JES/CIS Staff Holds Ugly Sweater Contest
We know Christmas has come and gone, but we couldn’t resist sharing these ugly sweater photos from JES/CIS staff! At JES, Mrs. Becker won first place for her fireplace sweater that used her iPhone for flames; Mr. Kithcart won 2nd place for his light up sweater, and Mrs. Horvath came in 3rd. At CIS Mrs. Santoro’s sweater literally chewed up and “spit out” the competition winning first place; Mr. Andersen and Mrs. Czacherski came in 2nd and 3rd, respectively, for their festive attire. Thanks to all who participated!
Pictured In Bottom Left Photo: Jordak Elementary teachers held an ugly sweater contest just before Winter Break. Winners were Librarian Mrs. Sue Becker, 1 st place; music teacher Mr. Joel Kithcart, 2nd place; 1st grade teacher Mrs. Darcy Horvath, 3rd place.
Pictured In Bottom Center Photo: Cardinal Intermediate School 4th grade teacher Mrs. Gwen Santoro wins first place in the ugly sweater contest held just before Winter Break.
Pictured In Bottom Right Photo: Cardinal Intermediate School paraprofessional Mrs. Connie Czacherski (left), and intervention specialist Mr. Miles Andersen (right), won third and second places, respectively, for their ugly sweater attire.
Seventh Graders Use Science to Master Water Bottle Challenge
Has the secret to winning the water bottle challenge finally been discovered?! Some seventh graders think so! Students in Ms. Sharon Stott’s classes were tasked with using a scientific approach to investigate the Water Bottle Flip Challenge for an assignment. Students made and tested hypotheses related to the water level, bottle shape and size and then collected and analyzed their data. Students then starting flipping bottles, recording their efforts in a slow-motion video. They analyzed the information to design the perfect conditions for water bottle flipping success.
Pictured In Top Right Photo: 7th grader Maddie L., participates in the Water Bottle Flip Challenge assignment in science class. Students were tasked with testing the challenge and analyzing their data to design perfect bottle flipping conditions.
High School Students Kick Off 2017 with Resolutions
The CHS PBIS campaign is up and running for the new year! Students were asked to make “SMART” (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely) goals for 2017 and filled out a resolution worksheet to keep them accountable. Many students are resolving to get better grades or graduate, others say they’re striving to get into the Marines or improve an ACT score. Resolutions were hung up near the gym so those attending basketball games the week of January 9th could view them and maybe even be inspired themselves. Good luck to everyone working hard to meet their new year’s resolutions!
CMS Students Creating a Future City
Re-imagining public space. That’s the idea middle school students participating in Future City are trying to develop a concept for this year. Future City is a program that gives students an opportunity to brainstorm on how to make the world a better place by working to develop a potential solution to a sustainability issue. Students essentially become engineers – identifying problems, brainstorming ideas, designing solutions, testing, retesting, and then building a model to showcase their solution as they present their findings. Past topics include storm water management, urban agriculture, and green energy. The 2016-17 topic is the Power of Public Space.
Cardinal sixth, seventh, and eighth graders have been using the online simulation game, Sim City, to help create their city design. Along with that, students have completed an essay assignment describing their city and researching different ideas for transforming public spaces. A 3-D model is also being constructed to help showcase the group’s findings.
Pictured In Top Left Photo: Cardinal Middle School students Karalyn R., Lauren S., Dylan S., and Justine B., work with Future City Advisor Mr. Shaun Spence on their 3-D model. Students are designing a city by focusing on the concept of “re-imagining public space.”