DTSD teachers secured $3,300 in grants from the Tanger KidsGrants program to support educational initiatives at the elementary and high school buildings. Grants were received for to support Guided Math, Adventures in Coding, the HHS Library Collaboration Think Tank, and flexible seating in the classroom. We’re thankful to have Tanger Outlets, Hershey as part of a supportive business community.
Students in Mrs. Martz’ third grade math class recently used their skills to discover an important relationship between perimeter and area. The young mathematicians were challenged to use fencing to create a rectangular pen for a pet rabbit with a specific perimeter. The goal was to build a pen that would provide the rabbit with the most area to roam and nibble on grass. Students modeled all of the possible rectangles with perimeters of 20, 36, and 40 feet. Students strategically ordered the dimensions of the rectangles and recognized a pattern with which to reason about the relationship of the perimeter to the area. The closer the shape of the perimeter came to being “square-like” the greater the area! The students were then able to use this relationship to quickly and accurately determine all of the possible dimensions using 100 feet of fencing. A 25 ft. by 25 ft. square did indeed yield the greatest area of 625 square feet!
This year, our PTO sponsored the building of two raised garden beds in the Elementary School! On April 18th several Hershey Elementary staff and PTO volunteers worked to build two raised garden beds that will benefit the COCOA packs over the summer. This week, students began transplanting the plants they have been growing in the classrooms into our beds. We are looking forward to a great harvest!
A grand total of $1,450.00 was raised last week as students and staff in 3rd grade worked to build community and raise money in a "Penny Wars" fundraiser! Today, checks were presented to representatives from our school district's COCOA Packs program, and representatives raising money for the 12th Annual Logan’s Run & Walk for Autism: Moving from Awareness to Acceptance. We are so proud at the hard work by our 3rd grade students in their efforts to raise money and give back to our community!
Throughout the year, volunteers from our community have joined our classrooms to teach skills related to our social studies curriculum through a program called Junior Achievement.
Recently, third grade students in room 18 participated in this program. It was a great opportunity for students to learn about the community. A volunteer taught 5 lessons about zones within a city, goods and services, the importance of money and its role with taxes, the difference between needs and wants, and how to manage money. These
lessons are extremely engaging with hands-on activities to help students understand these important concepts that tie into our Social Studies curriculum. Thank you to all of our Junior Achievement volunteers for this wonderful experience!
Third Grade is participating in their annual “Pennies for C.O.C.O.A.” fundraiser. This exciting, plot-planning, 3rd grade activity demonstrates our C.O.C.O.A. principle of community. We will be donating all of the proceeds to two worthy, charitable, initiatives.
One of the worthy causes is our school district’s C.O.C.O.A. pack program. This program is not government funded and relies entirely on community volunteers and donations. Derry Township School District provides Cocoa Packs to 194 students in the district, and supplies families within our district with additional non-perishable food items for the weekend and throughout the summer. More information and volunteer coordination can be found on the district’s web site or by visiting www.cocoapacks.org.
The other cause that we’ll be collecting for is the 12th Annual Logan’s Run & Walk for Autism: Moving from Awareness to Acceptance. The walk takes place on City Island on April 22 and coincides with April being Autism Month. All the funds raised provide educational, social, and recreational opportunities for the local autism community. More information about this fundraising event to raise awareness for Autism can be found on this link: http://bit.ly/2017Logans5k. Many teachers support a team known as Team COCOA if you’d like to support this endeavor as well.
On Friday, April 7th, students from Mrs. Warren's and Miss Kenney’s classes took a break from PSSA testing in order to read to therapy animals from Caring Hearts Pet Therapy! Students practiced their reading skills by sharing a book of their choice with a furry listener. It was a pawsitively awesome experience, and we are so thankful for the volunteers and their pets for taking the time to visit!
The Derry Township School District (DTSD) will host an information meeting to discuss the exploration of full day kindergarten programming. The meeting will be held Thursday, March 30th from 6-7pm in the Large Group Instruction Room of the Hershey Early Childhood Center (450 Rear Homestead Road, Hershey). DTSD is in the process of gathering information to help evaluate if full day kindergarten would be a good fit for the district. The meeting is an opportunity for community members to provide their thoughts and ask questions.
While the weather outside the Elementary Building doesn't seem appropriate for crayfish, the third graders inside are enjoying learning about them as part of their 'Structures of Life' science unit. Working together in small groups , the students examined their crayfish to learn many important concepts about the crayfish, their habitat, and behavior . Do you know what crayfish do when something happens to them?
Last week students in grades K-5 celebrated Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Week. Fun activities were scheduled throughout the week including theme dress days, the "Green Eggs and Ham" food drive, and a school wide reading challenge. Students worked together to reach a reading goal for the week of 165,000 minutes read! The classes who accumulated the most minutes towards the goal won extra recess time. It was a fantastic week celebrating Read Across America!