Martha Cocklin-1st grade teacher
Ms. Cocklin has been an educator for over 20 years and her 1st grade students feel like she is “the best teacher in the whole wide world.” When Martha is at school, she enjoys meeting with her collegues over lunch. This gives her a chance to take a few deep breaths from her busy day. Not very many people know that Ms. Cocklin had an amazing childhood growing up in the country. She spent time climbing trees, building forts, riding horses and tubing in the Lewis River. She loves to spend her weekends reading, yoga-ing, walking or hiking with friends, and her dog. She recently read a book called, Dog On It by Spencer Quinn. It is a mystery story told from the point-of-view of the dog. We are so glad that Ms. Cocklin is a part of our school staff!
That’s right – the CEF Auction never sleeps. Believe it or not, preparations for the 2014 Auction are well underway. In fact, the date and venue have already been secured, but one piece is missing: a co-chair for the committee. Or maybe we should say a dynamic co-chairing duo. Three-year alum Mandy Huth has committed to co-chairing this year’s auction in a supporting role, but she needs a person who will take over the reins. If you have been looking for a good way to get seriously involved in fundraising in Camas, this may be the job for you! See this job description for more detail about what’s involved, and contact Mandy at email@example.com if you are at all curious.
The only way to become a better reader is to READ & READ & READ! Dorothy Fox students are expected to read at home every night. Can read to self, on Razkids, or with someone else. All minutes count! Our students are encouraged to log these minutes on the Foxy Reader Calendar and turn this form in every month. Each month earns the students a ticket to spend at the Foxy Depot!
Click here to download a copy of the form. January 2014 Foxy Reader
Special thanks to parents Kerry Ticknor, Autumn France, and Michelle Bell for putting this new reward program in place to benefit all kids and their improvement in reading. This program is sponsored through the school points earned from our yearly Scholastic PTA Bookfairs.
Our PTA brought the wonderful, weird world of science to Dorothy Fox through a visit by nonfiction author Kelly Milner Halls. Kids were inspired by her stories as she shared about her research of things that interest her including dinosaurs, hero animals, Sasquatch, and cool careers in science. Her book “Tales of the Cryptids” has been a favorite book in the Fox Library for many years.
Each grade level got a small group session with the author where she answered questions and talked about the writing process. Students benefitted from hearing about how many drafts it takes to write a book and how reading need to be critical consumers of information. Kelly shared how as a nonfiction writer she has to research information for herself and she had made a career of following her interest in weird things. After her visit, many students spoke about how they could grow to be a professional author someday.
Thank you to fundraisers facilitated by our PTA, all learning spaces at Fox have new visual timers to help students with their executive functioning skills at school. In collaboration with staff training that our teachers had in the fall, we know that visual timers allow students to “see” the movement of time to help students manage their time and focus on tests, projects, and assignments, as well as support them with planning for the remaining amount of time before they have to transition (move on) to something else.
We are grateful for the continued support of our parents and Camas community. We can better meet our mission for all students when we have effective tools to use with teaching and learning.
The third graders at Dorothy Fox are grateful to the Camas/Washougal Rotary for their bright and shiny new dictionaries. This has become a generous tradition in our community. It is a strong message to our students from these caring adults and business organizations saying, “We Care About Your Education.” In this photo, Superintendent Mike Nerland is talking about them with the Fox third graders.