Meet our fabulous third grade team, Mrs. Jackman, Mrs. Blinkinsop, Mrs. Feilner, and Mrs. Willeford!
Mrs. Jackman has been teaching at Kellison for eight years. Five of those years have been spent in third grade and three of them in fourth. She absolutely loves her Kellison family and couldn’t imagine teaching anywhere else! She has been married to her husband, Josh, for ten years and they have two precious kiddos, Barrett (7) and Eloise (5). Together, they enjoy spending time outdoors and family game nights. Ever since she was a little girl, she dreamed of becoming a teacher.
Mrs. Jackman shares, "I feel so blessed that my “job” brings me such joy. My very favorite thing about teaching is watching kids grow in their character and in their learning. I wouldn’t change my “job” for the world!"
Mrs. Blinkinsop has called Kellison home for the past eight years. She loves her Kellison community and truly loves spending her days with the little people that are our future! While new to the third grade team this year, she has spent the past seven years in fifth grade, and the three years prior to that in fourth grade. Third grade has been full of fun, a love for learning, and some pretty amazing hugs for her! Mrs. Blinkinsop and her husband, Eric, have been married for thirteen years. They have three wonderful children together. Landon (9), Gavin (7), and Cecelia (7) who make their world go round and bring them an immeasurable amount of joy. Mrs. Blinkinsop's favorite part of being a teacher is looking for the strengths each child brings to the table.
"Every child should have the validation of knowing they are really good at something (or lots of things) and that it is noticed. I love those “light up moments” that happen when they are feeling proud of their accomplishments!" - Mrs. Blinkinsop
Mrs. Willeford has been teaching for seven years, five of those years have been at Kellison. She is so happy to have found her home here and she loves the Kellison Family! Mrs. Willeford taught kindergarten for three years, and this is now her fourth year in third grade. Mrs. Willeford feels that there is just something special about third grade! Mrs. Willeford has been married to her husband, Cody, for two and a half years and they have the most adorable little girl, Amelia, who just turned one. She is spunky and sweet and has the brightest smile!
Mrs. Willeford shares, "My favorite part of being a teacher is watching my students take risks and be successful. I also love seeing them make mistakes and figure out how to learn and grow from them. Getting to know each student on a personal level and watching them mature (physically, emotionally and academically) over the course of the year brings me so much joy!"
Mrs. Feilner loves being a part of the Kellison family! Prior to Kellison, she taught second grade at Pond Elementary, then came to Kellison to teach fourth grade for one year and has been in third grade ever since! Before teaching, Mrs. Feilner worked in banking and medical data, including time as a "domestic engineer" at home with her sons where she started her own cake decorating business.
Mrs. Feilner loves working with such a talented and passionate group of educators, colleagues, supportive parents and the community. Kellison feels like her second home. She loves to teach every subject and really enjoys teaching thematically and combining subjects when possible. Her favorite subject is math, but she also really loves social studies. Mrs. Feilner shares, "Getting to know my kiddos and their families--teaching goes way beyond the classroom walls for me--love being invited to attend their events outside of school--love seeing their eyes light up when they learn something new and then just watching them grow--love how much I learn from my kiddos and how special they make me feel ."
Meet the first grade team! Did you know these ladies have been teaching together for over 20 years? They love each other, kiddos, and Kellison. They bring out the best in each other and try to set this example for their students. Mrs. Cozzolino's favorite subject to teach is science because the kids get so excited. She also loves seeing smiles and getting hugs from students every day. Mrs. Wiedemann likes to teach social studies and science. She loves when there are "teachable moments" to get off on a topic a student is personally interested in. She loves to learn WITH her students. Mrs. Rhodes loves to see kiddos learn to be real readers! The best feeling in reading is when her students are excited and proud about their reading!
Meet our fabulous fifth grade team, Ms. Boyle, Mrs. Soyster, and Mrs. Stein.
Ms. Boyle's favorite thing about Kellison is that it is an incredible community! She shared, "Our staff is supportive of one another and is always willing to share. I get so much out of our collaboration as a school. Our staff is awesome, but we also have an amazing group of parents and community members that go above and beyond to make this place the best it can be! I, of course, have to mention our students as well- our Kellison kids find a way to make me smile every day! I feel so lucky to work in such a great place! "
Mrs. Soyster's favorite thing about teaching is talking with the students. She loves to hear their ideas and see their thought processes come to life. "Kids are very creative and intuitive if we just give them a chance to think for themselves." Her favorite thing about Kellison is it is like a family. Mrs. Soyster shared, "I have been very blessed to be on very collaborative teams. Additionally, I love how everyone is supportive." Mrs. Soyster has been married for 22 years to her husband, Rob. They have two kids; Brenden is 20 and Hailey just turned 18. They also have a dog named Steve!
Mrs. Stein's favorite thing about teaching is watching the students grow and learn throughout the year. She loves getting to know all her students on a personal level and sharing in their last year at Kellison. Mrs. Stein shared, "Kellison is a great place to call work and I enjoy coming here every day. All of our staff members care about every child that walks through Kellison's doors and that makes this school so special." Mrs. Stein grew up in Rockwood attended Green Pines, Rockwood Valley, and Lafayette. She has two boys (three and seven) and two dogs. Mrs. Stein and her husband, Todd, enjoy spending time with family and friends during their downtime.
We're excited to introduce you to our reading intervention team, Mrs. Haverstick, Mrs. Jones, and Mrs. Muntean!
This is Mrs. Haverstick's first year at Kellison. She has seven years of teaching experience in second, third, and fourth grades. Mrs. Haverstick is a new mom to her five-month-old, Miles, and has an 11-year-old Weimaraner named Louie.
Mrs. Haverstick's favorite thing about teaching is the lightbulb moment kids have when they "get" something. It makes their hard work worth it!
Mrs. Jones loves working with kids and helping them see they are valuable and unique! She loves Kellison because it’s like a family. "I literally began my career here and will also finish here!" Mrs. Jones loves reading. She feels it is the most important content area and all kids can learn to read! Mrs. Jones feels that it's her job to find out how each child learns!
Mrs. Muntean's favorite subject to teach is reading! She thinks it is amazing to watch students grow in an area that they struggle in. "It’s the best feeling in the world when they become confident in their abilities." Mrs. Muntean also enjoys working with parents to help their child at home. "I always say if you don’t like reading, you just haven’t found the right book for you. There is a book for everyone!"
Mrs. Muntean loves to watch a student’s eyes light up when they understand a concept, the “I got it” moment is just the best!
Her favorite thing about Kellison is our unique Kellison family.
Everyone works together to support each other and students in their own way, it’s what makes our school fun! This is Mrs. Muntean's fifth year at Kellison and she loves making memories with each staff member.
Mrs. Muntean's family consists of her husband, Dave, her daughter, Taryn, and her son, Christopher. They also have a three-year-old cat, Samson.
Kellison would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our kindergarten team! Our team consists of four awesome teachers, Mrs. Neupert, Mrs. Cradock, Mrs. Wendel, and Mrs. Campey. They recently shared what they love about our school.
Mrs. Neupert - I love Kellison for its diversity within the classroom, teachers that will do anything to help students feel successful and students that have an eagerness to learn!
Mrs. Cradock - What I like best about Kellison is that we all help each other out. There is such a feeling of cooperation here. We can all count on each other to be there for us, both personally and professionally.
Mrs. Wendel - My favorite think about Kellison is that we are truly a FAMILY! We care about each other, are always there to help each other when needed and always put the kids first!
Mrs. Campey - My favorite thing about teaching is building strong relationships with my students and seeing the growth in my students. I love when previous students come by my room and visit. I love teaching at Kellison because it feels like home!
Our kindergarten team works tirelessly to make our students' first year of elementary school amazing! We are so thankful to have them as part of our Kellison family!
What has been the best story shared by your Kellison student over the past five days? We are now five days in and hoping you are hearing about their amazing days at school! In a blog post written by Leslie Means at Her View From Home, she shares some great conversation starters to use with our children to learn more about their day at school. When your child comes home this afternoon, try sharing some of her ideas, which include:
1. What made you smile today?
2. Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed?
3. Was there an example of unkindness? How did you respond?
4. Does everyone have a friend at recess?
5. What was the book about that your teacher read?
For 45 more great conversation starters, visit her blog post, "50 Questions to Ask Your Kid Instead of How Was Your Day."
Get ready for the first day of school by checking off these five items from your list!
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
1. Online Verification of Student Information:
New this year, Rockwood is offering online verification of student information for parents who have an Infinite Campus Parent Portal account. Parents may complete one application for all children in the family. The online enrollment and census verification can be completed at your convenience on a computer, laptop or tablet.www.rsdmo.org/enrollment
2. Pay for Breakfast and Lunch:
MySchoolBucks offers parents a secure, online system for school meals. You can make online payments, check balances and set up automatic notifications when the balance gets low. Parents may also send money to school in an envelope with their child's name and "lunch account" clearly marked on the outside. Checks may be made payable to the Rockwood School District.www.rsdmo.org/childnutrition
3. Find Your Bus Stop and Route:
Rockwood start times have changed, so your pick up and drop off times have changed, as well. Our online Transportation Information System, e-Link, allows parents to find their student's neighborhood bus stop and route. All bus routes will be available on e-Link by July 30th.www.rsdmo.org/transportation
4. Sign Up to Receive Text Messages:
Get text messages from your principal and school district. Text the word "YES" to 67587 from each wireless device on which you wish to receive texts. This phone number must be included in your family's contact information in Infinite Campus.www.rsdmo.org/connect
5. Check Out Google Calendars:
View all your children's school calendars at one time. Plus, you can sync the Rockwood calendar to your smartphone. You'll never miss out on an event! Kellison 2018-2019 events have been added to our online calendar.
The 2018-2019 school year is upon us! We truly hope you have enjoyed your summer vacation and made lots of great memories! We can't wait to hear about them!
Here are some important dates to put on your calendar:
Tuesday, July 31st - Kinder Camp for Incoming Kindergarteners
If you haven't already signed up for this event, please use this link to let us know you're coming!
Monday, August 6th -
Class placement emails will be sent to all families with an email address on file beginning at 9:00 a.m.
New Family Welcome 6:00 p.m. - This event is for new students entering first through fifth grades, along with their parents, to learn more about our school.
Thursday, August 9th-
Meet the Teacher/Curriculum Night
KDG & 1st Grade - 5:15 p.m.
2nd & 5th Grades - 6:00 p.m.
3rd & 4th Grades - 6:45 p.m.
This evening is an opportunity for you and your child to meet the classroom teacher, drop off school supplies, and gather important information for the first day of school.
Tuesday, August 14th -
First Day of School
Please note our new bell times for 2018-2019.
School Hours: 8:33 a.m.-3:23 p.m.
Breakfast Begins: 8:10 a.m.
Students (not eating breakfast) are welcomed to their classrooms beginning at 8:20 a.m.
We look forward to seeing all of our Kellison Tigers on August 9th! Enjoy these last few weeks of summer vacation!
Kellison has had many reasons to celebrate this year! We want to give our award recipients a Tiger Shoutout! Congratulations to ...
Kim Schlueter - A Rockwood ROSE Award Recipient
Monica Sood - A Finalist for SSD's Teacher of the Year
Lindsay Blinkinsop - Kellison's 2018 Teacher of the Year
Karen Jones - Rockwood Elementary Counselor of the Year
We are so proud of our staff members for their accomplishments! Please join us in congratulating them!
There has been so much to celebrate this week at Kellison, and our staff is most deserving of the recognition! It is so much fun to go classroom to classroom to share good news with our staff. The look on their faces when they hear the good news is heart-warming. Thank you to all who took the time to celebrate our staff!
ROSE Award Nominees
Judy Biver - Volunteer
Eli Brueggemann - School Nurse
Lisa Finder - Kellison SLP
Logan Keisler - Day Custodian
Jody Pike - Paraprofessional
Kim Schlueter - P.E. Teacher
Emily Werner - PSO Treasurer / Volunteer
Kellison 2018 Teacher of the Year Nominees
We also celebrated Mrs. Jen Kulifay this week, as she earned her National Board Certification in Teaching!