Specials Bulletin

Coloma Elementary/Intermediate School

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Hello Coloma School Community!

We are offering you this Specials Bulletin to help keep you informed about things happening in Technology, Art, Music, and Physical Education classes. Students at Coloma Elementary and Intermediate schools have each of these classes once a week. There is also a rotation each marking period, so that for nine weeks of the year, students will have one of the four specials twice a week instead of just once. This limited schedule makes it even more important for children to come prepared to actively participate in their specials classes each day.

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Mr. Selvidge


Hello, we’ve had a great start to computer class (Visual Tech) this year!


1st Marking Period

During the first marking period all classes spent a great deal of time learning their student numbers and passwords to log-in to the school network. We all practiced how to get to the Coloma Tech Homepage (colomatech.weebly.com) and how to choose appropriate freetime activities.


1st through 3rd grade also spent some time in the lab doing the Star Reading test.

We worked on appropriate test taking behavior: not looking at your neighbor's screen, staying quiet when you are finished, trying your best on every question, and raising your hand if you have computer trouble.


2nd and 3rd Grade started their typing lessons on typing.com.


With the Google Chromebook emphasis at the Jr. High and High School this year 4th and 5th grade learned about Chromebooks, Google Slides, and how to make a simple presentation with pictures and text. We also shared our finished assignment in Google Classroom.


2nd Marking Period

In the second marking period 2-5th grade will continue their typing lessons up to the Holiday Break. The emphasis in class will be on home row keys, and not looking at your fingers while you type! 1st grade will be working on their math skills playing games to increase their number fluency. Kindergarten will be using Starfall to read interactive stories, and reinforce the learning of their letters and sounds.

Music

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Mrs. Kirksey

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Charity Kirksey. This is my tenth year at Coloma. This year I have returned as the junior kindergarten through fifth-grade music teacher. Last year, I was teaching Spanish at the junior high, but in years past, I have been at the elementary and intermediate teaching music, Spanish, and other subjects. This summer, I had a baby, and I was on maternity leave in September, so Ms. Wendzel was my guest teacher. I look forward to teaching K-5 music again, and I hope we have a wonderful year!


During the first marking period, the kindergarten and first graders worked on voice uses and moving to music, focusing on keeping a steady beat. Second graders reviewed rhythms, wrote a song about a haunted house, and added unpitched percussion instruments to a story. Third graders have also been working on rhythms and drum circle activities. Our fourth grade had the opportunity to sing for our annual Veterans Day program. Fifth graders have recently been learning about instruments of the orchestra. They also learned how to sing a four-part round and the proper technique for playing barred instruments.


As we head into winter, I will be assessing specific musical skills, and part of the students’ grades will be based on their progression in those skills. Fourth graders will be starting Recorder Karate after winter break. We will also be starting our after-school Comet Choir for fourth and fifth graders in January. My goal for the children is for them to gain a love of music while also learning concepts that they can carry with them as music consumers, creators, and performers!

Art

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Mrs. McAllister

Our elementary art goals are to develop problem solving and creative thinking skills, aesthetic awareness, eye-hand coordination, social skills and most importantly an appreciation for the visual arts.


Instruction and practice for kindergartners through fifth grade include the elements of art (line, shape, color, form, texture, value). Students learn about significant artists (Art History). Basic art tools and techniques are introduced in kindergarten and continue to be progressively developed as the student advances in grade levels.


Most important for myself as the art teacher is to instill a sense of pride and nurture self-esteem in my students. Successes in the art room can foster self-worth.


I have just wrapped up the “Original Works” art fundraiser at Coloma Elementary. I would like to thank all of the families that placed orders. Coloma Elementary has been participating with this fundraiser for several years. The profit from this fundraiser goes back directly into our art program to purchase needed art supplies throughout the school year. The orders are scheduled to be shipped to Coloma Elementary by November 30th. Thank you for supporting the arts.

Gym

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Mr. Allen

Hello my name is Mark Allen and i am the P.E. teacher. I would like to briefly share what we have done so far in class and what we are planning for the next marking period.


K- The students have been outside for many of their pe classes. The students have been learning the proper way to use the playground equipment along with developing their imaginations and critical thinking skills through inventive play. This marking period we will be stressing motor skills and our activities will include scooters and soccer skills.


1- The students have been introduced to a series of motor skills and are working on mastering these skills. our activities have been basketball and soccer, we will continue with these activities and add scooters in our next marking period.


2- The students have been working on their "daily work" which is a series of small/large/core muscle activities. Activities have included soccer and basketball and this marking period we are adding scooters and floor hockey.


3- The students have been working on their "daily work" which is a series of small/large/core muscle activities. Activities including soccer and basketball and this marking period we are adding scooters and floor hockey. The 3rd graders have also been using the skills they are learning in games such as ; "make ten" and " line soccer" these lead up games emphasize sportsmanship, team work, and compassion over competition. this marking period we are adding scooters and floor hockey.


4 and 5- The students have been working on their "daily work" which is a series of small/large/core muscle activities. The students are also learning the difference between speed and endurance running. Lead up games the students have played are kickball, basketball, and line soccer. these lead up games emphasize sportsmanship, team work, and compassion over competition. This marking period will we revisit these lead up games and add floor hockey as well.