June 2, 2023
It’s time for our last update from the STEAM room.
Students in Pre-K have been exploring solids and liquids. They’ve even turned heavy whipping cream into butter while exploring how liquids can become solids. Students have loved playing in water and exploring how liquids take the shape of their containers. They will soon be building a contraption that can float across water and keep a message dry.
Kindergarten students have been learning all about weather. They’ve explored the 4 distinct seasons that we have in Michigan, as well as the severe weather that we can experience. They’ve also learned about meteorologists and how they study weather clues in order to make their forecasts.
Students in 1st grade spent time researching the plants and animals that are adapted to different environments (rainforest, desert, arctic, or savanna). Then, they used that information in order to plan what humans would need to survive in that same environment. They presented their findings using the ChatterKid app on the iPads.
Students in 2nd grade have been learning about biomimicry. They have explored plants and animals that have inspired new inventions. For example, they were able to examine how the hooks on the ends of seeds and burrs cause them to stick to our clothing, and that idea inspired the invention of velcro. They will soon be exploring the role pollinators play in the life cycle of plants as well as how seeds can be dispersed.
Students in 3rd grade are working on their Weather Factors and Hazards unit. They’ve been learning all about the tools that meteorologists use in order to collect weather data such as thermometers, wind socks, anemometers, and rain gauges. They’ve even had the opportunity to use some of these tools themselves. They’re now learning about different climate zones.
Students in 4th grade are wrapping up their Waves & Properties of Light unit by exploring how those beams of light can be absorbed or pass through different materials. They’ve also explored how their light beams can be bent using reflective surfaces like mirrors.
Students in 5th grade are running their Interactive Space Science Museum exhibits with 1st graders. Last week they received feedback from their classmates about their exhibit so that they could make changes and adjustments before teaching this week. I’ve seen digital games, board games, arts and crafts projects all coming to life. They’ve worked hard on these exhibits, and I’m excited for them to showcase their learning with others.
Medication Pick up
NEW PTC Board for 2023/24 School Year!
Meet the new PTC Board:
Co-President: Audra Kotman
Co-President: Stacey VanderBent
Co-Vice President: Allie Gonzalez
Co-Vice President: Ali Westhuis
Treasurer: Marissa Zylstra
Assistant Treasurer: Tom Holmes
Secretary: Heather Kleinjans
Teacher Representative: Rachel VanKoevering, 1st Grade
4th/5th Field Day
Monday, June 5th, 9am
3835 Baldwin Street
On Monday, June 5 all 4th and 5th graders from the district will be going to Eagle Stadium to participate in a fun-filled Field Day!
If you ordered a shirt for your student they will be sent home the week before Field Day. Students will be eating lunch at the stadium so they should plan on bringing a sack lunch from home or ordering a sack lunch from food service. Students can also bring water bottles, but since there will be over 1000 students there, please make sure everything is labeled with their name and "Alward" on it. I'm excited for this amazing event and watching the students have a blast!
If you did not order a field day t-shirt, please have students wear a shirt in the following colors:
5th Grade Girls: Lime Green 4th Grade Girls: Orange
5th Grade Boys: Safety Yellow 4th Grade Boys: Red
Last Day of School - Early Release
Thursday, June 8th, 12:15pm
3811 Port Sheldon Street
4th/5th grade Clapout
Thursday, June 8th, 11:30am
3811 Port Sheldon Street
We will clapout our 4th and 5th grade students in a parade style, starting at 11:30am. Students will exit the building at Door C, by the gym. Parents/guardians, please park your car in the front parking lot, NOT carline loop.Please add your 4th/5th grade students's name to the following form if you plan to take them with you after the clapout. Please also list any siblings that you plan to take home as well.
Report Cards will be mailed home
Friday, June 16th, 9am
This is an online event.
Community Events not sponsored by HPS
Hudsonville Rocket Cheer
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