Crippen Tech Update

October 31, 2014

Kindergarten & First Grade Google Hangout with Mrs. Mayes

On Tuesday, Mrs. Mayes participated in a Google Hangout with all kindergarten and first grade students. Mrs. Mayes read the book Go Away Big Green Monster, by Ed Emberley from her office. She was broadcast live to all of the participating classrooms. In the class rooms, students drew their interpretation of the monster that was being described as Mrs. Mayes read the book. At the end students were able to show Mrs. Mayes their creations.

Book Fair... NEXT WEEK!!!

The book fair will be open next week. You may send students at any time that is convenient for you, but please make sure that they truly have money to spend at the book fair. Students coming to the book fair will need to enter the library from the kindergarten hallway.

Mrs. Keen will have library classes as normal next week so students may continue to return and checkout books as the normally do. Open check-out will be open all of next week also. Specials classes coming to the library will need to enter the library from the 2nd grade hallway.

We will be open late Thursday night during the 4th grade performance. We will also be open all day Friday, so encourage parents to stop in the library after their teacher conferences.

STar Charts

For those of you that were here on Thursday and completed your STaR Chart during our Tech Training time... Thank You!!! For those of you that have not completed your STaR Chart, please get it done ASAP. These must be completed by 11/5/2014 so that Mrs. Mayes can complete her campus STaR Chart by the principal deadline. Starting Monday, if you do not have it complete I will be finding you on your conference periods to help you get it complete.

If you didn't know, STaR Charts play a part in the federal funding that our campuses receive. We must get them done so that we can continue to federal technology funding.

Upcoming Video Conference Opportunities for your students

If you would like your class to participate in one of the video conferences listed below, please let me know. I will get you registered and set up to participate on the day of the event.

Polar Bears International

October 20 - November 14

various dates and times

Ready for a virtual field trip? Every fall, we stream live webcasts from the tundra during the annual polar bear migration in Churchill, Canada, the Polar Bear Capital of the World!

You're invited to join us to meet and talk with world-renowned scientists and educators—as arctic winds shake the Tundra Buggies and polar bears prowl outside. We also conduct webcasts in the spring from various locations. More information available at:

Animal Encounters: Hawk Talk (1st-5th)

November 13, 2014

9:00am - 9:45am, 10:30am - 11:15am, 12:45pm - 1:30pm, 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Registration Deadline: November 6, 2014

Birds of prey, also known as raptors, are a common presence in the skies. During the program, we will take an up-close look at a live Red-Tailed Hawk to discuss the various structures and functions of birds of prey (or hawks). We will investigate hawks’ diet, their role in the food web, their habitats, and the characteristics and traits that allow them to be such powerful predators. More information available at:

Let's Talk Turkey (1st-5th)

November 18, 2014

9:00am - 9:45am, 10:30am - 11:15am, 12:45pm - 1:30pm, or 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Registration Deadline: November 11, 2014

This interactive presentation introduces students to fun facts about one of our state's most fabulous birds: THE WILD TURKEY! We will discuss turkey anatomy, habitat, adaptations, and basic needs, as well as the various "calls" or vocalizations that turkeys use to communicate in their environment. Students will listen to an assortment of calls and have the opportunity to take an up-close look at a real Wild Turkey. More information available at: