100 days of school helps students with math, writing

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

Feb. 4, 2013 at 7:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 4, 2013 at 8:05 p.m.

A necklace of red felt hearts hung around her collarbone.

Inside a third-grade classroom, Shields Elementary School math facilitator Jill Mowles stood smiling at students counting from one to 100.

Tall construction paper hats marked with 100 varying symbols wiggled atop each student's head.

In celebration of a tradition campus administrators said has endured for the last 10 years, primary school students arrived to school Monday adorned with an accessory made of 100 objects to celebrate the 100th day of school.

It's a challenge some students took lightly, but others took it to the next level by arriving with Legos glued onto a plain white T-shirt, a grey shirt covered with multicolored fuzz balls posing as gumballs and fruit loops strewn together by string.

The event is designed to help students become more at ease with three-digit numbers, Mowles said.

"Days like these help students realize learning is fun," Mowles said. "It's also a good day for attendance."

Students in the third-grade classroom thumbed around some Lego pieces into corresponding squares on a math worksheet.

Other grade levels focused on areas that would aid them with their STAAR tests.

Fourth-grade students focused on reading and writing by writing about what they would be like in 100 years, and another grade level focused on century-old historical events.

Students from the Victoria West High School Band joined the elementary school students in an early morning parade through the hallways.

A classroom achieving 100 percent attendance on the annual numeric celebration day receives a treat, said Mowles.

Arelys Guzman, 9, said she spent a good while putting together her 100-day accessory in time for Monday's morning parade.

The accessory, a long purple and blue necklace made up of rectangle-shaped beads etched with heart shapes, shimmered below the third-grader's beaming face.

"It took a long time to make because I kept busting it," Arelys said, demonstrating her past failed attempts at putting her homemade necklace together. "My aunt gave me the beads, but I put it together all by myself."



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