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Monday, November 9, 2015

What's Happening “Digitally” at West Elementary?

Students in Grades 3-5
  • Will receive three introductory lessons to typing on
  • Once they have had  three sessions and have demonstrated proper technique  and how to use this program, they will receive a letter to take home with student user name and password. The practice now becomes something they do at home. This program tracks their speed and accuracy and Ms. Fowler(Digital Learning Specialist) can see who needs support and who has taken off!
  • All students in grades 3-5 are learning about digital citizenship and being co-taught this lesson by Ms. Kaplan(Media Specialist) and Ms. Fowler (modeling working well with others) 
  • It's Digital Citizenship Week! What does that mean? This week is a perfect time for families to reflect on the role technology plays in their lives. Start a conversation about digital safety and responsibility with your child. Focus on building positive online habits. The attached family tips sheet will help you get the conversation started.  Throughout the year, our Digital Learning Specialist and Media Specialist will keep the conversation going by teaching lessons in responsible digital citizenship to students in all grades. Stay tuned for updates
  • k-5-familytip-digitalife.pdf

All Grades K-5

  • In December all students will all participate in coding. Coding is basic computer programming. We have a school-wide week of coding.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Grant Brings “Makerspace” Resources to West Elementary

We are very excited to create a “Maker Space” at West Elementary. In anticipation of this space we wrote a mini grant to get supplies through Donor’ We know that students learn best when their hands are as busy as their brains. We are proud to announce that we have been selected as a grant recipient as part of the "Smarter, Together!" grant opportunity. We want to thank Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany for their generous contribution of $1467.00. 

With this grant money, West will receive a collection of LittleBits brand DIY electronics kits as well as supplemental materials. These materials will provide unique learning experiences for our students that encompass the 4C's (Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking and Creativity). In addition, these materials will be used to support the district’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) initiative.

The "Innovation Station and Science Integration” grant proposal is designed to encourage both busy hands and inquiring minds. We are looking forward to introducing our students to the littleBits electronics kits made possible by this generous funding! 

Monday, November 2, 2015

AHS Film/Video Students "On-Air" with WHDH's Urban Update

Recently, AHS film/video Students Fiona Jungmann and Peter Meltsakos sat down with Ashley Krebs, Director of the Child Nutrition Outreach Program and Byron Barnett, host of WHDH’s program Urbane Update to discuss the importance of eating a healthy breakfast as well as the process behind creating the winning video.

Here is that episode, which aired on October 11.

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