PAINESVILLE, Ohio-- Their pride is showing at Chestnut Elementary School in Painesville after being named this week's FOX 8 ‘Cool School.’
Based on a school expectation to respect yourself and others, these students, kindergarten through 5th grade, follow the five principles of Chestnut P.R.I.D.E. "Chestnut Pride stands for Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Empathy," fifth grader, Connor Hedrick, explained.
This month, they are concentrating on integrity. “Integrity means showing the right thing and doing the right thing while no body is watching you," fifth grader, Estefania DeJesus, added.
At Chestnut, everything revolves around improvement. They are moving towards using more technology for their lessons. This year, all third and fourth graders are using chrome books for their school work.
Fourth grader, Avery Hoffman, thinks it makes a difference. "Sometimes we use the textbooks and we use the chrome books, and sometimes we use both. So we can learn and do more research on a laptop," he said.
At Chestnut Elementary, there is a continued focus on literacy. It includes a school-wide reading event and the accelerated reader program. "The event was actually Read Your Heart Out. And, we were doing it in so many ways, different reading like technology reading, flashlight reading and we actually read to the kindergarteners," third grader, Diego Walter, said.
And, students also read to Trinity, a certified therapy dog at Chestnut. She spends every day working with the children. "We get to be with Trinity and it's fun. And then when we're done taking Trinity, we can play with her for a little bit," third grader, Jalynn Holloway, added.
At Chestnut Elementary School, the working philosophy is to engage all students today for tomorrow's world.