Fifth grade students from Arcadia continued a 16 year old tradition of reading stories to younger students in the Central building and sharing homemade Reindeer Dust with them. Each student carefully chose a story thought to be of interest to younger students, practiced reading the story fluently and with expression, and made 200 baggies of Reindeer Dust for students in grades 3 and 4 to bring home to sprinkle outside on Christmas Eve.
In Mrs. Carleton’s Class, Ohana, we made a VoiceThread about Kid President’s video about 20 things you should say more often. Watch the video to find out what Ohana said everyone should say more often.
-Ariel from Ohana
The Verizon Innovative App Challenge provides the opportunity for middle school and high school students, working with a faculty advisor, to apply their STEM knowledge, ingenuity, and creativity to develop an original mobile app concept that incorporates STEM and addresses a need or problem in their school or community.
The goal of the Challenge is to increase student interest and knowledge in STEM subjects and mobile technology through an engaging and empowering learning experience.
Swanton School has entered two teams in the challenge. Part of the process is for each team to create a video that presents their idea to the judges. Here are the two videos created by Swanton 6th grade students.
Swanton School finished Computer Science Education Week off by having EVERY student in the school participate in the Hour of Code. With a lot of help from our staff and district technology people we managed to visit every classroom on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Students and Staff were able to try their hands at a variety of activities that introduced coding in a game like environment. The purpose of the week was not to have the students become experts, but to peak their interest and let them know that they can write code! Students had a lot of fun learning and many continued working at home or convinced their teachers to try again in class!
The goal of the Hour of Code was to get 10 million kids to try coding for an hour during the same week. It was a resounding success with over 15 million students coding for the first time! Swanton was extremely proud of how the staff embraced the project and also proud of how well the students performed.
Mrs. LeClair at Babcock School, and Mrs. Simard at Central School created this beautiful library bulletin board. Winter break is a great time to read a good book!
For over thirty years Joseph Bruchac has been creating poetry, short stories, novels, anthologies and music that reflect his Abenaki Indian heritage and Native American traditions. On Thursday students at Swanton School were treated to Joseph and Jesse Bruchac’s stories and given some advice on writing stories of their own.
We even managed to capture some of Jesse Bruchac’s flute playing while they were here. Click the play button below to hear it for yourself.
3rd grade classes made their own bookmarks in library class this week, in response to our author studies. Ms. Stone’s class created their beautiful art in the style of Robert Munsch books.
The 6th grade students at Swanton School voted for the cover of the 2013-2014 K-6 School Yearbook. The winning cover is “Moments in Time!” Information for ordering will be posted soon.