Maxwell’s RoboRunners Team was honored to be invited to the CUE (Computer Using Educators) Conference in Palm Springs. They were one of 6 Southern California schools presenting their projects at the Student Technology Showcase. The Maxwell students spent the morning demonstrating how they had built and programmed the EV3 robot to accomplish a number of tasks on the competition board. Eric Garwick, Maxwell’s Technology Teacher on Special Assignment, submitted the students’ names to CUE, and after a series of interviews they were selected to present at Palm Springs. Ashley Bui, Sebastian Mendez, Yahir Goicochea, Tranny Ly and David Serban, accompanied by Cynthia Muñiz and Marcy Chant, made the trip out to Palm Springs on a Saturday morning to share what they had learned. Thanks to Magnolia School District for providing a bus to take our terrific students to Palm Springs- we all had a wonderful time!
The staff at Salk School participated in dressing up as a book character at their Friday Spirit Rally during Read Across America Week. The weeklong birthday celebration of Dr. Seuss focused on motivating and encouraging students to read with different themes/activities each day. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
On Friday, February 27th, Walter School celebrated Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Read Across America Day. All of the teachers participated by dressing up as their favorite book character. Students met with Buddy classes to read, completed art projects, and some classes even ate green eggs and ham! The students were challenged to participate in Renaissance Learning’s “Read the Most from Coast to Coast” 3rd annual reading challenge. It was a fun day had by all!
With the instructional support of Mrs. Terra O'Rourke, sixth grade students at Robert M. Pyles School participated in the 16th Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest presented by Chapman University and The 1939 Society. Students watched video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and then wrote personal essays in which they made meaning from their memories, linking their experiences to themes shared by the survivors. The completed essays of three students were submitted to the writing contest....congratulations to Mai Saleh, Timmy Bui, and Emmanuel Ngige. All three students attended the awards ceremony and reception at Chapman University on Friday, March 6th with both Mrs. O'Rourke and Mrs. Breese, Pyles Principal. Highlights included a celebration of achievement, listening to esteemed speakers, and meeting Holocaust survivors at the concluding reception. We are so proud to be one of 200 participating schools from across the country and even more proud of students who learned valuable life lessons from this experience, "Do no harm. Do no harm. Do no harm."
A Native American proverb reminds us that "we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." At Robert M. Pyles School, kids care about the earth and the environment close to their homes. Under the leadership of Mrs. Stephanie Caldwell (6th grade teacher) and Mrs. Tracy Milbourn (5th grade teacher), 40+ students are members of the Pyles' Conservation Club (PCC). At school, PCC members are responsible for all recycling efforts including Recycle Tuesdays, a day when students are encouraged to bring recyclable materials to our special bins. After school, the PCC can be seen picking up trash in the community as they walk to nearby parks for more clean up and some well deserved play with their teacher-advisors. We are so very proud of our staff and students as they carefully tend to one little piece of earth....preparing to pass it along to the next generation of children.
The 2nd Graders enjoyed a special visit by Officer Fletcher and Officer Stucken from the Newport Beach Police Department with K-9 Jardo. The students learned how Officer Stucken and K-9 Jardo train and work together to protect officers, find bad guys, and search for evidence. K-9 Jardo is amazing!
Using the “Believing the College Dream” curriculum (Center for Educational Partnership, UC Berkeley), Michelle Salinas, Lead AVID Teacher and fifth grade classroom teacher, facilitated “College Week” at Juliette Low from January 26 through January 30. Among the goals of this curriculum are to show students that college is within their grasp; help students believe in themselves and their ability to succeed in school; teach students how to identify people they can trust to support their journey in education; and give families and communities the tools, information, and college-bound attitude they need to support their children.
In preparation for this exciting week, each member of the Juliette staff depicted his/her educational journey, from elementary school through the university, on a poster. Most included photographs, anecdotes, and memorabilia. During College Week, teachers shared their educational journeys with their students and invited other staff members into their classrooms to share theirs. Perhaps the most powerful part of this for students was seeing that every person’s journey was unique, as there are many routes that lead to success. The posters were then displayed in the MPR for students, parents, and visitors to peruse.