Our first grade students recently had a special guest visit their classroom. Master Pak, a degreed black belt in Taekwondo, spoke with first graders about healthy emotions and how to properly react to them. He explained that a bully is not necessarily a bad person, but instead is a person who makes poor choices. Master Pak also showed the students how to de-escalate a situation by staying calm and speaking to the other person in an even-keeled manner. Also shared were guidelines for students to turn to other adults such as a teacher or parent if they need assistance in some situations. In addition, our students enjoyed some instruction in mild self-defense during some one-on-one time with Master Pak. Our thanks to Allen’s School Counselor, Ms. Malave, for arranging this school visit with Master Pak.
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September was packed full of learning and fall fun! There were jungle roars, siren sounds, and an awesome baking unit enjoyed in PreK-I. Their adventures included learning about zoo animals, a zookeeper’s job, and how to count food for the animals. Dressed as firefighters, many fires were extinguished and there were several exciting trips on the fire truck as they learned about fire safety. They experienced pumpkin bread dough, apple pie baking, pancakes, a pizzeria, and graphing their favorite kind of jelly while sampling biscuits and toast.
This week, our Preschool students experienced the joyful annual tradition of Apple Day in PK! Featuring apple-themed games, activities, stories, and more, this delightfully messy day is a great experience for our PK-I and PK-II friends. It's one that always brings back fond memories for our older students, too, as they recall from their own Apple Days!
6th Grade Science students were roving Mars the past two weeks and/or rocking Mission Control! They mapped the crater, designed their path and points of interest, collected surface data on factors that might support life on Mars and communicated via computer, only able to see their rovers positioning during scheduled, silent flybys. They concluded their roving and then conducted a mission analysis. In addition to this adventure, they added their names to the list going to Mars aboard the InSight geological lander set to launch in May 2018. Halfway through the first trimester, these students are learning to be independent scientists and are doing awesome work!