December Newsletter

Daniel Boone Elementary Spectra

First Semester Under Our Belts

It's hard to believe that we are half way done with the 2015-16 school year! What a delightful semester it has been. We have our new first grade Spectra students ready to join us in January and have seen other new students jump into other grade levels as well. The current students have shown incredible growth since last year and have been very patient as we implement new Spectra standards and curriculum. I continue to be impressed with how their collaborative skills have grown through the years. It is such a joy to work with your children over time. I feel so lucky to be able to see their personalities grow!

Progress Reports

Student Progress Reports are sent home at the conclusion of each unit. All reports will be coming home the week we return to school. Please look for them in your student's home folder or report card envelope. Please let me know if you have not received it by January 11th or if you have any questions, concerns or thoughts.

Daniel Boone ~ Home to the Best Special Area Teachers in the USA!

We are so lucky at Daniel Boone to have such caring and wonderful families, administrators and teachers. This may be best evidenced by the time that Mr. Sherman and Coach Millard take from their day to spend with us. They will jump into team challenges, dialogue with students, provide voice overs for video clips and give feedback about presentation or building designs. They are phenomenal team players and role models for us all!

Fourth and Fifth Grade Bridges Unit

We have started our second unit with 4th and 5th grade. Students are exploring three basic bridge designs by building models and doing research. We will then apply this information to a scenario using the Problem Based Learning model. Students will collaborate to build a new bridge by selecting a location site, design a bridge model that fits the needs for that area, stay within a budget for their project and present their findings with a digital presentation. Students seem to be enjoying this hands on unit!

2nd and 3rd Grade Nature's Balance Unit

We have just concluded our first of two units with second and third graders. Students learned about the dangers of invasive species and collaboratively designed a trap to catch a cane toad using the Engineering Design Process. Students created a presentation to share their thinking skills, cooperative group work and the design process. Seeing how each team worked together to design their traps was incredible! Our next unit will be Children of the World, which will begin in January.