Ripley Central School Elementary
News and Information for our RCS families . . . . . 12/4/15
Where in the World is Ripley?
The third graders kicked off their third expedition this week titled “Where in the World is Ripley?” The main focus of this expedition is on geography. On Monday students had a workshop introducing them to maps and latitude and longitude. Students practiced using latitude and longitude coordinates to find cities around the United States. On Tuesday they participated in a kick off. Students were given several maps and a series of coordinates to find mystery locations all over the world. By the end of the kick off the students discovered that there were several towns and cities around the world with the name Ripley. Do you know how many Ripley’s there are in the world? Could you locate them on a map? If not, feel free to ask a third grader!
Third Grade Detectives
Third grade is "jumping" into a new ELA unit all about frogs! The students were not told what their new unit would be about and it was their job to figure it out. They participated in a carousel activity where they wrote down what they noticed and wondered about five various pictures located around the room. It did not take long for our detectives to discover that the new unit had to do with frogs. These next few weeks our scholars will be digging deep into challenging texts to discover how frogs adapt to their environments in order to survive.
Fifth Grade Expeditions
The 5th grade students are preparing to write and illustrate a picture book of "Freedom Songs". Each group of students has a different song. They read closely and annotated how the song was coded for slaves to escape to freedom during the Civil War. After they decoded, the students worked in small groups to create a story board (rough draft of a book) that includes hints to the freedom code embedded in each song, lyrics, musical notation and text features. The final product will be a picture book that includes all the songs. It will take lots of grit to create a high quality book. Look for our publication in your local library next year!
What's going on in Physical Education?
We just wrapped up our volleyball unit for grades 4th through 6th. The students worked very hard on skills such as bumping, setting, and serving. They also became familiar with rotating during a game and scoring of the game. The younger grade levels just finished working on cooperative games. Now that Thanksgiving break is done, we are starting our units in wrestling and tumbling. The boys will be focusing on wrestling while the girls will be progressing with their tumbling skills. After Christmas break we will be moving on to our bowling unit.
The early explores have been having fun during their Physical Education classes with becoming use to the toddler bicycles and giant Omnikin balls. Their faces were priceless when we blew the extra-large balls up and they were able to push them around on the gym floor. Here are a few pictures of our little ones with the smaller Omnikin balls.
Christmas in Ripley
Wed,, Dec. 9 ~ Holiday Luncheon begins with Entertainment - 12:30, Lunch - 1 PM
Friday, Dec. 11 ~ 5th grade Fieldwork - Echoes Through Time, Springville, NY
Sat., Dec. 12 ~ Christmas in Ripley (See article above - chorus sings & band plays!)
Tuesday, Dec. 15 ~ Christmas Book Fair - Small Gym
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winter Concert ~ 6:30 PM - Large Gym
Wed.-Fri., Dec. 23 - Jan. 1 ~ NO SCHOOL - Christmas break
Monday, January 4, 2016 ~ Back to school today!
Monday, January 18 ~ NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Building closed)
Friday, February 12 ~ NO SCHOOL - Staff In-service Day
Monday, February 15 ~ NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day (Building closed)
Wednesday, March 2 ~ Read Across America Day!