Soybeans, combines, corn, tractors, cows, and more!

November 8th, 2017

Westside students are experiencing life on the farm without even leaving the classroom. They are participating in Ag Pen Pals, which is so much more than writing letters.
Students are watching videos, looking at photographs, and asking specific questions of our Ag Pen Pal partner. Students were excited to take group photos of themselves to send to our Ag Pen Pal, along with letters full of questions about their farm. We look forward to an entire year of learning about agriculture!

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Busy bees at Jefferson!

November 7th, 2017

These last few months at Jefferson Elementary have been exciting!! If you have driven past Jeffersons playground recently you might have noticed a slight change. Our playground underwent a transformation at the end of September as new lines were painted for hopscotch and 4 square, and new gravel was put down under the equipment! We also had some of our amazing families donate some soccer balls for the students to use during recess!20171107_104006

Mrs. Dickey’s kindergarten class went on a field trip to Decks Apple orchard on September 15th. While they were there the class learned all about the different types of apples they have there. They also learned how to clean apples, how to make apple juice, and got the opportunity to pick many types of apples!! IMG-6305 IMG-6307 IMG-6315 IMG-6316

On Thursday October 26th a Health Fair was held for the students. UNMC nursing students from Northeast Community College came to Jefferson to educate us about hand hygiene, overall hygiene, health food, exercise, and bike safety! health-fair-2.ae8a358563cc363bef3bec3a5172f6ff health-fair-1.ae8a358563cc363bef3bec3a5172f6ff IMG-0270 IMG-0273 IMG-0271 IMG-0272 health-fair-3.ae8a358563cc363bef3bec3a5172f6ff health-fair-5.ae8a358563cc363bef3bec3a5172f6ffhealth-fair-6.ae8a358563cc363bef3bec3a5172f6ff


Oh The Places You’ll Go!

November 7th, 2017

Westside Elementary celebrated Red Ribbon week Oct 2-6th. Staying in School and Being drug free was the focus of Red Ribbon Week. A bulletin board is on display for all of the students to view. Staff at Westside Elementary are pictured holding their College Pennant to promote Staying in School, being Drug Free and working towards a goal. The students have had a lot of fun finding their teachers and seeing the different College Pennants. The bulletin board is to promote a conversation with staff and students about the importance of working hard ,excelling at school to reach a goal and staying Drug Free.


“I Scream” for Math!

November 7th, 2017

Third grade students at Washington Elementary were challenged to memorize their multiplication facts through the 12s. As a culminating activity, students received one item per fact level to build a banana split! The more facts they knew, the yummier the treat!


Apples, Apples, Apples!

November 6th, 2017

Second graders have spent the week studying apples!! We spent an afternoon at the Degroot’s Apple Orchard and even brought home some apples!! We enjoyed making apple sauce and learned that the top 3 favorite apples are Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, and McIntosh. FullSizeRender




4th Grade Enjoying Reading in the Library

October 31st, 2017

Mrs. Blum’s class enjoyed some reading time in the library.

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Meet and Mentor (M&M) Groups

October 30th, 2017

Meet and Mentor (M & M) groups meet twice a month for all Grant students and all Grant staff.  Each staff member (classified and certified) leads a small group of 7-9 students for 15 minutes every other week; each group has students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade.  The cross grade level groupings have helped us build community as our discussions focus on the pillars of character – respect, responsibility, caring, trust, citizenship, and fairness.  Research has shown that relationships are key to student success in school and our Grant

M&M groups are one way that we are making the staff/student connections to help students be the best they can be.

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New Dictionaries for Third Grade Students

October 30th, 2017

Norfolk Morning Kiwana’s member Kim Long came to visit and brought dandy DICTIONARIES for every third grade student!! Thank you Morning Kiwanas!!!

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A Peek Inside Miss Gleason’s Classroom

October 30th, 2017

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!  We have a brand new Math program called Envisions 2.0 that started with multiplication and division!  We talk a lot about good strategies and the best way to solve problems. We log and keep track of our own test grades in 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!

We had the perfect opportunity to practice these skills during our first field trip of the year! We attended the Science Expo. in Madison, NE.  We had a ball seeing and learning at each of the hands on learning stations.  Some of our favorites were The Wild Life Encounters, Bubbleology, digging for fossils and the train station. We were also thrilled with the amazing books that awaited them when we returned to school. We appreciate all that come together to make this such an educational day!

We concluded this day with lunch and recess at Norfolk’s Central Park. It was a perfect fall day!  A big shout out to Norfolk’s Park Department for keeping this and all of Norfolk’s parks a clean and safe place for all to enjoy!

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Pumpkin Characters at Westside!

October 20th, 2017

Third graders had the opportunity to create a pumpkin based on a character from a book. They could choose any book to base their pumpkin on. Westside students then voted for their favorite ones.
1st place was Captain Underpants
2nd place was Mine craft
3rd place was Bad Guy

Congratulations to all families who participated – we all enjoyed seeing books come to life in this new and exciting way!