Barneveld Schools Newsletter
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The Literacy Lowdown
"A child who reads will be an adult who thinks." -Unknown
I interviewed David Earl Daniel, an actor who grew up in Virginia, and went to a pretty large high school. David is one of the lead actors at American Players Theatre. Barneveld High School and Middle School had the joyous opportunity to have David come here for one week. During his time here, he shared his love and excitement for the written word. He worked with students on a wide range of literary topics such as, poetry, performance, and literature.
David had went to high school for about five years because he had struggled in school and had failed quite a bit. David had taken up acting at a young age because his parents were actors. He had only picked up acting and had not really enjoyed it until around high school. That's when something had happened to him. He had truly realized that this is what he wanted to do for a living. David enjoys performing Shakespearean plays because they move the audience in many ways, some parts may make the audience cry, mad, sad. There is plenty of action because he really enjoys a good sword fight to go along with the play and get the crowd excited and interested.
David travels around to about 30 schools every 6 months. He really makes an impact on kids who would like to be an actor but do not know how and maybe are scared to pursue it. His time here with Barneveld students was well received. It energized students and staff about the power of the written word.
-Article Written by Gage Schult
"We are changing the world with technology." -Bill Gates
MobyMax, a program with tons of different tools to track students progress and areas that they need to improve. Although it has many different subjects, it is mainly used for math here at Barneveld.
Third grade teacher Mr. Meinholz uses the program daily and is a really big fan for two reasons. “A, it motivates kids; and B, it forces accountability for teachers to help their students. If I see a student with a low grade or one that is struggling in a certain area, I can’t just sit here and let that happen.” Mr. Meinholz explained how the program is exciting for kids; and it makes kids that usually don’t enjoy math, want to participate. I think that eventually it could be used in other subjects too.”
The program is very helpful because it has so many different tools and features for teachers and students. For teachers, it can show how many times students got on the program inside and outside of school, and how much time they spent on it. It also displays charts to show the students progress over the course of the school year. It uses numbers to show where the students currently are individually or as a class, and where they should be at certain points of the school year. Students are benefiting because it is outside of what they are normally taught in class, so they are getting new tools and opportunities to become better at math. MobyMax has become a big part of Mr. Meinholz’s class, and it might spread to others because the numbers are proving that it works.
Article written by Malcolm Reed
Academic Excellence Earful
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. " -Aristotle
Finals week was January 10-12 and students spent a lot of time preparing to take them. I interviewed students to try and find some ways they prepare for the finals. I asked Bryce Vacha how he studies for the finals. He said he spends a couple days to a week reviewing important things he had learned during the semester. Studying is not for everyone though. Some kids don’t see the importance of studying for finals and do nothing to get prepared.
Finals are stressful for some students and they have a hard time the week of finals. Some people stay up all night studying and are very tired for school the next day. It’s a good thing that this week only happens twice in the year or school would be more stressful. Many finals are projects so that makes it easier on the students. Teachers also give tons of class time and help with the studying or helping on the projects. Finals are stressful but with the help of teachers and other students, it makes the week a whole lot easier.
-Article written by Jonas Ignatius