On behalf of all the faculty at SCS, I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! As you already know, our holiday break begins next Wednesday, November 23rd, so next week is only two school days.
I want to thank the SCS Student Council and The Association for School and Community (ASC) for a wonderful movie night at SCS. Greg Grant’s mac and cheese fed approximately seventy people and Student Council collected over $200.00 dollars for ASC. As principal, I really enjoyed seeing so many kids at school having fun with their friends and families.
Reading, Writing, Social Studies: The children made apple cider for their Halloween party. We then worked as a class to write a procedure so anyone could follow it to make his/her own delicious drink. We looked at a procedure already written, a sugar cookie recipe, and looked at all the parts of the procedure. We followed the directions and made yummy sugars cookies which the children decorated for their Halloween party. We added 4 more words to our Word Wall: at, that, are, of. Afternoon Friends started practicing their spelling words. We are practicing our handwriting and letter formation as we practice our words.
Reading/Writing: We just wrapped up the second round of a K-3 literacy block related to the first Thanksgiving. As I mentioned in the last What’s Happening, each teacher focused on a different aspect of the first Thanksgiving, but we all tried to cover the same skills. The children did some comparing and contrasting with Venn Diagrams, they learned about procedure writing, learned some mapping skills, and they got some practice with the literature circle roles we introduced at the beginning of the year. One of the most exciting parts of these Thanksgiving focused groups was seeing the children talking about and role playing around the first Thanksgiving outside of reading groups.
So much is happening in Upper Multiage, it’s incredible! We are wrapping up our Cold River Project by representing SCS at the Green Mountain Conservation Meeting held at Effingham Elementary School on Wednesday, November 30th at 6:30 P.M. If you missed the green invite form, please email or call me at school by Tuesday, November 22nd so we can save you a spot and involve your child in our presentation for that night.
Language Arts: The Grade Six Students wrapped up their Ancient Egypt research projects last week, and this week they began working on a readers’ theater performance of The Lost Scroll. This tale tells the Story of Isis and Osiris and the Quarrel of Horus and Seth, with some good humor mixed into the telling. The students are doing a great job of working on their expressive reading skills. On Tuesday afternoon the sixth grade will put their Ancient Egypt projects on display, and they will perform their story for the other classes in the school. If parents are interested in touring the museum, there will be showings at 11:05, 1:00 and 1:40. All are welcome!