From the Desk of Mr. Horky
With 2016 behind us the excitement of another year is upon us. Now that it’s February, I hope the goals you’ve set for 2017 are off to a great start. As a school we set goals for each classroom, each grade level, and our school as a whole. We know that setting goals is very important. We feel it is our responsibility to help students learn to set and reach goals for themselves as well.
Primary News - Second Grade
The 2nd Graders completed a successful Balance and Motion science unit. This unit was packed full of hands on experiments allowing students the opportunity to discover how objects balance and move with applied force. Not the Jedi kind! We are now moving away from science to explore the different types of communities, characteristics of a citizen, and mapping skills. Then, beginning the first week of February we will be diving into Fort Collins history with as yet to be determined date in March for a walking field trip in Old Town.
Intermediate News – Fifth Grade
Nelson and Holliday's classrooms are getting ready to tackle Tuck Everlasting as a great mentor text for examining the use of figurative language. This unit will wrap up with the writing of a five paragraph essay comparing and contrasting the novel version of the story with the movie based loosely on the book. We will also be really pushing to develop our ability to locate text dependent answers from non-fiction. This means finding answers that you can put your finger on within the text. This is a particularly important skill as the kids move to the upper grades where there is less direct teacher support when reading non-fiction text that requires the kids to take notes or answer a series of factual questions.
Findlay and Menke’s classrooms are beginning new book studies. This work consists of small reading groups delving into great literature to enhance vocabulary, informational or literary practices. Both classes are also continuing our work with Language Art’s menus. The menu focuses on vocabulary practice, identifying non-fiction text features, spelling work, and summarizing texts.
Specials News — PE
(Printable SCHOOLS ON THE MOVE forms can be found in the electronic Friday Folder)
All the 4th and 5th grade students have recently completed their final fitness tests of the year which include: the Pacer (running test), sit-ups, and push-ups. It’s been fun to see these students working hard to meet their fitness goals. After the fitness testing, we’re planning to start tennis. We’ll be playing modified tennis games such as Kings/Queens of the court, Rallyball, and One Ball Live. We’ll be working on skills such as the forehand, backhand and modified serves. Our younger students have been playing games that involve striking and eye hand coordination as well as many other fun active tagging games.