Grades 3-5 students in Da Capo choir practice weekly for 8 weeks before school in the mornings. The Da Capo choir is led by Mrs. Utell and accompanied by Mrs. Hahn. This year's musical selections included a winter theme and students sang in parts, rounds and used movement.
February 1 - Strings Concert @ 9:45 AM *performance will be recorded for families
February 9 - Winter Parent Teacher Conferences @ 4:45-8:00 PM
February 10 - Winter Parent Teacher Conferences @ 12:00-8:00 PM
February 10 & 11 - No School for Students & Staff
February 17 - ActioNow @ 6-8 PM at Rosemount High School
February 21 - President's Day No School for Students & Staff
February 25 - Grade 4 Music Concert @ 9:45 AM *performance will be recorded for families
February 28 - Grade 5 Music Concert @ 9:45 AM *performance will be recorded for families
March 1 - Grade 4 Music Concert @ 9:45 AM *performance will be recorded for families
March 3 - Grade 5 Music Concert @ 9:45 AM *performance will be recorded for families
Research shows that students who engage in the arts, including the performing arts like music, increase their skills learning other subject areas. According to a PBS article, The Benefits of Music Education, "making music involves more than the voice or fingers playing an instrument; a child learning about music has to tap into multiple skill sets, often simultaneously." Using a variety of skills learned through music strengthens brain development for children.
We are grateful that students can play their instruments, sing and perform this year for a student audience. We look forward to sharing live performances with families in the future. At this time, we are creating video recordings of music performances and sharing those out with families.
Thank you for your support and encouraging your child to participate in the various extra curricular performing arts opportunities we have at GHESAS including DaCapo, orchestra and band. For more information about any of these programs, please check out our school website at https://gh.district196.org/arts/.
Winter Conferences - Online Sign Up
Click the "Schedule Your Conference" button to schedule a 15 minute in-person conference with your child's teacher. If you need a zoom conference, please reach out to our school office at 651-683-8570.
As a reminder, students do not have school Feb. 10-11. Students will return to school on Feb. 14.
News from the STEAM Room - Ms. Hosek, Science Specialist
Happy New Year! We are back into our routines and busy in the STEAM Room. Here is a peek at what is going on at each grade level.
Students visited the STEAM Room right before winter break to learn about tools they could be using and practice using them safely. There was a lot of excitement when using a drill or saw! At the end of January, kindergarteners will be participating in an investigation involving rolling to go along with their force and motion unit. They will have the chance to be creative and make something that rolls out of various materials in the STEAM Room.
First graders will be visiting the STEAM Room to learn about tools they could be using and practice using them safely. They will love using these tools! Students also learned about the Ozobots and Dash robots. They practiced driving them in a straight line, around obstacles or driving them on a polygon. We have many good drivers at Glacier Hills.
Second graders will be participating in a building project that ties into their classroom curriculum at the end of the month. They will be following the Engineering Design Process of Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve and Communicate to create something that represents them or their culture.
Students participated in a light and shadow investigation using a character, flashlight, whiteboard and measuring tape. We chose a class variable, wrote a question, performed an investigation, collected data, made a graph to show that data, and wrote a conclusion. These lessons wrapped up their light and sound unit and will be built on in their next science unit, space and seasons.
Fourth graders participated in a real-world engineering project as geotechnical engineers. They studied an area in Nepal that needs to create safe passage across a river. Students planned out different materials to test based on several factors. They then scored their model and used that to re-plan and re-test a new set of factors. Students then had to decide their best model and present it to the village elders as if they were actually in the village in Nepal. It was quite a learning experience!
Students will be participating in Force and Motion Olympics using various pieces of technology. They will learn how to use the Ozobots, Spheros, and Dash robots and then create their own Olympic events that tie to the force and motion standards. These lessons are what make Glacier Hills an awesome place to learn and grow!
Kindergarten Multimedia Art
Students created two collages inspired by Austrian painter, Gustav Klimt. The artwork we observed and discussed was Klimt’s “(Baby) Cradle”. Students learned the term collage and digital collage using a photograph of themselves in the image as the main subject. We applied what we learned about overlapping and pattern in these works of art. The past few weeks, students have been learning the basics of Stop Motion animation. We read, The Snowy Day, and then created a sequence of a child walking through the snow. We also made forms we knew out of animation clay, and made them move using the app. Now, students are naming and developing a character (a baby chick!) as the main feature of a story we will animate of a chick hatching from an egg – a connection to one of their science units.
Grade 1 Multimedia Art
Students worked with the element of Space to create pop-up bedrooms. First, we observed and discussed Vincent Van Gogh’s The Bedroom painting, and then used our sketchbooks to draw what our own room looked like. Then, students created basic pop ups to make their final room 3D. Using the Creaturizer app, students then were able to explore Augmented Reality, and placed a creature of their own design within the space they made. Currently, students are practicing the basics of Stop Motion animation, and are planning a movie of their own, featuring a pet rock they created in their classrooms as a main character. Students learned the purpose of a Storyboard for an animator, and making their own before creating their film.
Grade 2 Multimedia Art
After viewing the work of Italian Renaissance painter, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, students used Pic Collage to create a digital collage inspired by the artist’s famous food and object portrait heads. Using the web image function, students acted as digital scavengers, and considered proportion, contrast and color when choosing their objects and creating their collage. Students looked closely at the master works by Arcimboldo and noticed how he overlapped everyday objects and used realism to make something unexpected. Currently, we are looking at the classic story, Where the Wild Things Are, and students are observing and applying visual texture in their sketchbook plans for their next work.
Grade 3 Multimedia Art
Students connected to their science unit on space by looking at the phases of the moon in mm art. Using scratch art boards and scratch art tools, students demonstrated their knowledge of the moon phases using Stop Motion animation. Then, students dabbled in some film editing in iMovie, adjusted volume and pace of their film, and added a title and soundtrack to their finished piece. Students in third grade will be developing Doodle for Google designs in the upcoming weeks. The contest theme for this year’s Google Doodle design is, “I care for myself by…” There will be more information on this at conferences. If your child is interested in submitting their design, you will need to sign a form before I’m able to submit it for them.
Grade 4 Multimedia Art
Students have been working on a major painting project with Mrs. Paulson in art, where they recreate a famous work of art. In MM art, students dove into the research piece, and studied the artist who made the work. They were challenged to design a visually engaging Famous Artist Collage that could educate us about their artist of focus. As we approach Black History Month – our 4th graders have been learning about the work of contemporary mixed media printmaker, Delita Martin. Her subjects are multi-layered, rich with pattern, and typically feature black women as her subjects. Students are in the beginning stages of a self-portrait project that is inspired by the artist’s style.
Grade 5 Multimedia Art
Students completed their natural disaster animations at the end of trimester 1, after editing their films in iMovie. They will be featured via links at a future date, but currently can be viewed on your student’s iPad. Right now, students in 5th grade are learning about perspective and foreshortening. Students have observed and experimented with achieving foreshortening through photography. In our current project, students are to create a self-portrait from a photograph that demonstrates foreshortening. We are looking at the works of Chuck Close, and other artists who implement the grid method of maintaining the proportions of a photograph in a painting.
Donations needed in Multimedia Art: Yogurt cups, Cool Whip containers, bubble wrap, magazines, paper towel tubes. Thank you!
Thank you, Volunteers!
If you are interested in the following ongoing programs please contact
Thank you to the following parents who helped and volunteered in our STEAM room tool training:
- Lukas Peters
- Heidi Anderson
- Rebecca Chevallier
- Molly Gezella
- Juliet Parisi
- Doug Hall
- Emily Lewandowski
- Bethany O'Day
- Hassanj Mohamed
- Lakshmisree Vadlamudi
- Annika Bartos
- Leah Berg
- Mackenzie Orth
- Tony Pham
Site Council & Booster Club News and Updates
Our next Site Council/Booster Club meeting is February 7th at 4:15 p.m. via Zoom. If you would like to attend, please email email@example.com for the meeting information. All are welcome!
Winter Conference Dinner - DONATIONS Needed
On Wednesday February 9th, the Booster Club Parents will be hosting a dinner for our teachers and staff at Glacier Hills School of Arts & Science on the first night of conferences. This is a great way for us as parents to say thank you to our school staff and provide a meal for them!
This year, we will be catering our main dish. In order to provide a meal for ALL of our staff/teachers, we will need to raise over $1200 towards this (there are nearly 100 staff members at GHESAS)! All money raised will go to buying the catered meal which will be individually packaged for our teachers and staff.
Parents can donate online at https://glacier-hills-booster-club.square.site.
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COVID-19 Testing & Vaccination Resources
Please review the following information below regarding resources for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations:
- If you are a student or parent/guardian with questions about COVID-19, including what to do when experiencing symptoms, please refer to the Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth Programs, and Child Care Programs.
- If you are looking for COVID-19 vaccination opportunities, find a vaccine location here:Vaccine Locations / COVID-19 Updates and Information - State of Minnesota
- If you are looking for COVID-19 testing sites near you, find a testing location here:COVID-19 Community Testing Sites
- For other questions or concerns, please reach out to your personal health provider and/or email the Minnesota Department of Health at Health.email@example.com.