Accelerated Reader, or AR, is a computerized program that tests reading comprehension and provides personal feedback to achieve maximum success. An extensive body of researchconfirms the effectiveness of Accelerated Reader and best classroom practices in helping educators dramatically improve student reading skills. The research consistently demonstrates that computerized curriculum management systems such as AR enable teachers to target instruction and accelerate reading growth for students of all ability levels.
1st Quarter - October 18 at 1:30 p.m.
2nd Quarter - January 17 at 1:30 p.m.
3rd Quarter - April 4 at 1:30 p.m.
4th Quarter - May 16 at 1:30 p.m. (May 10 for BLOCK H)
AR points account for approximately 10-15% of students reading grade.
MAC & Kids i s a multicultural club at Maple Creek whose goal is to promote awareness, understanding and acceptance of cultural diversity. Our club provides the opportunity to become more familiar with our own diverse Maple Creek community. Involvement in MAC & KIDS helps develop self-esteem and pride in one’s heritage.
MAC & Kids embers are devoted to learning about the customs, beliefs, and foods that are unique to different cultures. This accomplished by organizing major events throughout the school year and by learning about cultures at our meetings.
Membership includes parents and their children in hopes of providing share learning and fun. A particular culture is celebrated at each meeting by providing parents with stimulating discussion while the children engage in a fun activity. Food brought by members related to that ethnic culture is often shared by all.
Please join us in celebrating our diversity. We invite you to attend our meetings that are held every 3rd Tuesday of September, November, January, and May.
Maple Creek Building Bridges Club
In this club you will learn disability awareness, Sign Language, and how to make friends with everyone at Maple Creek! We want ALL children to feel welcomed, accepted, and encouraged. During the year we will have guest speakers and Sign Language performances. We will meet the first and third Monday’s of every month from 3:10-4:00pm in Room 7, unless otherwise noted.
Robotics is an exciting after school, co-curricular program for our 5th and 6th grade students. The primary focus is to build a functioning robot out of Lego pieces that can be computer programmed to maneuver across a playing field while performing multiple missions. Each year, a specific theme is generated by the F.I.R.S.T. Lego League. Teams have eight weeks to set up their table elements (competition course) and design their robot to successfully maneuver the field within a two and a half minute period of time. At the end of the 8 week program, teams compete their "Bots" against other Robots in an area qualifier meet. If the team is successful at the qualifier meet, they will then get invited to participate in the Central Valley Robotics Competition. Teams compete in three rounds each. Each completed mission awards the team points. The round that scores the team's most points is their competition round.
Through Robotics, students learn programming language, basic physics, and engineering principles, sportsmanship, team cooperation, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
Students participating in Science Fair must chose a testable question, develop a hypothesis and experiments to test that hypothesis, perform the experiments, collect data, and deduce whether the data supports their hypothesis or not. All areas of science are open, as long as the student's question is testable. Just like in History Day, students who perform well at the school level are eligible for competition at the CCRSEMF each spring. Maple Creek has had numerous students place at the county level, and proceed to the California State Science Fair held each May.
Science Fair information
Group oral interpretation is a choral recitation of a poem or story. The group of children, 4th-6th graders, learn creative movement to enhance the delivery of the often humorous story. At times there are opportunities for smaller group or solo break-out parts. The performance has taken place the last few years at Clark’s Mercedes Edwards Theater in February.
Everyone interested in joining is welcome. There are no auditions. All the children learn the appreciation of literature interpretation, oral language and the skills it requires, and working together as a group. They also have a lot of fun along the way. Rehearsals are twice a week before school.
Only one child per grade level may be chosen to represent Maple Creek at the Annual Peach Blossom Festival. The Festival is held at Fresno State.
Students who participate are required to memorize a poem, and recite it to a panel of judges. They are encouraged to use gestures, but may not use props. Students are judged on eye contact, voice quality, body movement, and overall performance. The Maple Creek Team members choose a poem with the guidance of their coach, and then practice twice a week with the coach until their performance/competition.
The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program in Clovis Unified is designed to provide special enrichment for students who have demonstrated exceptional abilities and whose educational needs may not be fully met without modifications of the regular instructional program. Each of the District's schools plans and implements its own GATE program according to the needs of its students.
The gifted child's educational needs are met in the regular classroom on an as-needed, daily basis. Maple Creek will no longer be supporting an early morning pull-out program.
GATE certification at Maple Creek begins in 4th grade and the criteria is:
~ 95%ile in both Language Arts and Math on the California Standards Test, or
~ 98%ile on the district-administered Otis-Lennon Intelligence Test, or
~ Special circumstance
Scores of ALL students are analyzed at the beginning of each school year; parents will be notified in September if their child has met the above stated certification requirements
ECL stands for Exceptional Learner Program. Children in 3rd grade are chosen by their classroom teacher to participate in this program. Teachers choose students who they feel could benefit from an academic challenge. This program is lead by Mrs. Rodriguez and usually begins in January each year.
All students in 4th, 5th and 6th grade can participate in cheer or spirit. We hold our try-outs each spring to place girls on the appropriate squad. We have a spirit squad, game squad and a competition cheer squad. You must go through the try-out process in the spring to be eligible for the squad the following year. Cheer and Spirit squad members will cheer at home football games, football carnival, attend a recognition night at a Clovis West football game, cheer at Clovis West’s spirit night and help with school rallies. The competition team will compete at local area competitions.
If you love to have fun, laugh, work hard, and be a part of a team we would love to have you try-out! We’ve got spirit, yes we do!
All students in grades 5 and 6 may participate in the school chorus. Choir performs for student assemblies at Maple Creek and at several parent functions during the school year. The chorus also participates in two District sings and they perform at one community service function during the school year.
Band and orchestra are offered to students in grades 5 and 6. The instrumental music students perform at the Winter Holiday Open House, the spring Performing Arts Evening and they participate in several music competitions at the District level.
Drama news coming soon...
For drama questions, please contact the MC Office 327-7300
Student Council, also known as Leadership, is a great way for upper graders to get involved with student government. Elections are held twice a year. A student may hold office one semester per year. During the student council term, elected officers help in various ways. Whether it is planning school activities, holding school fundraisers, assisting teachers and administration, or inspecting and keeping our campus safe, our student leadership is having fun.
For more information, please contact Mrs. Frediani.
Students at Maple Creek have the opportunity to participate in the Fresno County History Day (FCHD) competition each spring. The National History Day Foundation sets a topic each year and students are required to relate their project to the theme. Check out the links below for more details about the theme for this year!
Students who perform well at the school level are eligible to compete at the County level. Students who excel at the County competition are eligible for the State, hopefully, the National level competition. Maple Creek has had numerous winners at the County and State History Day competitions, and even one National History Day winner!
2017 History Day Theme – Taking a Stand in History
Questions? Contact Ashley Mahaffey firstname.lastname@example.org
History Day Information ~ Maple Creek Info