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Snowman Bulletin BoardsKindergarten students had a first semester full of learning and fun.  They are back from winter break and eager to continue learning new things.  We will continue working on sounding out simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words and begin writing them.  Students will be receiving sight words for the 3rd 9 weeks to begin practicing.  In math, they will finish working with numbers to 20 and then begin simple addition and subtraction sentences.  Students are also gearing up for the 100th Day of Kindergarten later this month.  This is always a fun day for students and staff. 

Students enjoyed working on their snowman craft project to decorate the hall.

Candy Cane Day!

On Tuesday, December 12, 2017 the 2nd graders celebrated Candy Cane Day in their classrooms.  The students were asked to wear either red or white to school that day.  Each teacher had numerous candy cane activities planned for their classroom.  Some of the activities included learning the history of candy canes, watching a video about how they are made, decorating cookies that were shaped like candy canes and tasting candy canes.  The students really enjoyed Candy Cane Day!

Students in red and white

Article by Mrs. Lambert

Fourth graders have been studying ​Soils, Rocks and Landforms using the hands-on FOSS Science Modules. After we ​completed ​​our classroom instruction, ​we​ were invited out to the Cloud County Fairgrounds​ for an erosion and deposition demonstration. We also watched a short video of the conservation district's efforts to curtail the erosion of a local farmer's ​field. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation ​Officers​ Apolonio Miranda, Steve Nelson and Amanda Kussman​ used the ​ Streambank Trailer Demonstrations​ to solidify the information that we had discussed in class prior to this activity.​ For those of you who have never witnessed the streambank trailer in action, this is how it works: the 4’ x 8’ trailer is filled with “soil” that is arranged in a meandering stream. As the water is turned on and enters the stream, different processes occur, depending upon the volume of water moving through the stream channel.

Students viewing the Stream Model TrailerIn a very short period of time, students can observe normal and extreme stream processes and the effects of riparian vegetation, channel straightening, and natural and human impacts on watersheds. “What-if” scenarios provide quick and dramatic illustrations of the long-term effects of various practices.

The Stream Model Trailer demonstrates the energy and impact of surface water flow, and how changes upstream affect the watercourse and streambanks downstream. Topics addressed include:



•Stream Dynamics

•Streambank Erosion & Stabilization


•Sedimentation & Deposition

The children were then presented with a slide show of a real life situation demonstrating the dynamic nature of streams and Stream Model Trailerhow one area farmer was actually losing his land to the river as it eroded away. The demonstration focused on a streambank stabilization project started in 2006 and how that project looks today.

We would like to give a big Thank You to the Conservation District's Officers for taking time out of their busy schedules to come and share their knowledge with us every year. We really enjoy the demonstration and the gifts!


Student working on ChromebookSecond Graders have begun using a new math software program called Reflex Math. Reflex Math helps second grade students become fluent in basic addition and subtraction facts. Students start by building an Avitar. After taking an initial assessment, students then play fun games to practice facts. As students answer correctly, they earn tokens to spend at the Avitar store. The program individualizes instruction and provides support as needed. Students have a goal of earning three daily green lights each week. Green lights are based on positive student usage.

Teachers have access to a variety of reports, including each student’s program usage, fluency growth, and details about facts that have been mastered. Teachers are notified as their students reach different milestones. Certificates may be printed to recognize these milestones.

Since the software is web-based, students may also work at home home. If your student hasn’t already started, you may go to reflexmath.com to log-in. Your student needs to know their class user name and their password. Second grade passwords are the same as AR passwords.

Student using ChromebookStudent at Chromebook

Students on hay balesPre-K had a fun time visiting Mr. Charbonneau's pumpkin stand.  We got to see the different types of pumpkins and gourds.  We played ring toss on the pumpkin and two different bean bag toss games. A big thank you to him for allowing us to visit!

The month of October has kept us busy learning about initial sounds, words that rhyme, making friends, families, rules, sorting, predicting, shapes, counting sets, fire safety and singing songs!

To learn more about the State pre-kindergarten program contact Mrs. Brewer at tina.brewer@usd333.com.

Student Playing Pumpkin ring tossPumpkin Ring Toss

Students at Depot MarketKindergarten Field Trip

October is a busy and exciting month! Kindergarten students got to experience their first field trip!  This year, the kindergarten classes visited the Belleville Park  and Courtland Depot. The students were overjoyed to ride the bus with all of their friends to go on this adventure.  “ Are we there yet?”

First, the students arrived at the Belleville park for play time followed by lunch! Students enjoyed getting to play on a different playground and a devoured a sack lunch with friends!

Next, the students traveled to the Courtland Depot to learn about pumpkins and apples. Students were divided into groups for various activities including a hay bale maze, apple slushy station, a pumpkin book station, the life cycle of a pumpkin craft, and a demonstration on how to make apple cider with a real apple cider press!  Students also sampled the apple cider after crushing the apples themselves! Yum!

Lastly, Students got to choose their very own pumpkin to take home, in hopes of carving jack-o-lanterns! The day was long and exciting. Fun was had by all!

by Amy Dannenberg

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