Paradise Elementary School

Paradise Elementary School

Pre-K Registration August 8

Paradise Elementary will be holding their Pre-Kindergarten Registration on Friday, August 8 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Important details are in this flyer:



Meet the Teacher Night August 21

Paradise Elementary will be hosting a "Meet the Teacher" Night on Thursday, August 21. To help ease overcrowding and provide teachers with more time to speak with parents and children, we have devised a specific time frame for you to attend:

  • 5:30-6:30- Last names that begin with letters A-M.
  • 6:30-7:30- Last names that begin with letters N-Z.
  • Details are in this brochure.

    School Supply Lists are Posted

    Here are the Paradise Elementary school supply lists for the upcoming school year:



    First Grade

    Second Grade

    Third Grade

    Third Grade Marks Departure with Clapout

    On May 5, the 3rd graders walked the halls of the elementary for the last time as students cheered them on to Intermediate School. A photo gallery of the fun is here.

    Second and Third Graders Have Awards Ceremony

    On June 4, the Second and Third Grade classes held their end-of-year awards ceremonies. Photos of the event are here...

    Principal for an Hour Named

    Levi and Kailee Beth earned enough points to be a Principal for an hour! They both did an outstanding job!

    First Graders Have Awards Ceremony

    On June 4, the First Grade held their awards ceremony for the year. Photos of the event are here...

    Kindergarten Graduation is Held

    On June 3, Paradise Elementary held their Kindergarten Graduation. Photos of the event are here...

    Students Celebrate with Great Chair Race

    We met our reading goal for the year of 12,000 books and celebrated with Paradise Elementary’s Great Chair Race. Not only did we achieve our goal but we have exceeded the goal and now have read over 14,000 books! Last year we read a little over 9,000 books. So we have read 5,000 more books this year than we did last year. Way to go Panthers!!

    Each grade level had to design their own costumes and teacher's rolling chair. It was a relay race between the grade level teachers with students cheering them on to victory! Kindergarten, The Hot Pots, won the Great Chair Race!

    Photos of the fun are here...

    Students Enjoy Dance Off

    On June 2, students at Paradise Elementary enjoyed the annual Dance Off. Photos of the fun are here:

    Dance Off (all classes)

    Kindergarten Dance Off

    1st Grade Dance Off

    2nd Grade Dance Off

    3rd Grade Dance Off

    Principals for the Day Named

    The following students earned 150 ACCELERATED READER points to be Principal for an hour:

    Cole, 2nd grader

    Harrison, 3rd grader

    Students Enjoy Play Day

    On May 20, students at Paradise Elementary had their annual play day. We have photos of the fun here...

    Mrs. Anthony's Class Presents Rise and Shine

    Mrs. Anthony’s Pre-K class led Rise and Shine on May 19th. They are learning about the life cycle of a butterfly and shared the story, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." Photo gallery...

    May 19 Polite Panthers Named

    These students were named as our Polite Panthers for the week of May 19 at our the Rise and Shine presentation. Thanks to Mrs. McCormick for the photo.

    Students Honored at Recognition Rally

    On May 5-6, Paradise Elementary held a Recognition Rally. Several students won awards in the Polite Panther Drawings.

    Kingergarten Polite Panther Drawing Winners: Keira Ritter, Lynzee Smith, Wyatt Sanders, Tristan Maxfield, Rosemary Nicholson.

    First Grade Polite Panther Drawing Winners: Madison Gentry, Morgan Plunkett, Ansel Caddell, Anna Perez, Rylee Rogers.

    Second Grade Polite Panther Drawing Winners: Aaron Wilson, Koby Dickens, Fabian Ortiz, Mary Beth Cook.

    Third Grade Polite Panther Drawing Winners: Jordan Piper, Cade Hogan, Mathew White, Mikah Winters.

    Panther Pride Drawing Winners

    Henry Oberg
    Madison Skidmore

    Box Top Drawing Winners: Anna Pope and Aaron Wilson.

    Photo galleries of both Recognition Rallies are here:

    Kindergarten/First Grade Recognition Rally, May 5, 2014

    Second and Third Grade Recognition Rally, May 6, 2014

    Students Enjoy Limo Rides at Lunch

    Elementary Students enjoy Limo Rides to Cici's Pizza for lunch. During our Big Kahuna Fundraiser all students who sold 15 or more items were chauffeured in a limo to lunch! Photo gallery...

    Paradise Elementary Meets Reading Goal

    Elementary has met their READING GOAL of 12,000 points! We will begin the process of planning our "Great Chair Race" in celebration of meeting our goal!

    Elementary Takes Science to the Great Outdoors

    On Thursday, April 24, students in Grades 2 and 3, teachers and staff embarked upon the first "Trails 4 Success" experience. Held at the Sid Richardson Boy Scout Ranch, the day began with an opening flag ceremony conducted by local scouts. Students then rotated through 6 stations, learning about native birds, identifying leaves, studying ants, exploring about soar heat, watching a "Stream" presentation from the Extension office, and learning about the food chain through a predator/prey game. They also participated in a hike and had a sing along of camp songs at the end of the day. It was hands on learning at its best and a day enjoyed by all. Photo gallery...

    Third Grade Presents "Go Fish"

    On April 28, the Third Grade performed "Go Fish," a musical by John Jacobson. Thanks to Velvet Oberg of the Bridgeport Index, we have photos of the fun here...

    After-School Dismissal Procedures are Posted

    In order to promote a safe and orderly environment, Paradise Elementary has published a short set of dismissal procedures. See them here...

    Mrs. Featherston's Class Presents Rise and Shine

    Mrs. Featherston’s Kindergarten Class lead our Rise and Shine on April 28. They created a video documenting their community walk and interviewing our Mayor, Sam Starr, last Friday.

    Our word of the week is community, meaning a group of people who live or work in a common or shared area.

    Our quote of the week is "All for one and one for all!" by the Three Musketeers. Photo gallery...

    April 28 Polite Panthers Named

    These students were named as our Polite Panthers for the week of April 28 at our the Rise and Shine presentation. Thanks to Mrs. McCormick for the photo.

    Students Enjoy Q and U Wedding

    The annual Kindergarten Q and U wedding was held on April 17. Mrs. Q and Mr. U have joined in literacy matrimony and have become one sound, they will be vacationing in Quebec. Photo gallery

    First Grade Musical is a Hit

    The First grade performed "BUGZ", a musical by John Jacobson on April 7. A photo gallery of the fun is here. Photos are courtesy of Mrs. Oberg of the Bridgeport Index.

    Jump Rope for Heart Winners Recognized

    At the March 28 Rise and Shine, these students were recognized for their efforts in the Jump Rope for Heart campaign, which benefitted the American Heart Association. Thanks to Eva Read for these photos.

    Student Wins Parent Involvement Drawing

    At the March 17 Recognition Rally, Edyee Franks won the drawing for Parent Involvement that included a family 4 pack of tickets to the Movie Theater in Decatur.

    Box Top Drawing Winners Announced

    These students won prizes for the Box Top Drawing at the Recognition Rally on March 17.

    Students Wanted for A+ Program

    Students are encouraged to apply to the Honor Roll Program that is sponsored by Karl Klement Ford and Karl Klement Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep. Details are here...

    Good Attendance for Open House

    On March 4, Paradise Elementary had their Open House as part of Public School Week. See a photo gallery of the event here...

    Good Weather for Snowflake Run

    On February 21, Paradise Elementary held the Snowflake Run during their PE classes. Photos of the fun are here...

    Book Fair was Successful

    The Elementary Book Fair was held February 10-14. We have a summary of events and their photo galleries here:

  • Wednesday, February 12: Donuts for Dads Photo gallery
  • Thursday, February 13: Goodies for Grandparents Photo gallery
  • Friday, February 14: Muffins for Moms Photo gallery
  • See the book fair winners here...

    100th Day of School is Celebrated

    See the February 13 song and photo gallery about the 100th day of school:

    Windows Version | Mac Version

    100 Days of School Photo Gallery

    Book Fair Drawing Winners Named

    On February 12, these students won prizes during a drawing during the Elementary Book Fair. Thanks to Mrs. McCormick for the photo.

    Third Graders Enjoy Snowfall

    The Third Grade has been studying about Snowflake Bentley in Reading! On February 6, they had the opportunity to be like "Snowflake Bentley" and go outside for an amazing experience - to observe snowflakes themselves with a hand lens and black paper.

    Drawing Winners Announced

    Students who won prizes at the February 3 Rise and Shine posed for a picture. Thanks to Eva Read, Southern Wise Times for the photo.

    Students Enjoy Christmas Parties, Sing-a-long

    On December 20, students at Paradise Elementary enjoyed celebrations before taking a couple of weeks off. We have photos of the fun on our photo gallery page.

    Good Weather for Jingle Run

    On December 19, Paradise Elementary held their annual Jingle Run. Photos of the fun are here...

    First Grade Visits Christmas Tree Farm

    On December 4, the first graders took a field trip to the Mainstay Christmas Tree Farm in Burleson. Photos of the fun are here...

    Elementary Observes Ribbon-Cutting

    On December 3, Paradise elementary had a "grand opening" of our playground extension. Local businesses, 3H Fencing (Todd Nelson Family) and Sandy Hill Ready Mix (Rusty Coleman Family) provided materials at cost or donated materials/labor. This extension provides PE classes with outdoor options for PE, walking area and taller fences for ball playing. Photo courtesy of Eva Read, Southern Wise Times.

    Students Win Awards in Card Contest

    The following students were selected as Paradise Elementary finalists for the James Wood Motors Annual Christmas Card Contest. Over 7500 students in the county participated. All three Paradise students received a monetary winning from James Wood Motors.

  • Rosendo C. 2nd grade
  • Aubree G. 3rd grade
  • Emma N. 3rd grade

    Emma N. was the 3rd place OVERALL winner chosen by James Wood Motors and received a check for $100.

    Box Tops Winners Announced

    Box top drawing winners for the Second Six weeks and received a $5.00 Wal-Mart gift card are Winter Johnson, Anna Perez, Kennith McCauley, Brock Worley and Bryson Gibson.

    Students Enjoy Thanksgiving Feast

    On November 22, students at Paradise Elementary enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast before a well-deserved vacation. See photos of the event here...

    Third Graders Dress up Turkeys

    On November 19, the Third Graders dressed up their turkeys in clever disguises. See a photo gallery of the fun here...

    Student is Librarian for the Day

    In November, Paradise Elementary student Dean Caddell had 255 AR points and earned the honor of Librarian for the Day.

    Students and Parents Enjoy Reading Restaurant

    Reading Restaurant Family Night was a huge success! Students and family stayed very busy rotating to five stations to hear great children’s literature and enjoy yummy snacks that complemented the books! We also gave away several door prize gift cards to Pizza Hut and Casa Manana. Winning students were Kashton Eustace, Mary Beth Cook and Brock and Blaine Worley!

    A photo gallery of the fun is here.

    Elementary Students Participate in Color Run

    On November 3, the Junior Class sponsored a Panther Prowl 5K color run and Paradise Elementary had students in it.

    Red Ribbon Week Held October 21-25

    Here were the dress-up days for Red Ribbon Week at Paradise Elementary:

    Monday – Red Ribbon Week Kick-off! (Wear red) Photo gallery

    Tuesday – We can't hide our drug-free pride! (Wear camo) Photo gallery

    Wednesday – Being Drug FREE is NO Sweat for us! Wear a sweatsuit/workout gear Photo gallery

    Thursday – Use your head to be drug-free! Wear your favorite cap Photo gallery

    Friday – Team up for a drug-free life! Wear a Team Jersey Photo gallery

    UIL Practice Times Have Been Adjusted

    See the UIL academic practice times here...

    Student is Named Principal for One Hour

    Dean Caddell was being honored on October 23 for earning 200 AR points already this year. As a result, he was the Principal for an hour.

    Students Enjoy the NED Show

    The NED Show appeared at Paradise Elementary on October 22. It was an elementary school assembly program promoting positive attitudes, better behavior and academic achievement in school. Our character education assembly was based on the acronym NED - Never give up, Encourage others, Do your best.

    We incorporated yo-yos in our school show, along with magic tricks and dramatic speech, to deliver a VISUAL lesson that sticks with students. A photo gallery of the fun can be found here...

    Box Top Drawing Winners Named

    Box Top Drawing Winners are Ayden Winters, Katelyn Read, Ellie Eyster, Emma Dowling, and Boss Bryant (not pictured). Each student received a Wal-Mart gift card for $5.00.

    The classes that collected the most Box Tops won an extra recess. The 1st Six Weeks class winners were Mrs. Markum (Kindergarten), Mrs. Pearson (1st Grade), Mrs.Tierce (2nd Grade), Mrs. Morrow (3rd Grade).

    The word of the week is responsibility, meaning, the act of being responsible or accountable for everything that you say and everything that you do. Quote: "It’s our choices that show who we truly are, not our abilities."

    Recognition Rally is a Success

    First Grader, Gavin Montgomery, won a family 4-pack to the Decatur Movie Theater for the Panther P.R.I.D.E. family involvement drawing on October 21 at the Recognition Rally. We have a photo gallery of the Recognition Rally here...

    Students Observe Fireprevention and Safety Week

    Paradise Elementary School has been celebrating Fire Prevention and Safety Week. We would like to thank local fire departments and members who presented a safety program for our students. The program included a skit by their Clown Brigade that was very funny but also filled with lots of great safety information. Firefighters also gave the students a tour of a fire truck and a demonstration of some of their safety equipment. We enjoyed and appreciated the presentation and information from the fire departments. Pictured are Chris Hodges, Todd Nelson, Sis Mundy, Brady Murphree, John Neal, Eli Nobles, Brandon McGar and Nate Morrow.

    We have a photo gallery of the fun here...

    Students Enjoy Guest Speaker

    On October 2, Steve Carrier, who stands 6'4" and weighs 290 lbs presented a dynamic program to Paradise Elementary students. Through his amazing feats of strength Steve brought a valuable lesson to the students about using their own strengths to make good choices and to follow their dreams. Steve has presented this program to thousands of students at schools all across the country and has also been featured on ESPN, Americas Got Talent, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and was most recently featured in the Guinness Book of World Records by breaking 30 baseball bats over his thigh in just 53 seconds. We appreciate The Rock of Runaway Bay for funding this presentation for our school.

    Book Character Day is a Success

    On October 1, Paradise Elementary hosted a book character day in which students could dress as their favorite book characters. We have photos of the event in two places:


    Photo Gallery

    First Graders Learn about Data and Graphing

    The first Grade is learning about organizing data and graphing. We had class surveys for a special day. After organizing the data with a tally chart, some classes chose favorite team jersey day and some chose silly hat day. We have also had fun graphing food items and other favorites. One first grader said today that "Graphing Rocks!!!

    Thanks to Mrs. McCormick for these photos.

    Box Tops Can Earn Money for the School

    Send your box tops to earn money for our school! Put your child's name on the back for a chance to win a prize at the end of each 6 weeks! The class in each grade level wins an extra recess. Each box top is worth 10 cents. Since 2004, when our school began collecting box tops, we have earned $13,104! We have purchased trees for beautification, student incentives, made playground improvements, etc.!


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    iSchoolBox Available for Students and Parents

    There is a new app available for the Elementary, Intermediate, and Junior High campuses. iSchoolBox is a free app available in iTunes and the Android store. Simply search for iSchoolBox Free. Click here if you are on an iOS device. Click here if you are using an Android device.

    Once the app is installed, enter Paradise ISD in the search field and select the campus you are interested in following. The campus can then be added to your favorites list for easy access in the future by clicking the star in the top right corner.