Friday, March 11, 2016

This Week in Our Schools - 3/7 - 3/11

Scroll down to view pictures of students and staff engaged in learning this past week throughout our district! We have a lot of exciting learning opportunities happening district-wide!

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Students in Mrs. Yahn's 3rd grade class have enjoyed the beautiful weather this week.


Students in Ms. Skidmore's 3rd grade reading class read the book Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. The students are reflecting on what they read in their writing journals.

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Fifth grade students in Mrs. Calderon's ELL class learned to use QR codes while practicing the difference of their, they're, and there. They were able to scan the QR code with an iPad to see if their answers were correct!


Mrs. Hepker's class at Grant worked on matching the subtraction problem on rainbows to the answer on the pot of gold. 

Grant 1st graders at recess "Sharpened their saw" and "Synergized"  on a beautiful early Spring day!  

Students in Mrs. Dusenberry's first grade class used "legos" as their 95% sound chips! 


Mackenzie Sherrer from CMS volunteers in Mrs. Manjoine's class a few days a week. The kindergartners love her stories and spending time with her!

Ben (Mrs. Ford's class) and Sadie (Mrs. Nebergall's class) dressed as Dr. Seuss' "Things"

Guest readers visited Jefferson School to celebrate reading and Dr. Suess' birthday. Grandma Becky Roddocker was the guest in her granddaughter Natalie's class.

Each week Mrs. Manjoine's students with perfect attendance are rewarded with a surprise. These leaders were greeted by Happy Joe's manager, Ashley, and HAPPY the Dog. 

Students enjoy using their knowledge of fractions during Math rotations in Mrs. Martin's 4th grade classroom at Jefferson Elementary.  They apply and practice what they are learning through games, technology, and worthwhile tasks. 

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Students in Mrs. Reifert's 2nd grade class participated in Daily 5 rotations.


Madison held their winter carnival last week! A great time was had by all!

First grade reading students in Ms. Skidmore's class at Madison are learning their sight words. They are using playdough to practice building these sight words. Can you guess what word they are building?

First graders in Mrs. Godden-Alloway's class at Madison participated in a Reader's Theater.


Ms. Story's Hearing Impaired students were very busy this week!

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5th graders enjoyed reading to their 1st grade buddies!

Students in Mrs. Reinier's reading class worked on sight-word dominoes.


Students from West and Central Middle Schools were selected to participate in the Kennedy Honors Orchestra in Cedar Rapids on March 5th.  Congrats!

The 8th grade Honors ELA students have been debating in class.  Topics include "Is Reality TV too cruel," "Tracking Teen Drivers," and more.  We would like to extend a special thank you to Steve Kundel, Brian Metcalf, Nathan Mather, and Craig Oppel who judged the debates.

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Central students and staff celebrated becoming a Blue Zone's School! Congrats CMS!

Students in Ms. Alons' 8th Grade English/Language Arts class were able to have their reading lesson outside and take advantage of the nice early spring weather, and ....

...participated in debate as part of one of their units.


7th grade students got to enjoy ice skating as part of West's PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) as did teachers Mrs. Golien and Mrs. Justus!


Students in Ms. Hawkinson's Intro to Engineering Design class assembled helicopters from kits provided by Stanley Consultants and then tested them to see how well they functioned.  After the functionality test, they wrote a change request to improve the kits.

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Students in Mrs. Brecht-Kwirant's ELL class got to visit with a children/young adult's author, Patrick Carman, via Skype. Students are finishing his first book in the Skeleton Creek series (a 5-book series). This book provided the students access to the task of reading a fun book in English, without over-taxing their capacity to decode or process vocabulary independently, and at the same time, provided students the opportunity to practice fluency and comprehension. Students are already asking when they will begin Book 2!

MHS PE students in Mrs. Edkin's Cardio Movements class had the opportunity to participate in Zumba Tabata last week thanks to special guest Rheannon Ehlers (certified Zumba instructor), and ....

...This week, Pat Church (certified instructor from the Community Y) led P.E. students in Mrs. Edkin's class through an Aqua Zumba routine.

Aside from exercising in their target heart rate range for 25 minutes, students are being exposed to the numerous opportunities in the community to stay active and lead a healthy, active lifestyle post-graduation.

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