The Polar Plunge is coming to Sauk Centre next month. It is for an amazing cause, Central MN Special Olympics! If you are interested, click on the photo to take you to their homepage. Even if you don't want to take the plunge, donating a great way to participate. I will be unable to attend this year, my bowling will bring me to North Dakota that weekend sadly but I would love to hear of someone that goes!
What an awesome opportunity our class had today. Ms. Sakry and some of the other 7th grade teachers approached us to do an end of the quarter reading activity with them. Each student was paired up with an older reading buddy. Each pair then did a quick get to know you activity, which was really awesome because a ton of our kids didn't know their partners. They then read and discussed 1-2 books with one another. It couldn't have gone any better...hopefully we can make it happen again in the future and connect with our 7th grade buddies!
Please contact Maria in the office if you need to switch a time, as they keep a master list. They will inform me of any changes!
What a perfect day to visit the SCSU Planetarium. The weather held up for us to have our picnic outdoors and it looks like it should be clear enough to view today's partial solar eclipse. At about 4:23, the eclipse should be at its peak. In MN the eclipse will only cover about 50% of the sun but you will still see a pretty neat show! REMEMBER, don't look directly at the sun, here are some tips for viewing the eclipse today: "A pinhole projector is the safest way to view the partial solar eclipse. Poke a hole into a piece of cardboard, or card stock, and hold it up to the sun. The partial solar eclipse will be projected onto a piece of paper or a screen. Exploratorium has several projection options for those looking to maximize their viewing experience.
NASA also suggests using your hands, interlacing your fingers and looking at the image that's projected on the ground. The same method works with tree leaves. Filters, or a telescope equipped with a solar filter, are another option but must be approved for solar observation; the space agency suggests a No. 14 welder's glass or aluminized mylar. NASA does not recommend using film, color or x-ray film, smoked glass or polarized filters."
Collegeville Orchards is a quaint little apple orchard located near St. John's University. We have taken Stella their the past few years. They offer a variety of apples, pumpkins, gourds, jellies, and a petting zoo. On the weekends I know they have had face painting, live music...etc.
Their usernames follow this format: graduation year, first 4 of their last name, first 2 of their first name @isd740.org (ex. Justin Schiffler = firstname.lastname@example.org)
All their passwords are: study
Navigate to www.studyisland.com and click on the login button near the top right. Students will then enter their log in information. Once in, they will click on their "learning path" tailored to their personal learning goals based on MAP scores! They can work on ANYTHING they wish in this section. A few of the items they may not know yet, which is perfect. It is helping them to get to their next level of learning! I can help extend those skills here at school but home is a great place as well. I tell students to use www.google.com if they need help with a subject or a word if there nobody around to help! Or use my website for information if possible.
Congrats to our two wackiest dressed students, Emma and Alexa! It's always fun to see kids getting in the spirit. Goal for tonorrow, all 25 students in blue!