Just about a month later and we had our first guest speaker, Barbara McClintock. Barbara is an award-winning childrenâ€™s book author and illustrator. It just so happens that her parents are neighbors of a school family and she agreed to visit our school while she was in town to visit her parents. Not only did she share some of her books with us and tell us secrets about some of the drawings and characterâ€™s names, but the students were able to play some drawing games with her.
In the month of October, the fifth graders spent a day at the
University of Jamestown for Math Day. College students from the math and science departments created stations for the students. They went from room to room to learn new ideas while actually trying things out for themselves and experimenting. A big hit among the students was the bed of nails! There was also disappearing glass, card tricks using math, musical beakers filled with different levels of water, noodle structures, medical bandaging, and making and racing Lego cars to test the aerodynamics.
A couple of weeks later, the director of Math Day, Julia Peterson, visited our school to share some of her activities with the rest of the upper grades class. Regardless to say, they were feeling left out until she came! They enjoyed learning how math is used in every life and careers.
Throughout the first semester the lower grades' room had a special visitor as well.
Christina Rittenbach, Extension Agent for NDSU, came to the classroom to talk about nutrition. She visited once a week and discussed the five food groups. Each week Christina came with a different topic as well as fun activities!
The most recent field trip was when the fourth graders went to Agriculture in the Classroom sponsored by the NDSU Extension Service. The students enjoyed six breakout sessions discussing honey farms, wheat products, soy products, careers in farming, organic farms, and cattle farms. Then they participated in a large scavenger hunt on the main floor of the civic center!
We are also blessed to have Pastor James Venegas who comes to our school every Wednesday to have worship with the students. It is definitely a highlight of everyoneâ€™s week.
We look forward to what the rest of the year will bring! The upper graders are looking forward to Music Festival and Academy Days at DAA. The lower graders are excited for their spring field trip! The eighth graders are really looking forward to their 8th
grade class trip to Minneapolis in April. They have spent many hours working and fundraising. It just canâ€™t seem to come soon enough for them!