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This Week's Teacher Collaboration News
Monday, May 20, 2013;
COLUMBIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - We are certainly near the end of the year! Next week there is no collaboration due to Memorial Day, and then we will be in to the last week of school! However, there sure is a lot of events between now and June 5th!
• Pre-school is discussing and getting the students prepared for the transition to Kindergarten. Additionally, the teachers are assessing the students for the final time and continue to work on identifying numbers and students repeating a phrase of part of a story read to them.
• Kindergarten worked on preparing of Kinder Graduation and I am excited that the tassels have arrived for the new (only used one year) graduation gowns! The teachers are also completing the DIBELS testing with the students and preparing for Kindergarten Round-up!
• The first and second grade teachers reviewed the progress of the Organisms science unit. We continue to get packages that say “LIVE Materials” on them in the office. We are currently waiting for more guppies and snails. In reading, the group is already discussing the students for next year and Mrs. Reinig is slowing giving out all her great supplies from so many years of teaching. The BUGZ play was a great success…Mrs. Snyder and the students were awesome!
• Third grade teachers are having the students finish up their state reports and the irrigation safety people are coming in to do a water safety demonstration with the students on Wednesday. Additionlly, the teachers reported, “In science we are also going to finish up the rocks and minerals unit this week, and most likely will have our Rock Party on Friday where they can bring in rocks to let other students observe them and we will discuss whether or not their rocks have some of our minerals in them. We will finish up the year doing our egg shuttle design process and will launch our shuttles off of the bleachers on the Tuesday of the last week of school.”
• Fourth grade is finished up many things, including the salmon unit. On May 28th the students will go to the Salmon Summit at Sacajawea Park and release the salmon that have been growing in Mrs. Beden’s classroom. Mrs. Parks is finishing up the story The Last Dragon with the students and they will be working on a compare/contrast writing assignment that will end up being a 3 paragraph essay. In math, the students are working on transition topics moving them into the 5th grade math curriculum.
• Fifth Grade reviewed the new standards for writing and discussed how spelling across the different subjects would help the students with vocabulary development. Additionally, ASB elections are the week!
COLUMBIA MIDDLE SCHOOL - Today during collaboration the entire staff met to discuss how we would utilize some additional funds from GEAR UP. The conversation included professional development opportunities, field trips for students, guest speakers, as well as outside organizations coming in and working with our kids, such as OMSI or Pacific Science Center.
COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL - At the May 17th collaboration session, the staff at Columbia High School spent the time being led through our state testing schedule for this coming week. Students will be testing in Geometry, Algebra and Biology with an End of Course exam for each curricular area. In order to facilitate these tests legitimately, staff had to be trained in the appropriate proctoring expectations as put out by the office of the superintendent of public instruction for Washington state. Our CHS student services coordinator, Mrs. Eakin, did a superb job of leading the staff through that training.
Columbia School District is working to enhance technology in the classroom. Interactive Whiteboards are our latest addition.
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