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1st Grade classes have started learning about plants—what they need to grow, the parts of a plant and the life cycle from seeds to adult plants.  Mrs. Popelka’s class is shown with their alfalfa and rye grass seeds they planted along with some of the materials they used to help them grow.



Students with SeedsStudents with seeds and alfalfa

Student photoStudents showing alfalfa



Kickin Multiplication Facts!

Third grade students are introduced to a great deal of new material. One of the major ones being multiplication.This year to make learning their multiplication facts fun I implemented karate belt facts. They start out on a white belt and progress their way up to a up black belt. So far from mine and Mrs. Barta's class, I have fourteen students that have passed their black belts. I am extremely proud of all the hard work each student has put into learning their multiplication facts. This could not be accomplished without their incredible parents! Thank you for working with them.

Ms. Balthazor


Students who have mastered multiplicationPhoto of multiplication tables

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.

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 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

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