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Students Learning Digital Citizenship

Friday, September 22nd, 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.

Third and fourth graders have recently started using gmail accounts and are learning to follow rules of polite etiquette (netiquette) for online behavior.  Soon, they will begin keyboarding lessons to help them become more proficient with typing skills.

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Prime Time at Grant

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

For six Tuesdays this Fall, Grant students and families packed the gym for supper, followed by awesome story reading in the library! Prime Time encourages enjoyment and understanding of literature in a fun, bilingual setting and is sponsored by Humanities Nebraska.

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Wild About Learning at Grant Elementary!

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
 Students at Grant Elementary were greeted on the first day of school by a “Gorilla,” (really Mr. Berryman) and staff were dressed for the safari, too!   As students came back to school, hallways and classrooms are decorated in the safari theme as Grant welcomes the new school year!  Students are “Wild” about reading and are setting AR goals to meet challenges!  The “Wild” theme will be carried out in many activities throughout the year!  Look for more “Wild” adventures at Grant Elementary!
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Second-Graders at Grant Elementary enjoyed a hot day at the Henry Doorly Zoo!

Monday, May 22nd, 2017


Students have learned about animals and their habitats, their culminating activity was a field trip to the zoo.  For some students, this was their first visit to the zoo!  A favorite highlight this year included seeing the 16 day old baby giraffe!  Our zoo trip has become a Grant tradition second-grade students always look forward too! Thank-you to our parent volunteers who joined us!  We appreciated the extra help!
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Grant School Meets Reading Goal

Friday, May 19th, 2017

This year the Grant students set an Accelerated Reading goal of  20 million words by the end of the year.  Our principal, Troy Berryman agreed to kiss a pig if they met their goal.  

Delva Santee, our long time AR facilitator spearheaded the project.  For each million words read, a cartoon pig was placed in a prominent area in the hallway.  The students could then track their progress throughout the school year.  

By the beginning of May the Grant students had read well over the goal.  Mr. Berryman had to pucker up and kiss a squealing pig!  The student then enjoyed pig cookies decorated by Mrs. Santee.

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Jump Rope for Heart Celebration!

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

On February 2nd we held our annual Jump Rope for Heart event here at Grant Elementary. We had more than 70 students raising over 2200 dollars for the American Heart Association.  The students then got to have a celebration on February 16  for all those who raised money by getting to throw water balloons at Mr. Long. The entire school showed up to watch the event, I got really wet,  and it all went to a good cause.

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Music with Mrs. Stange

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

One of the first questions I got from students (and some staff!) when I started this year was: “Will 4th grade get to play recorders?” I’m happy to say we have!  Most of the students are doing quite well, and are very excited about learning to play.  After learning some basics, we began using a book called Recorder Karate.  Students earn belts for learning to play songs on their recorder.  Songs increase in difficulty, and students must earn their belts in order, just like they would in karate class.  Above are some 4th grade students who have earned their white belts.  Some students have even given up recess time (willingly!) to come test for their belt. We’ve just started this book, and I can’t wait to see how far they’ll go!

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Speech News!

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

As the school year winds down, we are still working hard in speech therapy to ensure each student has access to their best speech and language over the summer! It has been a busy year for us and many students have made incredible gains toward their speech goals. Students who are seen in speech therapy due to articulation impairments have learned all about the “Articulation Ladder”. We address sound errors beginning at the sound or word level. We work on correct placement of articulators and correct sound productions. From there, we move up the speech ladder to phrases, sentences, reading and, finally, conversation! Many students have climbed the ladder and are at the sentence, reading, or conversation level! Our goal is to say as many words as we can during each speech session to address sound errors (and our favorite way to do that is using a game).

Over the summer, parents can work with their child to ensure that what was gained during speech is not lost. Label objects in your environment that contain your child’s speech sound. Have your child read words with their speech sound and listen for correct productions. Talk about topics that involve your child’s speech sound.

It has been a pleasure to work with students at Grant Elementary this year! I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing summer!

Mrs. Albrecht, MS, CCC-SLP

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4th Grade Clay Unit

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The students here at Grant have been busy in art class!  The 4th graders recently completed their clay project.  This year the students created big mouth fish clay pieces by utilizing the pinch pot method of hand building. Through this lesson, students became familiar with the process of firing pottery. To finish their piece they decorated them using various clay tools.  As you can see, we have some very creative students  and I am proud and honored to have the opportunity to help them grow as artists!

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A Partnership of Many Friends

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

The First United Methodist Church in Norfolk has formed a partnership with Grant School.  In the summer of 2014, the Great Plains Annual Conference of the Methodist Churches passed a resolution in support of educational partnerships within communities.  The resolution states that the church recognizes that public schools are facing budget cuts and other challenges each year which force educators to do more with less.  The goal of the partnership is to improve the educational environment, to support efforts to reduce poverty, and to improve social and physical well being for all students.  The mission of our partnership with First United Methodist Church is to mentor and support Grant School’s staff and students to help our children mature into healthy, well-adjusted young adults who are equipped to contribute to the work force or to have successful college careers.

The First United Methodist (FUMC) congregation has provided our school with money so that each student could select a book from the December and May Scholastic book club orders.  What a terrific opportunity for our children to take the book home, share it, and enjoy reading with their families at home!

Students love the time and attention that is offered to them when the classroom volunteers from church come into school to work with them.  Staff appreciate the church partners who support each staff member with positive thoughts and cards.  It feels like we have a big family who loves us!

At the holiday time, church friends helped to make the season brighter by sharing gifts and meals with some Grant families.  Grant students made a holiday video thanking our partners and it was included on the church website.

Volunteers from the church served hot dog meals and provided child care to the families during February conferences.  There were fun, bright Valentine crafts for the kids to make while their parents and siblings attended conferences.

A staff appreciation luncheon is in the works and we look forward to many other opportunities to nurture and grow our relationship with the church.

We are so very thankful for our FUMC  friends and we are loving this special partnership !!  Thanks First Methodist!


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