Special Forces

What's happening in PE, Music, Library, and Innovation Lab?

Library News

In the library this quarter, 3rd-6th graders learned about different genres and the Dewey Decimal System. Students participated in a breakout to help them learn about all of the categories. First and second graders studied about the difference between fiction and nonfiction books and story elements. We had a book tasting, where students got to sample books of different genres as well as all of the graphic novels purchased for the library through a Silver Lake Foundation Grant. Students in 3rd-6th have been working hard to read the William Allen White Award books, as many are trying to earn the ice cream party or trip to Emporia. On October 5th and 6th, twenty students who read all of the William Allen White books last year attended the awards ceremony and met authors Mary Downing Hahn and Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Many students got their creative juices flowing by writing and recording book reviews through the use of WeVideo. These have been posted to the library Facebook page. The One School, One Book program will begin in November when the whole school will be reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. If you purchased a book at enrollment you will be receiving it at parent/teacher conferences!

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Innovation Lab Happenings

We have been busy in Innovation Lab this quarter. First through sixth grade have all worked on keyboarding, and they are doing an amazing job. Fifth, fourth, and third grade were introduced to our new robots, the Cubelets. They built flashlights, lighthouses, and cars. Fifth and third grade have started coding in Code.org. They are moving Angry Birds around and creating designs by programming the computer. Second grade learned about the robots Dash and Dot. For "Talk Like a Pirate" week Dash and Dot were pirates searching for a lost treasure. They programmed Dash to find a treasure chest and Dot got to watch Dash and cheer him on. First grade started coding the robots Dash and Dot to move around and make sounds. Kindergarten learned mouse control and continue to build their fine motor skills. Innovation Lab is off to a great start!

What's happening in PE?

In Physical Education, the K-6th graders began the year learning about Personal and Social Responsibility. We have been learning how to safely share space with others in K-2, and in 3-6 we have been learning to praise our teammates for good effort and performance. Kindergarteners have been learning some fun activities such as Noodle Tag and Mr. Wolf. In 3rd-6th we've learned some fun activities such as Foam Ball Frenzy and Hula Hut Throwdown. At the end of September, students participated in the 2nd annual Take Your Parent to PE Week. The students and Mr. Roberts had a lot of fun for three days with parents participating in PE. We will also begin using HR Monitors starting in 3rd-6th grades as well. In PE we continue to foster relationships with students, teachers, and parents, and we look forward to the upcoming second quarter of school!

Music Musings

It's been a busy first quarter in music! The fifth and sixth grade elementary choir started rehearsals and had their first performance together. They sang the Star Spangled Banner at the high school football game on October 12th. Great job, choir! The fifth and sixth grade classes have also been busily preparing for their fall music program. The theme this year is Veteran's Day! The fifth graders will perform "Honor America's Veterans" on October 29th, and the sixth graders will perform on October 30th. The third and fourth graders also performed this quarter. Both classes proudly sang for their grandparents in September. The third graders sang a song that coincided with "Talk Like a Pirate Day" (hence all of the pirate hats in the picture). Meanwhile, kindergarten, first, and second graders have been learning about the various elements of music through song, dance, and play!