Welcome to Third Ward Elementary Web Page.
We are proud of our school and the many advantages
that we have to offer. Some of the things that we
are doing this year are listed.
Children are exposed to different careers
all during the school year through classroom discussions,
presentations during guidance classes and whole school
activities. We believe that it is important to get
students thinking early during their school career
about the many avenues they can take in life. We
want the children to realize that a good education
provides a basis for their future success.
2. Computer Lab
Every class goes to the computer lab three
times a week for a half-hour each time. The major
emphasis is on Reading and Math. Each student works
at his/her own pace. The computer is very important
in providing basic skill development and enrichment.
3. Computers in the Library
Each class goes to the library at least once
a week. The students are encouraged to read books.
Also available in the library are four computers hooked
up to the Internet. Parent volunteers assist students
as they surf the web. We want every child to experience
what the Internet has to offer but we want it to be
4. Principal's Pride
Every Tuesday we recognize a student from
each homeroom. Specialists ( Phys. Ed., Music, Speech,
Extended Lab, etc. ) also recognize students. A student
does not have to be perfect. Nor do they have to get
a 100%. All they have to do is care. Care about getting
to school on time, getting their work done, helping
someone else, etc. All students recognized for Principal's
Pride come down to the office to receive a certificate
and a handshake from me. A special Principal's Pride
board is located in the hall. Every student recognized
has his or her name listed next to their teacher's
5. Parent Teacher Organization ( PTO )
We have an outstanding PTO. They help out
with our Teachers Assistance Program ( TAP-25 volunteers
); Read Aloud Program-21 volunteers; Party Committee
( parents and teachers working together to design
a fun learning party ); Playground-Parents who are
working to design and improve our existing playground;
Living Science Center-Parents who are interested in
not only making the plantings beautiful but a learning
experience for the children; PTO Meetings-There are
on average 100 -150 parents who attend monthly meetings;
Fund Raising-The PTO earns over $10,000.00 a year
to put back into the school. We could not do all of
the exciting things that happen on a regular basis
without our parent's support.
6. Community Involvement
We have four business partners. Each one supports
the school in many different ways. Our business partners
help us provide resources for the school that would
not be possible without their help.
Davis Trust Company – Provides money for
our BEARS (Be Eager and Responsible Students) Program
– Students are rewarded when they are “caught being
Wendy’s – Provides free lunch to all honor
roll students each marking period. Provides money
for the summer reading program.
Nella’s Nursing Home – We give to the
patients through visits and sharing with the residents.
Cellular One – Provides money during
the school year to help with needed resources. Provides
for individual school and PTO related activities.
7. Summer Reading Program
Each summer, the children are challenged
to win a prize by reading books. This past summer,
the goal for the students was 5,000 books. If the
students made this goal, Mr. Band would be duct taped
to the wall. The students read 6,650 books. Each
student that read at least one book received a certificate.
Each student that read 10 or more books received a
prize. The top reader per classroom received a prize.
The top reader per grade received $20.00 in cash.
The top reader in the school received a $50.00 savings
bond. Wendy’s sponsors this summer reading program.
We do many exciting things at Third Ward
Elementary School. Our goal is to make learning fun
and exciting. We want each child to develop needed
skills in a positive environment.
Please take time to look over the other information
on this web site. I think that you will find it interesting.
Barry S. Band, Principal