At the most recent school board meeting, teachers in grades 4-8 presented on STEMScopes, a science tool they have asked the board to adopt. Alon with our work adopting the Next Generation Science Standards, we are continuing our move to inquiry based science exploration where students learn to do science like a sciencetist, write about their work, and investigate new work. Students will do less rote vocabulary memorization, be assessed by their understanding and ability to explain rather than memorize facts, and learn to love and explore science!
We are excited to continue preparing students to be future leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by providing them with opportunities to participate in inquiry-based learning activities so they think, work, and collaborate like scientists. To help our students develop critical thinking skills, collect and analyze data, and engage in meaningful learning, we will use StemScopes as part of our science instruction and curriculum. One of the many great features of STEMscopes is that there is no longer a traditional textbook to lug back and forth!
Along with this program, the district is purchasing a large amount of science and engineering equipment for students to use. Students will spend much more time learning through inquiry. And hopefully gain a higher level of science skill!
Many students spend summer at preseason practices, planning first day outfits, or savoring the last gasp of summer freedom. But kids still need to read!
Here’s how to make it happen.
Teachers often share optional summer reading lists. Our library has a great schedule when it is open this summer! The Lockport white Oak Library and the Homer Library both have great summer reading programs.
But the best way to get kids to read is to be the example. Talk to your child about a book you read recently that you loved,. Tell them all the funny juicy mysterious parts. Read with your child. Listen to them read. There are many book shares all over lockport. In the shops by whizzy puffs there is a free book share! drop a book off and donate a book, then take a new one for home.
Parent tip of the week #76: Don't let lack of sleep keep you from getting your kids to school on time
The Institute for Parents of Preschool Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing is a free one-week program for parents of children ages 5 and under who have a significant hearing loss. It takes place on the campus of the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville from June 10-15. Participating families receive support and information on topics including child development, types of hearing loss, language development, communication choices, deaf culture, and school programming. See the institute’s brochure for more details and registration information.
Your children are incredible. We see them every day at school and we know how incredible they are. Want to help recognize how incredible they are and earn money for the district? enter the national egg councils contest!
Enter your incredible kid between 4/2/18 and 5/7/18 for a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship, a $2,500 donation towards their school, a fun prize pack and an eggsclusive spotlight on the Incredible Egg’s website and social channels!
To enter, share a photo of your incredible kid on Instagram, Twitter or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and caption the photo with a description of why your kid is incredible using #IncredibleBecause and #Contest. Only one entry submission per parent will be accepted; parents with more than one kid can submit each kid one time.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND D.C., 18 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER
1. CONTEST PERIOD: Contest begins 12:00:00 am Eastern Time (“ET”) on April 2, 2018 and continues until 11:59:59 pm ET on May 7, 2018 (the “Contest Period”).
2. TO ENTER: You will need an Instagram, Twitter or email account to enter the Contest. Instagram, Twitter and email accounts are free. During the Contest Period, sign into your Instagram, Twitter, or email account (“Account”), and post (attach if sending via email) a photo (“Photo”) of your legal child and a description of why they are incredible (your “Submission”). If you are posting a photo that includes a person other than your legal child, you must have the permission of the individuals (or their parent’s or legal guardian’s permission if individuals are minors) to use their name or image in the Submission. For Instagram and Twitter Submissions you must also include the hashtags #IncredibleBecause and #Contest in accordance with the following instructions:
Erin Holland is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.
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