February Monthly Newsletter

Editors: Redd Sagers and Lexi McCarty

Techno Expo

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On February 25, 4th grade students went to Texno-Expo to present their presentation. The brave students were Lexi Mccarty, Mckenzi Mowdy, and Redd Sagers to present. What I thought was pretty cool is Redd was on Zoom (zoom.us) speaking to the crowd. I would say that they did a pretty good job.

Battle of The Books

Credit to Arden Hutchinson and Sophia Sorensen

On February 9, 2016, our Nance students went to Northwest High School to compete in the Battle of the Books competition. The Nance team was in 6th place! We tried our best and we were SO CLOSE! (3 teams tied in second place so we were pushed from 3rd to 6th) Congratulations to Arden Hutcinson, Lexi McCarty, Redd Sagers, Logan Josephson, Monet Tipton, and Jacob Breedlove. They did an amazing job!

Reading Response

Credit to Lexi

To most people, William Barret Travis was a very assertive man because he continued to fight for Texas even when everyone said he would lose because he didn't have enough men and he should go home. William Barret Travis fought at the Alamo very strongly because he lived in Texas and he stood for it. He was so very loyal to it. William Barret Travis was a true hero. He came to Texas and really gave up everything - even his life- for the freedom and independence of Texas. He left his son with someone else to go fight Mexico. Doesn't that tell you something? William Barret Travis was a very bold man. He did a lot of important things that impacted Texas history. He was an extraordinary commander of the Texan soldiers. He fought, persevered, and died defending Texas.

Reading Response

Credit to Sophia Sorensen

I chose Stephen F. Austin to read about because on the front it said, "Father of Texas", so I thought he must have done very important things in history. Stephen F. Austin was remembered as the Father of Texas because he did more than anyone else to create the Texas we know today. Without a doubt, Stephen F. Austin was a very courageous man. He shows courage when he was determined to gain independence and fought in the Texas Revolution. He led his troops against the Mexican forces and a year later, Texas won its independence. He affected others by teaching them to fight for their rights. Austin helped change lives by giving Texans the freedom that they deserve. In my opinion, Austin really is a true hero by fighting for others freedom.

Reading Response

Credit to Presley Skinner

Without a doubt, Stephen F. Austin is an important person in history because he helped make Texas have independence. Stephen F. Austin is known as the father of Texas. One quality he had is bravery. I saw this quality when the Mexican government wouldn't let the Texans have the freedom they wanted and Stephen finally declared war. Stephen affected people in history by fighting against the Mexicans because they didn't let the Anglos be their own country. I strongly believe that Stephen is important because he fought against Mexicans and made Texas what it is like today, free and independent.

Reading Response

Using the biography, William Barret Travis, I learned that most people remember Travis as a person who had a lot of perseverance. My proof for that is when the president and a lot of other people told Travis to leave and stop trying but he didn't listen and kept trying. One thing I know about William Barret Travis is that he fought in the Alamo and was killed by being shot in the head. Another thing I know about William Barret Travis is that he sent his son to another family so that he could fight int he Alamo. This all adds up to William Barret Travis being a very brave and bold person.

Pajama Day

Credit to Sophia

On February 15th, 2016, Nance had a pajama day for the whole school! We earned the Pajama Day because the whole school met their goal for STRIDE. Mostly everyone participated by wearing cut PJ's and the school had a blast. Everyone was happy that their hard work had paid off.

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Alamo Acrostic Poems by Students

Credit to Hayden

All fearless people

Leaders were required

All men who fought were heroes

Many battled

Our life savers

Credit to Arden

Always loyal

Leaders take the Stand

All men fight

Many people die

Our heroes

Credit to Ethan M.

All choose to stand by the Alamo and fight.

Lost the battle but won the war.

All the men who battled were very brave.

Most people knew they were going to die but they still fought.

One with the Alamo, the men fought.

Credit to Sophia

Always respected


A hard time

Many died, But everyone tried their best

Our heroes

Credit to James B


Learning history

Awesome battle fort

Made for fighting

Off to the protective shelter

Credit to Lexi

Always fight for Texas

Long ago

All are heroes

Monstrous behavior

Overwhelmed leaders

Credit to Dusty


Long ago

A fort

Moment of history


Credit to Evie



Most exciting fight

Off to fight the Mexicans

Credit to Jace


Lives perishing

Anglos fighting for independence

Made churches and were brave

Old fort in Texas history

Credit to LJ


Long ago




Credit to Logan J


Lives risked


Mexicans fighting Texans


Credit to Jacob B


Lives lost


Moment in history


Credit to Holly

A wonderful place

Long remembered

A fort for protection

Many changes

One memory that lasts forever

Credit to Travis

A fort


A hide out

Mexico attacked the Alamo

On Texas land

Credit to Addy


Losses of families


Moment of horror

Our state is free

Student Stratagies: Stem and Leaf Plot

Stem and Leaf

Kinder Read-Aloud

Kinder Read

Mrs.Shatt Interview

Alexis Interview

Mrs. Blattner Interview

Mrs. B Interview

Fun Facts

  1. You breathe on average about 5 million times a year.
  2. Months that begin on a Sunday always have a Friday the 13th in them.
  3. You are born with 300 bones, by the time you are an adult you will have 206.
  4. The average lead pencil will write a line about 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.
  5. One fourth of the bones in your body are in your feet.
  6. The average person spends 2 weeks of their lifetime waiting for the light to change from red to green.
  7. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it.
  8. The present population is expected to rise to 15 Billion by the year 2080.
  9. The largest recorded snowflake was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.
  10. The tip of a bullwhip moves so fast that the sound it makes is actually a tiny sonic boom.
  11. Native Americans used to name their children after the first thing they saw as they left their tepees after their children were born, hence the names Sitting Bull and Running Water.
  12. Coca-Cola would be green if the food colorant wasn't added.
  13. Coffins used for cremation are usually made with plastic handles.
  14. "Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
  15. Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
  16. It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. We dare you, give it a try!
  17. A Ten Gallon Hat will only hold 3/4 of a Gallon.
  18. Of all the words in the English language, the word "SET" has the most definitions.
  19. It is against the law to burp, or sneeze inside a church in Nebraska.
  20. In 1386 a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child.
  21. Earth is the only planet not named after a god.
  22. The world's oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9,000 years old!
  23. Scientists have tracked butterflies travelling over 3,000 miles.
  24. The silkworm consumes 86,000 times its own weight in 56 days.
  25. If removed from the stress of the modern world, the average human would sleep about 10 hours a day.
  26. To produce a single pound of honey, a single bee would have to visit 2 million flowers.
  27. A colony of 500 bats can eat approximately 250,000 insects in an hour.
  28. One in Five adults believe that aliens are hiding in our planet disguised as humans.
  29. Travelling masseuses in ancient Japan were required by law to be blind.
  30. The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in court.
  31. James Fixx, the man who popularized jogging in America died of a heart attack while running.
  32. The average American spends about a year and a half of his or her life watching commercials on television. What are you doing?! Get out and spend that year and a half doing something productive!
  33. The FDA permits up to 5 whole insects per 100 grams of apple butter.
  34. There are no naturally occurring blue foods, even blueberries are purple!
  35. The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump!
  36. Just like fingerprints, everyone's tongue is different.
  37. The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds.
  38. 400 Quarter Pounders can be made from a single cow.
  39. Only 38% of Americans eat breakfast every day.
  40. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
  41. 11% of the World is left handed.
  42. A "Jiffy" is the scientific name for 1/100th of a second.
  43. A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brothers' first flight.
  44. A broken clock is right two times a day.
  45. A duck's quack doesn't echo anywhere, no one knows why.
Area Educreations

Credit to Mckenzi Mowdy and Abbi Livingston


Credit to Sophia Sorensen

The 4th grade has been working on a Tellagami project. Mrs. Degnan assigned us all a Texian hero and most of them took part in the Alamo. We researched our person until we had enough facts to write about this person. We wrote an I am… poem that was 3 stanzas long. After that, we picked our favorite stanza and used an app called Tellagami. We designed a character. Then we used the microphone and acted out our poem. Now most students Tellagamis are displayed in the hallway with a QR code.

Moon Observations

Credit to Gabriel Slayton

We have been checking out the moon each night. We are writing our observations and drawing a picture of each phases of the moon. The moon orbits the Earth. The alignment of the Earth, moon, and the sun cause the different moon phases. The moon has no light of its own. It just simply reflects light from the sun. The phases of the moon are always the same. They repeat after each cycle.

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Texas Revoulotion

Credit to Ethan McCuthan
In Social Studies this month, we have be learning about the Texas Revolution. The main parts of the Texas Revolution that we learned about were the battles at the Alamo and Goliad. When we learned about the Alamo, we learned that the Texians did not follow the Mexican's three rules: live on the land for 10 years, pledged loyalty to Mexico, and to become Catholic. This caused the Mexicans to become angry. They imposed harsh laws on the Texians. Texians fought back which caused many battles. Eventually, the Texians got their independence. Texas became its own country.


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Credit to Hayden Beaty

On March 7 we learned about mealworms. We learned the life cycle of the mealworm, they start out in the egg, then larva, then pupa and lastly the beetle. We learned that the egg takes 1-4 weeks , the larva takes 8-10 weeks, the pupa takes 1-3 weeks and the beetle takes 1-3 months. We learned about how they love fruit but don’t like cold water on them. We have a habitat with mealworms in it. That’s most of the facts we learned about mealworms.

Open House

Credit to Presley Skinner

On March 8 we will have Open House. All of the students at Nance Elementary will be attending Open House with their parents. Their parents will see what they are doing in reading, writing, math, and science. Students will enjoy a scavenger hunt, show off technology, and receive a FREE homework pass if they attend. During Open House parents can solve student’s math work with students. Parents can also come in classrooms and look at students work.

On February 25, 4th grade students went to Texno-Expo to present their presentation. The brave students were Lexi Mccarty, Mckenzi Mowdy, and Redd Sagers to present. What I thought was pretty cool is Redd was on zoom speaking to the crowd. I would say that they did a pretty good job.