Under the direction of fifth grade teachers, Jodi Cummings, Michelle Salinas, and Ann Bucheli, fifth grade students experienced aspects of the life of explorers during our first annual Explorer Day. In preparation for this event, all fifth grade students researched various Spanish, French, and English explorers. On Explorer Day, students gathered in small groups. After GATE students presented research reports and related visuals, students from the other two classrooms asked the presenters questions they had generated as a result of their research.
Following the presentations, students rotated through three different activities. In “New World Smells,” students attempted to accurately identify the scents of spices that were highly sought after in the 1500s, including cinnamon, paprika, chili pepper, ginger, cloves, black pepper, and salt. In “Coats of Arms,” students read about the significance of the Coats of Arms, including the animals and symbols used. Students had the opportunity to design their own Coats of Arms based on their hobbies, personalities, character traits, and families. Thirdly, students enjoyed playing Explorer Bingo, during which they were given details of an explorer’s life and required to identify the explorer described.
Hoot! Hoot! Hooray! Twenty-four upper grade students at Dr. Peter Marshall School have recently reached an impressive Accelerated Reader benchmark....100 points! Even more impressive, this benchmark was accomplished in just the first ten weeks of school. In keeping with our school-wide owl reading theme, Marshall's PTA is awarding students who reach 100 points with a special t-shirt that reads, "Whooooo Has 100 AR Points?" on the front with a loud "I DO" on the back. After receiving his shirt, one sixth grader commented, "This is the best shirt I've ever had!" Thank you to PTA for supporting our reading efforts and a huge thank you to our students who love reading.
Maxwell 6th Grade families enjoyed pizza and information as they listened attentively to Mrs. Andrea Houser, Ms. Bonnie Haskell, and Ms. Nicole Lui as they shared an overview of AVID and how it supports college readiness. The reality that college is only six years away for our 6th grade students really hit home when Magnolia High School AVID Coordinator Greg Senglaub and his students, including some Maxwell Alumni, shared their AVID experiences and college plans. Parents had good questions and appreciated the college information.
On November 4, upper grade students at Juliette Low attended a special election assembly, during which candidates for Student Council offices delivered compelling campaign speeches. The following day, democratic principles were put into action as students registered to vote and then entered a voting booth to complete their ballots.
Upon turning in their ballots, students were given an “I Voted” sticker, which they proudly wore the remainder of the day. Students described the experience as “cool” and powerful.”
Congratulations to President Emily Bui, Vice President Destiny Hernandez, Secretary Dayanara Mendoza, Treasurer Grace An, and Fourth Grade Senator Victoria Truong.
The time and dedication of Student Council Advisor Michelle Salinas, fifth grade teacher, in assuring that this was an authentic and meaningful experience for students, is greatly appreciated.
Pyles students and teachers had a busy week last week celebrating Red Ribbon Week! Students and teachers enjoyed participating in many different events all week! Teachers “wowed” students with their crazy hair! Students and teachers alike dressed up to “Say Boo to Drugs” during the school wide Halloween Parade.
GRIP mentees and mentors were able to participate in a mentor meet-up by carving pumpkins and enjoying some yummy Halloween treats!
The week ended with 6th grade teachers and students diving into chrome books! Students and teachers are excited to take their learning to the next level.
Ring the Pumpkin! Roll the Gourd! Hook Toss! Spider Web War! These were but a few of the games played by Juliette Low families at the annual Harvest Carnival, held on Friday, October 25. In addition to games, the Carnival offered craft opportunities in which students were able to engrave necklaces, create art with colored sand, and have their faces painted and balloons twisted into various animals by local artists. Students also enjoyed a bounce obstacle course and a train ride, by which they were transported throughout the harvest grounds.
Families savored delectable tacos and a variety of snacks while listening to the tunes of "Good Fish," a talented band comprised of former Juliette Low and current Oxford Academy students. At the petting zoo, students enjoyed interacting with gentle farm animals, including adorable Petunia and Jimmy, pot-bellied pigs; goats; sheep; and fancy chickens. A variety of prizes were won through the silent auction, including tickets to Disneyland and a whale watching excursion. Students were able to climb onto a fire truck and receive hats from firefighters of the Anaheim Fire Department.
Organized by Jenny Hoerner, Kristin Whyte, and Susan Swick, first grade teachers; Thuan Mai, second grade teacher; and Kristin Shelby, kindergarten teacher; and several parents, including Marty Walter, Virgil Tatad, Leticia and Job Jiminez, Paula Blum, Mary Villamor, and Dallas Finn, the Juliette Low Harvest Carnival was truly a community endeavor. Approximately 52 parents, 23 Low staff members, 10 Anaheim Achieves staff members, and 4 husbands volunteered their time to assure a successful event. Over 37 high school volunteers from both Savannah High School and Oxford Academy provided support throughout the evening.
A ghoulishly delightful time was had by all!
Every year at Disney School our Kindergarten Team:
Tanis Raimondo, Karen Peat, and Valerie Zuniga, celebrate our second theme "Colors All Around" by having our students wear a special color each Friday. This year, we decided to involve the whole school. The older kids had fun wearing YELLOW then GREEN to help the kindergarten students learn their colors. This last Friday, we had the kids wear PINK in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We told the kids that girls and boys could wear pink in order to show that we want our moms, (and dads), grandmas, aunts, and teachers to be healthy! Some of our fifth grade students, with the help of Ms. Sims, created a "yarn bomb" around a tree for all to see. One of the of the first grade boys wore a shirt that said, "Tough guys wear pink." We had PINK everywhere, in the office, all the teachers, in the cafeteria, in the classrooms, on the playground, and the entire Anaheim Achieves staff. What a great day, for a great cause! Next Friday, we will all be wearing RED for Red Ribbon Week.
Today at Pyles school over 60 1st grade parents attended a parent workshop to learn how they could better support their child. Parents learned all about what it means to have "automaticity" with math facts as well as how to select appropriate Accelerated Reader books for their child. The first grade teachers provided each child a set of flash cards to take home. Parents were able to practice running the cards with their child during the meeting.
This was a great time for parents to connect with their child's teacher and learn more about the school. Pyles' parents, students, and teachers are working hard to build a solid foundation for student success!