Friday, December 4, 2015

This Week in Our Schools - 11/30 - 12/4

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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Mrs. Michaels, Colorado's media aide, helps students in 2nd grade during their small group time work on their priority reading standards.

Mrs. Eserhaut, Elementary P.E. teacher, provided an interdisciplinary active project involving spelling with Mrs. Hartman's 5th grade class. Students worked as a team to earn letters to spell words.


Ms. Clemens' kindergarteners celebrated one of the first snowfalls at recess...

...and made things out of shapes!

Mrs. Henderson's 2nd grade students are working as a team during 6 minute solutions.

and participated in a reader's theater performing "When Santa Lost  His Boots."

Ms. DeVrieze's 3rd grade class helped their kindergarten buddies in Ms. Clemens' class write letters to Santa.


Mrs. Strouf's 1st graders are learning about holidays all around the world and are dressed up and ready for their holiday program!

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Mrs. Noel's 5th graders preparing to rehearse for their holiday concert.

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Mrs. Poppe's 4th grade class participated in a science unit entitled: Soils, Rocks, and Landforms.

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Students in Mrs. Foxen's 5th grade art class showcase their art project.


Mrs. Steele's 5th grade class measured shadows during science. They are exploring the changes in shadows throughout the day and explaining how the Earth's rotation effects the length and location of shadows.

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Mrs. Hill's 5th grade art class worked on their holiday house for the Downtown Holiday Stroll.


Students are working hard on sight words at word work time in Mrs. Ramsey's kindergarten class at Washington Elementary.

Students in Ms. Roelf's 1st grade class are all dressed up for their holiday concert at CMS auditorium.

Mrs. Acker's 1st grade ELL students are learning about nouns and verbs. 

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Ms. Sulzberger's 5th graders demonstrated their edible and non-edible cell projects to the class...

... they also utilized cereal boxes to learn about the Presidents! ...

...and..... looked snazzy before their holiday concert at CMS auditorium!

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Ms. Wiebe's 6th grade agriculture students were planting plants!

7th grade agriculture students identified different dairy products after learning about dairy production.

8th grade agriculture students learned and practiced how to properly lead cattle!

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Students in Mr. Yerington's 6th grade science classes took a "virtual field trip" to the Grand Canyon by observing pictures and rocks!

This week students in Mrs. Schroeder's 7th grade science class have been observing and finding out that roots come out first from a seed and it doesn't make any difference which way you put the seed the root always goes downward.  Say What? 

7th and 8th grade students in P.E. played a 2 vs 2 hockey tournament with Ms. Golien & Mr. Dillon. 


Students in Mr. Woodward's Geometry class braved the elements to put trigonometric ratios to the test by measuring the height of the flagpole and emergency siren with inclinometers that they constructed.

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Colorado Elementary's Nikki Truitt (5th grade teacher) received the district's first Classroom of the Quarter grant from Bridgestone/Bandag. She will be able to purchase Fit Seats for her classroom. Fit Seats provide a similar function to yoga balls or balance balls. They help give students a kinetic outlet & studies show that helps students attend to learning tasks. It also increases blood flow to the brain and engages core muscles without the distraction of bouncing. Congrats Nikki!

Jefferson Elementary teachers took part in Data Teams and looked at student performance on Math Standards, and also learned about ways to improve student engagement through technology with the ClassDojo app. 

Teachers, administrators, Instructional Coaches, and Curriculum and Professional Development Leaders spent 2 days together learning about the Iowa Science Standards. They worked collaboratively to build catapults to launch a marshmallow towards a target. 

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