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Our kindergarten classes collected $284 in their recent Ronald McDonald House Coin Drive! Once the money was collected they used their money skills to sort and count the coins then purchased items from the RMH wish list. The children were very excited to pick out items for the RMH!
Working with RMH has been extremely beneficial for our kindergarten students. They all understand what it is like to be sick (although they don’t know the difference in severity) and feel great compassion for the children at RMH. The coin drive not only raised money for families at RMH, but it was also a great connection to our math curriculum as the students are learning to identify and count money. The children have really enjoyed working with the RMH this year!
Villa’s Rainbow Theater was overflowing with impressive presentations earlier this week during the 4th Annual 7th Grade World Fair. Every 7th grade student displayed a project from each of the five continents they studied this year: Europe, South America, Africa, Oceania and Asia. As you can see in the World Fair Slideshow, topics ranged from Energy Conservation in Tokyo to French Fashion and Style.
Creative writing was a new component to this year’s World Fair as each student was required to write a novella based on one of his or her projects. Seventh grader Caitlin Hendricks called the writing process a “long and thrilling journey” with many hours dedicated to the novella. “We have each finished our first book and are proud to present them to the community.”
Thank you, 7th Graders for celebrating the world with us and sharing your amazing work!
Families attended an Open House to showcase 5A student PowerPoint slideshows (with animation and sound) on Monday, January 28. Thank you to all who attended.
5B students will present their slideshows on Thursday, February 7 from 2:45-3:15.
This project is complex and the PowerPoint slideshows are so well designed that 5th Grade students are to be congratulated for their perseverance. Students gathered photos of their state using Encyclopedia Britannica’s Image Quest. They used World Book Online and other sites to research their state’s economy, geography, culture, and climate. They organized copious facts about their state using a “mind map” created in Inspiration. Rough drafts were printed, proofread, corrected, re-printed and corrected again to be ready for the Open House presentations.
Whether or not you have a student in this class, if you are in the building Thursday, February 7th from 2:45 – 3:15, please stop by the Computer Lab!
The projects are top notch, but equally impressive is the students’ confidence with technology, their ability to present their work and explain how the computer programs aided their research.
Villa 6th grade science students in Roger Crafts’ and Janis Smith’s science classes had a great time discovering their own densities using the Density Dunk Tank. Each voluntary participant found his or her mass in kilograms and divided that by his or her volume in liters. Students not dunking took scale and tank measurements and entered the data into an Excel spreadsheet for later analysis.
All middle school students are invited to join Villa’s Middle School Book Club each Tuesday, beginning September 25th in the Library.
Book Club will meet during the Middle School recess time,11:25-11:45. Book Club is a non-graded, optional activity designed to foster and support a love of reading good books. Our first book will be Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.
Join Mrs. Brooks, Mrs. Calomeni, Mrs. Sprute, and Mrs. Strand in thoughtful discussions about some epic adventures!
Villa Academy is busy place to be this week. Teachers are back and preparing their classrooms for the return of the school year. The new windows and restored terra cotta look wonderful and the summer projects are wrapping up.
Please join us on Thursday, August 30th 1:30-2:30pm for Classroom Visit Day to meet your teachers and check out your new digs!