1st Graders Use Scientific Method to Learn about Polar Bears
1st grade students have been learning about what a scientist is and how they conduct an experiment. This week in science classes, they talked about how cold the pool and lake water can be sometimes. With that discussion and inquiry, they came up with the question, How do Polar Bears stay warm in cold water? With this question in mind, the students worked through the Scientific Method - Make an Observation, Ask a Question, Make a Hypothesis, Conduct your Experiment, Draw a Conclusion, and Report your Results.
The students first tested the water and decided it was way to cool to swim in it. They then put on the blubber glove and were amazed that they could not feel the cold at all. The 1st graders concluded that blubber does protect the Polar Bears from the cold water! Great work, 1st grade scientists!
We've now been in school a month and 2nd grade is getting near the end of their place value unit! This week, they worked on place value by creating three digit numbers using food. Students then wrote the number in three different forms: expanded, word,
and base ten blocks. How do you find math in your daily lives and explore your learning in new ways? Great work with this activity, 2nd grade!
Today, our 7th grade buddies gathered with our Kindergarten buddies, while our 8th grade buddies gathered with our 1st grade buddies! Each younger student is partnered with one or two older students to work together and meet throughout the year. Today, students worked to get to know each other by filling out a survey together and then presenting their buddies to their peers. At the end of the day, students enjoyed playground and recess time together! Up next? They'll walk together at our annual Walk the first week of October. Stay tuned for more buddy fun!
Here at Holy Trinity Parish School, our students participate in and learn the PeaceBuilders Pledge, part of a community building and anti-bullying program. Daily, as part of our all-school morning news, students in PreK through 8th grade recite the pledge, along with the Pledge of Allegiance and daily prayer. Monthly, our teachers share PeaceBuilder focuses that corelate with various parts of the pledge and discuss how they can live it out in their daily lives.
This month, Kindergarteners are learning to say the PeaceBuilders pledge. They take each line and discuss what it means and what they can do to show it. This week, during their morning meeting, they used different ways to hello to their friends.
Math Lab Open, with Addition of Math Resource Teacher, Mrs. Hartlage
Before school, after school, and during recesses, students are now able to meet with Mrs. Hartlage, our new Math Resource Teacher, during Math Lab to receive extra guidance and assistance with their current math work. Mrs. Hartlage, a longtime 4th grade teacher at our school, is now serving as our Math Resource Teacher. She teaches math to half of our Jr. High students, in addition to assisting students of all grade levels with math. Check out her new office in the administration hallway, and stop by soon for Math Lab!
This year, our students have even more learning options during their library classes! Mrs. Hill continues to fill the library with books, as well as STEAM centers. New this year, students can make stop motion movies with Legos and iPads, learn electricity with Little Bits electronic building blocks, and create and build with various connecting blocks and pieces. Later this year, she'll also introduce Makey Makey technology centers to allow our students to explore programming.
Mrs. Hill also brings in a variety of other experiments and labs related to current events throughout the year. Already this year, students explored the effects of an eclipse with lights, sports balls, and shadows. This week, they're exploring the effects of hurricane winds and rains through water labs during library time. Stay tuned as our STEAM exploration is full steam ahead in 2017-18!
Thank you to all who participated in today's Hurricane Harvey Spirit Day. In all, we raised $6,266.12 to support Catholic Charities' efforts in Texas. A special thank you to all of the students that organized bake sales, lemonade stands, and other fundraising efforts this weekend to support the cause.
Focusing on Pope Francis's call to care for the environment, our school worked to recycle all outdated textbooks, encylopedias, and torn-up book resources for the first time this year! We are proud to announce that through a June pick-up, as well as two August pick-ups, Holy Trinity Parish and School donated over 2,200 pounds of textbooks to be recycled!
We are happy to announce the hiring of Mrs. Robbin Goodin for Pre-K through 2nd grade Music and Ms. Teresa Hayward for our 3rd – 8th grade Music program. Mrs. Goodin has taught in private, as well as public schools, since the 1990s and has subbed at Holy Trinity for the past three years. Not only does she have extensive experience in singing theatrically and professionally, she also plays piano, cello, guitar, bass, ukulele, and percussion. She is looking forward to bringing her love of music to the children of Holy Trinity.
Ms. Hayward is a recent graduate of the Hartt School at the University of Hartford with a Bachelor of Music in Music Management and a Jazz Vocal Emphasis. For the past several years, she has worked as a vocalist and vocal instructor. In addition, she has been performing for over ten years in jazz trios and ensembles, as well as other choirs and bands. She is excited to share her experience with various music genres, her fundamental music skills, and her passion for music with our students. Welcome Ms. Hayward & Mrs. Goodin!