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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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First Graders Decorate Goody Bags

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Grant Elementary First Graders in Mrs. Baker’s and Mrs. Morgan’s classes were busy decorating sacks for the Morning Optimist Club to fill with goodies that go to children connected to the Salvation Army.  They enjoyed helping with this wonderful community service project.

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Science Experiments in Kindergarten

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

The Kinders in Mrs. Commerford’s class are becoming true scientists!  Dressed in ” lab coats”
they have performed several real experiments.
They put parts of an apple in various jars of different liquids like; vinegar, water, oil and then just plain air. This experiment was to check which jar would preserve the apple the best. Can you guess which jar’s apple still looks good enough to eat?

They checked if various items would sink or float.

They used pumpkins of various sizes to weigh, and measure for width and height.  And now one of those pumpkins are cut up in a glass jar to decay.  What a wonderful process to watch.

And recently, they created our own “fall” by putting celery in colored water to see it turn colors.







Learning Center Fun in Kindergarten

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Suckstorf’s classroom love daily learning centers!  The centers allow students to practice the academic and social skills in ways that are hands-on and enjoyable.  Pictured are Lennon sequencing a bean bag alphabet, Ayden covering designs with pattern blocks, Tyler building color words with foam letters, and Sam, Isaiah, and Abel enhancing their math knowledge through a computer program called IXL.  Research shows that children learn in a variety of ways, and learning centers are an extra way to reach success!

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Take A Peek Into The Life Of A Third Grader

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

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!  Math work is no longer on a worksheet for us to complete.  Now we have our own book! We learn to transfer information to our paper correctly, and then solve the problem!  We log and keep track of our own test grades in a 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!

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Field Trip Fun for Miss Gleason’s Third Graders

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Miss Gleason’s third grade class from Grant Elementary had a wonderful time at the Science Expo in Madison, Nebraska.  Some of our favorite exhibits were the Wildlife Encounters, Horn T Zoo, driving the go carts with the drunk driving goggles on, and being put inside a bubble.  What a fun learning experience!

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Prime Time Family Reading Nights are Underway!!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Prime Time Family Reading Night is off to a great start at Grant Elementary!  There were about 50 students and parents participating on our first night!  Miss Cronin and Mrs. Kallhoff were our storytellers and discussion leaders.  We always end the evening with a fun activity.  We are looking forward to the next 5 weeks.

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Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Grant Elementary has kicked off the 2016-2017 school year!  They have decided to ‘Go for the Gold’ this year with their new principal, Mr. Troy Berryman, leading the way.  The festivities started off with students being welcomed by brightly colored, encouraging chalk messages that were written by staff the night before school began.  Once in the building the Olympic theme continued throughout the week.  Students joined in the fun by participating in their own Olympic games, setting goals for gold, making their own Olympic athletes, and some lucky students even got to make and EAT their own gold medals!  It is clear to see when you walk down the halls, Grant Elementary has set the stage for an amazing year! GRANT’S GOING FOR THE GOLD! IMG_0059 IMG_3055 IMG_3181 IMG_3182 IMG_3183 IMG_3184 IMG_3185 IMG_3186 IMG_3187 IMG_3188 IMG_3189


Mrs. Mather’s SuperKids

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

This year has started off with a SUPER! WOW! POW! SHAZAM! The SuperKids in Mrs. Mather’s room are already showing off their SuperKilearning power.  Students have earned capes by returning homework, creating artwork, jumping into the new reading program- Wonders, and being AWESOME listeners.  I can tell this is going to be the BEST year!  Students are also “Going for the Gold” by doing their best work possible.  We even made Gold Medals with Fruit by The Foot and Golden Oreos!  I am looking forward to spending the rest of the year with these 2nd grade SuperKids!

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“You can find Magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax – all you need is a book!” Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

With funding from Read Aloud Norfolk, Box Tops, and PTO, Grant Elementary was able to celebrate Read Across America in a magical way!  Activities included an Omaha magician, Amazing Arthur, an informative Elkhorn Valley Museum presentation about Johnny Carson, and an exciting NHS OID performance.

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