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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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Why YOU should be at GRANT on FEBRUARY 28?

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

*  “I love books that rhyme!” – Paxten, 1st

*  “I liked when I got my face painted.” – Karley, 1st

*  “It’s family fun!” – Tanner, 2nd

*  “I bring money for the blanket raffle but I’ve never got to win it!  It might be me this time!” –Danna,         2nd

*  “You need to look around!  It’s so much fun!” – Margarita, 2nd

*  “I get to win prizes and get to go to all these classrooms.” – Fernando, 3rd

*  “‘Dr. Seuss Night’ is fun because it’s celebrating reading and reading is important.  Reading helps you learn.” – Justyce and Ceanna, 3rd

*  “I convince my mom to come every year and she always brings me!  We win prizes!” – Logen, 4th

*  “Making cookies out of truffala trees was a lot of fun and ‘Dr. Seuss Night’ gets families together.” –      Shanea, 4th

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Reading Winners at Grant!

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Grant was packed for our annual Family Game Night as students won tons of books in November. Grant Family Feast and Book Walk was held in January and offered another chance to win oodles of more books! There were many happy faces and fun conversations as students picked from a variety of genres, including historical fiction, fantasy, realistic fiction and biographies.

Thank you Grant students, parents and teachers for packing the gym and making reading a priority!

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Vocabulary Goals in Special Education

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

This year, the Special Education Department is working toward a district goal of improving students’ vocabulary.  The goal that the district has set is “By 2017, 70% of students in grades 2-10 will demonstrate improvement in vocabulary skills by one point as measured by the MAPs assessment.  This goal will be an ongoing goal until 2020.”  

The following list contains the words that all elementary resource teachers are introducing and teaching our students that are currently on IEPs for academic assistance.  One word is taught and reviewed each week.  Students take both a pretest at the beginning of the quarter, and take a posttest at the end of the quarter over those same words, to see if they have been able to learn and understand those vocabulary words for that quarter.  

1st. Grade 2nd. Grade 3rd. Grade 4th Grade
1. gentle 1. alert 1. aware 1. analyze
2. fewer 2. angle 2. difference 2. acute angle
3. soon 3. classify 3. boast 3. atlas
4. near 4. area 4. digit 4. obtuse angle
5. behind 5. enough 5. weary 5. barter
6. subtraction 6. closest 6. division 6. capacity
7. blame 7. rare 7. amuse 7. glimpse
8. addition 8. congruent 8. fact 8. equivalent
9. chance 9. wander 9. churn 9. quiver
10. minus 10. dozen 10. intersect 10. expanded form
11. fancy 11. brook 11. mutter 11. contrast
12. ordinal number 12. estimate 12. operation 12. multiple
13. rush 13. cellar 13. gulp 13. array
14. prediction 14. foot 14. parallel 14. negative
15. stare 15. bandit 15. creep 15. diminish
16. similarity 16. height 16. percent 16. pentagon
17. tattle 17. fowl 17. indicate 17. absolutely
18. sum 18. odd 18. perpendicular 18. probability
19. fewer 19. annoy 19. buoy 19. ajar
20. coins 20. even 20. product 20. volume
21. near 21. blot 21. seize 21. condense
22. distance 22. solve 22. weight 22. statement
23. over 23. corral 23. babble 23. cringe
24. graph 24. yard 24. vertical 24. standard form
25. edge 25. desire 25. approximate 25. cease
26. group 26. round 26. symbol 26. trapezoid
27. center 27. dread 27. tether 27. coax
28. length 28. order 28. surface 28. persuade
29. flap 29. errand 29. chant 29. flimsy
30. pattern 30. mile 30. prism 30. mode
31. limit 31. fib 31. almanac 31. linger
32. direction 32. meter 32. ray 32. random
33. soak 33. heap 33. cinder 33. ornate
34. temperature 34. liter 34. prime number 34. quadrilateral
35. trot 35. limb 35. interpret 35. merit
36. decrease 36. data 36. polygon 36. origin

The method of instruction for these vocabulary words is Marzano’s Six Step Process to Teaching Academic Vocabulary.   The process is as follows:

  1. Provide a description, explanation, or example of the new term. (Include a non-linguistic representation of the term for ESL kids.)
  1. Ask students to restate the description, explanation, or example in their own words. (Allow students whose primary existing knowledge base is still in their native language to write in it.)
  1. Ask students to construct a picture, symbol, or graphic representing the word.
  1. Engage students periodically in activities that help them add to their knowledge of the terms in their notebooks.
  1. Periodically ask students to discuss the terms with one another. (Allow in native language when appropriate)

      6. Involve students periodically in games that allow them to play    

          with terms.

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Hour of Code at Grant Elementary

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Grant students took part in the national Hour of Code, giving students of taste of computer science and skills for 21st century success.  Students in kindergarten through 4th grade completed activities to provide them with an understanding of how computer programming works.  Early introduction to these skills invites children to explore a much-needed career path.  Kindergarten through 2nd grade completed the fun and engaging Kodable, teaching students to think like a programer by focusing on the importance of sequence and order and introducing students to algorithmic operations.   Third and fourth grade students used MIT’s Scratch program to animate the letters of their names by correctly applying computer programming language.  Using Scratch encourages students to think creatively while organizing programming instructions to complete the tasks they need to accomplish.

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