6th Grade STEM — Learning About Pollination

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Sixth graders have been learning about pollination. They listened to a presentation by a special USDA representative about what pollination is and why it is so important.   2017091395132355

Students learned how pollinators are an essential link in agriculture. Animal pollinators, especially bees, are critical for producing more than one-third of U.S. food products. In addition to bees, other pollinators, including butterflies and moths, beetles, flies, wasps, birds, and bats are necessary for pollinating more than 80% of plants in nature.

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In addition to what the class learned in the presentation, they have gone on to build their own 3D models of pollinators based on what traits an efficient pollinator needs.

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Thanks for Making the Annual Parent Fair a Success

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The annual Parent Fair was held August 17, 2017 from 1:30-6:00 pm and served as way to inform and to provide parents of enrolled students with all of the “start-up” details for the upcoming school year. It also provided an opportunity for parents and the community to explore the full range of Learning Center offerings.

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4th Grade Begins Project Based Learning Project

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Students in fourth grade have begun a Project Based Learning project that began will a physical science based activity called Contraptions. Ms. Chris was able to purchase Contraptions with the Tools for Schools money our school earns when parents shop at Ingles. IMG956476

Students had wooden planks and balls to make contraptions that would move the ball from one point to another. Ms. Chris says that she was amazed at the contraptions they built and the team work they demonstrated during their first Project Based Learning time!

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Mum Announcement 

      make-mums-last-longer The first round of Mum orders will need to be picked tomorrow, Wednesday, September 13th at the Outdoor Learning Center gazebo from 2:30-5:30. Please look for signs at the next driveway. Also, have you heard! We have a few more days to sell more mums and contribute to the mum competition. All second chance orders are due 8:00 am sharp on Tuesday, September 19th to the school office.  Second chance mum pick-up will be held on Wednesday, September 20th from 2:30-5:30 at the TOLC gazebo. Extra order forms are available in the school office.

SolarFest Celebrated Total Eclipse of the Sun on August 21, 2017

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As educators, we know that learning by doing is the best teacher. The total solar eclipse that happened on August 21, 2017 gave us the incredible, rare opportunity to bring our Community of Learners together to witness the awesome effects of planetary motion! How could we pass that up?

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SolarFest brought us together to witness the total solar eclipse and to learn new things in the process. Our educational booths taught us about the science behind an eclipse, pinhole cameras, and 3D printing. It even allowed the perfect selfie opportunity! Food, crafts and water games added to the festivities. It was an awesome day!

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Annual 6th-8th Grade Fall Camping Trip Scheduled

While students can learn many things on our campus, we know the world waiting outside offers even more opportunity for rich, engaging, educational experience. Each Fall, students in 6th through 8th grades have the opportunity to go camping as a group. They enjoy the outdoors, learn a little bit about nature, cook on a campfire and share experiences and stories with their classmates in a new setting. This year’s trip promises to be a great one! Make sure your student is signed up before September 15th!

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They should have come home with the above form. If not, you can print this one or pick one up in the front office. Your student won’t want to miss it!