HAL Happenings

May 2016

All Good Things...

Well, it's that time of year again where I have to say goodbye. It has been such a wonderful year! I am sad to see my 6th graders leave, but look forward to seeing what amazing things they do in middle school next year. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer! I look forward to seeing everyone back in August!
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Congratulations!

I am so proud of all the students who participated in the WordMasters Contest and the Noetic Math Contest this year! Both require students to spend time out side of class studying and practicing. This year our teams did so well we earned the Team Achievement Award from both the Noetic Contest and the WordMasters contest!! I will post the names of the students who earned recognition below.
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WordMaster Contest Winners

Students competed in word analogies tests three times this year. All three scores are added together and the Top 10 scores from each grade level (in the entire school district) are awarded a certificate. The top scorer in each grade level is awarded the Team Winner medal.


4th Grade:

Matthew T. **Team Winner

Dustin H.

Ava C.

Kiara A.


5th Grade:

Tristan T. **Team Winner

Xander L.

Oasis O.

Olivia W.

Teresa L.

Gavan R.

David O.

Daniel C.

Kaitlin M.

David W.

Jackson M.

Felix. R.

Bella A.

Caroline B.

Jayden E.



6th Grade:

Bennett S. **Team Winner

Grace T.

Kevin L.

Daniel T.

Noah R.

Christian L.

Kate L.

Ava M.

Maddie S.

Sydnee W.

Caitlyn K.

Keara C.

Sammy Q.

Katelyn F.

Nessa L.

Alex G.

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Noetic Math Contest

In April, student competed in the Noetic Learning Math Contest. The test consist of 20 challenging and complex problem-solving math problems. The Noetic Learning committee award Honor Roll medals and certificates to students who score is in the top 10% of all scores in the nation! Students who score in the top 50% nationwide are awarded an Honorable Mention certificate. Students who have the top score out of all students in Bellevue, earn the Team Winner medal. Achievements posted below:


Honor Roll:

4th

Tristan B. **Team Winner

Ben H. **Team Winner

Matthew T.

Dustin H.


5th

David O. **Team Winner

Oasis O. **Team Winner

Gavan R.

Daniel C.

Ben M.

Avary R.


6th:

Kevin L. **Team Winner

Seth P.

Bennett S.

Grace T.

Noah R.

Sammy Q.

Nadjia L.


Honorable Mention:

4th:

Cade Z.

Jackie P.

Jacob C.

Alex S.

Kiara A.

Maxwell R.

Evan G.

Jackson D.


5th

Tristan T.

Jayden E.

Xander L.

Caroline B.

Annabelle B.

Kaitlin M.

Will E.

Olivia W.

David W.

Jackson M.


6th

Christian L.

Daniel T.

Maddie S.

Kate L.

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4th Quarter Happenings

End of the Year!

Wow! This last quarter just zoomed by! The months of April and May were certainly hectic in the HAL world! Students were busy in their classrooms preparing for NeSA and MAP testing. During the testing windows, HAL times often had to be shortened and/or rescheduled.


Because students were taking so many tests both in their classroom and during HAL(NeSA, MAP, and Wordmaster and Noetic); HAL time became a time to challenge their minds in a different way with various logic puzzles and brain teasers.


Students also participated in several different STEM Engineering Challenges. Students had to work in teams to and use the engineering / design process to complete a building challenge given a set of rules and materials. One challenge was to make an army man launcher. Using the materials given students had to construct a device that would launch their army man the farthest.


Another challenge was to design a paper airplane that would glide at least 10 feet and hold the most "cargo." Using a website to help decide which type of paper airplane to create, students then added "cargo" in the form of different coins. Then we tested to see how far our planes would fly when we added the coins.


Also, students were challenge to create the tallest tower possible using 100 tiny plastic cups. Students had a lot of laughs and some frustration as they tested out different designs for their towers.


Students learned how to work together and communicate effectively to accomplish a task. They had to design and plan how they would construct their launcher and airplanes and then work together to make their plan happen. Students had a lot of fun and laughs constructing and often times having to re-work their designs to complete the challenge.


I look forward to doing more challenges with the students next year!

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