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We Learn: 6th Grade Engineering Fair

Submitted by janelle.barrett on Fri, 02/02/2018 - 11:15
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by Stephanie Truscott

The first ever 6th grade Engineering Fair was held today, and students were interviewed and judged by volunteer engineers! In years past, 6th graders would participate in the Science Fair to learn about the scientific method. Since a change in the core curriculum this year, students now learn science with a focus on engineering and problem solving. The requirements were simple: think of a problem you face in daily living, and build a product that will help with that problem. They documented their materials, processes, and trials to find out if their product was effective. What they came up with was impressive to see!

We Inspire: Victory Assembly

Submitted by janelle.barrett on Wed, 01/31/2018 - 15:07
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by Janelle Barrett

Last week was January's victory assembly. We had our traditional victory lap to cheer on the students of the month and top croc award recipients. During the assembly, students got to watch another round of "Cherry Creek's Got Talent", get an update on how our school-wide WIGs are progressing, and find out what February's "catch of the creek" will be. 

Students have made excellent progress on their reading WIG! The "water level" on the WIG tracker in the cafeteria is rising quickly. 

To finish off the assembly, the first graders shared a video they made to introduce and explain Habit #5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Check out the video on our facebook page!

We Learn: Milky Way Tectonic Plates

Submitted by janelle.barrett on Wed, 01/31/2018 - 10:53
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by Chalyce Peck

Mrs. Peck's 5th grade class got to use food to learn about Earth's tectonic plates and how they move to create mountains and valleys. Who knew graham crackers sliding on caramel could be so much fun? Volcano eruptions would be more like an ice cream party if the mantel was caramel like in a Milky Way!

We Lead: 6th Graders Meet Their WIGs

Submitted by janelle.barrett on Wed, 01/24/2018 - 12:56
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by Stephanie Truscott

These four boys in Mrs. Truscott's 6th grade class have been working really hard on their reading WIGs! They have each moved up three reading levels so far this year.  We have been collecting data on what can help us become better readers, setting realistic goals and tracking our progress every day. We are so proud of their hard work!

Mental Health Parent Awareness Night

Submitted by janelle.barrett on Mon, 01/22/2018 - 15:55
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by Lana Hiskey

Nebo School District will be hosting a series of Parent Awareness Nights. The topics of discussion will include mental health and safety planning with youth. Several community service providers will be present to answer question and help individuals to access services. See the event flyer for more information.

 

We Lead: Be a Leader Like Martin Luther King

Submitted by janelle.barrett on Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:45
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by Jen Baldwin

This week Ms. Baldwin's 2nd grade class learned about the Civil Rights Movement, the Montgomery bus boycott and the injustices of segregation.

Students had a chance to write about their dreams for the world. They want to show others love. They want to see people treat each other with kindness. They want world peace...check out the pictures to see some examples of what they wrote.  We are grateful for examples of good and brave leaders to help us learn to be leaders too!

We Learn: Geology With Cookies

Submitted by janelle.barrett on Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:27
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by Jill Strong

Mrs. Strong's 4th grade class was able to "mine" for minerals today. The class learned about the difference between rocks and minerals. They took a rock (cookie) apart to look for the minerals (chocolate chips, M&Ms) inside. By the end of the lesson, the students were able to state the difference between a rock and mineral! 

We Inspire: Spreading Kindness

Submitted by janelle.barrett on Fri, 01/05/2018 - 14:22
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by Clint Cornwall and Chalyce Peck

Fifth grade began a Kindness Challenge in December, and the challenge continues this month. As students decorated the hallway in the swamp, each student had their own paper stocking hanging on the wall. Before Christmas break students were able to write small kind notes and stuff them in each other’s stockings. They are trying to find some small or different ways to spread kindness to others. What a great way to inspire each other help everyone feel important! 

We Learn: Chemistry Teaches Synergy in 5th Grade

Submitted by janelle.barrett on Fri, 01/05/2018 - 14:15
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by Scott Earl

Discovery Gateway came to Cherry Creek Elementary to show our 5th graders the proper way to mix chemicals without blowing anything up or destroying themselves. When chemicals synergize, they create something different as they work together, just like what Habit #6 teaches us. Students were able to mix chemicals together and practice what they learned through personal trial and error.

They really enjoy the presentation that the lab scientist gave. They also enjoyed working with one another and synergizing to bring about a chemical reaction.

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