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Exploring Envisions

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Hello from Mrs. Heying’s 4th Grade Classroom!
We have been working so hard this year in all subject areas but especially when it comes to Math. Our new Math program, Envisions, has been keeping us on our toes this year, preparing us for our big step into Middle School. So far, we have covered Place Value, Rounding, Expanded Form, Addition, Subtraction, and several new ways of thinking and solving multi-stepped problems.
What’s so great about the Envisions program is the daily use of our chromebooks. Every lesson lets us explore different videos, games, and questions that can be answered in many different ways. We are learning that there is always more than one way to solve a problem and this program allows us to answer questions in ways that our brains think. It’s awesome! Is it hard? Yes! But, we love a challenge.
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The manipulatives and charts give us helpful visuals when we need them and the centers that are offered are just another fun way to extend our knowledge on each topic. We have a hard road ahead but we are excited about Math and what this new program has to offer and teach us!
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FUN THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION!

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Welcome back to a new school year! Walking Club has started and over 100 students have signed up! If your child would like to join all you need to do is sign a permission form and send it back to school! They can start walking at 7:45 AM. Monday through Fridayt! PLEASE remind your child if they eat breakfast at school, they eat first, walk second!
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We have spent the first few weeks in Phy. Ed. playing games and getting reacquainted with classroom expectations! We are now doing our Fall Fitness Gram testing. Your child will go through a variety of test to assess their level of fitness needed for good health! Ask your child what test they did today!
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Kindergarteners at Westside Successfully Finish First Full Week of School.

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Last week, we had fun getting to know each other while learning school rules and procedures. We also experienced a lot of firsts! From lunch lines to solar eclipses, these kiddos are ROCKING KINDERGARTEN! It is going to be a great year!
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Westside Students On the Move

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Westside students in First through Fourth grade have been “on the move” this quarter in music class. They have learned several dances from around the world, including the United States, Russia, Ireland, and Sweden. In addition to counting music beats, these dances focus on motor movements such as galloping, skipping, walking, hopping, and elbow swings.

Students in Kindergarten learned several movement games, which introduce the concepts of shared space and scattered formation. At this age level, students are taught how to use up the entire space available, instead of congregating, as if attracted by magnets. This concept takes time to internalize and will become easier as the child matures.

Some of the dances learned are called “partner dances”. These dances require the students to pair up with one person for the entirety of the song. Other dances are called “mixers”. Students will have more than one partner, during the course of the dance.

Lastly, students of all grade levels played new movement games/dances that allowed boys and girls the choice to partner up or dance alone, while still part of the group. In one particular game, students are supposed to “be a statue”. The first time the music plays, students create one pose. The second time, the student needs to be two different statues. The third time, three and so on. This proved to be a challenge for many students, since they had to come up with seven altogether! Many students chose to use the latest popular move called the “dab”, which usually caused an eruption of healthy laughter. Always a welcome sound!
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We LOVE Technology!!

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Third graders at Westside created a Google slideshow about a place they would like to visit. In addition to practicing their skills with Google slides, they also learned more about how to follow copyright requirements. Students practiced finding copyright information for images to learn if they had permission to use them. Let’s keep learning those 21-century skills!
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Amazing Artists

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Fourth-graders from Mrs. Thompson’s class show off their Art Achievement Awards, earned for having projects selected for art shows during the school year. Ms. Bennett, their art teacher, personally presented them with their special certificates. More than 30 students from Westside Elementary won ribbons for their artistic talents this year. Way to go!
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Earth Day Fun in Second Grade!

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Second graders in Mrs. Prokopec’s class at Westside Elementary recently learned about the many ways to keep our earth clean. In the classroom they talked about several ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle materials. The students then helped clean up trash and spruce up the landscaping around their school!
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Technology is Fun!!

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

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IMG_0731The third graders each have a Chromebook to use at school. To practice typing using our Chromebooks, we have been typing our sentences for our vocabulary words each week in reading. It is fun to see that we can use technology even in classes like reading, and it is a lot more fun than writing them paper and pencil! We love using our Chromebooks in our classroom!

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Third Grade Authors

Friday, March 24th, 2017

IMG_0215In third grade we have been busy at work taking an animal report through the writing process. Students worked to research an animal using a book and an online source. Next they drafted their report informing about the animal’s diet, habitat, and characteristics. Students edited, revised, and published their report. Their reports will be published into a class book through a company called School Mate Publishing. This will allow students to purchase a hard cover book written and illustrated by themselves.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! What a fun day we had in first grade. We listened to stories, made Cat In The Hat hats, ate Dr. Seuss cookies, did word searches and watched a video, our favorite, “Green Eggs and Ham”. We wish it was his birthday everyday!!
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