Sixth grade GATE students in David Quiroz’s class donned ancient garbs as they shared pertinent information on various aspects of ancient civilizations, including daily life, food, recreation, geography, gender roles, religion, and education. This took place on Friday, April 11 during “A Day at the Museum,” which has become an annual event. Egypt, Greece, Maya, Israel, and the Aztec and Roman Empires were the ancient civilizations explored.
Visitors to the museum included Superintendent, Dr. Ellen Curtin; Educational Services Specialist, Vicki Uhlich; parents, faculty, staff, and fourth through sixth grade students. After rotating throughout the civilizations to hear student presentations, visitors had the opportunity to view student prezi presentations on Chrome Books.
At a recent weekly spirit rally, 28 Juliette Low students received a Super Reader button for earning 100 or more Accelerated Reader points. Students may receive buttons for various achievements, including perfect monthly attendance, citizenship, and AR points. Each student displays buttons on his/her lanyard, which is proudly worn to spirit rallies each week.
Maxwell students enthusiastically participated in the American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart fundraising event. They jumped, danced, hula-hooped and exercised in a variety of other ways! Students raised over $1,200! Maxwell parents supervised all thirteen skill stations and teachers also participated in the games. It was a fun-filled day full of exercise and learning about healthy living.
Thanks to the dedicated work of Mrs. Hamilton (sixth grade teacher) and her upper grade Conservation Club, spring’s arrival has brought a crop of delicious vegetables to our school garden: kale, peas, celery, carrots, and icicle radishes. When asked how one of the young carrots tasted, fifth grader Moises Kunze enthusiastically replied, “So fresh!” Mrs. Grozinger, third grade teacher and advisor of the Garden Chef’s Club, is looking forward to using some of the crops in her monthly cooking classes. In addition to the bounty of vegetables growing, our school garden and its milkweed has become the home for dozen of monarch butterflies. Milkweed attracts the beautiful Monarchs for egg-laying as well as a host of other butterflies and hummingbirds. Interested children and adults can scan the QR code in the garden to learn more about the Monarch butterfly life cycle. The Marshall garden has truly become a source of joy, wonder, and education for the entire school community.
***A special note of thanks to Mr. Osborn, sixth grade teacher, for building three new raised beds for the garden. More beds = more space to plant!
Each week the Orange County Register celebrates classroom heroes who make everyday learning an extraordinary adventure. Nominees are evaluated on multiple criteria endorsed by the Orange County Department of Education, including how teachers connect with students, original approaches, empathy with student challenges and effect on students’ success.
This week our very own Sarah Anderson, 6th grade teacher at Lord Baden-Powell Elementary School, was featured in the “OC Family” section of the newspaper. Sarah is a dedicated and skilled educator, who truly inspires the love of learning in her students. As a gifted teacher, she shares her love of mathematics with students, teachers, and parents. We are very proud of her accomplishments!
On Friday, March 21st, Marshall School's cafeteria was transformed into Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. More than 120 moms and sons enjoyed candy trees, chocolate rivers, a trio of Oompa Loompas, and a viewing of the original film starring Gene Wilder. Guests brought their own chairs, blankets and picnic dinners and then enjoyed a theater-style snack bar provided by the PTA. Following the movie's conclusion, lucky raffle ticket winners were thrilled with baskets of candy, Wonka bars, and Krikorian movie tickets. This night of pure imagination was enjoyed by all.
"There is no life to compare with pure imagination. Living there you'll be free if you truly wish to be." - Willy Wonka
When Juliette Low students revised the “Positively Charged Rewards” list at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, fourth and fifth grade students, including Tony Mehany, requested that a theme party be added to the list. It was decided that participating in a theme party should cost 30 charge cards. Juliette Low students receive charge cards for demonstrating actions aligned with respect, responsibility, and safety.
On Friday, March 14, Juliette Low’s first theme party was held, with over 100 students in attendance. At the Hawaiian-themed festivities, students were greeted with a hearty, “Aloha,” and a lei, after which they enjoyed participating in a variety of activities, including Hawaiian beach ball toss, coconut bowling, limbo stick, and hula dancing. Students also enjoyed a pineapple or strawberry fruit bar.
Members of the PBIS Leadership Team, including Jodi Cummings, Behavior Coach; Sherrie Todorovic, Second Grade Teacher; Sonja Fehlmann, Technology TOSA; and Debra Von Sprecken, Principal, facilitated this successful event.
Britney Norton, Baden-Powell 6th Grader, received ACSA's Every Student Succeeding Award Friday, March 14 at a celebration breakfast at Bower's Museum, Santa Ana. Britney's family, Dr. Ellen Curtin, Superintendent, Bill Bailey, Principal and Julia Greig-Regan, one of Britney's teachers, were on hand for the celebration.
Each year the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) selects one student per school District to receive this honor. Britney was presented her award because of her persistence to succeed despite many challenges. Bill Bailey writes, "Britney is a role model for all students and staff. No matter what she faces she keeps going. Daily she is faced with pain that none of us understand. Despite her pain, she maintains a pleasant smile, and a moving forward approach. Nothing gets in her way. She is an inspiration to us all."
Along with a beautiful certificate and an engraved medal, she also received a ticket for Disneyland.