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Brassfield Elementary divide into = Congruent=20 Halves
Solving=20 with Shapes

By Chris Gosek

Working on problem solving in math through the = use of=20 shapes, Dr. Cansler=E2=80=99s class at Brassfield = Elementary were=20 faced with the task of dividing into congruent halves, = fourths, and eighths.
The students were each given two worksheets for = this=20 exercise, using one in planning their methods and the = second=20 to cut out into the separate parts.  The kids = were trying=20 to see how many ways they could fold the squares on = their=20 sheets into equal parts, planning out how they would = arrive at=20 their solution by drawing horizontal and vertical line = segments through the shapes before cutting them out = into the=20 different parts.

Brassfield Elementary testing = different=20 materials
Testing=20 Acids

By Chris Gosek

Students at Brassfield Elementary have been = working with=20 Mr. Danahy in science class, performing tests, using = different=20 minerals to see which contain calcite and sharing = their=20 observations once finished.
The kids were split into several groups to = conduct their=20 testing, dropping each mineral in vinegar to gauge the = results.  They used both basalt and sandstone in = this=20 process, watching to see if the liquid = =E2=80=9Cbubbled=E2=80=9D up when they=20 were added.  If they did see bubbles then the = acid was=20 present in each mineral.  Once all groups had = finished=20 observing, they recorded their findings and the entire = class=20 entered a discussion to weigh out the data=20 gathered.

Durant Road Elementary took on = inventor=20 roles
Inventing=20 with Pasta

By Chris Gosek

Ms. Jarrett=E2=80=99s class at Durant Road = Elementary took on the=20 roles of inventors as a part of her annual project = that sees=20 the children create new ways of eating = spaghetti.
The creativity of the kids was amazing; with one = student,=20 making a helmet that fed the pasta to him. =  Another=20 invention saw a wooden device that used a spinning = lever to=20 dispense the food.  A basketball hoop was used in = another=20 of the feeding inventions, as spaghetti was scooped = and=20 funneled through the basket and then sucked out by its = creator. One student showed great perseverance after = his dog=20 ate his initial project, creating a second device in = time for=20 the big spaghetti lunch that all the kids enjoyed at = the=20 culmination of the project.

We=20 Want to Sing

By Chris Gosek

Chorus students at Durant = Road=20 Middle have been preparing with Ms. Boltz, getting = ready for a=20 patriotic performance as a part of the = school=E2=80=99s upcoming=20 =E2=80=9CConstitution Day=E2=80=9D celebration.
The talented group was = working on=20 harmonies for the song =E2=80=9CWe Want to = Sing,=E2=80=9D which they will be=20 performing before the entire staff and student body = during=20 =E2=80=9CConstitution Day.=E2=80=9D  In addition, = the chorus will also=20 team up with the school=E2=80=99s band to kick off the = festivities=20 with the National Anthem.  They will also sing = =E2=80=9CAmerica=20 the Beautiful=E2=80=9D at the event.  Many of the = students=20 involved are so excited to take part in = =E2=80=9CConstitution Day=E2=80=9D=20 that they have been coming into school for rehearsal = on their=20 own time despite being currently tracked out, showing=20 dedication to the chorus and their = country.

Patriotic=20 Dance

By Chris Gosek

The dance classes with Ms. = Albornoz=20 at Durant Road Middle have been learning several = unique=20 routines as they prepare to strut their stuff in front = of the=20 staff and students as a part of the upcoming = =E2=80=9CConstitution=20 Day=E2=80=9D celebration at the school.
The dancers will collaborate = with=20 both the school=E2=80=99s band and chorus during the = event, learning a=20 movement based routine to the tune of =E2=80=9CAmerica = the Beautiful.=E2=80=9D=20  Adding a twist to their number, they will use = hand=20 gestures and sign language during their dance that are = correspondent to the lyrics of the patriotic tune.=20
In preparation for their=20 performance, the kids not only learned their moves, = but also=20 were schooled on the history of the song that they = would be=20 dancing too.

Strike=20 up the Band

By Chris Gosek

The 8th grade band at Durant Road Middle is = getting back=20 into the swing of things, preparing for several big=20 performances that they will take part in throughout = the=20 2012-13 school year.
The first big show for the band will be at the = school=E2=80=99s=20 =E2=80=9CConstitution Day=E2=80=9D event.  Band = Director, Mr. Kuni has=20 not only been teaching the members of the band the = music they=20 will perform, but also brushing the kids up on the = history of=20 bands in America and how they became so involved with = the=20 numerous patriotic celebrations in our = country=E2=80=99s history.=20  The band will combine with the chorus and dance = classes=20 at the school on several pieces, in addition to = playing John=20 Williams=E2=80=99 =E2=80=9COlympic Theme and = Fanfare=E2=80=9D that was created for the=20 1984 Summer Olympics that were hosted in Los=20 Angeles.
Following = =E2=80=9CConstitution Day,=E2=80=9D the=20 band will look ahead to their next big event, the = Durant Fall=20 Band Concert, to be held on November 29, with two more = concerts scheduled at the school later on this=20 spring.

Heritage Elementary prestned "A Bag = full of=20 them"
Bag=20 Full of Me

By Chris Gosek

Getting familiar with their=20 classmates and themselves as well, Ms. = McCluskey=E2=80=99s class at=20 Heritage Elementary stood before their peers and = presented =E2=80=9CA=20 Bag Full of Me.=E2=80=9D
Each child brought in a bag filled with items = that best=20 described themselves for this project.  The kids=20 displayed things depicting the sports they play, = hobbies,=20 family members, favorite books and movies, and = countless other=20 personal items.  They explained to the class why = each=20 item was important to them and passed them around the = room for=20 viewing once they had described each.  After the=20 presenters were finished, the rest of the children = asked them=20 any questions they had about their = items.

Sanford Creek Elementary "Mystery=20 Tablet"
3-2-1....Blast=20 off

By Chris Gosek

Using a =E2=80=9Cmystery tablet=E2=80=9D to = propel their creations, Ms.=20 Pufky=E2=80=99s class at Sanford Creek Elementary took = their science=20 lesson outdoors last week to launch  homemade=20 rockets.
The students used film canisters and construction = paper=20 in building their air crafts that they placed in water = with=20 their =E2=80=9Cmystery tablets=E2=80=9D that were = provided by their teacher.=20  The reaction of the tablet and the water gave = the kids=20 an up-close look at how matter changes in the liquid=20 eventually powering the rockets to take off and blast = high=20 into the air.

Sanford Creek Elementary becoming=20 creative

By Chris Gosek

First grade classes at Sanford Creek Elementary = were=20 getting creative and colorful last week, being = assisted by=20 their parents and teachers in making their very own = tie-dyed=20 t-shirts.
The tye-dying project has become an annual = tradition in=20 the first grade classes at Sanford Creek.  Many = parents=20 volunteered to help the children in their designing of = the=20 shirts. The t-shirts were tied up in rubber bands and = the=20 youngsters added their own array of colors to the = material=20 before placing them in a plastic bag to dry. Once = dried, the=20 students had a spectacular new shirt to show off and = bring=20 home.

Sanford Creek Elementary during = "Word=20 Work"
Word=20 Families

By Chris Gosek

Three separate groups were joining forces across = Ms.=20 Propst=E2=80=99s classroom at Sanford Creek Elementary = during =E2=80=9CWord=20 Work=E2=80=9D time to sort their given vocabulary = words into different=20 patterns which they came up with as a unit.
The groups had worksheets = containing=20 the words and began the activity by cutting them out. = Each=20 group had a different =E2=80=9Cword family=E2=80=9D to = work with, as one=20 looked at words with short vowels, another had those = with long=20 vowels, and the last group looked at diagraph words. = The kids=20 were asked to sort their words into the patterns, say = them out=20 loud, and then re-sort them again.
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