May Newsletter

Daniel Boone Elementary Spectra

The Year is Flying!

It's hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the school year already! Seeing the growth in your children through this year has been amazing!

They continue to improve their communication and collaboration skills. I've seen students become more aware of their critical and creative thinking and develop the realization that they do not often function in isolation.

They have been troopers as we explore our new units with our curriculum. Gracious feedback about the order in which ideas were presented or how something could be organized have been provided by many. I am a fortunate lady to teach these students. Below is an overview of somethings we've been exploring.

Spectra Family Night

Tuesday, May 17th, 6-8pm

201 West Highway D

Wentzville, MO

This is a night for us to get to know each other as a Spectra community. Within a grade level or classroom, parents and families often develop relationships. We are lucky to live in the same community and while I know you, many of you may not know each other.

The entire family is welcome for this event. In the spirit of warm weather, please bring your favorite spring/summer dish to share. Maybe that's chips and quac or a favorite dessert. If that special something is store bought, no worries! We are just enjoying each other's company. I will have some plates, utensils, water and lemonade to share.

We will have some sort of family challenge as well. As your children can tell you, the objective will be to work together as a family and consider each others' ideas, not to 'win' the challenge.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Spectra Students on the News!

If you didn't know, Mr. Sherman does an amazing job leading a group of fifth graders in the writing and producing of the Daniel Boone News each week. Students in each of the fifth grade classrooms have the opportunity to stay after school one day week if they would like to participate in the production.

Students use the news to show case different events and learning throughout the school. Two episodes below feature some of our amazing spectra students explaining their thinking and thought processes.

Catch Lilly and Houston explaining their bridge project:

View Bella and Audrey explaining how the made the tallest structure possible during a team challenge:

See Annabelle co-anchor the news:

Take in Josie as a co-anchor on the news:

If you see Mr. Sherman or any of the students that worked on the news, be sure to give them a shout out for all of their hard work!

Available to You

We have set up each of the spectra students in grades 2-5 with an account to Khan Academy. This is an enrichment and extension opportunity that is optional for the students to access at home or school. The students have been given their unique username and their password is the same as the Google Drive account.

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Their math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. They've also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content. Khan Academy is not-for-profit with no ads and no subscriptions.

If you need login information, or would like to add a sibling to our roster, just let me know. The link below will bring you to the Khan Academy site.

Google Cardboard

Everyone got to experience a Virtual Reality in a simple and fun way. It works with a simple viewer that you can build or buy to work with your iPhone or android phone. Once you have it you can explore places all over the world with a variety of apps that immerse you in the experience as if you are there! Second and third graders were able to explore the countries they are researching as if they were actually there! Other students explored famous world landmarks and/or museum exhibits. It is pretty incredible! I finally got to see the Grand Canyon and it is indeed pretty impressive.
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Google Drive

The district has provided Google Accounts for all students. Google Drive is an online storage for documents, videos, pictures, designs... The files can be reached from any smartphone, tablet or computer by logging in with your account. Students can invite others to view, comment or edit any files they like, no email needed.

Students are enjoying the ability to collaborate on a project without having to be in the same space. As some of the younger students are familiarizing themselves with logging in, I wanted to share how they can log in with you.

Students use the first initial of their first name, their full last name and the last 3 digits of their lunch number, followed by

Their password is fh followed by their entire 6 digit lunch number.

For example -


password: fh654321

It's a very handy platform for students to create, collaborate and share their work.

*There is not a functional email associated with this account for elementary students.

Looking for a Way to Assist Your Child?

As a global community we are continually using digital skills to complete tasks and communicate with others. Efficient typing skills can greatly increase speed and accuracy. While this seems so 'Old School' the more practice students have with this, the easier tasks become. As we near summer, there are many computer programs that can assist with this. As we become more and more dependent on tablets and mobile devices, the typing skills needed for a laptop or desktop are not exactly transferable. Below are some links to websites I've found online and feel free to find your own that best motivates your child: