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  • Mrs. Lukjanczuk Students Have Fun During Math

    We are having so much fun during math time.

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  • Number the Stars- 4th grade AIG novel study

    Fourth Grade AIG students finished a novel study of Number the Stars with a celebration.

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  • It's all about STEM--Thank You, Lowes!

    Rocky River Elementary is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant. This $5000 grant from Lowes will be used to fund our Engaging Students in STEM project. Mrs. Brenda Todd is our STEM teacher and in her STEM classes she provides an opportunity for students to explore science, technology, engineering and math with hands on materials.

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  • Welcome Class of 2031: Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019 school year is open.

    UCPS kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year is open! Union County parents of children who will be five years old on or before Aug. 31, 2018 are encouraged to visit the school their child will attend to register their student for kindergarten.

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  • Countdown to Kindergarten: Tips for Preparing Your Student

    Kindergarten is an important moment in time for young students as they begin to develop new skills, independence and confidence. Here are a few ways you can set your child up for success while also encouraging them to develop a love of learning.

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  • Fifth Graders ran the town!

    This year, our Fifth Graders participated in an exciting Junior Achievement program called JA BizTown. JA BizTown encompasses important elements of community and economy, work readiness, financial literacy, and business management

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  • Book Tasting- 4th grade

    Fourth graders got to sample some really tasty books. Their classrooms were transformed into a ‘Book Café’ where they had a sampling menu of tasty books as well as the chef’s favorites.

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  • 4th grade- Diamond Dell In House Field Trip

    Fourth graders had the opportunity to explore even more about rocks and minerals with their in house field trip with Diamond Dell

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  • Rocky River Clubs Rock

    Students enjoy their chosen club time each month.

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  • Kindergarten Loves Field Trip to the Farm

    Kindergarten goes to the Aw Shucks Farm to visit.

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  • Renaissance Festival Field Trip

    Our 4th and 5th grade reading AIG class went to the Renaissance festival to immerse ourselves in the settings of our novel studies, Crispin – The Cross of Lead and The Shakespeare Stealer.

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  • Lowes Identifies RyRES as "Hometown Heroes"

    On September 16, several Rocky River staff members, their spouses and children, and students and families joined together with Lowe’s employees from the Indian Trail and Monroe stores to transform the landscape of the school into an inviting collage of colors and greenery to help make the school a more inviting place.

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  • RyRES - 10 years old- "Original Roadrunners Memories"

    It’s been 10 years since we opened our doors in August 2007 to students and staff at Rocky River. It was an exciting time! These are memories from staff members currently at Rocky River of those first days. Rocky River Elementary hallways and classrooms became a learning community in that first year as we grew and changed. Many of our first students have graduated from high school and gone on to a career and/or college.

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  • Welcome to our Newest Staff!

    We would like to introduce our newest staff members to you.

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  • Reading on the Go

    Come and enjoy fun reading with Rocky River Staff

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  • Field Days Are Fun

    Rocky River students enjoyed their field days.

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  • Student Perspective about Leadership Day

    Leadership day was April 21st, 2017. What we did to prepare was we went into the media center and we practiced every day for a week straight. The speaking parts went first and there were 22 kids

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  • New Mindset- New Approach

    Attending the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, changed my mindset in so many ways. My classroom has become a different place; a better place.

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  • Rocky River students give the gift of learning

    Rocky RIver students gives the gift of learning during our fundraiser for Heifer International.

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  • Fifth Grade Debates

    “The Ron Clark Academy transformed my thinking as an educator and now I am transforming my classroom to show my students that learning and fun should go hand in hand”, said Cheryl Konopka, a fifth grade teacher at Rocky River.

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  • Art and Globalization Classes

    Global Studies and Art classes work on highlighting the continent of Asia.

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  • International Club Explores the World

    During January and February the 2nd grade International Club learned about other cultures. They explored many regions with Mrs. Harlow, Mrs. Todd and Miss Hall after school and had a great time doing it.

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  • The Kindness Act

    What happens when young hearts want to help others out?

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  • Welcome to our Geometry City

    In Mrs. Kramb’s 4th grade AIG math class, we worked very hard to design geometry cities with specific shapes and angles

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  • Attendance + Team Work + Leadership = Global Rugby

    Attendance is one of the many ingredients to a successful school year. Here at Rocky River Elementary we reward the students for their attendance success. During the month of December, one of our third classes rocked out with the best attendance in the school

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  • Recycling Roadrunner- Leaders

    Recycling Roadrunners are very important to our school! These 4th grade Recycling Roadrunner leaders take time every Friday morning before school to collect the recycling bins from every classroom and workroom all around the school.

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  • Leaders Set Goals

    The Second Graders are working on setting new goals for the New Year!

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  • Technology in the Classrooms

    The Second Graders are working hard to utilize Technology in the classroom.

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  • Will it Snow? Yes... How much snow ?

    Will It Snow? Yes most say…. How much Snow? Is the big question. The students and even many staff at Rocky River are having a hard time containing their excitement with snow in the forecast. They spent time learning about weather and analyzing their data they collected in class as to how much it would snow.

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  • Holidays Around the World

    First graders at Rocky River "traveled" around the world in December to learn about how other countries celebrate Christmas. Each teacher chose another country or tradition to teach the students different ways people celebrate the holidays

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  • What I learned about Peru

    Machu picchu is one of the 8 wonders of the world. Machu means big or giant and Picchu means peak or top so, Machu Picchu means big peak! Who knew that?

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  • When in Rome - 4th/5th Grade AIG Reading

    Have you ever heard of the saying “When in Rome”? This means do as the Romans do or when visiting a foreign land, follow the customs of those who live in it. It can also mean that when you are in an unfamiliar situation, you should follow the lead of those who know the ropes.

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  • Animal Defenses

    The fourth grade classes have started an new and exciting literacy unit that integrates science with reading and writing!

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  • First Grade Travels

    First grade went on a field trip to the Schiele Museum of Natural History.

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  • Fifth Grade Students Study Esperanza Rising

    During the month of October students were able to study the history of the Mexican Revolution through the historical study of Esperanza Rising, which is about a little girl who is rich and her life is turned upside down when her father is killed.

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  • Student Lead Conferences

    Rocky River is committed to having students take charge of their learning and show their leadership capabilities. One way we are ensuring this is by having student-led conferences

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  • Charlotte's Web Matthews Playhouse Field Trip

    Roadrunners attended Matthews Playhouse to see Charlotte’s Web. Students have listened to this story and even seen the movie in the past!

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  • What is Rugby?

    Roadrunners are taking part in a fun sport….rugby! Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and is played in many countries.

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  • Captain Friendship and Bully Bandit

    The Incredible Captain Friendship and her sidekick Amigo fight for people to not get bullied or to be a bully just like Bully Bandit and Bully Lion.

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  • One School One Book----"The World according to Humphrey"

    Rocky River Elementary is kicking off a new reading initiative with the aim of getting all Roadrunner families to read together. The school has selected the book The World According to Humphrey for every student in the school

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  • Smiling Faces- Open House An Awesome Start

    Open House brought many families out to meet new teachers and see their new classrooms.

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  • Come to Open House

    Open House Thursday, Aug. 25th 4 to 6 p.m. Come visit your classroom and meet your teacher. We are excited to see everyone.

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  • Welcome Back

    The excitement at Rocky River is building as the staff attends professional development sessions, set up their classrooms and prepare for students.

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  • New School Year Coming Soon!

    Hopefully everyone is having a relaxing summer spending time with family and friends. When I walked into stores recently they were full of school supplies ready for purchase.

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  • Secret Garden Unit Wrap Up

    Our class recently read the novel, The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. To celebrate the completion of the best-selling classic, we participated in several extension activities.

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  • Leaders Showcase Global Learning

    Once again our fourth and fifth grade students will shine when they take on leadership roles and go out into younger student’s classrooms with their laptops and presentations to demonstrate their learning.

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  • Counseling Program

    The Rocky River School Counseling program is headed up by Mrs. Wainwright and Mrs. Phifer.

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  • Every Kid Healthy Week

    Rocky River is embracing a new initiative to promote health and wellness of our students by linking nutrition, physical activity and learning throughout this week. The goal is to have students make changes to their lifestyle so that they are eating more balanced meals with the right portion size as well as increasing their physical activity.

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  • Helping our School and Earth!

    What can we do to help out our school and the earth?

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  • Thank You to our Awesome Volunteers!

    Rocky River students and staff are thankful for its wonderful volunteers.

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  • San Jose Taiko

    Caleb stated, “that this was a musical performance with drumming to express themselves." Fourth grade students enjoyed the performance at Wingate University and learned about the Japanese and how they use Taiko ”drums” in their culture.

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  • Science Night at Rocky River Elementary

    On March 8th, Rocky River Elementary held its 8th annual science night. Science Night was a chance for Rocky River’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to show off their knowledge and expertise of science.

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  • Charlotte 49ers Encourage Education, Healthy Living, and Leadership Skills

    Fourth and Fifth graders were excited when individuals from the Charlotte 49ers gave a presentation on Tuesday, March 8th about the importance of education, a healthy lifestyle, and being a great leader. The students listened intently for the 35 minute presentation as the quarterback, cheerleader, and athletic trainer all spoke of hard work and dedication to their craft. Lee McNeill is the quarterback for the Charlotte 49ers, Natalia Barriga is on the cheerleading squad, and A.J. Lukjanczuk is the athletic trainer and each had their own message for the students as well as the same overall message of “Do well in school”.

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  • Music and the Global World

    There has been a lot going on in the music classrooms at Rocky River Elementary.

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  • Global Studies in Art Classes

    Mrs. Nisbet and Mrs. Hill incorporate global studies into their art lessons in art classes.

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  • February Children's Dental Health Month

    Dr. Jed Levitas and Tammy Guth visited Rocky River kindergarteners and first graders today to talk about dental health and taking care of your teeth.

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  • Meteorologists Kaitlin Cody and Michelle Rotella from WCCB

    Fifth graders learn about weather from meteorologists.

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  • American Girl Night

    Rocky River Elementary celebrated their 3rd Annual American Girl event on Monday, February 1st, 2016. Attendance has grown so much over the years that the event needed to be moved from the media center to the school cafeteria in order to accommodate the over 75 families who attended. Mrs. Shulman, media coordinator, is ecstatic that so many families recognize the importance of literacy at home and at school.

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  • Kindergarten Registration February 8th - 12th

    Welcome to Rocky River Class of 2029- Kindergarten Registration will be February 8th- 12th between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. We are so excited to welcome you and your kindergarten child to Rocky River. The following article will tell you what to bring.

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  • Rotary Club and Polio

    Students recently learned about Africa during a presentation but also learned about the Rotary Club and their efforts with Polio.

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  • What's Found in Africa?

    Last week The World in our Backyard visited with students and staff at Rocky River for the third year in a row. Mrs. Wilson once again presented a lot of new information for us from her travels to Africa. Students got to dress in African printed shirts. She started out asking if Africa was a country and/or a continent. Some students instantly knew it was a continent that many people call a country. As she shared various artifacts and pictures with students she also gave them a fun information session. Students learned about sickness and the efforts to get rid of polio.

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  • Rocky River Students loved the Hour of Code

    During the week of December 7th – 13th Rocky River students had a chance to join in a global movement with more than 100 million learners in 180 countries to learn about computer programming through an event called Hour of Code. There were around 15 elementary schools in Union County that participated in the event. The site we used was code.org but other ones were out there.

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  • 2015 Spelling Bee

    The annual school spelling bee took place on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 at 8:30am in the media center. Mr. Haas, fifth grade teacher, coordinated the event. Three judges were in attendance, Mrs. Gaines, Mrs. Yalich, and Mrs. Funderburk as well as Mr. Jackson the Assistant Principal. The spelling bee was videotaped by Mrs. Shulman. Mr. Haas began the competition with explaining the rules and regulations to the parents and students.

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  • Helping Others- Showing We Care!

    Students at Rocky River and their families and staff collected over 1,702 items for the food drive recently held during November. What an awesome way to get involved in the community and help those who need the help the most! These items will go a long way in providing for families in need

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  • Fairy Tales Around the World

    Our first graders studied about different lands and similar stories from many different places about the world.

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  • International School recognition at Rocky River

    We are excited to be recognized for the 3rd year as an International School in Union County Public Schools of North Carolina. UCPS is considered a leader throughout North Carolina for its focus on global education. For the past six years, the UCPS Global Schools Program has encouraged educators to bring global education into the classroom and schools.

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  • Greek Civilizations and Greek Gods and Goddess

    Second grade students started a reading unit learning about Ancient Asian Civilizations then moved on to an introduction about Greek civilizations. Students gathered together to view videos from Discovery Streaming to start the study about Greek civilizations. They were able to see the architecture and buildings in ancient Greece and see buildings in the USA using the same architecture.

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  • Uniting the World with learning and UNICEF

    Rocky River students compete and earn points to help support students around the world through UNICEF during the week of October 12th in global studies classes. Several students at Rocky River had a chance to compete in the world’s largest on line educational competition with over 5 million students from around the world.

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  • Virtual Field Trip to Africa

    An International team of students, educators and scientist climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the world's Seven Summits, and the tallest mountain on the African continent. Discovery Education had a virtual field trip set up and students at Rocky River followed along as they explored the incredible terrain of the mountain as well as the culture and surrounding wildlife.

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  • Student Lead Conferences

    It’s that time of year when parents expect a conference note to come home with their child setting up a conference time. The typical conference would have the adults setting down together to discuss the student and their progress.

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  • Student Leaders and Teachers share Curriculum Information

    During our curriculum night student leaders had the opportunity to show leadership roles and shared about the curriculum for this year with classroom visitors

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  • Hugo shares Power of Reading

    Rocky River students were treated to a presentation by members of the Charlotte Hornets organization last week. Their mascot Hugo came to help put on a show for all our students in grades 2-5 on the importance of reading. The show highlighted many reasons why it is important to read. Students were told stories, listened to fun songs about reading, and shown inspirational videos that truly emphasized the power and importance of reading.

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  • Leadership and Character Count

    On Friday night, September 18th six students from Rocky River were recognized at the Monroe Redhawk football game for their character and what makes them great. We are very proud of these leaders and exceptional role models.

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  • First Day Excitement!

    With 877 students the first day of school at Rocky River was full of different emotions which included happiness, shyness, excitement, anticipation and nervousness. Although some students said they had been nervous Monday morning yet they were excited to see what they would be doing and to meet new friends. Some said they had hardly slept the night before. A few students came in shy but soon warmed up with smiles as they adjusted to their new class. Teachers were busy making sure that they knew how each child would be getting home.

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  • Fifth Graders- Band Tryouts

    On Monday, August 31 our new band director, Joseph Girgenti spoke with all fifth grade students about signing up for band.

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  • Smiling Faces-Open House

    After several workdays of preparing and setting up their classroom teachers then had an opportunity on Thursday, August 20th to greet and meet their new students and families for the upcoming school year. Smiling faces were seen throughout the hallways and in classes as students and parents arrived for Open House.

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  • Summer Fun!

    Students, families and staff at RyRES have had a relaxing fun summer involved in many activities. Many trips were made to the beach and mountains.

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  • Are You Ready for School?

    Are you prepared for school with school supplies and routines.

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  • Reading is Power! Knowledge is Power!

    Students in Mrs. Harlow’s third grade class have been reading books with the theme that “reading is power” and “people overcome many challenges to get the power of reading.” They have been learning about how people around the world overcome physical and personal challenges to get the power of reading.

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  • Listening and Learning

    In second grade we are working hard during the morning time using our listening and learning skills. During this time we are building background knowledge and vocabulary skills to help our students’ listening and reading comprehension. We just started a new unit on Early Asian Civilizations.

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  • Kindergarten Time

    Kindergarten students are learning all the right moves at Rocky River and how to be an engaged student in their classrooms. They are beginning the journey of learning about the 7 habits.

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  • Welcome to Rocky River!

    Educating future leaders!

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