September Students of the Month

Congratulations to the ICES Students of the Month for September!

PK, K, 1

Pre-K: Josiah Harris, Kyle Bivens, Caydance Harmon, Amare White, Joshlyn O’Neal
Kindergarten: Jacob Roland, Grayson Giles, Makenzie Wynn, Shalia Lampkin, Juan Cabanas, Andrae Hawes
First Grade: Branson Wright, Michael Cantu, Silas Glenn, Makinsley Brown, Amari Stuckey,  Cailee Smith, Nolan Maddox

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Kindergartners Publish Book

Walker-Wilson ClassMrs. Walker and Mrs. Wilson's kindergarten students are now authors and illustrators! The class wrote a book about the things they liked most about kindergarten and titled their book "What I Like About Kindergarten." Then the book was professionally printed. The students really love their book! To celebrate, the class had an ice cream/book signing party where they gave Principal Mrs. Holly Tucker a signed copy.
What I Like About Kindergarten

2016 Get Georgia Reading

Get Georgia Reading

Summer reading in Georgia! Free access to tons of books, spanning genres, languages, audience age ranges you can access 24 hours a day – every day – through Aug. 31.

You can search from more than 50 different categories and genres, fiction and nonfiction, picture books, graphic novels, chapter books, titles for struggling and reluctant readers, and Spanish and bilingual titles. It’s like having your own personal library right at your fingertips.

Ready, Set, Read

During 2015, kids throughout the state read 103,636 books and spent 60,719 hours reading from mid-April through August.

MyOn heat map“This year, we’re challenging Georgia to top last year’s numbers by reading more than 200,000 books and spending over 100,000 hours reading,” said Get Georgia Reading Campaign Director Arianne Weldon. “We want you to light up your community on our heat map.”

Here’s how you can get reading, right now:

To login, go to and click the red Log in now button.

​School Name:
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Click the Sign in button, select a book, and start reading.

For more information, visit Get Georgia Reading.

iPads in Music Class

Mrs. Dee Hodnett    A visitor to Irwin County Elementary School might notice that one classroom sounds a little different from some of the others.  The noises from Dee Hodnett’s classroom filter out into the hall; recorder music, classical tunes, and children singing or calling out excitedly are just some of the things that happen in the room.  Dee Hodnett, the music teacher at I.C.E.S., has added a new facet to her classroom instruction with a set of mini-iPads for student use.  These devices revolutionize the way Mrs. Hodnett can bring music into the lives of her students.
     Hodnett uses the iPads as a teaching tool in many different ways.  Her students can take interactive quizzes on music topics through a program called Kahoot, with their answers automatically posting on the board in a real-time trivia contest.  Students compete to see who can reach the top of the leader board and receive prizes for their musical knowledge.  Students in every grade use the Kahoot program.
     Mrs. Hodnett uses a program called Quaver throughout her music instruction.  Quaver is a performer who teaches children about music, interacts with children at each participating school in multiple ways, and provides an app and web tools for children to learn about music and even create their own sheet music.  Quaver even Skypes with students and answers their questions.  In the past, Hodnett had to put Quaver’s tools on the board and call the children up individually, but now each child has access to the program at the same time via the Quaver app on the iPad.Mrs. Hodnett's music class
     If any time is left in the class period after the group musical instruction, students may use their iPads to complete assigned tasks or play musical games.  Every single app on the student iPads was downloaded for free and is music-related.  Students can help play classical music, identify musical notes, or watch pianists play complex pieces. 
     Mrs. Hodnett sees great potential for her iPads as a classroom tool, saying, “I am glad to have another way to show students that everyone has their own special musical gifts.  In the world of music, there is a place for everyone.  The students and I are so grateful for this new tool.”

Toll-Free School Safety Hotline

The 1-877-SAY-STOP toll- free hotline was created by the Georgia Department of Education. Students can anonymously report anyone who has a weapon, has threatened to bring a weapon to school, or has violated any other school safety rules. The hotline hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; after 5 p.m. all calls will be forwarded to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Callers will not be asked to reveal their identities. Make the call; you can make a difference!