“GE hires a lot of engineers. We want young people who can do more than add up a string of numbers and write a coherent sentence. They must be able to solve problems, communicate ideas and be sensitive to the world around them. Participation in the arts is one of the best ways to develop these abilities.” – Clifford V. Smith, President of the General Electric Foundation
2013 Spelling Bee
Congratulations to all 28 4th, 5th, and 6th grade contestants who competed is this year's spelling bee. After four rounds the field was reduced to just three contestants: 5th grader Arnell M., and 6th graders Kennedy J. and Alex W. Kennedy and Alex made it to the finals, with Alex taking the title as best speller with the word vestigial. Alex will now move on to the district bee.
2013 Giving Thanks Parade
We hope all of you can make it to KGA tomorrow from 2:15-2:45 for the 2nd Annual Giving Thanks Parade featuring floats from Kindergartners, 2nd graders, and 5th graders. Below is a Flickr set highlighting our process as well as a map of the parade route.
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Over the Weekend...
So how did you use water this weekend? Check out what the KGA 5th graders said.
With the help of our fabulous parent volunteers, November's Art Masterpiece lesson introduced our students to the Western artwork of Frederic Remington. Here's a peek at their process!
Google+ Hangout with Sharon Draper
Thanks to Pernille Ripp, the creator of The Global Read Aloud, for organizing a video chat with author Sharon Draper. Mrs. Draper wrote Out of My Mind, the book we are reading as a grade level. Several of the KGA 5th grade students watched the Hangout and asked Mr. Buist and Mrs. Nusbaum to Tweet questions to Mrs. Draper and Mrs. Ripp.
Why Does Water Matter?
This quarter we are exploring the question "Why does water matter?" To help us with this task, we enlisted the help of NASA, the International Space Station and the Sally Ride EarthKAM. Students used ISS orbital data (time and space), pinned locations on the globe, and programmed the Sally Ride EarthKAM to take pictures that could help us better understand the impact water has on our world and our impact on water. Check out some of the places we visited.
To celebrate the 2nd Annual lDay of Play sponsored by The Imagination Foundation and Caines Arcade, the KGA 5th graders are designing and building objects out of cardboard. Students first had to think about their first quarter learning goals in science, language arts, social studies, and mathematics and design an object that connected with their learning. Students are keeping detailed notes about their process in the hopes of creating an instructional manual for their cardboard creation. The final products will be on display at our Day of Play on Friday, September 27 from 2:30-3:30 in rooms B1-B3.