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Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire Schools Oct. 2020

Off to a GREAT Start at GT/RA!

The teachers and staff at GT/RA committed to make the best of the challenge of starting the 20-21 school year during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Cleaning and mask patrol have added extra work to creating a successful learning experience for our students. The teachers are using Google Classroom and Seesaw as their platforms for communicating lessons to virtual learners. Teachers are learning along with students as they use new ways to teach online and use video lessons. All this is done along with closing learning gaps and working for school improvement. A BIG SHOUT of THANKS to our teachers, paraeducators, technology department, janitors, cooks, bus drivers, administrators and their assistants for keeping our kids safe in a great learning environment! The year has started great!

RA Kindergarten Math

Mrs. Hoyman's kindergarten students understand that numbers represent quantities. They are able to compare numbers and amounts with the words more or less. The smartboard displays the quantities for students to compare.
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RA 7th Grade Math

Mrs. Post models for her students how solve real-world problems that include adding and subtracting rational numbers on the viewsonic board.
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GT/RA High School Algebra 1

Mr. Harder is using the Illustrative Math (IM) program with his high school Algebra 1 students. The IM curriculum supports students in becoming life long math users. The real-life situations engages students to be problem solvers. Below Mr. Harder shares the situation of an automobile company shipping cars on cargo ships. The students were put on the clock for 3 minutes to turn and talk with a partner to understand the situation and decide how to solve this problem mathematically.
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Graettinger Preschool Artwork

RA Preschool Students Reading Sight Words

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7th and 8th Grade Reading Standards Assessed in One-Pager

The GT 7th and 8th grade reading students were assessed on six core reading standards by creating a one-pager. Ms. Voetmann has been reading them the book Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. They have been learning about text evidence, theme, questioning, connecting, visualization, and analyzing dialogue. All of those elements were to be included in a visual representation assessment called a one-pager. Students selected a theme to base their one-pager on. Ms. Voetmann was BLOWN AWAY at the level of creativity that the students had when applying their knowledge of their standards to their assessment. Great job, kids!

Mrs. Subbert's Kindergarten Class play a game to learn final consonant sounds.

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GT Kindergarten and First Grade Writers

Kindergarten students experience writing with the help of their teachers. The writing about fall is also part of their science learning about seasons. The first graders drew a scarecrow. Then they wrote stories about how to build a scarecrow.

Running Records

Elementary teachers use running records to track student accuracy in decoding words, fluency, and comprehension skills. Mr. Hough and Mrs. Dreeszen check the second and third grade students as the quarter comes to an end.
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RA 2nd Grade Reading

The RA 2nd grade are learning about the vocabulary word 'exhausted' from the mentor text, Crankenstein by Samantha Berger, with Mrs. Peton during her whole group core reading lesson.
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Small Group Reading with Mrs. Schnell

Mrs. Schnell works with a group of GT third grade students during small group reading. She is introducing vocabulary for the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. As they read the story, the students are discussing character traits and predicting what will happen next.
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RA 8th Grade Spanish Exploratory

Ms. Magana explains to the eighth grade students how the Spanish Word "manana" has two meanings. It can mean tomorrow or morning.
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The RA 2nd grade play a version of color tag with Mr. Demers.

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GT 6th Graders enjoy a game of kickball in the new gymnasium.

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RA 3rd Graders write about the signs of fall

Band Overcomes the Challenging Situation

One of the biggest challenges in following the Covid - 19 guidelines moving the band classroom to a space for social distancing and keeping the students safe from potential virus contact. Students keep their masks on until they are seated. Bell masks were made to cover the horns by community members.

Below: Mrs. Brabant works with a small group of 5th grade trumpet players in Terril. The GT 7th and 8th grade band practice in the old gymnasium.

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Engaging Activities in High School Science

Mrs. Jeffrey's Unified Science class discusses if it is possible to have positive and negative acceleration. Students discussed, defended their answers, and then agreed or disagreed politely.

Just in time for the Halloween season, the Biology students use their learning about proteins and carbs to uncover a murder mystery. The students were given the stomach contents of the victim to decide where he was eating prior to the murder.

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