Fourth grade students in Mrs. Doherty's science classes created active volcanoes as part of their study of Earth and Space and the earth's layers. They each integrated their technology skills by designing a Powerpoint presentation with the help of technology specialist, Mrs. Maltby and practiced public speaking. Students explained how a volcano erupts, its elevation, crater dimensions, amount of magma it can hold, and other interesting researched facts about volcanic eruptions. They are on display in the lobby.
Mr. William F. Coughlin, community member of the South School Council, recently did a public speaking lesson with 5th graders in Ms. Gabriels' class. Mrs. Suzanne Jolley, our librarian, welcomed the guest speaker during one of her classes. The subject was "lying", a rather random topic, but one of great interest to students. Especially, enjoyable was when students were placed in the black chair and were asked a series of questions. Every answer needed to be a lie. It got confusing at times and students were laughing hysterically as they realized how it feels to be caught up in a lie. The concluding message was...Always tell the truth!
Each month the South School Math Liaisons, Mrs. Sherri Russell and Ms. Jessica Gabriels, coordinate an estimation station. Students k-5 are to 'estimate' in mathematics. This month Kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Kalianiotis and Mrs. Webster, designed a clever challenge using marshmallows to represent snowballs in a jar. Olivia, a kindergarten student, recently estimated that there were 4o0 marshmallows in the jar. When asked how she derived her "guesstimate" she answered " I thought in my head how many there were." Other students are photographed as closest winners to the actual amount of 325 znd received math pencils on Friday!
Second grade students in Mrs. DeMayo's class were the first South School students to use a brand new document camera! It is a technology tool that enables a teacher to capture images from a written document and to project it on the Smartboard. Lavina, Shayla and Sierra researched, wrote, illustrated and published a mini booklet about rainbows. They were able to share their tiny booklet in a larger format by having it projected on the Smartboard using the new document camera. Their classmates LOVED IT and now are anxious to become writers, too.
Mrs. Mulvey will keep the community connected to various news and events through blog postings.