Waste Not, Want Not

As part of the fifth-graders Stewardship Project, students looked for ways to build awareness around recycling.

First, the students created signs to place in common spaces throughout the school.

Next, they looked through the school’s recycled items to see if anything could be given a second life. The students used some items to create giraffe and tortoise art projects. Other materials were converted into a planter box to grow fresh produce for our school tortoise, Russell.

Using recycled boxes lined with plastic bags, the students planted kale, two varieties of lettuce, and carrots – a few of Russell’s favorite foods.

Lastly, the fifth-graders made signs to remind students to bring their pop tabs to school, which are collected to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

While recycling awareness tends to go hand-in-hand with spring cleaning and Earth Day, our students are on a mission to keep this important message front and center year-round.

Coming Together

While ‘coming together’ looks very different this year, our Falcons have found new ways to create community and celebrate special occasions.

Throughout the building last Friday, students gathered in their black and orange attire and participated in Halloween festivities. Some classrooms had special visitors and others got to connect with friends from other grades.

** Please note that preschool students are not required to wear face masks.

Principal Gallivan was the special guest reader in Mrs. Follmer’s and Mrs. Rocklin’s preschool classroom.

Mrs. Barry’s preschool class had the middle school ambassadors visit to help with their Halloween party.

And the middle schoolers even participated in a pumpkin carving contest, where they made their Jack-o-Lanterns at home and brought them back to the school for judging. The creations were lit up and on display in the bus lane. Winners were then selected and announced on social media.

Between the special Halloween activities and the return of the warm sunshine, students were abuzz with a level of excitement that made for an exceptional end to the week!

The Very Snowy Rocket Launch

Last week the fifth and sixth grade students tackled a rocket launch project as part of their science curriculum.

Mr. Anderson, our new middle school science teacher, partnered with STARBASE MN, which is a non-profit based out of St. Paul. STARBASE works with schools in the area to provide space-based engineering challenges and science activities.

Students used a simple kit and assembled the rockets within one day. They then attached two 3D printed fins to compare their impact on flight.

On Friday, in the midst of what looked like a January snowstorm, the teachers and students walked over to Podvin Park to prepare for their rocket launch. Once the set-up was complete, teachers helped with the launch process, and results were judged by how far the rockets flew.

Mr. Anderson noted that the experience must have been a memorable one because the students were still discussing their launch data on Monday!