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!