• Mrs. Brouwer’s Foods and Nutrition students kicked off the semester of learning by exploring spices and herbs. Students evaluated the sensory characteristics, looked at blends they are familiar with such as Ranch and taco seasoning, and then created their own pretzel dip using sour cream as the base. This activity encouraged students to be aware of spices and herbs used in their favorite foods and creativity in the kitchen!


• Ahoy, matey! Talk Like a Pirate Day will be happening in September at the elementary library! Don’t be surprised if you hear pirate lingo, names, jokes and pirate tales around town!


• Last week students in Mrs. Kentner’s seventh grade reading classroom took part in a STEM challenge. Using masking tape, eight straws, eight popsicle sticks and two rubber bands, they had to create a tower that would support the weight of a tennis ball. This activity not only helped students get to know each other, it also helped them with their collaborating skills. After the activity, the students said they felt they had strong teamwork skills. They thought that they listened well to the ideas of others and treated each other with respect. Using this activity, students were able to create six classroom rules to follow throughout the year. The rules they created included items such as: have a positive attitude, never give up and respect the ideas of others. Way to go seventh graders!


• Students in Mr. Dedic’s chemistry class are getting organized and working toward a practical that will allow students to become familiar with the lab equipment they will be using throughout the year, as well as discussing safety issues in the lab. They will be testing the effectiveness of a few different types of antacids. Then they will discuss what a consumer might look for in price, active ingredients and side effects for over the counter medications.


• Mrs. Watson’s PreK is off to a great start. They started the year with the book, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.” They have done different letter activities with it and have done crafts and games with their names. Their sensory table is filled with sand, foam coconut trees and magnetic letters to play with — which the kids are loving!


• Mrs. Wilkinson’s fifth grade math classes spent a week on Inspirational Math, challenging them to think deeply about math during the first weeks of school. The kids were hesitant, but proved quickly that they are all math people and wonderful mathematicians.