Fifth graders participated in our annual “Get Wrapped up in a Book” activity which challenges students to select and read a book they might not otherwise have discovered in the library. In preparation for this activity, more than 130 library books were wrapped by our fabulous library volunteer “elves”. Brief summaries of the books helped the students to make their selections. The students enjoyed the element of surprise and are looking forward to reading their books over winter break!
Third grade mathematicians are really getting into their work as they learn about perimeter and area as they build rectangles to scale. Students in Mrs. Snyder’s math class are developing an understanding of how area and perimeter are related and how to determine each measurement. The square foot tiles on the floor are a perfect place to model the math concepts!
Congratulations to 2nd grade teachers, Kristen Ober and Andrea Morrison, on successfully completing the National Board Certification process and becoming Nationally Board Certified teachers.
The certification process requires that teachers demonstrate standards-based evidence of the positive effect they have on student learning. They must exhibit a deep understanding of their students, content knowledge, use of data and assessments and teaching practice. They must also show that they participate in learning communities and provide evidence of ongoing reflection and continuous learning.
The COCOA Council have been sharing out a message with their K-3 elementary peers of "Be KIND." This student-led group of 5th graders with awesome leadership qualities meet bi-weekly and discuss ways to build a strong school community and support our COCOA Principles. So far the outreach has been mainly in the 4th and 5th grades, with topics of bullying awareness and red ribbon. Our building themes for November and December are “Pay-it Forward” and “Inclusion.” They wanted to bring these themes to kindergarten-3rd grade classrooms by reading a book on kindness and sharing their insight with them. They also used a short slide show that they created. These themes connect into the shirts that they have seen staff wearing “be kind” and World Kindness Day on November 13th.
Students from in the elementary school enjoyed a visit from the Caring Hearts Pet Therapy teams! Caring Hearts Pet Therapy is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization which involves the positive interaction of registered therapy pets with adults and children with guidance from experienced volunteer pet handlers. Students practiced their reading skills by sharing a book of their choice with a furry listener. Everyone had a great time, and we are so thankful for the volunteers and their pets for taking the time to visit!