This week, 3rd Grade students had their first Science Lab. During their lab, the students created models of the Earth using marshmallows. Then, they used the Earth models to rotate around the sun. As Earth rotates around the sun, the students learned we have seasons.
This week, 4th grade students are learning about and exploring the Beatitudes. After learning the Beatitudes, they'll talk about how they work to help others, specifically with their mission, the Little Way Pregnancy Resource Center.
7th & 8th grade students participated in Eagle Blast, Part 2 this week. The team building portion of the day was led by trained facilitators from Jefferson County Forest and the other half of the day expanded upon their Eagle Blast Part 1 retreat experience with Mr. Ric Stueker. Students and faculty truly enjoyed the day and the opportunity to grow together.
This week, our Kindergarten and 1st Graders met their Big Buddies from 7th & 8th Grade. Our Buddies will work together on various projects and fun activities throughout the year, including the traditional Santa Letters at Christmas. Today, they filled out surveys to learn more about each other. The older students will use this information in their LA classes to present on a topic. What do you remember about your School Buddy?
i-Ready Diagnostic helps teachers to effectively assess their students to determine individual strengths, as well as areas for continued growth. i-Ready Diagnostic assesses Reading Phonological Awareness, Phonics, High-Frequency Words, Vocabulary, & Comprehension. i-Ready Diagnostic begins by giving students an adaptive assessment in reading. An adaptive assessment is a test that automatically adjusts the difficulty of the questions according to each student’s performance in order to determine his or her abilities in reading.
To start the year off in 5th grade, students used milk, dish soap, and food coloring to introduce science vocabulary and classroom etiquette during investigations. The also learned how to correctly observe and diagram what occurs during a lab investigation. During math class, they also completed a scavenger hunt outside to show their understanding and knowledge of math in the world around them. The students truly enjoyed these experiences with our new 5th grade science and math teacher, Mrs. Kathryn Cohan.
Our librarian, D.Dee Hill, received a grant from PetSmart this summer for a Class Pet. After much thought and possibly some influence from 4th graders completing their summer reading, According to Humphrey, a book about a hamster, the library now has a hamster! Stop by soon and visit our school hamster or ask your child about their interactions during library time. Thank you to Mrs. Hill for all of her work to earn this grant!
Our school theme for this year is Unity and how we work together in a unified way to do not only our best, but also what is best for others. We're led by the Bible Verse, Romans 15: 5–6 which says, "May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of Unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."
This year, all of our 6th & 7th graders will be part of our 1-1 program using iPads daily in their classrooms, as well as taking them home to use for assignments. Today, our students were excited to get their individual devices to use for their daily learning! Our 4th and 5th graders use ipads within their classrooms, while Kindergarten through 3rd grade students use them for various in-class projects and centers throughout the year. Thank you to our generous PTA and school parents who continue to support us in this technology enhancement endeavor!
Fourth grade students worked in groups of 4 to construct a model of a building using plastic straws, paper clips, and a 30 cm piece of masking tape this week. They learned about the importance of using the scientific method to investigate. This lab helped the students work together and to learn to share ideas in order to make a model which will be successful.