nicklin Avenue
Piqua, OH 45356
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4th Grade Field Trip to Charleston Falls

Students had a fun-filled day of outdoor learning at Charleston Falls.  Students started the day off by closing their eyes to imagine they were a water droplet traveling through the water cycle. After singing and dancing to "The Water Cycle Boogie" as a group, students were split into groups to hike through Charleston Falls to learn more about the water cycle and experience nature.  On the hike, students were able to search for macro invertebrates in Charleston Creek, sit in a cave, find snakes and other organisms around Cedar Pond, and watch the waterfalls.  It was easy for students to make many observations about nature throughout the hike. There were many examples of weathering and erosion, which the students are learning about in science right now. There were also many plants that students looked at and discussed.  Also on the hike, students enjoyed eating a red bud in Red Bud Valley and fried dandelions. Throughout the whole day, students demonstrated the different stages of the water cycle while hiking and did many different activities about the water cycle.  Overall, the students had a great learning experience.


Summer Safety Tips for you and your child:  (Did you know…… Injury is the leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults age 14 and under.)

Sun Safety – Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours between 10am and 4pm.  Use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater when playing outdoors, and reapply often, especially when sweating or swimming.

Water Safety – Drowning is the second most common cause of death from injuries among kids under the age of 14.  Never leave children alone in or near a pool, even for a moment.  Drowning can happen fast, sometimes in less than 2 minutes after a person’s head goes under the water.  Adults should be within arm’s length of young children around water providing “touch supervision.” Water wings and pool floats should not be substituted for adult supervision or a life vest.  Also, point out depth markings around a pool and let children know if it is safe to dive or not.  Remind children to walk, not run, around pools.

Heat Safety – Our bodies, which create a tremendous amount of internal heat, are normally cooled through sweating and radiating heat through our skin.  Under certain circumstances, such as unusually high temperatures, high humidity or vigorous exercise in hot weather, this natural cooling system may begin to fail.  Make sure children are drinking plenty of water during warm weather, as well as, taking frequent “cool down” breaks while playing.  Heatstroke, a fatal form of heat illness, can also happen when a child is left in, or becomes accidentally trapped in a car on a hot day.  A car can quickly become an oven even in mild temperatures.   A 70 degree day can heat the interior of a car to above 100 degrees in a short amount of time.

Fireworks Safety – Most injuries involving fireworks occur around the weeks around July 4th, and half of those injuries were to children under the age of 15.  Please note, sparklers can burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees, causing half of the injuries to children 6 and younger.  Skip buying fireworks this year and take your family to a public fireworks display!

Bicycle Safety – Every year, about 300,000 kids go the ER because of bike injuries.  Some are so serious that children die, usually from head injury!  Please, make sure your child wears a properly fitted helmet every time he/she is on bike, scooter, skates or skateboard.

Lawnmower Safety – Young children should not be allowed to play in, or be in adjacent areas to where lawn mowers are being used.  Children should not be allowed to ride as passengers or be towed behind mowers.  Children and adolescents need to demonstrate the necessary levels of maturity before being allowed to operate lawn mowers.  Many children who sustain lawn mower injuries must undergo reconstructive surgery for months, sometimes years, after the initial accident.

Wishing you and your family a fun and safe summer season!!!!



May is an exiting month here at Wilder and we have many fun and educational events
planned. Many of these events are happening off school grounds and need a
permission slip signed by a parent/guardian for students to attend. Please be
sure to check your students folders each evening for any important papers.
A signed Permission Slip is required for the following events:
April 29- Forest Hill Cemetery- we will celebrate Arbor Day

May 3- DARE Day at Garbry Woods (5th grade only)

May 7-10- Glen Helen over night camp (5th grade only)

May 13- Mayhem Poets

Other Scheduled events happening at Wilder:

May 16- SPIRIT Day!

May 28- Wilder Field Day

May 30- Wilder Awards Assembly for 4th quarter

Thank you for your support in your child's education!

Non-Traditonal Learning!

Fourth  grade students at Wilder will be participating in a number of field trips this coming May!  We are very excited for these opportunities!  Students will be expected to follow all school rules on these trips and represent Wilder well while enjoying some non-traditional learning!  Your child will be bringing home a packet of permission slips in the next week for you to sign.  We must have all permission slips signed and returned before allowing your child to participate in each field trip.  We are sending them home all together to make things easier and more organized.  You will receive more specific information about each trip as the date of the trip gets closer. 

April 30, May 1, May 2, and May 3---4th Grade Swim Program at Piqua YMCA

*Your child will participate 2 of these days only.

May 9---Charleston Falls in Tipp City to learn about Water Cycle

May 13---Schuster Center in Dayton to watch a Poetry Slam


May 17---Banana Slug Festival – Stillwater Prairie Reserve               

4th Grade Science Update

Fourth grade students are involved in learning about the water cycle through the “Hug the Earth” program provided by the Miami County Parks.  The students enjoyed learning about the water cycle by singing and dancing to a song called “The Water Cycle Boogie”.  After lots of fun in the gymnasium, students enjoyed painting t-shirts about the water cycle.  They will be able to wear these shirts when they perform “The Water Cycle Boogie” at the Banana Slug Festival in May.  Students will also get a chance for more learning with a field trip to Charleston Falls Preserve.  With these fun activities, this is a great way for students to learn about the water cycle!

Wilder Music Notes-


During the 3rd and 4th Quarters the 6th grade has been flying through the history of American pop music from 1900 to the present. They’ve looked at the way regional and ethnic music combined to make new styles throughout history. They have learned about the way inventions and technology change the way music is delivered and enjoyed by listeners. Recently, students learned about the Blues tradition in American music and have been writing their own Blues lyrics.

5th graders have also been busy learning and creating. They used songs to help them learn about the 50 US States and their capitals. They have also been collaborating to create a “Maps & Globes Rap” that reinforces important geography concepts from the Social Studies curriculum. Look for a video of their performances soon!

4th graders have spent the Quarter rehearsing music for a program that will be performed on Thursday, March 14 at 7PM in the Wilder gym. The lyrics explore themes like Invention, Exploration, Innovation and Creation. Come hear them sing songs about Learning and Discovery!

 Wilder PE Quarterly Newsletter

   Greetings from Wilder! The Piqua City School District has just completed the third nine weeks of the school year. We have been plugging away and the students have been doing a great job and giving a good effort. I can tell the students are anxiously waiting for the weather to break so we can do some outdoor activities. It won’t be long. Spring is right around the corner. 

   We have completed the preliminary trials for the annual Optimist Tri-Star basketball skills competition. Students complete passing, dribbling, and shooting skill exercises. Their scores are recorded and the winners from age groups 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13 go on to compete in the city wide contest at Piqua Junior High School. We had five students place at the contest. Congratulations go to Corbin Forror, Macie Schaffner, Owen Toopes, Dylan Motter, and Mick Karn! 

   This past nine weeks we had a badminton unit. Students were introduced to the game of badminton. We worked on striking an object, learned rules and strategies to the game, and participated in a double elimination tournament. Other lessons during the nine weeks included indoor soccer, aerobic dodgeball, kickball with obstacles, floor hockey, and a Valentine’s Day game called Capture My Heart. It is a chase and fleeing game where teams have to try and capture certain colored hearts. It is very similar to “Capture the Flag” with four teams. 

   During our floor hockey unit, students worked on various skills to the game.  The importance of the lesson shows how students will need to learn to strike objects using an implement, which can be a tool, utensil, or piece of equipment. We practiced passing, dribbling through cones, and shooting.  We then divided up into three teams and had round robin play. The floor hockey unit is a very big hit at Wilder.

    We are currently learning the five components of physical fitness. They are body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness. We will be developing plans to increase physical activity outside of school. Students also will be able to describe the skills of throwing, catching, kicking, and striking. They will be able to list strengths and weaknesses of each skill. They also will be able to explain how practice improves performance of a skill and will develop a plan to improve performance.      

   Please feel free to visit our physical education class at anytime. You will see children participating in developmentally appropriate activities that will help increase their physical competence, self-esteem, and joy of being physically active no matter what their physical abilities may be. By enhancing your child’s physical activity education, I am certain we will be able to help your child enjoy a lifetime of physical activity and good health. I welcome your support!

Mick Leffel

Physical Education Teacher

Piqua City Schools

News from the 4thGrade

In Math, students have the opportunity of earning a Wilder Warrior dog tag for their achievement on the Yearly Progress Pro computer program. To do this, students have to earn three scores of 25 or higher on the Weekly Assessments. The Weekly Assessments consist of 30 questions from the 4thGrade Common Core Curriculum. When a student has earned the Warrior Warrior status, I look at the skill not mastered and assign exercises on these skills. I also will move the student to 5thgrade YPP when they are ready for the challenge.
The following students have earned the Wilder Warrior status:

Trenton Billet, Rowen Bird, Alysse Blain,  Gavin Cary, Jackson Cota, Alex Foos, Corbin Forror, Jasmine Gilardi, Trenton Glaze, Paige Hinkle, Kasen Honaker, Alyssa Murphy, Anika Norkett, Sarup Patel, Eriahna Penkal, Lance Reaves, Jeremy Santos, Kyra Schlagetter, Jordan Schmidt, and Jonathan Tucker.

16 out of these 20 students have alreadybeen working in 5thGrade YPP.

Sixth Grade News:

The sixth graders created their own towns in an activity called "Cellville." Their goal was to make connections between the parts of a cell and places in a town.  The students had to create a legend to accompany their town, as well as present them to the class and do a real life evaluation of their coworkers.  Many of the completed projects were 3D, with the students using clay and things from their homes as resources. The students learned a lot about cells and their functions with this project, and had fun at the same time!

Fifth Grade News: February 2013
The D.A.R.E. basketball game will be held on Friday, March 15thfrom 6:00-9:00 PM at Piqua Junior High School. There will be 12 Wilder fifth grade students competing against students from Washington, Bennett, and Piqua Catholic. They will also play teams of teachers, D.A.R.E. role models, or the Piqua Police Department. There will be food and prizes for students. Please bring your family to support the D.A.R.E. program.
Wilder Family Science Night will be held on Thursday, February 21 from 6:00-7:30 PM in the Wilder gym. Come for the fun and do lots of cool hands- on Science activities!
Piqua Intermediate Bands will be performing at Piqua Junior High School on Wednesday, February 27 from 7:00-8:00 PM. Come for a great night of music from our 5th and 6thgrade band students!
The fifth grade students have the opportunity to go to Glen Helen on May 7-11. This will be a lot of fun and a great educational experience. If your child is interested in attending, full payment needs to be made by April 15th.
In the next few weeks, we will be rewarding those students who met their NWEA expected midyear growth with popcorn to eat during class. We are proud of their efforts and their accomplishments! Please continue to encourage your child in their academic effort.

Other dates to remember:
-No school on Friday, February 15th

-No school on Monday, February 18th

News from the 4th Grade

Wilder Intermediate School held its Second Quarter Awards Assembly on Thursday, January 17, 2013. Congratulations to the following 4th grade students who made Honor Roll for second quarter! We are proud of their hard work and dedication to their academics. Several students were also honored on this day for outstanding behavior, homework completion, and perfect attendance.

Dezirae Davis

Alex Foos

Trenton Glaze

Paige Hinkle

Sarup Patel

Eriahna Penkal

Lillie Schaeffer

Mia Whitsell

Trenton Billett

Alysse Blain

Gavin Cary

Christian Cox

Daniel Fields

Julia Good

Alexis Griffith

Kasen Honaker

Anika Norkett

Caitlyn Roberson

Coby Shepherd

Shawn Smith

Logan Coulter

Siara Grinstead

Alyson Gerstner

Marissa Helton

Paige Stewart

Adrienne Weigel

Cole Snider

Jeremy Santos

Rebecca Rosier

Keagan Patton

Mattyson Dempsey

Elaina Lear

Zavier Penny

Jordan Schmidt

Corbin Forror

Alyssa Murphy

Lance Reaves

Jackson Cota

Korbyn Hayslett

Katlyn Jackson

Malia Casey

Hailey Packard

Corryn Parker

Zurie Pope

Ramon Quintero

Joshlyn Weigel

Faith Burton

Payton Littleton


News from the 5th Grade Team


            On January 10, 2013 students, parents, teachers, and community members came together to watch the 5th grade students graduate from the D.A.R.E. program. In this program students learned the effects of drugs and how to say no to them. Students who were chosen to read their D.A.R.E. essays include: Grace Forness, Jade Grauman, Alyssa Keeler, and Sierra Koehl. Throughout the year we also selected D.A.R.E. Students of the Week as a way to highlight students who live up to the standards of D.A.R.E. These students include: Makayla Barbee, Maddi Coats, Manzi Coats, Cameron Foster, Jade Grauman, Autumn Jenkins, Sierra Koehl, Alexa Knorr-Sullivan, Chandler Langston, Olyvia  Malone, Paige Maxon, Collin Moore, Trevor Nicholas, Tylan Redinbo, Ryan schaffer, and Aaron Valdez.

            Also, the 5th grade is piloting a new program called Compass Learning Odyssey. This program uses the students’ NWEA scores in Language Arts and Math to create specialized lessons for each individual based on their learning needs. Students are encouraged to log on at home. The website is:


Students’ username and password will be their last name and their lunch number.

Sixth Grade News


The sixth grade students have been very busy working on various projects throughout the past few months.  In Social Studies, the students used pumpkins from Mrs. Barhorst’s garden as models to identify latitude, longitude, prime meridian, and the equator.   The globe pumpkins were on display during fall conferences.  In December, the students completed a “Christmas Around the World” research project building upon their knowledge of cultures, culture contact, and customs.  Science in Mrs. Sullenberger’s classroom has been “solid as a rock.”  The students have been studying rocks and rock formations.  Our field trip in November gave our students a close-up look at rocks and minerals.  The students completed a “Mighty Minerals” writing project for social studies and reading along with a “jigsaw” lesson the students presented to the class.  Coming in February, all subject areas in the 6th grade will benefit from a MAC Grant received by Mrs. Arp.  The entire 2nd floor will be a showcase of our cross-curricular project, “In the Time of the Pharaohs.”  We will be studying Egypt with a literature circle focus on the book, “The Egypt Game.”  In math class our students will build and design pyramids.  The problem solving activity incorporates finding areas of polygons and surface areas of prisms and pyramids by decomposing them into pieces whose area they can determine.  The “Salt of the Earth” project investigation in science involves measurement and the standards for physical and chemical change.  Our calendar is full for the next few months as we learn, virtual travel, and explore. 


Wilder PE Quarterly Newsletter


    Greetings from Wilder!  The Piqua City School District has just completed the second nine weeks of the school year.  We have had a fabulous first half of the school year!  Hopefully everyone had a safe and happy new year!  The students have been working hard and we have completed some exciting and enjoyable lessons in physical education class.  We have been working to improve muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, agility, and cardiovascular fitness.  I have also been emphasizing team play, team concepts, and helping students to develop social skills and understanding the importance of working with others. 

    We have completed our traditional Jump Rope for Heart program.  This is a fundraising activity where we raise money and help save lives.  The money we raise goes to the American Heart Association.  We take time during PE class and have a jump rope party.  We work on and practice our jump rope skills, do various jump rope exercises, and have jump rope competitions. 

    This past nine weeks we had a badminton unit.  Students were introduced to the game of badminton.  We worked on striking an object, learned rules and strategies to the game, and participated in a double elimination tournament.  Other lessons during the nine weeks included indoor soccer, battleship dodge ball, kickball, scooter tag, and basketball. 

    In December, we had our annual Christmas Fitness Centers.  Here the students were put in pairs and rotated around the gym working on various loco motor skills.  Some of the centers included football toss through a wreath, cross country skiing, basketball shooting, snowball tossing from behind Christmas presents, pin the nose on the Rudolph, one on one floor hockey, Santa sleigh ride on a scooter, candy cane hula hooping, shoveling snow (cotton), and six geese-a-laying (carrying golf balls on a spoon from one egg carton to another).    

    Please feel free to visit our physical education class at anytime.  You will see children participating in developmentally appropriate activities that will help increase their physical competence, self-esteem, and joy of being physically active no matter what their physical abilities may be.  By enhancing your child’s physical activity education, I am certain we will be able to help your child enjoy a lifetime of physical activity and good health.  I welcome your support!


Notes from the Nurse:  Cold versus Flu?


Influenza activity continues to increase in the United States and most of the country is now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness (ILI), according to CDC’s latest FluView report. The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar flu-like symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.  Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can be carried out, when needed to tell if a person has the flu.  In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations (CDC, 2012).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges you to take the following steps to protect yourself and others from influenza (the flu):

Take time to get a flu vaccine (IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO GET A FLU SHOT OR FLU MIST).

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. The vaccine can protect you from getting sick from these three viruses or it can make your illness milder if you get a different flu virus.  Getting a vaccine is very important for people at high risk for serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart or lung disease, and people 65 and older. People who live with or care for those at high risk should also get a flu vaccine to protect their high-risk contact.

Take everyday preventive actions.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get the flu, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

When can I send my child back to school after having the flu?


Keep your child home from school until his or her temperature has been normal for 24 hours without the aid of Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen). Remind your child to cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing, to protect others, and to wash their hands often while at school.



For more seasonal influenza information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/


Truancy Law


Ohio law has established requirements regarding the attendance of students at school.  These requirements are outlined below.  Additionally, Piqua City School policies also apply to the attendance of students.  The important numbers are listed below with a description of why these numbers are so important.

5          Generally, students are excused for up to five days of absence during the school year based upon a parent note explaining a valid reason for the absence.  Valid reasons are defined by Piqua City School board policy.  After five such absences, the school administrator may require a doctor’s note to excuse any subsequent absences.

5          When a student accumulates five consecutive unexcused absences, the child is charged in juvenile court with being a habitual truant.

7          When a student accumulates seven unexcused absences in one month, the child is charged in juvenile court with being a habitual truant.

12        When a student accumulates twelve unexcused absences in one school year, the child is charged in juvenile court with being a habitual truant.

Once a child has been adjudicated a habitual truant, additional charges can be filed against both the student (delinquent) and the parent (Parent Educational Neglect). 

Our desire as a school and as a school district is simply to educate students to the level that they deserve.  This can only be done with good attendance.  It is strongly suggested that any time a parent takes a student to a doctor or dentist a doctor’s note is obtained.  These notes may prevent unpleasant consequences for both the student and the parent.


Fifth Grade News-Glen Helen


Our 5th grade field trip in outdoor education will truly be outdoors this year!


We are gearing up for our Glen Helen trip May 7-10 near Yellowsprings. This classroom without walls is a great oportunity for your child to be immersed in discovery and develop a relationship with the natural world. This authentic, real world learning environment cannot be brought into a classroom.


Student confirmation forms continue to be turned in for this event. This is important in our planning and for the Glen Helen staff to have an accurate count of students who will be attending.  Portions of our fall cookie dough sales went to help fund some of the students' trip.


 If you would like to learn more about what your child will experience on this trip, check out the following site:



The cost of the trip is $145.00

This cost may be broken down into two or four payments throughout the year and other payment options will be considered. Please contact Mr. Montgomery for details.



What is a Lexile Level?

A Lexile measure is a valuable piece of information about either an individual's reading ability or the difficulty of a text, like a book or magazine article. The Lexile measure is shown as a number with an "L" after it — 880L is 880 Lexile.

A student gets his or her Lexile reader measure from a reading test or program.  At Wilder, students use the Total Reader Program and our NWEA Assessments to determine a student’s Lexile measure.   For example, if a student receives an 880L on her NWEA test, she is an 880 Lexile reader. Higher Lexile measures represent a higher level of reading ability. A Lexile reader measure can range from below 200L for beginning readers to above 1600L for advanced readers. Readers who score at or below 0L receive a BR for Beginning Reader.  A Lexile level range of 740-940 is the targeted range for a student in the 4th grade. 

A book, article or piece of text is assigned a Lexile level. A Lexile text measure is based on two strong predictors of how difficult a text is to comprehend: word frequency and sentence length. Many other factors affect the relationship between a reader and a book, including its content, the age and interests of the reader, and the design of the actual book. The Lexile text measure is a good starting point in the book-selection process, with these other factors then being considered. Lexile text measures are rounded to the nearest 10L. Text measures at or below 0L are reported as BR for Beginning Reader.

This information is taken directly from:


Please visit this website for more valuable information on Lexile Levels!

Notes from the Nurse


Attention Parents of 6th graders:

It is not too early to start thinking about getting your 6th grader the required Tdap booster immunization.  All students entering 7th grade are required by the state of Ohio to have this immunization.  This is a new requirement that took effect this school year.  Don’t wait until the last minute to get this required immunization!  If you need information on where you can get this immunization please feel free to contact me at your child’s school building or by email at scottkeri@piqua.org.

The Holiday Season ~ Over-eating and Inactivity……….From Thanksgiving through New Year's, children are offered one yummy holiday treat after another. Parents face a major task. How can their kids enjoy parties and celebrations and still maintain healthy eating habits? It's important not to let kids eat whatever they want during this festive time of year. In particular, limit the number of sodas your children drink. Soda has little or no nutritional value and is loaded with caffeine and sweeteners. These ingredients, which are found in many holiday goodies, can make your child hyper. Besides, weight gain isn't just an adult issue. Too many children are obese, so don't let your child's holiday fun add excess weight.

How can kids burn off those extra calories in the cold?

Get Outside and Get Active!!!

Kids are not usually fazed by the cold – but make sure you and your children are properly dressed to avoid frost bite. Wear layers, water-proof boots, hats and gloves. Remember, children need 60 to 90 minutes of daily activity, most days of the week. Although you may be a bit chilly to start, you'll warm up pretty quickly with these activities.

1.      Build a snow fort. When the snow is sticky, it's a good time to get outside and make a fort or an igloo with your children. Roll up balls of snow and stack them up to create walls. Use a spray bottle of water when the snow isn't quite sticky enough.

2.     Give your child the shovel and assign him or her a section of the sidewalk to shovel.

3.     Play a snow-ball game. Have a snow-ball fight.  Instead of a baseball, use a snowball to play a winter version of baseball. Running in the snow is extra challenging.

4.     Go out for a day of sledding with the family. Bring a thermos of hot chocolate, made with skim milk, and some fruits or veggies along for an after-sledding snack.

5.     Shovel a sledding hill. When you shovel your driveway, use the snow to make a hill for your kids to sled on.

6.     Have a scavenger hunt. Whether there's snow outside or not, scavenger hunts are a great way to get people outside in the winter. This is also a great way to teach your kids about nature and get them interested in going for a walk. Make a chart with different types of trees, birds, animal tracks and other things you'd find outside. Run, skip and jump your way along.

7.     Try a new sport! Winter is a great time to try hockey, ice skating, skiing or snowboarding. Ask about renting equipment if you're not sure about making a big investment, or shop garage sales for a bargain.

8.     Play capture-the-flag, tag or other running games. Whether it's snowy or dry outside, these are great games to get your heart pumping and your body heated up in the wintertime.


Art News


 It’s been a very creative fall in the Wilder art room!  All of the classes have been focusing on three Elements of Art; line, color and shape and form.

            Fourth grade enjoyed drawing lines with glue to create spider webs and then made 3-D spiders out of tin foil.  Next, they learned about the artist Paul Klee and painted a fish in his “magic square” style.  During this project they practiced making a tint by mixing a color with white paint.  They also had the opportunity to create a beautiful 

Fifth grade had fun making a craft out of felt.  By designing an owl, they learned how to attach pieces with glue, use buttons and wiggle eyes to create a personality and stuff it to make it three dimensional.  They also created a self-portrait.  We studied the work of portrait artist Mary Cassatt to learn what a portrait is then learned the correct proportions of a face.  Students were then instructed to create a self- portrait at the dinner table.  The students enjoyed drawing their favorite foods and I enjoyed seeing their artistic confidence grow while learning how to draw a face.

Sixth grade classes made Van Gogh sunflowers with glue lines and pastels or warm and cool leaf designs.  These projects are beautiful and worthy to frame and hang in your homes!  They also learned how to draw a portrait.  Their assignment was to create a self-portrait in tissue collage and use warm or cool colors to represent their personalities.  Warm for bright, vibrant personalities or cool for mellow, laid back personalities.  It was fun for me to see how they expressed themselves through the creation of their self-portrait.   

You should be very proud of your young artists, I know that I am.  I appreciate the effort that they are putting into their work this year.  Be sure to ask them what they learned in art today!


Mrs. Coverstone


Wilder PE Quarterly Newsletter


            Greetings from Wilder!  The Piqua City School District has just completed the first nine weeks of the school year.  We are off to a good start!  As your child’s physical education teacher, I have given my best effort to establish a positive, safe learning environment for all students.  Students have been learning a variety of physical activities that make physical education class fun and enjoyable.  Maximum opportunities have been created for students of all abilities to be successful.  I have been promoting student honesty, integrity, and good sportsmanship in class and have been assisting students in setting and achieving personal goals.  I also have been providing specific, constructive feedback to help students master motor skills.  It is my job to prepare and encourage students to practice skills and be active for a lifetime. 

Throughout the first nine weeks, we have completed activities that have included three of the six physical education standards that are being implemented in your child’s class.  1. To demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities, we have played Kickball, Wiffelball, and Flag Football.  2. To demonstrate an understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to learning and performance of physical activities, we have played cooperative team games such as Capture the Flag, Extreme Dodge Flag, and Volleyball.  3. Participating in regular physical activity and achieving and maintaining a health-enhancing level of physical fitness is another part of our physical education program.  We have participated in performing the Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge, which we do school-wide.  This includes pull-ups, sit-ups, sit-n-reach flexibility test, shuttle run, and mile run.  Concluding the first nine weeks, we had learning centers in the gym with a Halloween theme.  The centers included tossing rings on witch’s hats, shooting baskets with flying witches, pumpkin toss, tossing flying saucers , baseball toss at ghosts, hula-hooping, cornhole, and spider tic-tac-toe. 

I would like to invite you to visit our physical education class at anytime.  You will see children participating in developmentally appropriate activities that will help increase their physical competence, self-esteem, and joy of being physically active no matter what their physical abilities may be.  By enhancing your child’s physical activity education, I am certain we will be able to help your child enjoy a lifetime of physical activity and good health.  We welcome your support!



Mick Leffel

Physical Education Teacher

Piqua City Schools  



5th Grade


  * We would like to thank the room parents that helped with our Harvest parties by bringing in treats and organizing games. The students had a great time! Our next class party will occur on Valentine’s Day.

  * We would like to remind our parents to be sure that your child is reading for at least 15 minutes every night. Students have a reading log that should be filled out each night after their reading is complete.

  * Students also need to practice their spelling words each night. The words are getting harder, and studying is necessary to be successful on the test.

  * Students should be practicing their multiplication facts each night so that they begin to feel confident and comfortable with them.

  * Please continue to check your child’s assignment book each night.

   * We look forward to seeing you at parent teacher conferences on Wednesday, November 7 or Thursday, November 8.


4th Grade Science


Fourth grade students are off to a great start in science this year!   They have learned all about science tools and science safety rules.  They have been able to implement this knowledge by completing accurate and reliable experiments.   Now that we have learned quite a bit about Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing, and Science and Technology, we are ready to start learning about Life Science.  The following are the Life Science goals for the 4th grade:

·       I can explain that a life cycle shows a plant's growth from birth to death.

·       I can compare the life cycles of different plants.

·       I can explain how plants and animals depend on each other.

·       I can explain that classify means to sort objects into groups based on similarities and differences.

·       I can classify plants according to their characteristics.

·       I can identify roots, stems, leaves, and flowers.

·       I can explain the job of each plant part.

·       I can explain that a fossil is evidence of plants/animals that lived in our past.

·       I can explain how fossils are used as evidence of the environment long ago.


Students are encouraged to go on their Discovery Education student accounts when possible.  There are assignments that we complete in class, as well as extra games, explorations, videos, etc. that students can use to review information.  Students have been given their usernames and passwords.  If they need this information again, please ask Mrs. Dingledine.


Please check out Mrs. Dingledine’s website.  Homework will be posted each night and new links will be added to the website.  The website was just created, but will grow with information throughout the year.  To access the website, it is listed with Mrs. Dingledine’s name in the staff directory.  

This is the web address:  https://sites.google.com/a/piqua.org/dingledine/

During science experiments and activities, Mrs. Dingledine has incorporated Class Dojo into the classroom.  This is a classroom tool that allows the teacher to track positive and negative behaviors during activities.  Students enjoy the feedback.  Students and parents will be able to access this information.

Helping Your Child


As we head into the second quarter of the 2012-2013 school year, students at Wilder further their classroom education while using computers and by accessing on-line content.  Students work hard to raise reading lexile levels (a measure of reading comprehension) by using Total Reader. They choose from multiple topics in both fiction and non-fiction, all at their individually assessed reading level.  As students read, they complete cloze activities, selecting vocabulary words to “fill in” blanks in the articles.  In mathematics, students strive to increase their weekly scores on assessments on Yearly Progress Pro, or YPP.  As assessments pinpoint student needs, math exercises assigned then present arithmetic skills and concepts, practice problems, and quizzes. For social studies and science, students visit Discovery Education and watch instructional video clips, fill in and manipulate interactive maps and charts, work in virtual labs, perform science explorations, and attempt “quiz show” style assessments, all of which supplement concepts presented in the classroom.

Even in the on-line world, students benefit from high reading achievement and comprehension.  Reading is essential in all academic subjects and in life outside of school.  Here are some ways to help your child improve reading skills.

1.      Read orally with your child on a daily basis.  Choose a variety of genres to read at the appropriate reading level. 

2.     Have your child sound out unfamiliar words.  If unable to read the word, have them read the sentence before, the sentence with the unfamiliar word, and the sentence after for clues to the word and its meaning.

3.     Have your child identify the main characters, the setting (time and place), the problem in the story, and the solution to the problem. 

4.     Make predictions about what will happen next in the story.

5.     Answer questions about the story and find the sentence or sentences that support the answer.

6.     State the main idea of a paragraph and supporting details.

7.     Compare and Contrast stories or characters by telling how they are alike and different.

8.     Recall the sequence of events in a story.

9.     Interpret phrases or expressions critical to the meaning of the text.

10. Have your child retell the story in their own words.

Fifth Grade News


The fifth graders in Mr. Guidera and Mrs. Graeser’s homerooms are truly enjoying their D.A.R.E. classes this quarter. The students have been learning about bullying and how to report it when it happens to them. In the upcoming weeks, the D.A.R.E. role models, students from Piqua High School, will be visiting the classes. The students will have the opportunity to ask them questions about their school activities and how they stay drug-free. The fifth graders in Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Hawkin’s classes will have D.A.R.E. the second quarter.


D.A.R.E. Students of the Week To Date:

Sierra Koel

Collin Moore

MaKayla Barbee

Alexa Knorr-Sullivan

Manzi Coats


     Please continue to check your child’s assignment book and homework folder each night. The assignments are always written on the board in each classroom and they are given time to write it in their planners. This will result in less missing assignments.



         Fourth Grade Math


In math so far this school year, the students have been reviewing various 3rd grade math skills.  Many of these skills are needed to be successful during the 4th grade school year. Math grades reflect these review skills.  I have tried to modify students work according to a student’s individual need.  Students who are ready will do harder level problems then students who do not have the skill(s) mastered.

At home, you can help by:

-        Monitoring homework - help your child, but do not do it for them

-        Working on all facts for quick recall – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division

-        Practicing place value names and the value of each digit through millions

-        Writing numbers in words

-        Compare and order numbers

-        Rounding a number to a given place value

-        Addition and Subtraction problems

Math websites are exciting ways in which your child could practice math skills.  Listed below are several fun and helpful websites I feel may benefit your child.

            http://www.multiplication.com/                    http://www.aplusmath.com/

            http://www.coolmath4kids.com/                   http://www.iknowthat.com/

http://www.mathplayground.com/               http://www.math4kids.com/

http://www.mathcats.com/                             http://www.mathmadeeasy.com/

http://www.funbrain.com/                               http://www.amthdictionaryforkids.com/

www.mathforum.org/dr.math           http://www.mathfactcafe.com/

http://www.hoodamath.com/                          http://www.math-aids.com/



 As your child practices their facts, a fun game to help with speed is a game played like War.   All students have played addition war in class.   Use a deck of cards (you can have missing cards), remove the Jacks, Queens, Kings, and Aces and divide the cards among the 2 players.  Each player flips over a card and the first person to add the two numbers on the cards together wins those two cards. Continue to play until one player has all the cards. 

***You can also use this same game to improve subtraction facts and multiplication facts.  It does not work for division.***


Johnston Farm

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Students will be going on a Field Trip to Johnson Farm on Wednesday, September 26, 2012.  We will be learning about what life was like for early Ohioans on the frontier through touring John Johnston’s home and property.  We will also be learning about Native American life, and we will be enjoying a ride on the General Harrison canal boat as we learn how canals were built and used as transportation in early Ohio. 


General admission to Johnston Farm is $3.00, however students will get to enjoy this exciting day for the cost of only $1.00.  Students may bring in $1.00 beginning tomorrow through the day of the field trip.  We would love students to bring in $1.00 as soon as possible.  Each child will also need a sack lunch on this day.  It is important to remember to have your child wear clothing that can get dirty.  Also please dress appropriately for the weather as we will be going rain or shine


More reminders and information will be sent home closer to the trip date! 


 “Hot Off The Press!”  Sixth Grade News


It has been a great beginning to the 2012 – 2013 school year.  The students have been working very hard at becoming role models for the 4th and 5th grade students.  Locker combinations are being learned, routines are being set, and the “6th Grade Survivor” activities have begun.  Our first challenge for the year has been initiated.  The classroom that wins the challenge will be honored with the presence of “Bob the Tiki”  in their classroom until a new weekly challenge has been completed.  The students are looking forward to naming their tribes, competing against homerooms, and improving their teamwork spirit.  Our students participate in educational, mental, and physical group challenges between homerooms.  


Our six graders are also showing their excellent character traits by earning “Character Counter” rewards.  Students earn “Character Counter” rewards by completing homework, answering questions in class, studying for tests, conducting themselves properly in and outside of the classroom, and being a good citizen.  These are just a few examples of how Wilder 6th grade students earn rewards for being responsible, caring students.


YPP Math tests are being conducted on a weekly basis, and NWEA Reading and Math tests have been completed.  Students are learning their Lexile levels in reading and will soon begin “Total Reader” activities.  Science class has a new explorer or inventor that needs to be discovered or studied.  During our intervention time on Friday, our students will read and discuss the book, Bullying In Schools.   Weekly classroom discussions and activities will center on how to recognize a bully, report a bully, and how to not be a bully. 


We are off to a great start!  Please remind your son/daughter to complete their nightly homework and turn it in on the assigned due date.  Responsibility is a powerful character trait to possess at any age! 


Fifth Grade News


Look out Wilder, there’s a new teacher in the building! My name is Mrs. Hawkins, and I am very excited to be teaching 5th grade Language Arts and Social Studies. I spent a year teaching Reading in Dayton, but this will be my first year with a class of my own. As far as my educational background goes, I received both my Bachelors and Masters Degree from Wright State University.


               Students might be surprised to learn that I do have a little bit of a life outside of the classroom. I am married with a 5 year old daughter, Maddalyn, who is starting kindergarten in Kettering this year. I also have three cats (I think four would be over the top), Leonarda da Kitty, Tahlullah, and Izzy. In my free time I like to read, go running, or play trivia with my friends. I know a lot of random information, so my team tends to do pretty well.


               I am very excited to be working in Piqua. All of the new teachers got to play The Amazing Race to visit many of the businesses in town. The library is beautiful, and all of the people I met were so friendly and welcoming.  The staff here at Wilder has been showing me the ropes too. I think I became pretty popular with both the staff and the students when I was not sure what time recess ended, so everyone ended up with 5 extra minutes! I am looking forward to this year and hopefully many years to come with Piqua City Schools.


Welcome to 4th Grade at Wilder!


Dear Parents and Students,


We’re very excited to be working with your child this year!  We know that 4th grade will be a new challenge, but we have many activities planned to help make this transition successful.  This year your child will have 3 different teachers.  He/She will have Mrs. Dingledine for science, Mrs. Bostick for math, and either Mrs. Sukel or Mrs. Bolen for language arts and social studies.  Students may also have the opportunity to work with our intervention specialist, Mrs. Brandeberry. 


Things to Look For:


*Family Handbook –The Wilder Family Handbook may be accessed online at http://www.piqua.org/ by clicking on Our Schools – Wilder Intermediate – Forms and Downloads.  Please be sure to read through this handbook with your child.  You will be asked to sign and return a form to acknowledge you have read and understand our handbook.  If you wish to receive a paper version of this handbook, please send a note with your child to school and we will send home a printed version. 


*Monday Folders – Parents can expect to have a folder sent home on the first day of each week. These folders will contain your child’s current work/weekly newsletter and any important announcements.  You will be asked to sign your child’s folder each week to acknowledge you have viewed its contents.  This is a great way to stay connected with your child’s learning and what is happening at Wilder along with other events happening in the community. 


*Assignment Book/Homework Folder – You should expect your child to bring home his/her assignment book with homework assignments written down along with his/her homework folder EVERY DAY.  We make sure the assignments are written down correctly here at school and that each child has these items out to take home at the end of each day.  Please review your child’s assignment book each evening to be sure he/she has completed the homework assignments and placed them back in the homework folder to return to school.  This is a great time to start developing a solid evening homework routine and time management skills.  Students are still learning to adjust to having 3 different teachers and often need support from teachers and parents with this transition.  As the year progresses, your child should need less support and become independent in managing his/her homework J 


Please feel free to contact us at anytime throughout the year with any new information or concerns about your child.  Our goal is to communicate and be a partner in your child’s education.


Wilder Phone Number: 937-773-2017


Email:                dingledineb@piqua.org







We are looking forward to getting to know each of you and we hope you are as excited about the upcoming school year as we are!


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