Barneveld Schools Newsletter
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The Literacy Lowdown
"A child who reads will be an adult who thinks." -Unknown
I had the opportunity to talk with Mr. Davis recently and learn more about the literacy project his 6th grade English class is working on. They are starting the year with a novel study on The Phantom Tollbooth. They will be focusing on discussion skills in class in large and small groups, metaphors, similes, following book plots and other forms of figurative language, and characterization. They are hoping to end the unit by going on a field trip to see the story in play form. “The importance of this is to show our 6th graders that everyone thinks different and interprets the same things differently. It also develops reasoning skills and gets them thinking about connecting texts to the real world,” Said Mr. Davis.
-Article Written by Alex Ignatius
"We are changing the world with technology." -Bill Gates
This past week I got the chance to speak with Ray Rickert and ask him a few questions about technology in the high school. First, I asked him how stressful it is to prepare hundreds of IPads that the high schoolers need to be supplied with at the beginning of the year. It seemed as though he was quite surprised with this question, and his response was that it can be very stressful at times because the IPads have to be distributed all the way down to the Kindergarten kids. He mentions that distributing them isn’t the hardest part, but handing out a huge amount of them has a large impact on the network. Keeping up with the newest versions on each individual IPad can be a constant struggle, so something is always being worked on.
Secondly, I asked if it was a tough task to keep track of all the passwords and usernames put onto IPads and other school computers. Mr. Rickert identifies that it is very tough to manage all the accounts, but his goal for the future is to create a Single Sign On (SSO) feature. This SSO would create a sign in that grants access to everything through one username and one password.
Last of all, I asked him if there were any new features that helped enhance the IPads to make them better than last year. To this he gave an interesting answer that actually surprised me a bit. He said that although the IPads are always being updated and new features are being presented, there are a lot of features that we never use on the IPads. Currently, we are trying to master what we have, and he states that as of now we are just hitting the tip of the iceberg. He is excited to see what the future can hold with our schools technology, however.
Article written by Dayne Evans
Academic Excellence Earful
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. " -Aristotle
Barneveld Elementary students have kicked off the school year strengthening their reading habits both at school and at home. The first few weeks of school, teachers are reading with students to assess their reading strengths and areas for improvement. Each student reads individually with their teachers. Students are excited to explore their new classroom libraries to find new treasures to read. Students are working hard on increasing their reading stamina; how long they can read for a period of time.
Students are working on reading stamina at home too. Students are reading 20 or more minutes each night at home as well. The classrooms are working toward class and individual reading goals. Students record their reading in a nightly reading log and may be bringing books home they started reading in the classroom.