Former CRES teacher returns as Francis Slocum for history lesson

Former Cumberland Road teacher JoAnn Fox will return in full costume as Francis Slocum to portray the historical figure for fourth graders Wednesday, February 13, from 10 a.m. -12:05 p.m. and again from 1:25 -2:25 p.m.  Slocum was a white child taken captive by Indians and then lived out the rest of her life with the Miami tribe in what is now Indiana . For more information, contact the school office at (317) 594-4170 or email

Fourth grade classes use rats to study nutrition, health

Rats have arrived in fourth grade classrooms at Cumberland Road Elementary! As part of a unit called “The Great Grow Along from the National Dairy Council, students are in the midst of a four-week study using the rats to focus on diet, nutrition and exercise.

Fourth grade teacher David Greiwe said each classroom received two baby rats that were about 3 weeks old when they arrived. Students do controlled experiments with the rats’ diets.  During week one, the rats received only oats to show the importance of grains and carbohydrates in one’s diet.  The second week, fruits and vegetables are added to the diet followed by protein the third week. The first three weeks one rat drinks milk and the other rat gets sugar water. “We measure and weigh the rats each week to track the difference in growth,” said Greiwe. “During the final week, we keep the diet the same except we switch the beverage.”

He explained that the experiment provides a great opportunity to talk to kids about their own health. “We look at the food pyramid, track their food intake, record the kinds of exercise we get, discuss the reasons for a balanced diet and make a plan for staying healthy,” he said. “The kids also learn how to read food labels.”

For more information, contact Greiwe at (317) 594-4170 or email him at


Fourth grader Kaity Leighton doesn’t hesitate to reach into a cage for Snowball in order to determine the rat’s weight. Owen Fleming stands ready with a vented container to hold the rat while it’s placed on the scales that teacher David Greiwe sets up.

Balancing the scales with weights, Kaity Leighton and Owen Fleming determine whether or not Snowball the rat, held in a vented container, has gained weight during the last week. Students also measure the rats’ tales to chart growth.

HSE district Mock Trial team qualifies for state tournament

The Hamilton Southeastern district Mock Trial team placed third and was one of the top four at the regional competition Saturday to qualify for the state tournament March 8-9.  According to advisor Janet Chandler, Cat Fisher and Katie Rombach were named Most Effective Witnesses and Alex Gillham and Holly Runde were Most Effective Attorneys.

The team is currently competing in the Hamilton County Tournament on Wednesday evenings.  HSE faces Guerin High School this Wednesday in the courthouse in Noblesville at 6 p.m. Other team members include John Holt, Caroline McKinney, Shelley Myers and Kaitlyn Thompson.

For more information, contact Chandler at (317) 594-4190 or email her at

Other upcoming activities at Cumberland Road Elementary:

·        Fourth grade Pioneer Day is filled with a wide variety of activities Tuesday, February 26.

·        Fourth grade will have a Covered Wagon presentation on February 15, at 9:30 a.m.

·        A dentist visits first grade classrooms in honor of Dental Health month on Friday, February 22, at 1 p.m.

·        A Grandparents and Veterans’ Celebration includes a pancake breakfast prepared by our Dad’s Club and a patriotic music program performed by CRES students Saturday, March 1, from 8:45-11 a.m.

·        “Starlab” will be here from Tuesday, March 4 through Thursday, March 6. Two Starlab/Math Pentathlon family nights will be March 4 and 5, starting at 6 p.m.

·        A family Sock Hop will be Friday, March 7, starting at 6 p.m. in the

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