Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Winter is Almost Over!!!!

Since Christmas things have been hopping around NGMS!

Basketball is about to come to an end, and ISAT is about to begin. The students have enjoyed their "extra days off", but now it's back to the grind.

One of the most fun things we did was a project on one of the snow days to measure and compare the snow. Hopefully we can have more fun in this way. Thanks kids for participating!

Friday, September 24, 2010


You have to hear the song one of our sixth graders, Dalton, wrote! Amazing!
We also want you to know your children are doing much more than just playing games. Check out Reading A to Z
Discovery Streaming
Brain Pop
Spelling City and numerous other learning sites your children have used. Ask them about it!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What Is it About North Greene?

It isn't often that I write personally on this blog. However, I'd like to take this opportunity to do so.

I want to let you know that on Monday, March 1, I finished my doctoral degree. I tell you this only because a great deal of the credit for my accomplishing this belongs to you and your children.

I moved my family to this community almost seventeen years ago. At that time I had no clue how my heart and our lives would be filled by the families in our school and our towns. We came and were instantly drawn in by open arms, my husband passed away and those arms surrounded us with care and concern. My children celebrated their young lives with your children, and learned from some of the finest people I know, both in and out of school.

It pains me greatly when someone says, "What do you expect? I went to North Greene." I know it is "a joke", but I have gone to North Greene for the past sixteen years. I chose to raise my children at North Greene. I learned so much from North Greene. I have learned much about what honor, trust, and dedication mean to the families here. I have learned that parents love their children even when they might not have all the "things" to give them. They give them love. I have watched these children show a depth of compassion for someone struggling that most people would never understand.

Your kids have some things that no one will ever be able to take from them:
1. drive - there is nothing our kids can't do when they put their minds to it
2. humor - I laugh every single day at something they say or do
3. encouragement - when someone struggles our kids get behind each other and push
4. compassion - they really do understand the trials of other people
5. intelligence - we have very smart kids, just ask me
6. fortitude - so bad things happen, I can rise above it

I promise these are the qualities that made me believe I could do it. Your children are the example that kept me going. I thank you and I thank them. If there is ever any thing I can do...

Dr. Cindy Carlson-Rice

Oh, here are some pictures of your kids!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A New Beginning

This week ends the first semester of this school year, and it has simply flown by!

These are some of the things happening here at NGMS.

We like to celebrate birthdays. These ladies were part of the morning birthday celebration today!

We have developed some pretty good friendships this year. It's fun to laugh and learn together.

Even our youngest kids seem to enjoy being here.

Learning can certainly be fun and exciting!

As our teachers get us ready for ISAT.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Thanks for the Memories!

This week was genuinely an exciting week for all of us. After the Thanksgiving break we came back to the excitement of a regional win for the 7th grade girl's basketball team. We wanted to do something special to send them off for their sectional competition, so we had a pep rally. We made some great memories, thanks to these wonderful girls, and laughed until we almost cried. Thanks, seventh grade boys basketball team!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Just getting started and then it's almost the holidays!

So much has been happening, it's almost hard to keep up with it all!

Two Saturdays ago was one of the busiest we have had in a long time:
1. Several students attended WIVC chorus festival at Western Illinois University while....
2. Many others participated in IESA state literary contest, at the same time....
3. Our basketball girls were participating in the Athens tournament, and.....
4. Our boys were playing ball somewhere else

Needless to say, our students had a really good time.

Just this past Saturday our 8th grade boys won the Winchester Tournament, and our girls had a nail biter game earlier in the week.

We are doing some great things educationally too:
The 8th graders just finished up their cross curricular unit on the Holocaust. They will be making a trip to the Holocaust Museum in St. Louis to finish up their study. It has been an amazing experience for the kids. Check out Mrs. Rhoades blog for more info.

Our 4th graders have been studying simple machines, and they made their own marble
contraptions with said machines. Aren't they great!

Our 7th and 8th graders had their fall festival no
discipline fun and learning day last week for the first quarter. The pictures can tell the story better than I.