Nuts and Bolts
NO SCHOOL on Monday the 3rd for Rosh Hashanah as our Jewish families celebrate the new year. See everyone on Tuesday.
If your child is going to be absent from school, please call in to inform our clerks in the main office as soon as possible. Please let them know the reason for the absence and the student's classroom teacher. If your child is absent and you have not called into our office, you will be receiving a call from a clerk in our main office, that morning.
If your child is out sick from school and you have visited your pediatrician, please send in a note to school so we can excuse the absence.
Save the Date for our Harvest Festival on October 29th!
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Grade 1 Writers and Goal Setting
This week, I spent time in grade one, working with students on reading and writing. Our grade one teachers work so hard educating our students at Washington Oak. Mrs. Lupino was working with students this week on Johnny Appleseed writing. Students were learning how to make a statement about Johnny Appleseed and use evidence to defend that statement. After the students had time to write and illustrate their work, Mrs. Lupino had students share their writing with each other. During this sharing time, students gave their friends "glows" and "grows" for their writing. The "glows" are compliments about the writing. The "grows" are recommendations for how they could improve their work. This helps students highlight their work and set goals for their next writing piece. Please see the pictures below, illustrating the strong writing lesson happening in grade 1.
In Mrs. Pires classroom, students are working on goal setting in multiple content areas. In the beginning of the week, Mrs. Pires works with students on what they want to accomplish throughout the week. They set individual goals for themselves and discuss how they can reach those goals. Students write 1-4 steps for themselves for the week. Look at the great work below from Mrs. Pires' students.
We had a great Walk-A-Thon at Washington Oak! Thank you to the PTA for putting together a fun fundraising event. Students enjoyed walking with their friends and family. If you haven't had a chance to send in your donation forms, it's not too late! Please click on the link below.
Thank you to all the families that attended Open House. The teachers did an incredible job sharing information with parents. We appreciate the dedication of all of our families, It is important to all of us at Washington Oak that we work together with families to educate and help children succeed! Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. My goal is to continue a high level of communication with the Washington Oak community.
Grade 2 Mathematicians
In grade two, students were working on how to show a number in different ways, with tens and ones. In Mrs. Jacquard's classroom, students were watching a video lesson and then showing different ways to make the number 42 on the whiteboard. All students were engaged and excited to participate. In Mrs. Smith's classroom, students were using tens and ones at their table to show different ways to represent the number 24. We have mathematician's in our grade two classrooms at Washington Oak!
Open House is almost here! On September 20th from 6:00pm-7:30pm, you will have the chance to meet the teachers in our school! All of our teachers are excited to share information about our school year with all of you. Please click on the link below for more information.
OPEN HOUSE FLYER
Science in Action at Washington Oak
I would like to highlight our work in science and the Next Generation Science Standards in this blog post. I have been excited to see students engaging in science inquiry and discovery the first few weeks of school. I entered many classrooms and have seen students excited to learn in science. Below is a description of the Next Generation Science Standards.
Within the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), there are three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science. These dimensions are combined to form each standard—or performance expectation—and each dimension works with the other two to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time.
CROSSCUTTING CONCEPTS Crosscutting Concepts help students explore connections across the four domains of science, including Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering Design. When these concepts, such as “cause and effect”, are made explicit for students, they can help students develop a coherent and scientifically-based view of the world around them.
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING PRACTICES Science and Engineering Practices describe what scientists do to investigate the natural world and what engineers do to design and build systems. The practices better explain and extend what is meant by “inquiry” in science and the range of cognitive, social, and physical practices that it requires. Students engage in practices to build, deepen, and apply their knowledge of core ideas and crosscutting concept
DISCIPLINARY CORE IDEAS
Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) are the key ideas in science that have broad importance within or across multiple science or engineering disciplines. These core ideas build on each other as students progress through grade levels and are grouped into the following four domains: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering.
In the experiment below, Mrs. Gallagher was having students work together to Save Fred! Fred (the gummy worm) is stuck on a boat, how he got there is not important, but Fred can't swim and the boat is capsized. To get to shore, Fred needs to retrieve a life jacket from underneath the boat so that he can float to shore. The job is to save Fred by retrieving the life jacket from under the boat and putting it on Fred. Unfortunately, the only tools you can use to accomplish this task are 4 paper clips. You cannot touch Fred, the boat, or the life preserver with your hands.
Students had to work together to develop a plan to save Fred! It was a success! All the students completed the task and Sam was safe on shore. Students learned how to develop a plan, put that plan in action, change the plan if it wasn't successful and reflect on their learning.
Why are the Next Generation Science Standards Important?
Principal at Washington Oak Elementary School