The 2014 Peer Advisor Leaders (PAL) Leadership Conference for elementary students was held on May 30, 2014 at the Chapman University campus themed “Heart of Leadership”. Over 100 Magnolia PAL students attended with their PAL Advisors and got to experience what it feels like to be in a collegial atmosphere. Each student was assigned to a group that was led by high school students. PAL students participated in a variety of skill building workshops, which consisted of sessions called The Power of Words, Peers Against Harassment, Leadership in Prevention, and Let’s Get Media Smart, and Your Voice Your Project.
Through this conference, the students were empowered to be effective and compassionate leaders at their school sites.
On Thursday, June 5, 4th grade students from Dr. Albert Schweitzer School participated in Disneyland's Youth Education Series program. 103 students experienced "Exploring The Golden State" with group leaders from Disneyland's Youth Education Series teaching about our great state. The students traveled through the park to explore the four regions of California, Native Americans, the Gold Rush and the California Missions. They learned about the state's rich history including the influential events and people that shaped the Golden State such as Chuck Yeager, Amelia Earhart, Howard Hughes, John Muir and Walt Disney. Students were inspired as they learned of the obstacles early Californians overcame to fulfill their dreams. They experienced the Redwood Creek Challenge trail in the mountainous region. Finally, they saw California from the sky by riding on Soarin' over California. The students had a fun learning experience.
Under the direction of second grade teachers Sherrie Todorovic, Thuan Mai, Heather Liddicote, Noreen Moss, and Lisette Pina, second grade students presented a musical rendition of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” to a community audience, including Superintendent Ellen Curtin and Board Members Barbara Clendening and Esther Wallace, on Tuesday, June 3. Additional performances were enjoyed by two groups of Juliette Low students on Wednesday, June 4.
While the familiar story of a fashion-conscious emperor was presented through a variety of musical numbers, the theme of perseverance was explored through a peasant girl whose goal was to become a fashion designer and a guy who wanted to become Superman. The power of having good character was a moral in this delightful tale. “Roar,” the final musical number, brought audiences to their feet. With humor, music, relevant themes, and hula hoop dancers, this musical was charming from beginning to end.
GATE students at Walt DIsney School participated in the first ever rocket launch. The students had to use critical thinking skills, creativity, and artistic ability in order to create a rocket using 2L bottles. It was a bit of a trash to treasure assignment. Students discussed and documented various mathematical and scientific concepts in preparation for the launch. The students enjoyed themselves greatly while applying the the knowledge they have gained in the classroom. We hope to do it all again next year!
For approximately 30 years, the Bethune Theatre of Performing arts has taken the time and task in providing students with disabilities at Baden-Powell with great dance and movement lessons and activities. Initially, lessons and classes were given by the beloved and respected founder of Bethune Theatre: the late Zena Bethune. In the unfortunate and unexpected absence of this wonderful and beloved person in 2012, a new figure step in to fill her dancing shoes and carry the torched of compassion and love for our students. This person was Robin Olive. For the past two years now, Robin has taken the time to teach our students with special needs at Baden-Powell with new dancing routines and movements. She inspires us to move and feel the rhythm as best as we can. She inspires us to have a passion for the art of dancing and to be in tune with cool music and songs our general peers are listening to and dancing to. Moreover, Robin has the passion and drive to teach and dance with not just students but to organize and direct teachers and support staff in participating and dancing along with their pupils in an annual show for our general education peers, colleagues, and families to enjoy. Every year, the dance performance at the MPR in Baden-Powell is a smashing hit with hip cool music and awesome moves students with disabilities get to experience and perform with their teachers and general education peers. Thank you so much Robin for all that you do for our students and staff at Baden-Powell.
Throughout the 2014 school year, the great Baden-Powell family of educators has worked together in providing students meaningful experiences and lessons to learn and grow. The magic of learning and growing is present in every classroom at Baden-Powell and it is shared and experienced by all students regardless of disabilities and/or challenges. Special Day Classes work side by side with their General Education peers on a daily basis. Some of the great examples of this wonderful collaboration are experienced in math and language arts lessons, science activities, interactive social science lessons, and/or art lessons. When Special Education and General Education collaborates, all students have the opportunity of learning from not just the school curriculum but from experiences that are long lasting as well as memories that reinforce skills with listening, collaborating, taking turns, following directions, patience and best of all: compassion, empathy, and respect for all peers. Baden-Powell is a great model of such collaboration and incorporation of all students and educators in making a positive experience for all students.
On May 30, the second graders and a few first graders at Disney School enjoyed a special visit from some canine friends. The students held a Pennies for Puppies fundraiser for Guide Dogs of America. In addition to an assortment of toys and blankets they collected, they raised an awesome $302.00! This money will be used for the expenses of raising the puppies.
Guide Dogs of America brought a working guide dog and its blind handler, and three puppies in training with their puppy raisers to teach the children what is involved in getting a guide dog properly trained. They were able to ask many questions and practiced the proper protocol for wanting to pet a guide dog.
1. Ask the handler “How are you?”
2. Ask “May I pet your dog?” If it is okay,
3. Allow the dog to sniff your hand first.
4. Pet the dog under its snout, not on top of its head.