Totem animals for Spring Performance: Art and Movement

In Art we watched a video that tells about the First Nations of the Northwest and their totem poles. We learned that totem poles are created to keep records of families as well as telling stories. We also dicussed totem animals also known as power animals. These animals are animals someone feels connected to in some spiritual way for a variety reasons. Students discussed what animals they felt connected to and designed their own totem animals. We will be using these in connection to our Spring Performance this year which has a “Pets” theme.  Our totem animals will become totem poles to decorate our stage for the performance. Giles and Susan have working with our students to come up with the story and choreography for he Spring Performance. I can’t wait to see the program. Great creating  students!

Greenworks Environmental 101 with Christine


In Greenworks we measured a Northern red oak at its trunk and plugged in this number to tree benefits.com and found out that it’s worth $150 per year in annual benefits and will conserve 250 kilowatt hours of energy. It will also reduce 431 lbs of carbon per year just to name a few of the “tree benefits.”

Electives Fair: Session 2 Electives

SPOKEN WORD AND POETRY(pictured above)

In the Elective Fair the Spoken Word and Poetry class had an amazing presentation. They shared some great poetry and told everyone about some the poetry and spoken word concepts that they learned about. 
COMPOSITION ART 

The Composition Art Elective with Jennie Wing had some beautiful creations on display. They learned specifically about the concept of composition which is the placement of the subject matter in a piece of art. In this class it was specifically about how the mixed media and found objects are placed in a diorama and or sculpture to create visual interest. Strong composition is a key component to the formula for creating great and visually interesting art.

STEAM

In the STEAM Elective with Ashley the students created a Rube Goldberg Machine. In case you don’t know a Rube Golgberg machine is a contraption, invention, device, or apparatus that uses a chain reaction to accomplish a very simple task in a complicated manner. In this machine the students used a series simple machines (i.e. Pulleys, ramps, wedges, wheel and axle,etc) to pop a balloon. It took a couple tries but it was an effective ballon popper.  Students learned many STEAM concepts to create this masterpiece of engineering. Great job friends.

WILDERNESS SURVIVAL

The Wilderness Survival Elective with Coach Craig taught about the many different survival concepts. First and foremost” don’t panic.” Coach Craig also taught different types of knots as well as structures that can be built for shelter. Students learned many different survival hacks that could be used if the need ever arose.

PICTURE THAT DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Picture that Digital Photraphy Elective had many great photos to share. Teacher Bruce had students looking for shots that covered a wide range of topics. Some of the topics were pictures of sky, animals, minimal info and a few others. We got to see many beautiful photos.
​MODERN DANCE 5th and 6th GRADE

In the Modern Dance Elective Melissa the dance instructor created some original choreography.  Melissa gave each group of students a great deal of freedom to create. She does a great job of creating a fun and safe environment in which to allow students to express themselves. Her class facilitation allows for a beautifully choreographed piece of work that allows the students to take full ownership of their creation.

STEAM ELECTIVE w/Ashley

In the STEAM Elective Ashley and her students designed boats using foam core, Popsicle sticks, tape, string and plastic spoons. They tested them out to see which designs we’re most practical and could hold the most weight using golf balls. Exciting experiments! They discussed what designs had potential as well as their flaws. They also discussed materials and process.  Critical thinking anyone? Great job STEAM Elective.

Modern Dance w/Melissa and Electives Fair info

This week in Modern Dance with Melissa Wilhoit of Terpsicorps Dance Academy our students got to travel to the Terpsicorps studio to rehearse their piece for the Electives Fair. The Electives Fair will be held Friday February 24 from 1:20-2:20. It is our celebration where our students and teachers showcase what they’ve learned in their Session 2 Electives. We are very excited to see their presentations. Good luck friends.

Spoken Word and Poerty with Melody

We had Jonathon Santos local musician, artist, and poet visit our class to help Melody talk about spoken word poetry.  He told the students about his influences and how he creates and generates ideas for poetry. Some students tend to work better with structure while others tend to be more free flowing. We are excited for some great poetry.

Music Special with Mr. Sean

In Music 3rd, 4th and 5th grades are learning cords on ukulele. Sounds so nice. It was little tricky and frustrating for some but it felt good when we finally got it. We are very excited for our new instruments.

Picture That Digital Photogrph Elective with Bruce

Bruce and his class have discussed taking images that highlight the concept of color. The’ve also discussed the concepts of time, aperture, and light. They talked about how to add light and how the lack of light is the cause of blurry images. Some ways to add light are by turning on lights, opening blinds, or using the flash. Excited to share some photos soon.

Spoken Word and Poetry

In Spoken Word and Poetry Elective Melody’s students discussed keeping a dream journal. Students shared some of their dreams and ideas. They are also writing a poem that is an ode to a personal hero or idea.  They have so many great ideas.

STEAM Elective

The STEAM elective used classroom tools to make simple machines. They discussed wheel and axle, wedge, ramp, screw, pulley, and lever.  They were tasked with moving the toy car from the table to the floor and back up to a chair then the table. They used 2ft of string and 4 in. Of tape. This was a very mind engaging activity.