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Soybeans, combines, corn, tractors, cows, and more!

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Westside students are experiencing life on the farm without even leaving the classroom. They are participating in Ag Pen Pals, which is so much more than writing letters.
Students are watching videos, looking at photographs, and asking specific questions of our Ag Pen Pal partner. Students were excited to take group photos of themselves to send to our Ag Pen Pal, along with letters full of questions about their farm. We look forward to an entire year of learning about agriculture!

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Oh The Places You’ll Go!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Westside Elementary celebrated Red Ribbon week Oct 2-6th. Staying in School and Being drug free was the focus of Red Ribbon Week. A bulletin board is on display for all of the students to view. Staff at Westside Elementary are pictured holding their College Pennant to promote Staying in School, being Drug Free and working towards a goal. The students have had a lot of fun finding their teachers and seeing the different College Pennants. The bulletin board is to promote a conversation with staff and students about the importance of working hard ,excelling at school to reach a goal and staying Drug Free.
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Apples, Apples, Apples!

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Second graders have spent the week studying apples!! We spent an afternoon at the Degroot’s Apple Orchard and even brought home some apples!! We enjoyed making apple sauce and learned that the top 3 favorite apples are Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, and McIntosh. FullSizeRender

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Pumpkin Characters at Westside!

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Third graders had the opportunity to create a pumpkin based on a character from a book. They could choose any book to base their pumpkin on. Westside students then voted for their favorite ones.
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1st place was Captain Underpants
2nd place was Mine craft
3rd place was Bad Guy

Congratulations to all families who participated – we all enjoyed seeing books come to life in this new and exciting way!

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ABC’s Are Good For Me!

Friday, October 13th, 2017

First Grade students are working hard on their weekly spelling words in reading. Typing their words on ipads with keyboards to put them alphabetical order is a great review of spelling while working on ABC order. Keep practicing spelling words at home too!! IMG_3773

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Choice Boards in Reading

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

In small group reading, Mrs. Gillming’s class has been working on choice boards during the last week of each Wonders unit. Students get to pick activities that relate to the skills we are working on. They then get to choose the ones they want to do, and which order they want do it in. Students love the flexibility, and work even harder since they choose their activities!
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Filling Our Buckets at Westside

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Bucket Fillers for the month of September worked on using Self-Control. Self-Control in the classroom is very important in the learning process. Using self-control can be exhibited by raising their hand, staying in learning position, and waiting their turn. Congratulations to our Bucket Fillers of the Month from each classroom! Way to go!! bucket fillers for sept 2017 3

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Say No to Drugs, and Say YES to….

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

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The First Grade students at Westside Elementary celebrated Red Ribbon Week this week. Students kicked off the week by pledging to be Drug Free. To end the week, a speaker from the Madison County Extension Office came and presented a program called, “Health Rocks”. This was a hands-on presentation about the harmful effects of smoking. During the week, the first graders did a writing activity called: Say No to Drugs, Say YES to… Here are some of their amazing responses: I Say YES to broccoli, I Say YES to reading books, I Say YES to being kind, I Say YES to exercise, and I Say YES to drinking V8 juice. What a smart group of first graders!

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STEM Learning

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

On Wednesday’s 3rd graders have been participating in STEM projects. STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Math. This week students created a gliding robot. We talked about force and what it would take to get the robot to move up the string. They had fun predicting how to make the robot move along the string and testing their hypothesis. Future projects will include a pumpkin catapult and slime!

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Digital Citizenship at Westside

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Media students are focusing on digital citizenship skills. This month, we look at our digital footprint. Digital footprints are the result of online activity. Websites visited, social media accounts, pictures posted online are all part of a person’s digital footprint. As digital citizens who work and socialize online, we need to be aware that what we do online is visible to others, so it is important to be respectful of others and take care of our online reputations.

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Third and fourth graders have recently started using gmail accounts and are learning to follow rules of polite etiquette (netiquette) for online behavior. We examined the NPS Internet Policy so that everyone understands the rules and is aware that cyberbullying will not be tolerated. Students are also learning to use the Explore research tool available in Google Docs and Slides to know how to correctly site information and follow copyright laws. Soon, they will begin keyboarding lessons to help them become more proficient with typing skills.

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