WW Specialist Newsletter

Art, Library-Media, Music, Phy Ed, and Spanish

February-March 2016 Newlsetter

Hello! We hope you find this newsletter informative on our specialty areas. Feel free to send us any comments. Our contact information is located at the bottom of the newsletter.

Physical Education


The students learned:

  • Snow Shoes: how to put on snowshoes, get up from a fall, walk, turn around and hike through a field.
  • Juggling: cascade, elevator, showers, juggle tag
    Parachute: umbrella, mushroom, circus tent, mountain, Jaws
  • Multi-cultural Games: (Ms. Luger's unit) 1-2-3 Dragon from China, Statues from Greece and Skyros from Greece.
  • Bowling: grip, stance, follow-through, modified scoring
  • Review Stations: football toss, tumbling, juggling, fitness, scooters, basketball, hula-hoops, Skully puzzle, racquets and Koosh Balls

Bones and Muscles:

  • Bones: cranium, mandible

The Health Fair was March 30 and 31. The second graders did a
super job running their booths and presenting materials!

Health Fair Booths: Bike Safety, Self-esteem, Sargent Hanky, 1st Aid, Vote, Heart Power, Don't Smoke and Chef Combo.

Sports Week is fast approaching!
I will need many wonderful parent volunteers to run the stations.
Please check with your child’s classroom teacher for their scheduled
time and let me know if you are available to help!
Monday, May 9 - 2nd grade
Tuesday, May 10 - 1st grade
Wednesday, May 11 - Kindergarten


Every day rainforest disappears and soon the rainforest at Wildwood will be gone as well.


Besides learning pet words and talking about their furry friends at home, students had fun learning the names for rainforest animals in Spanish, describing their color, and how they move. They also learned about the country of Puerto Rico, which has a rainforest and is a commonwealth of the U.S. As we begin to learn about fruits and vegetables, we will try some tropical fruits from the rainforest.

1st grade

First graders brought in the animals to populate our rainforest, and it was a wonderful place to learn, laugh and sing. Not only did they learn about the rainforest, first graders also worked hard learning poems in Spanish for the first grade program. They did an amazing job and I was very proud of their performance. They will be starting a food unit and learning about the Galapagos Islands.

2nd grade

Second graders learned about even more animals, more verbs and many descriptive words. They used their Spanish to write about their favorite rainforest animal. They will now learn about the foods that people in various Hispanic countries eat during our food unit. Iguana sandwich and sugar cane juice anyone?

Everyone is excited about the games and videos on the Spanish website. After a visit to the computer lab to try them out, many students are hoping to continue playing them at home. There are even talking flashcards now!! You can drag the website link onto your desktop or Ipad and let the learning begin!!



  • Learned about fiction and non-fiction through animal books
  • Author study: Mo Willems (Elephant & Piggie, Pigeon books, Knuffle Bunny)
  • Celebrated the 100th day with a Pixie software computer project.
  • Learned about author and illustrator Dr. Seuss
  • Created a Spring illustration using all the tools we've learned in Pixie software (paint, fill bucket, shape, spray can, sticker, and text)

First Grade

  • Completed a unit on Internet Safety
  • Reviewed the 7 parts of a library book (author, illustrator, cover, spine, call number, title, and illustration)
  • Folklore unit: myths, fables, and tall tales
  • Learned about the poetry/joke/riddle section and used poet Jack Prelutsky's iPad app. They enjoyed his humor!
  • We are about to begin creating our own silhouettes using some advanced tools in Pixie software. They are a great keepsake of your child. Watch for them to come home in three weeks.

Second Grade

  • Completed an Internet Safety unit which covered, private/personal information, how to create safe usernames and passwords, basic search strategies and good search engines for their age.
  • Used Pixie software to create a book recommendation for I Love to Read Month. These are displayed in the Media center and help people find good books.
  • Studied poetry genre and section in the library. Read Jack Prelutsky's and Adam Rex's poetry.
  • Currently using the advanced features in Kidspiration software to create an autobiographical project. Look for this to come home in a couple weeks.


All students created an artwork for the Original Works Fundraiser. We
took inspiration from American “Pop” artist Jim Dine. Pop artists use common everyday
images in their artwork. Jim Dine uses hearts to encourage and promote
caring among all people. The kids really enjoyed his bright and colorful heart
artwork and had fun making their own.
Kindergarten - We have been busy drawing, painting, cutting, gluing and sculpting. This winter we drew a cone and sphere to create a 3-D looking ice cream cone. We used our best coloring skills to stay inside the lines and learned that pressing hard and lightly with crayons can create 2 different colors. Needless to say, this project made us hungry for our favorite flavor of ice cream. Next, we used clay to create a pinch pot creature. We painted and added antennae to these cute little creatures. We continued to strengthen our cutting skills by "roundy" cutting square paper into circles to create a series of overlapping circles called concentric circles. We took inspiration from the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky, who painted colorful concentric circles. Next, kindergarteners had fun cutting, folding and gluing paper to create a 3-D collage. This collage, with its many 3-D parts reminded us of a playground that we would love to play on. Currently we are creating a "fish/under the Sea" themed artwork that focuses on texture. This “mixed media” project involves painting, cutting and gluing.

First Grade - This winter students drew their own 3-D cake . We looked at a painting called Cakes, Cakes, Cakes by the artist Wayne Theibaud for inspiration. Students started by drawing a cylinder and transformed it into a unique cake creation using marker, colored pencil and crayon. Next, students created a landscape drawing using chalk. Students learned how a horizon line, background, middle ground, foreground and vanishing point work together to create a landscape that shows depth. This landscape was inspired by the painting Tahitian Landscape, painted by the French artist Paul Gauguin. Recently, we turned clay pinch pots into fish-like creatures. Students rolled clay into spheres and coils and used their fingers to pinch the clay and create unique details. They learned how to "scratch and attach" clay parts.

2nd Grade – Students put to use what they’ve learned about the forms; sphere, cylinder and cone to create a “zoom-in” or close up painting of a snowperson. It was fun to see the familiar image of a snowperson from a different perspective. Next, students created clay animals. Students used the pinch and coil methods of hand building with clay to construct their animals. They loved creating and painting these fun sculptures! Currently second grade students are creating a portrait in the style of 16th century Italian artist Giuseppe Archimboldo. Archimboldo created faces using fruits, vegetables and plants. Like Archimboldo, students are putting together their portraits using fruits, vegetables, and plants but can also use food and candy. Needless to say, these portraits are making us hungry……cupcake eyes, pizza slices for a nose, spaghetti for hair…you get the idea (so much fun!). Students are also learning about accurate face proportions in this project, proper placement of eyes, nose, mouth and ears within the face.


Kindergarten Music Notes:

Students continue to practice music elements such as steady beat, long/short sounds, high/low sounds, distinguishing beat from rhythm, and song form. Students have added folk songs, poems and games to their repertoire like Get on Board, Ally Bally, This Old Man, A Sailor Went to Sea and London Bridge. Classroom instruments such as triangle, wood blocks, drums and glockenspiel continue to be used to accompany songs and games, focusing on naming the instruments, describing how they make sound and how to correctly play them. At Chinese New Year time, some classes enacted a Lion dance, accompanied by instruments and ribbon dancers: http://safeshare.tv/v/EouKq9UYnSg

Kindergarteners are also learning proper vocal production and pitch-matching as they sing and play their favorite songs and games. In April, each child will be video recorded demonstrating their best singing of the Wildwood school song. That video will be the initial contribution to their electronic music portfolio that will grow with them over the years. Some students had the opportunity to try out their solo and duet singing at a real microphone: http://safeshare.tv/v/oGqj8fQS83w

Later this spring, kindergarteners will expand their learning to include studying those orchestral instruments used in telling Prokofiev's classic "Peter and the Wolf."

First Grade Music Notes:

First graders have been immersed in singing. Preparing for the March "Amigos" program required extensive focus on posture and sound, as well as the concentration necessary for singing in a two-part round and singing in two parts. Though still at an introductory level, these skills form the foundation for a multitude of singing experiences in the years to come. Students are clearly aware of the kinds of learning demonstrated during their program; Mrs. Horihan's class describes it on video: http://safeshare.tv/v/1gy1QHdZJQM

Beyond their evident successful learning about group singing, we have recently completed a major project requiring that each student demonstrate what their best individual singing looks and sounds like in first grade. Following the development of their own class rubric for what constitutes excellence in singing, each student has made a video of their best singing. The videos are being archived as part of a district-wide initiative to compile audio and video music performances of each student in an electronic portfolio. If you missed seeing your child's video at conferences, please contact Mrs. Green to receive a link to their performance.

Our learning is now shifting to instrumental ensemble performance. We are learning some focused xylophone playing technique, to be followed soon by everyone's favorite activity: World Music Drumming!

Second Grade Music Notes:

Second Graders culminated many weeks of practicing and preparing for their program "Music is FUNdamental" presented on March 12th at Chautauqua Auditorium. The program highlighted the state and national music standards they have been learning in music class such as good singing practices, singing in canon, correct instrument technique, rhythm and melody basics as well as the cooperation and hard work necessary to present an entertaining and informative performance. (Well done, 2nd grade musicians!) In March, students are finishing their individual singing videos which will be added to their electronic music portfolios. The videos show each student demonstrating their growth as singers who use Best Singing practices (tall bodies, Power Feet, Sing out!) The portfolios are part of a district-wide initiative to archive our students' musical growth from the earliest grades through high school. Ask your student about his/her video! You are welcome to view it with Mrs. Schwister in the music room at conferences or by appointment. Coming up in April: World Music Drumming and study of Western instruments of the orchestra, culminating with an in-house field trip to hear the Summit Hill Brass in early May!

Music field trips and in-house field trips are made possible with support from our generous PTO. Thank you, PTO!

DVD Ordering Information: DVDs of the 1st and 2nd Grade Music programs which were performed at Chautauqua Auditorium will be available to order soon. They are in 'editing' and when finished will be available for purchase. More information will be sent home after spring break.

Contact Information

Art: Kristi Eckert kristi.eckert@isd832.net 407-2136

Library-Media: Jean Oswald jean.oswald@isd832.net 407-2167

Music: Kathy Schwister: kathryn.schwister@isd832.net 407-2153 and

Ginny Gadbois Green: virginia.green@isd832.net 407-2149

Physical Education: Betsy Sommer betsy.sommer@isd832.net 407-2143

Spanish: Lynn Mucciacciaro lynn.mucciacciaro@isd832.net 407-2135