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Trees Decorated for the Vet’s Home

Friday, January 5th, 2018

In December, Grant students make large paper trees to decorate and share with the Veterans Home. Before our fall break, 4th grade students trace and send home nearly 250 trees to be decorated!  Every student, Kindergarten through 4th takes home their very own blank tree.  They are returned decorated with everything from paint and stickers to bows and real twinkling lights.  The creativity and effort from each family is amazing.  The trees are displayed in the hallways at Grant before they are taken to the Veterans Home.  They are then enjoyed by the veterans and help give them the feeling of holiday cheer.  The students love decorating and giving the trees each year to spread the joy.

 

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Color Study for Kindergarten

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Mrs. Commerford’s Kindergartners at Grant School have been studying colors.  During their study of color blue they read the storybook, Blueberries for Sal.   Afterwards, they went for a blueberry hunt around the school building.  It was fun to find blueberry muffins, blueberry cereal and even real blueberries.  Each item was placed into their own ‘blueberry basket’ and enjoyed back in the classroom at a ‘blueberry picnic’.

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Kindergarten Students Enjoy New Books

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Grant students received a wonderful gift from our church friends at First United Methodist Church. The church purchased a new book for each child so that the love of reading can continue at home. Pictured are Pastor Petz and some of the kindergarten students looking at their books for the first time. We are incredibly thankful to FUMC for all that they do for the students and staff at Grant.

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4th Grade Students Tackle STEM Projects

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Team-building. Problem-solving. Creative thinking. Hands-on learning. All of these are skills our Grant 4th graders have gained this year through the incorporation of monthly STEM projects. Each month, the students are challenged to complete an assigned task with various materials to encourage out-of-the-box thinking and problem solving. At the start of each task, students are given an end goal and a list of materials available to them. Students then individually develop a plan that they use when working collaboratively to design a final project with their team. The students were most recently challenged to create a turkey trap and a free-standing Christmas tree. It has been exciting to see the students develop their science, technology, engineering and math skills through these activities.

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Technology Used in Mrs. Morgan’s Room

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Mrs. Morgan’s First Graders at Grant Elementary have been busy using technology to become better readers, spellers, mathematicians, and coders.

They have used apps like Seesaw, Magnet letters, and IXL to polish their language arts and math skills.

The first graders have also been learning to code using our Code and Go Robot Mouse.
It is amazing to see the growth these students have made this year!

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First Graders Learn About Maps

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Mrs. Morgan’s and Mrs. Baker’ first graders at Grant Elementary have been studying maps as part of our Wonders Reading program. The class decided to visit the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce. On our route, we discussed directions, street names, and the best way to get to our destination.

Jenni Canham, at the Chamber, gave us a wonderful tour of the building and explained how different people helped to make it run smoothly. She also shared how she uses Mapquest to find her way around to Norfolk businesses.

The students each received a goody bag that contained a great map of Norfolk. The students had so much fun exploring the map upon our return to school.

Thank you, Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce for taking the time to help us learn more about our great city!

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Red Ribbon Run

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

The annual Red Ribbon Run was held on Saturday, October 10th at the Sunset Plaza Mall. Over 200 runners participated in the event with close to 20 students from Grant elementary. The top 3 boys and girls in each age group received medals. Although we didn’t have any Grant Elementary students place, we had some that were very close to placing,and had a couple former Grant students that are now at the Junior High and Middle School who did earn a medal. Each student received a free T-shirt and a snack for completing the race. I hope to have more students participate next year.

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Meet and Mentor (M&M) Groups

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Meet and Mentor (M & M) groups meet twice a month for all Grant students and all Grant staff.  Each staff member (classified and certified) leads a small group of 7-9 students for 15 minutes every other week; each group has students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade.  The cross grade level groupings have helped us build community as our discussions focus on the pillars of character – respect, responsibility, caring, trust, citizenship, and fairness.  Research has shown that relationships are key to student success in school and our Grant

M&M groups are one way that we are making the staff/student connections to help students be the best they can be.

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New Dictionaries for Third Grade Students

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Norfolk Morning Kiwana’s member Kim Long came to visit and brought dandy DICTIONARIES for every third grade student!! Thank you Morning Kiwanas!!!

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A Peek Inside Miss Gleason’s Classroom

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Third grade is such an amazing year in the life of a child.  The learning curve is intense and the transitions are many! Here is a peek into a new third grade student’s school day…

Instead of learning to read, we are now reading to learn!  We are learning to dig deeper into our reading.  We constantly look back and reread to find text evidence that answers our many questions. Not only do teachers give us tests to see what we know, but we are learning HOW to test!  We have a brand new Math program called Envisions 2.0 that started with multiplication and division!  We talk a lot about good strategies and the best way to solve problems. We log and keep track of our own test grades in data folders.  We are entrusted with new technology too!  We talk a lot about digital citizenship as we learn to be responsible and careful with these expensive tools.  With all of these changes, we sometimes get overwhelmed! We are so thankful for all of the encouragers that help us every day!  Our peers and all of the adults at Grant are always ready to lend us a hand.  We learn a lot about cooperation, respect, and good citizenship along the way!

We had the perfect opportunity to practice these skills during our first field trip of the year! We attended the Science Expo. in Madison, NE.  We had a ball seeing and learning at each of the hands on learning stations.  Some of our favorites were The Wild Life Encounters, Bubbleology, digging for fossils and the train station. We were also thrilled with the amazing books that awaited them when we returned to school. We appreciate all that come together to make this such an educational day!

We concluded this day with lunch and recess at Norfolk’s Central Park. It was a perfect fall day!  A big shout out to Norfolk’s Park Department for keeping this and all of Norfolk’s parks a clean and safe place for all to enjoy!

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