Activities & Clubs
Beta Club is a nationally recognized junior honor society for 5th grade students. To join Beta Club, students must maintain an academic A/B record and be recommended by their teacher. Beta Club members elect their officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Attendance Officer). BETA Club members usually take on leadership roles at school by setting good examples academically and behaviorally. Beta Club is also active in the community, supporting events such as Pennies for Paws and canned food drives. Beta Club fosters teamwork, leadership, and dedication. Students who are part of this club find that it is an incredibly rewarding experience.
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.
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.
Read... Explore... Discover... RED Club is an after school program for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Students must apply and be chosen to be in RED Club. For an hour each week, RED Club members work together on science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities.
Robotics Club is an after school club for fourth grade and fifth grade students. Based on the format and style of First Lego League, Robotics club is all about imaginative thinking and teamwork. With the help of their coaches, students research a real-world problem and are challenged to develop a solution for it. They also learn how to design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS on a table-top playing field. Last year, our Robotics Club members recycled crayons for a local hospital.
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 DOGS 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.