For the remainder of the school year we have four ducklings that have joined the students here at St. Matthew. We have four female buff ducks that were born on April 3rd that arrived in Mr. Hernandez's class just a couple days after they hatched and they growing fast! This trimester's gardening elective will be raising the ducks in the classroom and the garden. The class will be discussing the beneﬁts of ducks in the garden as a useful way to control pests, as well as the free fertilizer they provide. Feel free to swing by the 6th grade classroom before or after school to say hi to the ladies as the grow.
Our 6th grade class created a unique Class Auction Project for this year's auction. They reconditioned two cruiser style bicycles. The bikes where completely dismantled, repainted, and rebuilt. Students, with the help of Mr. Hernandez and the Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition (WashCo BTC) spent time doing the work. The bicycles are painted in St. Matthew colors and signed by the 6th grade class. This was a great opportunity for students to learn beyond textbooks.
We invite you to join us at our STEM Fair night on Thursday, February 2nd from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Each classroom will have different Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activities to share. Let you child be your travel guide as you go from classroom to classroom and experience different interactive STEM activities with your child. We hope to see everyone at the STEM Fair!
Earlier this month Mrs. Kemp and Mrs. Keys attended the National Science Teachers Association Conference. They are excited to share they knowledge the gained and the insights into ways to implement the framework of the new science standards into the classroom. The NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) call for studetns to routinely participate in extended science and engineering investigations that engage them in authentic practices while learing about disciplinary core ideas and making connections the the croscutting concepts. We are excited to have our students delve into science with a hand-on approach.
Mr. Hernandez recently had 7th grade math students make scale models of their dream houses. Students were invited to draw their dream house. They then drew a scale drawing of the house. They were able to determine the scale and how big the final model would be. Students then had the opportunity to bring their drawings to life and create a 3D scale model. Students used foam board to give their house good rigidity, lightness and to make it easy to work with. Students made many discoveries in the build phase as they learned about the difficulties of engineering, measurement and attention to detail. It was a great project which the students really enjoyed.