From the Principal
To the HMS Community,
I have spent several decades fearful of that Rubik's Cube. I would pick it up, spin it all different directions, hoping for an epiphany that miraculously guides me to a solution. Like most people (especially adults, I assume), I would spend five or so minutes on the Cube, get frustrated with my lack of progress, and give up.
That all changed the other day when I was fortunate to work with the students in our afternoon Explorations class on Rubik's Cube. The students were watching videos, collaborating with peers, and memorizing steps (we call them "algorithms") in their own attempt to conquer the Cube. It was really fun to observe and participate. By the end of the class, and with the help of a few students, I was just two pieces away from solving the cube. Naturally, being so close to an achievement that has alluded me for many years, I was determined to figure out the last few steps. I had a need to learn; a purpose. What I was reading, discussing with others and researching was relevant to me.
That is the spirit of our Explorations program. To provide students with experiences and opportunities to learn and discover- because it is relevant and authentic. I see this in all of our Explorations classes- students collaborating, working together, learning new skills, thinking creatively and working as a community. I am excited to see how this program will evolve and how we can bring aspects of it to our regular school day.
Our daily mission is to create and deliver experiences for children that are rich in authenticity and relevance- or in the words of our students, to make learning "fun". That, is Helen Morgan School.
Helen Morgan School
5.16- No School (Unused Snow Day)
5.17- Food Drive Begins
5.20- No School (Unused Snow Day)
5.26- NJASK Science for 4th Grade
5th Graders...Countdown for Launch
5.18: Bleakley, Caputo, Feldmann, Arlen, Rennie and Siipola
6.9: McMahon, Sawicki, Szatkiewicz
6.10: Cocilovo, Garagliano and LaBell
In addition, all 5th graders will experience Sparta's very own Star Lab. In late May, students will explore the constellations and look far into our universe.
LEGO Robotics Coming to HMS?
The FLL season lasts from August/September through November and teams typically meet 1-2 times per week. At HMS, meetings can take place in the building after school.
Once we determine how many coaches we have, we will then send out an invite in June to interested 5th graders (current 4th).
Our goal is to not only form teams but to bring the experience of LEGO robots to the entire student body as a component of our growing STEM library.
To learn more about FLL please go here and see video below.
In addition, as students begin to reach middle school age, most social conflict takes place on social media apps (ex: Snapchat). The detectives' primary message to parents was to communicate with their children, set rules for using devices, and monitor usage.
Electronic Device Policy Reminder
Speaking of cell phones, we understand that some students may have electronic devices. Most recently, we have seen an increase in SmartWatches- which qualify as electronic devices. Please remind your children of the following, which comes from the HMS handbook:
The unacceptable uses of Electronic Communication Recording Devices (cell phones, Ipads, Ipods, etc.) are: *See School Board Policy 5516* 1) Camera-equipped cell phones or similar devices may not be used by students as cameras during the school day (unless given permission by a faculty member for instructional purpose). They may not be used in the school buildings or on school buses nor may they be used at any time in locker rooms or bathrooms. 2) Students are not allowed to take photographs or videos of students or staff without their knowledge or permission. 3) The transmission, storing or sharing of photographs taken on cell phones or similar devices may constitute criminal behavior and will be reported to proper authorities.
We understand that the car line can take time (we start at 8:55 and are typically done by 9:05), but the safety of our students and community is much more important.
Common Sense Media Monthly Tip
Common Core Standards
From NJ Spotlight:
Recommended by a series of working groups over the past year, the changes are largely in wording and emphasis
Thank you to Mr. Ciaburri, HMS' testing coordinator, for making this year's delivery of test a great success.
We hope to receive the individual student results late in the summer (last year, we received them in November).
HMS PHOTO ALBUM
Data Analysis (of Owl Pellets!) in 5th Grade Science
HMS joins the sussex county chamber orchestra
backstage at the band concert
minecraft club at HMS
planting flowers on earth day
learning about soil at SCMUA
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