We started off our last week of school with a very successful Poetry Slam! The students all had the opportunity to stand in front of their peers and parents to share their writing. We heard poems about fruit, feelings, family, and many two person poems as well.
Today the weather cooperated with us and we were able to take a beautiful walk through downtown Columbia. We brought sketch pads and sat at Peace Park where we got to practice drawing landscapes. After enjoying our snacks outside on this perfect day we walked over to the Columbia Art League. We were greeted by a Stephens College graduate named Karen who shared information about the Columbia Art League and the currently featured artwork in the gallery. The artwork on display right now is all inspired by the theme of FEAST. The students were respectful and safe and enjoyed seeing local artwork. We shared our knowledge about Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet and different types of painting such as a still-life and a landscape. We are excited to continue our study of Art History this week!
We had our last Kindergarten/First Grade/Roxaboxen Showcase this morning. The energy was high and students enjoyed observing each table. Eleanor had under the sea figurines. Jonah brought Dinosaurology. Abe had magnetic shapes. Avery brought a variety of stuffed animals. Jeanne shared her puppy. Olivia brought in another kind of puppy. Eden shared My Little Ponies. Ellie had Snap Circuits. The train Ana brought was a hit! CeCe shared a Hello Kitty with a baseball shirt. Hot potato was played by all with Madison. Elliott shared his own journal and had a pencil sketch of Starry Night. Logan had a Star Wars figurine. Beatrice had beautiful art work about mermaids. Evelyn was in an article about her Grandpa and his artwork. Bri showed us real gold in a bottle and the story of King Midas.
We are sad that was our last showcase of the school year, but look forward to many more in the future!
The elementary students have engaged in another authentic study of our US government for the past two weeks. They have studied presidents, what it takes to run a political campaign and the different figures that make up our local government. We started the morning off with a literature discussion about Langston Hughes’ poem I, Too, Am America. We then gave our presidential candidates the opportunity to give their speeches and opened the polls for voting. Students had the opportunity to go into a voting booth and fill out a ballot. We ended our day with a showcase of presidential profiles and local government riddles.