Jefferson’s Winter Fun

January 9th, 2018

The month of December was an exciting one at Jefferson Elementary. Miss Nebraska came to Jefferson to see the Kindergartners at the beginning of the month. While here she read to the students, handed out books from Read Aloud Norfolk, and a couple of students even got the opportunity to try on her crown! IMG_0047 IMG_0049 IMG_3820 IMG_3835 IMG_3841

Right before winter break the kindergartners also went on a hunt for the gingerbread man! He ran all around the building and the students had to follow his trail of gumdrops and the clues he left! They finally caught him in the Principals office of all places! When they were all done chasing the gingerbread man they were able to make their own gingerbread man to take home.IMG_0092 IMG_0093 IMG_0094 IMG_0098 unnamed

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The last week of school was a learning experience for all of Jefferson because it was Science week! They did all kinds of experiments in their class rooms and each class took a turn in the gym learning new and exciting experiments with special helpers from the Washington Pavilion.IMG_0393 IMG_0398 IMG_0399 IMG_0401 IMG_0403 IMG_0404 IMG_0406 IMG_2166 IMG_2169 IMG_2185

The students at Jefferson also learned how to code right before winter break. All of Jefferson took part in Hour of Code, where they learned different ways to code in their classrooms and then they were able to spend some time in the Library coding some robots! The third and fourth graders were also able to go to Daycos in Norfolk to learn a little bit more about coding.IMG_0193 IMG_0194 IMG_0195 IMG_0196 IMG_0197 IMG_0209 IMG_0218 IMG_0220

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Showing Off Our Math Skills

January 9th, 2018

Washington students were asked to participate in January’s Board of Education meeting during the “Focus on Students” portion of the meeting. Students from various grades presented the skills they have learned and the activities they use to practice during their classroom math interventions.

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Christmas Around the World

January 9th, 2018

With the help of 4th graders and parent volunteers, second grade students at Washington built and decorated gingerbread houses. This is an annual tradition in second grade as part of the Christmas Around the World unit in their social studies curriculum.

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Honor Given to Student Max Hoppe

January 8th, 2018

Our student Max Hoppe was given recognition for saving the life of a friend and classmate.  Max went into quick action to do the Heimlich maneuver when a student choked on a peanut.  A gift certificate was given to Max by SID #1 members Bill Goodpasture and Brian Lewin.  The Hoskins Volunteer Fire Department  presented Max with The Life Saver Award and the Prestigious Life Saver Award.

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Trees Decorated for the Vet’s Home

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

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

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

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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Singing and Dancing Fun

December 20th, 2017

Our assembly Tuesday afternoon consisted of many things and among them were having the high school jazz band and the show choir putting on a great performance.  There were three former Woodland Park students performing.   Former student Clayton Spray wrote the music to a song that our students have learned in music class.  A great afternoon.

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Time of Giving

December 20th, 2017

Our students here at Woodland Park have been collecting canned goods to share with families during this holiday season.  They collected 590 cans total from all the classes.  Woodland Park was the overall winner.  Woodland Park students brought in the most items and were given a $25 gift card to HyVee.  The gift card will be used as a prize for the top classes.  The canned goods will be donated to the Good Neighbors.   The student council helped box and load the cans on Monday in time for the holiday.

 

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