Amazing Artists

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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Jump Rope for Heart Celebration!

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

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!

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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Earth Day Fun in Second Grade!

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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Muffins with Mom

April 28th, 2017

Washington Elementary’s PTO hosted Muffins with Mom for the first time. Students and their family members enjoyed a yummy breakfast while spending quality time together.

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Relaxation after Hard Work!!

April 24th, 2017

Students are relaxing outside after working hard on some of their tests. Students have been working very hard through out the year to prepare themselves for these tests. These students did an amazing job! IMG_1019 (1)

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Reading is Fun!

April 24th, 2017

Students in Westside’s ELL room have been working on improving their fluency. Students begin the week with a cold read, and end it with a hot read. The fluency passages are read from an app on our classroom iPads. Students are able to individualize their fluency passages, based on their reading level. They also practice their graphing skills in their fluency folders.
The program teaches students vocabulary used within the passage. It also allows the students to read along with a pre-recorded reading. This models the correct speed and expression that the students need to use. Students then read alone and compare their cold read to their hot read. 20170410_090007

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Technology is Fun!!

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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Farm Field Trip

March 24th, 2017

Washington kindergartners continued the annual tradition of visiting the FFA sponsored Farm Day.  The students were able to interact with the farm animals and see some farm machinery up close.  This was a great learning experience!

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