Friday, December 15, 2017

Students in our choir and record club performed for our school Friday.  Our community was impressed with their incredible talent!  We wish them the best of luck at their second performance this evening at 7:00 PM.  We thank Mrs. Petty for her incredible work facilitating both clubs.

Students are learning about the following Studio Habits of Mind in art: develop craft, engage and persist, envision, express, observe, reflect, stretch and explore and learn artistic words.  These habits of mind are intended to help students apply "artful thought" to real-world problems that occur in art and regular classrooms.  As you can see from a description of the habits below, they are transferable and adaptable to multiple content areas and variety of settings.

Below are examples of students' work that reflect their study on expression.  Students used art to express an idea, a personal meaning or a feeling.  Students learned that they could use art to convey a feeling or mood, tell a story, give an opinion or comment on an issue.  We are excited to see how they are using creativity to express their point of view.

Teachers are celebrating students’ growth as they complete fall Elementary School Progress Reports (EPRs).  EPRs will be released to parents on Saturday,  December 23rd, through Parent Portal.  You will be able to access your child's EPR on December 23 by following the directions below.

·  Go to the Gold Rush Website

·  Select the Parent Resources Tab

·  Select Elementary Progress Report (EPR).  Use your Parent Portal credentials to log in.

·  Then click "view Elementary Progress report" under your child's picture

As you recall, students are assessed on the following elements of the District's guaranteed and viable curriculum.

·   Content Standards (reading, writing, math, science and social studies, specials)

·   4 Cs (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity)

·   Select 21st Century Skills (problem-solving, resiliency, systems thinking, financial literacy, health)

You are able to view the report card in two ways - a highlight view and a comprehensive view. Grades for specials, social studies and science can be found in the comprehensive view.

Fifth graders were exploring several science concepts, including extreme habitats, space exploration, moving materials and hazard alarms in the engineering lab this week.  Students were given the choice to answer one or more real-world science problems.  See a few examples of problems below:

Exploring Planets' Surfaces
Create and program a space rover to achieve a specific task, such as move in and out of a crater, collect a rock sample, drill a hole in the ground etc.

Forewarnings Reduce the Impact of Strong Storms
Create and program a device that could warn people to take action because dangerous weather is coming.

Moving Materials
Create and program a device that will help you carry and/or assemble differently sized objects, considering safety, efficiency and storage.

Students created and coded robots to solve their specific task.  They then improved their robot over the course of the week.  Students demonstrated their collaborative problem-solving skills as they dug into these real-world challenges.

It was great to meet several future Gold Rush students and families this week at Kindergarten registration!  It was also a great opportunity to share our school values of challenging critical thinkers to take risks, honor differences and care for others.  We were able to share how these values are seen in classrooms and throughout the school.  If you were unable to attend please feel free to contact our main office for paperwork and additional information.  You can also click here for the 2017-2018 Registration forms and process.

* December 21: Winter Parties - See Classroom Communication for Specific Times
* December 22: No School - Winter Break
* January 8: School Resumes