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Our students were privileged to be part of a virtual video chat via Google Hangouts with Andrew Buckley, a journalist from the Cape Cod, MA area. Mr. Buckley is very knowledgeable about the history and geography of Cape Cod, and more specifically the Chatham, MA region. Recently a beach to the south of Chatham Harbor experienced a breach due to erosion, and it formed a new waterway. This all happened on April 1st, and it has been aptly named Fool’s Channel. Our focus in STEM right now is Geology, and specifically on the cause/effect relationships of erosion, so this was the perfect opportunity to learn from a resident expert about a real-time event. We had planned on our virtual chat on Friday, but our wind storm and power outage forced us to reschedule to today. It all worked out well in the end, and it was a great learning experience for us all.
Our students having been learning about energy since returning from winter break. This week we focused on the renewable energy source- wind. Students used the engineering design process to design, build, test, and improve wind turbines. Vernier energy sensors were used to measure voltage data. Students analyzed their data and evaluated their constructions.
Our fifth graders have been reading about early cultures of Mesoamerica (Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans) in the Amplify reading series. Throughout the unit, students chose to read and research indepth about the cultures’ architecture, farming methods, or social classes. They paraphrased their notes and wrote paragraphs for each Mesoamerican group. Students now are in the final stages of the project and are creating Codex books (a certain type of Mayan book)to demonstrate their learning.
Students are conducting test runs with their NXT robots for the upcoming Line Follower Challenge.This involves some careful manipulation of variables such as sensor settings, light sensor placement, speed, and and turning.
For 5th Graders-
- OAKS Science Test tomorrow (Tue) 10:45-12:15. It generally takes one class period.
- CVMS Visit tomorrow (Tue), 1:20-2:20. Students must have a permission slip turned in to attend.
Dear Parents of Fifth Graders,
In about a month, your child will be finishing up their final days as an elementary school student. We bet you can’t believe how fast the time has gone by- neither can we! We wanted to keep you updated with regards to happenings specific to our fifth graders and keep you in the loop regarding the transition to CVMS, as well as end-of-the-year events.
CVMS Transition Events:
Next Friday, Vice Principal Casey will be visiting with our fifth graders, outlining some incentives to start the year off next year that our students can earn at the end of their 5th grade year. Basically, following school rules, no referrals and completing work on time is their quest. On June 2nd, the 5th graders will travel down to CVMS for a tour and questions.
It’s a big time of the year for our 5th graders. For some students, there can be a lot of anxiety and stress during this time. If this is the case, please let Mr. Milner know and he can arrange for some other informal meetings with CVMS administrators to help ease their worries.
5th Grade Track Meet:
The annual 5th Grade Track Meet will be taking place on May 29th at the Newberg High School track for 5th grade students across our district. Our district PE teachers have been collaborating during the spring to put this event together. The kids will travel over in the morning and be there for most of the day. Parents are needed as volunteers, or to come and cheer on our kids. Please let the office know if you are available to volunteer at a station.
End of the Year Promotional Assembly:
One of the final events for our 5th graders will be the annual 5th Grade Promotional Assembly. We have scheduled this for the final day at 10:00 AM in the gym. This is a special time to acknowledge each individual student as they complete their elementary school years. If you would like to help out with “after assembly” festivities, please let Mr. Milner know.
Thank you for supporting our school and sending such great kids to school each day. They’ve been great kids to work with.
Kevin Milner, Principal
Mrs. Reed and Mr. Evers, Fifth Grade Teachers
It’s robo time again! Hard to believe nearly a year has gone by since we last rolled out the kits for robotics. Today was kit inventory day. Tomorrow we start building. We’re looking forward to a great experience once again this year programming LEGO robots using light sensors and touch sensors. Stay tuned for more!
Students in 4/5 became colonists at Jamestown. They had five days in which to build settlements and to complete necessary tasks such as farming, hunting, well digging, and exploring. Our students quickly discovered that there was not enough time, and they found the same stress that colonists experienced long ago. We will be continuing more simulations centered around colonizations and the American Revolution.
Shown here are some pics and video of our watershed and erosion activity. Students created topographical maps and use brown/black markers to indicate areas where rock and soil would be located. They used blue markers to indicate areas where water would flow to create watersheds. Teachers sprayed the maps to test the results.