SCC Elementary

SCC Elementary CARES!


CARES is our behavior expectation. We continued with our CARES assemblies on Monday, May 4. Students in each grade level were recognized that exemplified the trait of the month - honesty - which was the focus for April.

Next, students learned about the May trait of the month - Optimism. 

If you would like to watch the assembly. you can CLICK HERE to view it on our YouTube channel.


Nature's Laboratory is a Great Way to Build Vocabulary!

Nature?s Laboratory

Vocabulary plays an important role in reading. Beginning readers use knowledge of words from speech to recognize words that they encounter in print. When children “sound out” a word, their brain is working hard to connect the pronunciation of a sequence of sounds to a word in their vocabulary. If they find a match between the word on the page and a word they have learned through listening and speaking, and it makes sense to them, they will keep reading. If a match is not created, because the word they are reading is not found in their vocabulary, comprehension is interrupted. Decoding instruction by itself will not guarantee that students will gather enough meaning to learn from what they are reading. Since spring weather has finally arrived, it is a perfect time to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the great outdoors with your child while opening their eyes to a whole world of new vocabulary. 

Notice and describe trees and other outdoor plants and their parts. Vocabulary might include trunks, branches, stems, leaves, and flowers. See how many different types of leaves you can gather. Describe and sort leaves by shape, size, and color. 

Observe any birds, squirrels, insects, and worms. Keep track of the different animals and insects you find. If possible, take pictures or draw a sketch of any unusual unfamiliar ones. Ponds, slow moving rivers, and gardens are great spots for bug hunting. 

Choose two or three different times of the day, for example early morning, noon, and dusk. Take a short walk and listen closely to the different sounds. Try to keep track of the different sounds you hear. Depending on the time of year, you may hear cicadas, crickets, Canada Geese, or songbirds. Discuss why we might hear different animals and insects depending on the time of day or season. 

On a rainy day, set up a rain gauge using a clear plastic tumbler or wide-mouth bottle, have your child predict, or make a good guess, about how much rain will be collected. Mark that level and collect rain. Check the gauge after the rain ends. Is there more or less rainwater in it than your child predicted? How much more or less? 

Stepping outside is a simple way to set foot in nature’s laboratory. Backyards and neighborhood walks can lead to interesting conversations that contain new vocabulary words.

Submitted by: Kindergarten Teacher Ms. Heidi Usgaard


New Grading System for 4-K thru 5th Grade

St. Croix Central is excited to introduce a new grading system in the fall of 2014. Kindergarten through fifth grade students will be using standards-based grading in order to help students, teachers, and parents better understand the needs and strengths of each child in relation to the Common Core State Standards. The staff at SCC believes that standards-based grading will celebrate the strengths and support the challenges of all students.

For more information, please visit the STANDARDS & REPORTS CARDS page.


Upcoming Events and Announcements

To Our SCC Volunteers

thank you

Our volunteers have heart so sincere,
No task too large, no task too small,
They will help with anything at all.
They will be there in the morning light,
Or help in the dark of night.
Our volunteers, our extra hands,
On whose future our children stand.
Never all as dear as our
Saint Croix Central School Volunteers!

Thank you to all the SCC volunteers in our school district!!
We appreciate all you do for us!!



Boys' Basketball -- Summer Camp

basketball camp

3rd through 9th Grade Boys (Grade in Fall 2015-2016 Year)

June 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th

-  9th Grade - 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
-  7th and 8th Grade -10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
-  5th and 6th Grade -1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
-  3rd and 4th Grade - 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
                            3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. (on the 11th)

Camp will be held at St. Croix Central High School. Please use the athletic entrance behind the school.

Camp cost is $40 for the entire 4-day session – which includes a camp t-shirt!  Registration must be received by June 1st to reserve a spot. Come join us for an intensive 4-day camp focusing on basic skills in the game of basketball. Head Varsity Coach, Zach Turpin, will work with your althlete to improve his overall game by getting back to the basics! Extensive work will be done on essential techniques in ball handling, passing, shooting, dribbling, and defense.

 For more information, contact Coach Turpin at 715-796-5383 x-1140



Summer School 2015

Summer School

June Dates: 9-11, 15-18, 22-25

July Dates: 6-9, 13-16

July Swimming Lesson Dates: 20-23, 27-30

You can find the most updated class descriptions, schedules, and busing information at: > District > For Parents > Summer School

The webpage will be updated as more information becomes available. Keep in mind that classes and schedules are continually being updated and that checking the webpage is the best option for the most current information. Please contact Summer School Director Heidi Sirek at with any further questions or concerns.


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