Our week was packed with special activities as well as some great in-depth study of our current Social Studies unit.
Twice this week, brave Mrs. Swanson packed her room with 83 kids so the students could start learning how their own class fits in with others for the big program NEXT Thursday. Make sure your child is in the Trillium room at 6:15 (no earlier please) with their costume on. They should leave their coat with you, as we won’t return to the room afterward.
The children who are studying fur trappers got new identities this week. They seem to really like their new names, although some are certainly a mouthful. After learning about the lifestyle of a fur trapper, they wrote about their personal motivations for going into this dangerous field of work.
The children who are studying the beaver are busy taking notes in preparation for their written report. We’ve watched great videos, read great books, and made some adorable crafts.
This week on the district website, there were 2 great articles we’d like to pitch. The first is by Dr. Trani. It talks about the astoundingly low number of in-district students who ask to leave for another district. The link is: http://corbett.k12.or.us/2012/02/13/update-on-the-current-student-population-statistics-of-corbett-school-district/
The other is by Lucas Houck. He talks about how assessment is done in the middle school and why Corbett’s unique approach works well. Perhaps the fact that Mrs. Wold has a daughter going into middle school next year makes this article seems perfectly timely. http://corbett.k12.or.us/2012/02/13/corbett-middle-school-no-grades-no-problem/
You know we love our kindergarteners! We are excited that Kindergarten Round-up is Monday, Feb. 27th. Please tell everyone you know to search their house for 5-year-olds that we can meet!