Herbert Mills STEAM Weekly News

March 20, 2020

Herbert Mills STEAM Elementary is a globally focused K-4 elementary school that is committed to developing culturally competent, critical and creative thinkers through rigorous STEAM best practices rooted in transdisciplinary problem-based learning. Our program prepares students to be competitive in the 21st century global marketplace, and to be critical and disciplined thinkers who are able to investigate problems thoroughly and effectively to understand their potential to drive meaningful and sustainable innovations.

Dear Families,

We are in the middle of an unprecedented time for education. As the novel coronavirus is spreading throughout Ohio, we are all trying to find our way through uncharted waters. Although we cannot meet face-to-face, your Herbert Mills STEAM community is here to help you!

This newsletter is long but please look through it carefully. It contains contact information, resources, and news for all our families. We will continue sending out a weekly newsletter throughout our school closure.

Third-quarter report cards were mailed out yesterday (Thursday). Please contact your child's teacher(s) directly with any report card questions or concerns.

Please note that because next week is our regularly-scheduled spring break, our staff will be spending quality time with their families. They will be available to connect with you again on Monday, March 30.

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy!

Mrs. Mary Ellen Weeks


Staying Connected

Please be sure to reach out with questions and keep in touch with your child's teacher(s) throughout this unprecedented school closure. In addition to e-mail (addresses listed below) and social media, your teacher may communicate with parents through Class Dojo, Seesaw, or Google Classroom. If you are unsure how to connect to your student's teachers through these platforms, please send them an e-mail message so they can get you more information.

Herbert Mills STEAM E-Mail Addresses


Student Services

Homeroom Teachers

Intervention Teachers

Special Area Teachers

Support Staff

Free Internet Access from Spectrum

Spectrum has announced that beginning on Monday, March 16, for the next two months they will be making broadband and Wi-Fi available to K-12 student households who do not already subscribe to Spectrum's broadband service.

If you are interested in enrolling, please call Spectrum directly at 1-844-488-8395.

Educational Resources for Families

Reynoldsburg City Schools has designed a website especially for families with resources to help you during the school closure. Please browse the district's Google Site at
bit.ly/ReynHomeLearning for lots of helpful links!

Mrs. Casperson, our amazing Herbert Mills STEAM social worker, has also designed a Facebook page to share resources and stay connected with families and students. Please like her page at "Mrs. Casperson's Corner" on Facebook.

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Our Herbert Mills STEAM kindergartners have a daily log to fill out that includes iReady math (online) or another math activity. Students should work on practicing their sight words, completing worksheets that were included in their educational packets, reading, and completing three choice activities from a tic-tac-toe board. Mrs. Cotner and Mrs. Deiderich are sending daily updates with suggestions for additional activities through Class Dojo.
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Hi First Grade Families,

We are thinking of you all during this difficult time and understand that this is a big adjustment for you and your family. We want you all to know we are here to help you through this. We would like your child to continue working on reading and math each day. This might look different for all families but it is important to continue learning through all of this. We will be posting new activities on SeeSaw each day. Please make sure you are checking in with your child’s teacher each week. Send us some pictures on Dojo! We’d love to see your progress on your at-home habitat design challenge. Check out Parker’s boa from the rainforest. Make sure your child is practicing their fast facts and reading fluency as well. Stay healthy!

P.s. Don’t forget next week is our “Spring Break” so take a break from school and spend some quality time with your family! We’ll start back up with online learning on the 30th. Thanks!
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The Herbert Mills STEAM 2nd-grade teachers want to thank families for picking up students' folders earlier this week. This week has been a learning curve for us and we appreciate all of our wonderful families who continue to support their students' learning at home. Students have been working through a variety of activities assigned through Seesaw and the Google Classrooms provided by their classroom teachers. Websites such as iReady, Reflex, ReadWorks, Khan Academy, Freckle, and Epic are some of the online resources being utilized for learning while at home. We are eager to continue to learn about more resources and will share with our families as they are available. The second grade team sends our best wishes and we hope to see your student back as soon as possible!
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Dear Third Graders and Families,

We miss you! Please try to check Seesaw daily for messages from us. Check out the read-aloud challenge assigned by Miss Zambrano and Mrs. Forino on Seesaw. Don’t forget to get your Reflex green light daily and check iReady Math for assignments from Mrs. Ferguson and Miss McMannis!

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Our Herbert Mills STEAM 4th graders worked on the practice AIR math and reading this week. We also asked our students to read for 30 minutes each day and respond to the text. All students are able to access on-line books through EPIC. Please contact your child’s reading teacher if he/she is unable to access this site.

Students have a DAILY MATH Assignment in Seesaw to complete each day.

Students should be working on REFLEX and iReady math daily (2 lessons need to be passed). There is also a science review included in your educational packet which can also be found on Mrs. Cram/Ms. Mooney’s Seesaw page.

If you are looking for additional things for your child to do, iReady reading is available to all students.

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First and Second Grades

We're working on the Mary Chapin Carpenter song "Halley Came to Jackson" and the "Solar System Song" (at https://youtu.be/F2prtmPEjOc) (there are 8 planets in the solar system -there are 5 dwarf planets in the solar system).

Third and Fourth Grades

We're working on Schoolhouse Rock songs "The Preamble" and "I'm Just a Bill."

Keep on singing!

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Hello Herbert Mills STEAM Tiger Families,

I hope this letter finds you and your families well. I know that you normally have Physical Education class with me once each week. I challenge you to change your workout to a daily workout schedule! In your school packet, I have given you a variety of activities to try. You might not be able do them all, but try as many of them as you can. If you do not have your packet yet, I have posted a copy of it to Twitter. Classroom teachers also included it in digital packets and emails they have sent to you.

I encourage your child to get outside, play, create their own challenges and be active for 60 minutes each day...the more they move, the more energy they use and the less likely they will be to pester their siblings...or even worse you!

Each week, I would like your child to fill out the journal on the back of Gochenour’s Fitness Challenge worksheet. I am simply wanting my students to log their physical activity each week (writing a sentence or two of what exercise they did that day and for how long). If you want to take pictures or videos to share with me I would love to see what you and your children are doing at home. Feel free to send pictures, videos, questions, concerns or great things that you have found on the internet that I can share with others to agochenour@reyn.org or share with me @AmyGoch on Twitter.

Take care and talk to you soon!

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STEAM Activities You Can Do at Home (from Miss Sherman in the ICE Lab!)


Have you ever wondered who invented pizza? Can animals laugh? Or why we get hiccups? You can find the answers to all your questions at Mystery Science! As children across the globe are learning from home, Mystery Science has stepped up to help out. They are providing many free lessons and activities for students to do at home. You can find these at the following link: https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning - hppy discovering!


Take a virtual field trip! You can still “visit” the zoo while you’re stuck at home! Home Safari Facebook Lives hosted by our very own Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will be held seven days a week at 3:00pm. Visit http://cincinnatizoo.org/news-releases/cincinnati-zoo-is-bringing-the-zoo-to-you/ for more information.


Click on the picture to enlarge the 30 Day LEGO Challenge!


This is a great time to let your creative side run wild! There are so many great art videos available for kids! So, grab your paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils, paints, or any other art tool of your choice and get drawing! Check out Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus): https://www.kennedy-center.org/mowillems and show us the artist you are! Post your work to our Twitter page @HMSTEAMtigers to get some likes!


Looking for more math support for your child? There are many online math programs available to families for free during their extended time at home. Check out Dreambox - your kid will feel like they’re playing a game while they’re learning math skills!

Dreambox: https://www.dreambox.com/at-home

Dreambox provides three different learning environments based on your child’s grade level to help them learn state standards!

Herbert Mills STEAM on Twitter

Many of our Herbert Mills STEAM staff members have Twitter accounts! Please follow us for news, resources, and ideas.


Mrs. Weeks - @mrsmeweeks

Mr. Cracraft - @mrCracraft

Mrs. Russell - @mrsrussellhm

Mrs. Boss - @MrsBossHM

Miss Buton - @MissButon

Mrs. Cotner - @cotnerstigers

Mrs. Davis - @MsHennosy

Mrs. Deiderich - @kinderdeiderich

Mrs. Dippold - @MrsDippold

Mrs. Ferguson - @MrsFergsClass

Mrs. Forino - @MrsForino

Mrs. Gochenour - @AmyGoch

Mrs. Hutson - @MrsHutsonsClass

Miss McMannis - @MissMcMannis

Ms. Mooney - @MsRachelMooney

Mrs. Rittenour - @mrsrittenour

Miss Sherman - @MissSherman5

Mrs. Taylor - @MrsTaylorReyn

Miss Zambrano - @MissZambrano1


Mr. Brown, RCS Superintendent - @REYNSup

Mrs. Brower, RCS K-4 Early Literacy - @MrsMiaBrower

Did You Know?

Did you know that here at Herbert Mills STEAM Elementary we root all of our problem-based anchor assignments in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? The Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 goals that were set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 to improve our world by 2030. Each grade level focuses on certain goals that are aligned with Ohio's Social Studies Standards. These goals provide a platform for students to think deeply about real problems facing our world and design sustainable solutions for solving them.