September 1, 2016

We are pleased to introduce our new Visual Arts Teacher, Ms. Elizabeth Keefe. Ms. Keefe is an acomplished artist, describing her style as eclectic. She works in paint and in glass mosaic. Ms. Keefe is a NH certified art educator and, previously, has taught art classes at a private school in New Hampshire. She loves animals and is described as a caring and creative person. Please extend a warm GCCSA welcome to Ms. Keefe! 

September 7, 2016

Mrs. Mason - Music

In the music room we began many units throughout the grade levels. Kindergarten started learning about melody and how notes in a song can go down and demonstrated this through movement as well as on the new classroom instruments. Also, first and second graders started their units on music from around the world looking this week at singing and playing songs from Germany and Africa. Next, third, fourth and fifth graders started to play the recorder and have or will have learned the notes, B, A, and G during class. In addition, the sixth graders started a unit on Native American music and dance and started to explore the music from the Pacific Northwest. Finally, seventh and eighth graders met last week and did the Musical A, B, C’s which resulted in learning some new music terminology, instruments, and genres as well as the different topics that we will cover this year including music and the media, music history, music theory, and making music with non-traditional instruments.

 

Mrs. Savoie - Kindergarten

  

What a wonderful first week of school! Our class is settling so nicely into a new class in a new school. We have started work in Second Step, our social curriculum. A letter went home last week about Second Step. If you didn't receive a copy, please let me know and I'll send home another copy. We have learned the 4 rules for being a good listener. We also are working on our independent work routine during math. While the teachers work with 2 small groups to teach a new lesson, 2 other small groups work independently with math boxes. These are designed to reinforce skills we are learning and to practice fluency in kindergarten math skills. We have worked with math boxes a couple of times and the class has loved them. We're looking forward to starting with Eureka Math this week. Our first ELA module is about the five senses. We have identified the five senses and started this study with a group collage project. We'll be starting with Fundations, our reading curriculum, this week. This program helps us learn the basic skills necessary for reading. Please be sure to check your child's folder everyday. There won't always be information coming home, but, especially at this time of year, there can be time sensitive material that needs to be returned to school. Thank you!

Mrs. Waterman - First Grade

First graders have done a wonderful job adjusting to a full day of school! Our days have been very busy exploring, learning and getting to know one another. Our school focus in these first few weeks of school is on learning and internalizing routines and expectations, and on building a sense of classroom and school-wide community. In our class children have found books for their personal reading pleasure and begun to build stamina in both “read-to-self” and “read to someone”. Theses are important elements in our school-wide approach to differentiated reading instruction.

Mrs. Duffy - Second Grade

What a wonderful beginning of second grade we have had! We’ve now had two music classes, an art lesson in the classroom, and another art lesson  in the art room with our new art teacher (Ms. Keefe). We’ve met our Fundations feathered friends (Mama Echo and Baby Echo), and have learned, reviewed, and practiced many classroom and school routines. We’ve been reviewing place value and graphing, counting by twos, fives, and tens, and just discovered today that our attendance numbers have a pattern of counting by threes. We are starting some preliminary small group and individual reading, writing, and spelling work this week, as well as introductory work in our second grade math curriculum. I’m looking forward to our year together!

Mrs. Berube - Third Grade

We celebrated our third day of third grade by putting into practice some of the concepts we have dubbed “The Third Grade Way”. By working together, sharing ideas and respecting different kinds of smarts, we took on an engineering challenge to help some adorable puffballs in class. Third graders were asked to stick to a tight schedule, come up a with a plan, try it out, cooperate, test their idea, then reflect on the process...all while relying on each other for help and being receptive to help. Each group of students were given the task of building a perch for a puffball named Harry that provided a view of what goes on in third grade. I am pleased to say that I saw collaborative problem solving within each group! During our reflection we discussed how we designed each perch and also what was easy and difficult about working together. I was impressed with how honestly and respectfully students evaluated their groups. This activity will be a model for future small group problem solving in third grade.

Miss Frost - Fourth Grade

This week in 4th grade... We will begin our Daily Five rotations for ELA. We will talk about the five different rotations we will work on and begin to talk about how to organize our writing. In Social Studies we will begin working on our Civil War unit. For Math we will start off with place value using Base Ten materials. We will also start our social curriculum this week and talk about empathy.

Mrs. Tanguay - Fifth Grade

Hello from the 5th grade class! We are having a wonderful start to our school year, practicing our routines and procedures so that our school year can run smoothly. It has been fun getting to know each other and learning how to use our classroom tools. This week we are focusing on trying out different learning strategies to use in Math and ELA, such as white board exchanges, iPads, partner reading, small group work, and independent study. In your child's planner you will see a culture web to be filled out and due by Friday. Please use this opportunity to have a conversation with your child about family customs, beliefs, and values so that we can make connections between our modern cultures and the culture of the Native American tribes in the 1800s. We are so excited about this great start to the new year!

Ms. Alvarado - Sixth Grade

6th grade is hitting the ground running this year! We will be diving into both our math and language arts curriculums this week. In math, we will start the year with Ratios and Proportions. Starting with ratios, we will be introducing what they are and how we use them in the real world context. In Language Arts, we will be gaining background information on Westward expansion (think Lewis & Clark expedition) in order to gain a further understanding of how this impacted Native American culture. We will be reading multiple articles in order to gain a plethora of background knowledge for our module. We will also be setting up our Google Classroom online this week and beginning to learn how to use this great tool. Once students are set-up with their accounts, I can add you as a guardian which will enable you to see announcements, any missed/make up work, etc. Please e-mail me at alvaradoa@gccs-nh.org so that I can link your e-mail with your student's account. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Mrs. Fritz - 7th and 8th Grade Humanities

7th grade humanities students will begin the year learning about the middle ages. This coming week will be introduced to the concept of hierarchy and feudalism. By the end of the week we will have learned why figurative language is an imperative requirement for personal narratives, particularly when one describes events of those in history as well as how the Vikings managed to become the economic superstars of the european trade scene.

I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life. - Jean Michel Basquiat

The 8th grade humanities students are going to dive into the power of poetics and storytelling. We will begin reading the novel "The Crossover" by Kwame Alexander and discussing the concept of "suggestive dichotomies" while investigating the links between art and text. Diving into the past, students will relive the SAMO graffiti art movement from the late 70's and discuss its importance on contemporary artists and poets today.

Mrs. Kone - 7th and 8th Grade Math & Science

We have had a great first week of school! The seventh grade class is working on identifying proportions and creating equivalent ratios in math class. The eighth graders have been busy working on multiplying and dividing exponents. In science class, we have worked on identifying the water needs of different organisms and the definition of water quality. Finally, the eighth graders started an enrichment class about the invention process. It has been great learning about different inventors and their inventions, take a moment to ask your eighth grader the invention story of the earmuffs or lifesavers.

Ms. Keefe - Visual Arts

We are pleased to introduce our new Visual Arts Teacher, Ms. Elizabeth Keefe. Ms. Keefe is an acomplished artist, describing her style as eclectic. She works in paint and in glass mosaic. Ms. Keefe is a NH certified art educator and, previously, has taught art classes at a private school in New Hampshire. She loves animals and is described as a caring and creative person. Please extend a warm GCCSA welcome to Ms. Keefe! 

September 13, 2016

Mrs. Mason - Music

This week, students are continuing with their curriculum units. Kindergarten and first graders are continuing to learn about melodic contour focusing on notes going up both at a quick and gradual duration throughout a song. Also, third graders are learning about melody and that notes can move both by step and by leap. Next, second graders are learning about form through multicultural songs, this week focusing on songs from the Caribbean. Then, fourth grade is looking at patterns in music and will be composing their own songs using patterns that they create. Next, fifth and sixth graders have started a unit on Native American culture and music and will be studying the form of songs from different tribes as well as the symbolism that each song and dance represents for the tribes they are learning about. Finally, seventh grade has started a unit on music and the media and the eighth grade has started a unit on non-traditional instruments. 

 

Mrs. Savoie - Kindergarten

What a start to our first full week of school.  We got to visit the book fair Monday morning and are looking forward to shopping during ELA on Tuesday. The fair is open each day before and after school.  Also, parents have an opportunity to shop during Parent Information Night on Thursday.  Every purchase helps provide additional supplies and materials to our classrooms and school community.

We have launched into our Eureka Math curriculum.  All of our practice with math boxes during the first two weeks of school has paid off.  Mrs. Dinbergs and I are able to work with two small groups to give more personalized instruction during math while two more groups work independently to practice those fluency skills that are so vital at every grade level.  

During ELA we have completed the Fundations orientation and are starting work on our first three letters, Tt, Bb, and Ff.  Please take the opportunity to read the Fundations letters that went home in your child's folder.  These letters are provided by Fundations and help give a clearer picture of what happens when we are practicing our pre-reading skills.  We are also continuing our conversation about the five senses.  Later this week we'll be working on listing adjectives describing the five senses.  These will be posted so you can see them Thursday night. 

We hope to see everyone Thursday during Parent Information Night from 6-6:30.  This is a wonderful opportunity for us to talk about what's happening in the classroom and for parents to ask any questions you might have.  This is a child-free evening so that we can talk about curriculum with fewer interruptions and, hopefully, answer all questions during our 30 minutes together.  Because this is a time for all parents to talk about what's happening in our classroom, I ask that you not ask personal questions about your child during this time.  I'll be happy to schedule a conference any day before or after school so that we could have a private, more focused conversation.

 

Mrs. Waterman - First Grade

First graders are doing a great job adjusting to our new routines and procedures.

We have started work in Second Step, our social curriculum and have learned the four rules for being a good listener: Eyes Watching, Ears Listening, Voices Quiet and Body Still.  Our class has also spent time reading “How Full Is Your Bucket” by Jon Rath and “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud.  These  heartwarming books encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love by "filling buckets”. This week, we will add our first poem to our poetry journal called “I’m a Bucket Filler”.  

The children are really enjoying our new Fundations phonics program.  The first unit in Fundations will review letter names, sounds and letter formation. Students so far have been able to use their personal magnetic letter board, and write boards to practice their letters.  

Math this year will be taught in small groups.  While I teach a small group the lesson, the remainder of the children will either be working independently on a math activity or with Mrs. Ferguson to reinforce a skill. The children are becoming confident in number bonds and  we will continue to work with them throughout the year.  Students have begun to solve addition problems by counting on, rather than counting all.  Students will use number bonds and number sentences to show how they can compose and decompose numbers. 

During ELA our first module is called “A World of Books”  We will explore how books can impact and enhance our lives.  We have learned that a good reader always asks questions while they are reading or listening to a story.  We have identified that a good reading question is an “I wonder” question.  

First graders have been very busy! Please come to our Parent Information Night on Thursday to see first hand all the great things we have begun to learn and all the wonderful things that await us this year.  I hope to see you Thursday at 6:00-6:30.

 

Mrs. Duffy - Second Grade

On Friday, the second graders taught the school a song that we all, then, sang in a round. Yesterday was our first Monday this year! Second graders did a great job remembering many of our new routines and responsibilities as we started our first full week, and we continue to practice as well. We had our first all-school fire drill (without the alarm) and also got to visit the Scholastic Book Fair to make our wish lists...it was quite a packed Monday! 

 

We are working on building stamina in independent "Read to Self" and we enjoy sharing what we are reading about with a friend. We have also begun reflecting upon what we are reading through drawing and writing in our journals. We are working very hard on developing our quiet working voices and have made great progress in keeping our silent work time silent. I am continuing to make initial assessments of the children's reading and math strengths and needs,  a process that takes several weeks at the beginning of each school year. I will not be making a formal presentation at Parent Information Night on Thursday night, but will be in my classroom from 6:00 - 6:30 to meet with parents in an open house style. Parents, come and explose what second grade is about!

 

Mrs. Berube - Third Grade

In English and Language Arts we have discussed words with multiple meanings by analyzing puns and corny jokes. Words such as “ball” and “coach” have two meanings in one of our favorites: Q: “Why was Cinderella so bad at soccer?”  A: “She ran away from the ball”, or “Her coach was a pumpkin”. This week in ELA we delve into the meanings of the word “explore”, as in exploring water, and exploring the sea.  

 

Explore (v.):  1. travel through a place in order to learn more about it 

2. learn about something in detail.

 

   Our essential and focusing questions for our first ELA unit are: Why do people explore the sea? How do artists explore the sea? We will find answers by examining poetry, visual art and short stories. This week third grade begins our scientific investigations by observing the properties of water.  We will compare how water drops interact with absorbent and waterproof materials.  We will use droppers to make water domes and observe what water does on sloped surfaces.  Next week, we will ask, "How much water can a dry sponge soak up?"  Children will develop their own procedures to answer this question.  We connect our first ELA studies to science by exploring water in depth. (Pun intended!)

 

Miss Frost - Fourth Grade

We are so excited to be in our third week of school. We all have been working hard remembering our classroom routines and expectations. This week we will be visiting the book fair! Don't forget that it will be open during Parent Information Night this Thursday. Students will make a wish list of books they are interested in.

 

In ELA, we will continue working on the writing process and organizing our ideas into paragraphs. During math we will focus on place value and will practice writing numbers in expanded form, word form and base ten form. We will also compare numbers using less than, greater than or equal to. We will begin doing our math in rotations. Math rotations include working with the teacher, working by myself, working with a partner and math with writing. In social studies we will continue discussing the Civil War, this week students will create a chart paper explaining the differences between the North and South during that time. Have a wonderful week!

 

Mrs. Tanguay - Fifth Grade

Hello everyone! This week we are going to "keep moving forward" (our new favorite growth mindset phrase!) by setting up our stations in Math and adding in our Science and Social Studies rotations. In Science, we are going to be studying motion, force, gravity and mass by experimenting with pendulums. For more information about 5th grade Social Studies, please see Ms. Alvarado's news blast. In ELA this week we are going to be focusing on creating informative paragraphs to summarize an informational article. I hope to see you all at Parent Night on Thursday!

 

Ms. Alvarado - Sixth Grade

Our first full week- how exciting! While we are still practicing some routines, we are, for the most part, off and running in 6th grade. Further developing what ratios consist of and how we might use them in a real world context will continue to be the main focus this week. We will start to explore equivalent ratios: how to find them, when they are necessary, why we might use them in a real world context, etc. In ELA, our focus this week will be on developing a well structured paragraph(s) when writing from informational resources. We will be analyzing, modeling, and practicing all parts to a paragraph from the topic statement, evidence, elaboration and closing statements. Much of our writing this year will consist of asking your student to write about articles and resources that we have read and then using evidence from the text to defend our thoughts. In Social Studies, we will be comparing and contrasting our familial and cultural values against the Native American culture. 

Just a reminder that Parent Night is this Thursday at 630 for all Upper Grades (5-8). I will be explaining how exactly we are using Google Classroom in our grade this year. 

 

Mrs. Kone - 7th and 8th Grade Math & Science

We are having a great week in math and science for seventh and eighth grades.  For eighth grade math we are continuing our exploration of exponents. We will be working on negative exponents and proofs of exponents. For seventh grade math our exploration of proportions will continue. We will be doing lots of real world examples to better understand how proportions happen everyday. In science, we will be building models of how water flows from high elevation to low elevation and start our study of watersheds.  Finally, with our eighth grade inventors we will be making quick inventions out of everyday products!

 

Mrs. Fritz - 7th and 8th Grade Humanities

 7th grade students are learning about feudalism, hierarchy and how the two relate to those who are a part of the social system in the middle ages.  They are reading the book 'Castle Diaries' which is about a young boy who is training to be a knight.  This week we will be discussing the importance of chivalry, as well as learning how to participate in a fishbowl discussion.

 

This week we move into the realm of the famous jazz pianist, Horace Silver.  While dissecting the ebb and flow of his famous song 'Filthy McNasty', 8th grade students will be looking at the importance of inflection and fluency in their reading and it's delivery.  "The Crossover" by Kwame Alexander is written in poetic verse.  In a conversation I was having with Mrs. Tanguay, it turns out that this book is an excellent precursor to our Shakespeare novel (that is coming up in the months ahead) because when reading Shakespeare you have to get a feel for his writing, without relying on todays rules of punctuation.  Kwame Alexander abides by the contemporary rules of punctuation in his novel however and thus directs the reader through the flow of words - which in turn helps the 8th grade as they develop fluency their reading as well delivery to their peers.  

 

Ms. Keefe - Visual Arts

Welcome to GCCS Art Blast. I'm Ms.Keefe; GCCS new Art teacher.  A little about me is I'm a professional Artist with my own art studio and now the wonderful opportunity to teach at GCCS. 

My GCCS students are starting with the foundation blocks of art....the art elements. Beginning with Kindergarten with line exploration and taking a dot for a walk to zentangles in eighth grade. Many times we find beauty in the simplicity as seen with just creating lines: the most basic element of art.

I hope to meet you and answer any questions you may have this Thursday evening for GCCS open house. Sincerely, Ms.K

September 27, 2016

Mrs. Mason - Music

Last week students sang songs, played instruments, and composed their own pieces based on criteria set in class. Kindergarten and first grade learned that notes can go both up and down in the same song. Kindergarten sang a two-part song and first grade started learning a song from El Salvador. Second grade continued its studies on music from around the world and learned about what an introduction is and we added, using rhythm instruments, one to the song we learned from the West Indies. Third, fourth, and fifth graders started learning their first song on the recorders and how to read notes on the music staff. Sixth grade continued their studies on Native American culture and began to learn a Buffalo Dance that we will be building on this week. Seventh grade started learning about the different roles that music has played on the radio as well as he history of the radio. Eighth grade has continued to learn their song for the bucket ensemble. 

 

Mrs. Savoie - Kindergarten

This will be a busy week in kindergarten.  We are preparing to perform "Geraldine, the Music Mouse" during next Friday's community meeting.  This process is getting us ready to see "Mulan" next Tuesday at the Palace Theater.  We will be in touch with parents who have offered to chaperone.

Our new letters in Fundations are Ii and Uu.  We are working our way through a reading assessment, just to know where everyone is in their development in reading skills.  You have to know how tickled I was when I asked someone what letter says /f/ and he said "F, fun, /f/".  It's so encouraging to see how students are internalizing these drill practices that we do every day.  The pre-reading skills they are learning through Fundations will give them such a strong background that when their brains are reading for reading, it will all fall into place.

We have talked about the difference between numbers and numerals (numbers are counted and numerals are the written figure representing the numbers).  We've been working on recognizing numerals to 5 and recognizing the number 5 in different configurations.  We've also been working on our Frequency Friday routine.  During our Friday math time we play math games that help us practice those skills that we want to be automatic by the end of kindergarten, including numeral recognition, number recognition, and sequencing.  This time also gives us the chance to work on some self-management skills: working with a partner, working independently, and problem-solving in a group.  We look forward to welcoming volunteers during this time.

Mrs. Hitzeman is helping to coordinate volunteers for the month of October.  If you are interested in coming in any day between 10:30 and 12, please catch up with her at drop off or pick up.  If you need contact information for her, please let me know.  We will happily welcome volunteers at any point during our day.  The time when an extra set of hands is most beneficial is from 10:30-12 when we have our time for math and ELA.  

 

Mrs. Waterman - First Grade

This week during our ELA block, we will continue to work on our Daily Five expectations and procedures.  First grade children are doing a wonderful job Reading to Someone, Reading to Self, and Work on Writing.  This week they will learn Word Work. During Word Work, children will work with their own list of sight words. Some examples of Word Work activities are; rainbow writing, ABC order, stamping words and spelling words using tiles. Also, during our ELA time, we will be reading literature that focuses on different ways children around the world get books to read.  

During our Fundations time, we will be finishing up our review of the letter sounds and letter formation.  

We will begin our first science unit Plants and Animals. Our first investigation will be to observe what happens when grass and alfalfa seeds are planted in moist soil.  We will also make observations about the plants around our schoolyard.  

This week in math, we will continue to work with number bonds and work with the number 9 and 10.  We will also begin working on story problems.

 

Mrs. Duffy - Second Grade

Fall is an exciting time for science study in second grade! Our ongoing study of birds integrates learning across several curriculum areas including science, the arts, math, reading, writing, listening, and geography. With our school so beautifully nestled in our natural surroundings, we can’t help but study the changing seasons! Once again, our investigations provide rich opportunity for growth in multiple curricular areas. Our weekly creativity time, and our current FOSS Science unit, provide additional opportunities for second graders to engage in and develop scientific and engineering practices. The activities in our FOSS unit are specifically designed to heighten children’s awareness, curiosity, and understanding of the physical world as they explore the properties of matter. In this unit, the children have many opportunities to observe, describe, and compare the properties and behaviors of solids and liquids. They will record observations with pictures, numbers, and words, will determine the properties of solids that make them appropriate for tower construction, will use tools to combine and separate solid materials of different particle sizes, and will use acquired knowledge and skills to conduct an investigation of a familiar, but in this activity, unknown material. Shhhh! It’s a surprise!

 

Mrs. Berube - Third Grade

While I meet with small groups and provide guided reading instruction during Daily 5, what are the other students doing?  

 

1. Rereading their guided reading text: To increase fluency students must reread text a number of times. This can be done silently, or with a partner.

2. Listen to a story on tape or on cd: This helps introduce students to new vocabulary and helps improve their fluency.

3. Students read independently:  Students choose books from their “right fit” book bins. This is the perfect time for D.E.A.R time.  Drop everything and read!

4.  Independent writing: Reading and writing are different sides of the same coin. Giving students the opportunity to create a story, respond to literature, or respond to a specific assignment is a perfect activity for this time!

5.  Read with a parent volunteer:  Reading aloud increases fluency and confidence.  We love quiet reading with visitors during Daily 5.

6. Word work: This can be done in many ways. For example, if we are working on prefixes and suffixes, students might add words to a chart that show the word, the prefix/suffix added, and the new meaning.  

7. Reader's Theater Group: Students group together to choose and practice a reader's theater to be given at the end of the week.

8. A "Must Do" activity: Our ELA, Writers’ Workshop and Fundations curriculum present a lot of new skills students put into practice at Daily 5. We always have at least one weekly “must do” and a bunch of “move on choices” for additional literacy practice. Move on choices include literacy games, reading and writing  and working with words.

 

Miss Frost - Fourth Grade

Fourth graders will learn about being assertive this week. We will discuss what it means to be assertive and practice doing so in a firm but respectful manner. We will continue to do investigations about water and learn about surface tension. We will also continue to explore how artists explore the see. We have read Amos & Boris and will do some more activities this week with this story. During computer lab we will use a website, typing.com, to help us learn the correct formation to type on a computer. This is something you can have your kiddo work on at home. Instructions on how to access this website for typing practice at home will be sent home later this week. In social studies we will read the Emancipation Proclamation and discuss it's importance. Don't forget that next Tuesday we have a field trip!

 

Mrs. Tanguay - Fifth Grade

In Science, 5th and 6th graders are continuing their investigation of motion and force by starting to experiment with ramps and measuring speed. In ELA, we will be working on a creative writing piece about cultures and myths. Students will also continue to keep track of their reading progress in "Thunder Rolling in the Mountain" through the use of character journals. We will be trying our first mid-module assessment in Math to see if we are ready to move past introductory decimal operations and into adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals.

 

Ms. Alvarado - Sixth Grade

This week in math we will using our past knowledge of ratios to create ratio tables. We will be analyzing how ratio tables can help us in solving word problems. In further discussions students will be able to compare various ratio tables to determine which situation has the best value. This will easily transition us into unit rates later on in our curriculum.

In language arts we will begin to create our own modern day legends utilizing multiple components of Native American legend and stories. Students will also be continuing their work in literature circle. Students are developing an understanding of the importance of creating thought provoking questions as well as preparation to each discussion. 

In social studies, students will be beginning the creation of their collages. We have discussed the multiple components of shapes as well as texture that are necessary to incorporate into a well developed collage. Students will have the opportunity to show their newly acquired skills within their own collage to depict the main idea of an article. 

 

Mrs. Fritz - 7th & 8th Grade Humanities

7th graders this week have been learning about the history of the Moors and the Islamic culture. Questions around the origins of the religion and culture have lead to rigorous, student lead discussions which involved questions like "what leads humans to believe in things outside the scientific realm?"  This week we incorporate the concept of hierarchy in religion, and the rights to "holy" lands: The Crusades. 

 

The 8th graders have been focused on the economic climate of the 1970's/ 80's and 90’s. Near the end of last week we started to research the AIDS crisis of the late 80's and 90's.  This week we move towards the societal response towards the AIDS epidemic and what influence it had on artists of the time.  In ELA, students will be discussing evocative vs indicative language and how this transpired into visual art, poetry and music. 

 

Mrs. Kone - 7th & 8th Grade Math and Science

We had a great week last week learning about runoff, groundwater and rivers. This week in science we will observe and build stream tables to continue our exploration of rivers.   Students will also be asked to create an informational poster  about  water. In math for seventh grade, we are working on unit rate and fraction operations.  In math for eighth grade, we will continue our studies with exponents and scientific notation. 

 

Ms. Keefe - Visual Arts

Hi from the GCCS Art Room. We have going on many different projects in each of the grades; its hard to begin telling you all about them! I guess then you will have to come see! Be sure to check out the the photo strip on this page to see the wonderful art from our amazing artists. Older grades have been exploring printmaking processes while studying about contemporary artists of the '80s. Seventh graders are creating sweet castles; sixth grade is making yarn animal sculptures based on Native Aborigines homeland.

Younger grades have been exploring line, shapes, patterns and colors while creating fall leaves, fall reflections and Mondrian's bookmarks...

Lots to see and enjoy! Thanks for all your support...Ms.K

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