Sunday, May 20, 2012

Winding Down for the School Year

As we approach this last full week of school, students are completing lessons on the subscription site and getting some extra reading time in with Raz-Kids. I will be sending home a reminder about continuing to visit these websites to keep skills sharp over the summer.

The Spooner Memorial Public Library will be sponsoring a very special program Tuesday night, May 22nd at our school called Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe featuring Astrophysicist, Dr. Kevin Manning. Find out more at his website Look up at the Stars. His presentation includes hands on activities and a chance to view the night sky with a powerful telescope.  Meet in the gymnasium at 6:30 p.m.

This will be a kick-off event for the summer reading program sponsored by the public library called "Dream Big - READ". Students may begin signing up for summer reading fun on June 6th. Prizes will be awarded throughout the summer for reading in 15 minute time blocks, completing the reading log & bringing it back to the public library for a prize.
  • 1st prize   paperback book and bookmark from SpoonerKiwanis Club & Washburn Co. AODA
  • 2nd prize  Free video rental & finger beams from Schmitz's Economart
  • 3rd prize  Light-up bracelet & M&M bite size cookies
  • 4th prize  Aeroprop & Movie pass from the Palace Theater
Story Times are on WEDNESDAYS.
  • July 11   1:30 pm  Zoomobile - for animal lovers of all ages
  • July 18   1:30 pm  Mad Science - hovercraft & the amazing power of air
  • July 25  10:00 AM and 2:00 pm Fantasy Corral Petting Zoo
  • Aug. 1    1:30 pm  Jason Love - Magician
The public library has a great list of websites for Book Lovers and for summer reading Websites for Book Lovers.

Let's meet at the Public Library over the summer!


Saturday, May 12, 2012

ASSESSMENTS for Learning DOT com

Our Spooner Area School District subscribes to a digital learning environment called  where they say: "Today's students love technology. They want to master the Web, the computer and software tools to make smart use of the technology. We provide that opportunity, while at the same time, supporting them to improve as learners, ready for the 21st century."

Throughout the school year students in 1st through 4th grade have logged into to access lessons all about technology. They have learned about word processing, spreadsheets, data-bases, email, web searches and keyboarding.

At the end of the year 4th graders always take a Technology Literacy Assessment to measure their progress with technology training. This year, in addition, 3rd graders will also take this assessment. We've spent the last couple of weeks reviewing and talking about things like "what is a URL?"

I brought an old 3.5" diskette in to show students about how the little icon they see in the corner of our word processing program, which to them just means "save", used to be the way we old-timers would actually save our files back before flash drives, CD, DVD's and cloud storage solutions. They were interested to see the "floppy" disk inside and crowded around to get a chance to touch it.

Monday begins our assessments, so now I know the school year is winding down to a close.