#OurStoriesCRCSD - Truman
School Year 2018-19
Truman Elementary Tigers are building a chain reaction of kindness. Regularly, K-5 students gather together to discuss acts of kindness in the building and for each one a link is created. The result is a chain that will make its way around the building and a culture of kindness and respect. #OurStoriesCRCSD #Truman
Presley is a 5th-grader at Truman Elementary School. She credits RACE (Restate, Answer, Cite and Explain) for improving her grades in all of her classes. The connecting reading comprehension and writing strategy makes students question and understand what they are studying as they are learning it.
“It helps me understand what the theme is and the main idea… it will help you find what the theme is about.”
The Pawsitive Office Referral at Truman Elementary school has students excited to be called to the office. The program recognizes them in front of their peers and teachers for their good behavior and positive attitude. Since it began in the 2018-2019 school year, office referrals have become 95% positive and Tigers equate the honor as to winning the lottery. #OurStories #Truman
Truman 2nd-grader, Albert shares why he loves reading and learning new words. “The more words in my head and my brain gets bigger then I will get smarter.” #OurStoriesCRCSD #Truman
School Year 2017-18
Celebrating Truman Elementary school! Tammi Kuba, principal at Truman showcases the school's positive culture and their year-long goals.
It's the little things that go a long way to building a positive relationship. Like finding the perfect book, to a personalized note on the cover. Meet Truman's media secretary, who connects with kids to help spread the love of reading.
MEET Truman's STAFF
Kathryn Tyner, Health Secretary
Years at Truman - 3, and 14 years with CRCSD
What she loves about the Truman?
"Oh my goodness, there is so much about Truman that I love! I love the laughter that I hear in the office and in the hallways. We have amazing students that are so kind and thoughtful. Our caring staff at Truman make sure the students are becoming the best they can be. We have terrific parents that volunteer in the lunchroom, the classroom, gym, wherever there is a need (even roller-skating!) “Team Truman” is made up of students, staff, and parents. We go the extra mile to make sure our students are becoming life long learners and will be ready for a fabulous future!"
Truman is one of the first elementary school in Cedar Rapids to be awarded as a Special Olympics Unified Champion School. The designation says Truman creates climates of inclusion, acceptance, respect, and human dignity for all students with or without intellectual disabilities.
The school also held a campaign to further their inclusion culture by pledging to spread respect to all students by spreading the word, to end the word, about the R-WORD. Check out this video the staff and students created!
The REALTOR Foundation of Iowa runs Project Jack. If award the grant, 4th-grade classrooms can pay it forward in any way the class chooses. These Truman tigers decided to pay it forward with the school's community partner the New City Church.