Activities & Clubs
Morning News Broadcast
Every morning, the “Thiriot News” program starts promptly at 9:05 A.M. It is hosted by students who have been trained as TV announcers. The news reporters share current events, present student awards, highlight special events, and lead the school in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The Thiriot News is the place to tune for the lunch menu, the daily weather report, and videos of special activities. This awesome, student news program is viewed in every classroom, every day.
The Beta Club is a nationally recognized junior honor society that strives to develop and nourish qualities of achievement, character, leadership, and service. The Beta Club motto, “Let us lead by serving others,” can be seen in action through our club’s service projects. https://www.betaclub.org/about
Beta Club is open to 4th and 5th graders who have scored at or above grade level as measured by the previous year’s SBAC state test, GATE testing, and by teacher recommendation. Students must have exemplary behavior and maintain an academic A/B record. Beta Club students are expected to complete service hours both with the club and independently.
Beta Club fosters leadership, teamwork and service. Students who are part of this club find that it is an incredibly rewarding experience.
Drama Club promotes self-confidence, teamwork, creativity, personal responsibility, and leadership. Established in 2017, Thiriot Elementary Drama Club has proudly presented the following musicals:
* 2017-2018: The Pirates of Grammar Island
* 2018-2019: Alice’s Adventures with Idioms
* 2019-2020: The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz Mashup
* 2020-2021: no musical due to Covid restrictions
* 2021-2022: Annie
The musical selected for the 2022-2023 school year is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Membership in Drama Club is open to all 3rd-5th grade students and roles are determined by auditions held in August. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, after school (3:30-4:30 pm). We hope to see you there!
Thiriot Elementary is proud of its vegetable garden. Students in 1st through 5th grade help care for our crops. This year, the fifth grade students decided what should be planted for the fall crop. Then students in all grades prepared the soil and planted seeds. To help us learn about gardening and eating healthier, a gardener from Create a Change Now comes to Thiriot every Tuesday. Classes takes turns working with the gardener in the garden beds.
Our fall harvest consists of squash, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, and bell peppers. When our crops are ready to be picked, the farmer helps us harvest the vegetables and lets students sample them. Most of the vegetables we grow are sold at our Farmers Market that we hold a couple of times a year.
Great American Award
The Great American Award Program is open to fifth grade students at Thiriot Elementary. The Great American program is part of the fifth grade social studies curriculum, and helps build pride in being American citizens. Students who accomplish at least three of the six requirements receive a certificate. Students who complete all six of the requirements become Great Americans and receive a special award. A music assembly is held in May to celebrate and recognize all students who participate in the Great American Award program.
Great American Requirements:
* Recite from memory the 50 states and capitals in alphabetical order.
* Recite from memory the Gettysburg Address.
* Recite from memory the Preamble to the Constitution.
* Write, spell, and punctuate the Pledge of Allegiance.
* Sing or recite from memory the first verse of the Star Spangled Banner.
* Recite from memory the first and last names of the Presidents of the United States in the order of their presidency.
WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is a father involvement, educational program designed by the National Center For Fathering. There are two primary goals of the WATCH D.O.G.S. program:
1. To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
2. To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.
So who are our Thiriot WATCH D.O.G.S.? Thiriot WATCH D.O.G.S. are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer at least one day each year at our school. During the day, Watch D.O.G.S. may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow or any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well.