IMPACT Daily News

May 5, 2016

Goodbye Sycamore 5th Graders...we will miss you!

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Students did some catch-up work and three 4th graders presented their Independent Study Projects to the class!


Fourth graders continued to construct Rube Goldberg machines. Next week will be the big challenge where they are to construct their machines to successfully complete 4 consecutive motions!

Fifth graders continued working on their Mindstorm robots and

celebrated their Math Olympiad competition with awards today! Every participant received a certificate...the top 40% received patches...and the first place winner received a trophy and a pin! Nicholas Qualls from Santa Fe Trail won 1st place; Ben Kerby and Taylor Shelley tied for 2nd place; Ally Dawson and Noah Smith tied for 3rd place from the two IMPACT classes.

IMPACT's 5th graders competed against 5,100 teams with over 120,000 students from the U.S. and 31 other countries! Congratulations to all of our students for their effort and participation!

Social Studies

We were so busy trying to finish our St. Louis and Washington DC letters! Students were very excited to work on their Minecraft mission after finishing their letter (published quality for portfolios). Minecraft photos are of 4th grade projects/missions.


Students were introduced to today. This is a great option for summer coding! It is very open ended and allows for a lot of creativity!

Performing Arts

Students created puppet shows and performed them for their peers today. You can catch part of their videos when they are posted on our Facebook page(IndependenceElementaryGifted) and on our YouTube channel, at