— Clam Dissection

Third grade students learned much about a clam’s anatomy from the dissecting activity last week. They had a great time seeing all the body parts up close. Thank you to all our adult helpers who assisted us in this exciting activity!

Clam Dissection Science Elementary School
Clam Dissection Science Elementary School
Clam Dissection Science Elementary School
Clam Dissection Science Elementary School


 

— Walk in my shoes and you’ll know that…

As part of their Character Education curriculum, fifth-grade students shared their personal stories with the school. As they transition to middle school, their footsteps in the hallway enabled us to walk in their shoes.

In this lesson, students were encouraged to think about their feelings and emotions. They wrote their responses on footsteps that they placed in a hallway that leads to the middle school. This form of art intervention allowed the rest of the school to get involved as well. Other students walking by would often stop to read and follow the steps, usually touched by the feelings and situations represented there.

Students practiced kindness and compassion, and also celebrated uniqueness in our inclusive community!

Art Intervention Kindness Footsteps Their footsteps in the hallway allow us to walk in their shoes. Their footsteps in the hallway allow us to walk in their shoes.


 

— Colonial Day

As part of Social Studies, Fifth Grade students enjoyed “living” the life of a colonist and “set sail” for the “New World”. They played a simulation game where colonists (students) travel, establish a colony and pull “fate cards” to determine how their colony survives. Each group can choose to attack or trade with natives or other colonists. Like our first settlers, colonists needed to plan their daily labor, ration food and supplies, and make life or death decisions. At last, students celebrated Colonial Day on March 17th. They dressed up and lived the life of a colonist for a day, and ended the experience with a “Liber-Tea” and dance!

Colonial Day

Colonial Day

Colonial Day

Colonial Day

Colonial Day

Colonial Day

Colonial Day

Thanks to teachers and parent volunteers for making Colonial Day such a great learning experience!


 

— Neighborhood Build Celebration

First Grade Neighborhood Study celebration was an absolute success! We are very proud of what the students created during the week of the build that concluded the meticulous research of our neighborhood they conducted for six consecutive weeks, with the guidance of their wonderful teachers: Stephanie Hanepen and Lesley Stevens.

Neighborhood Build2017-02-17-First-Grade-Neighborhood-Build-Ribbon-Cutting-202017-02-17-First-Grade-Neighborhood-Build-Ribbon-Cutting-422017-02-17-First-Grade-Neighborhood-Build-Ribbon-Cutting-33The students studied the inner and outer workings of the neighborhood we all share, Half Moon Bay. The purpose was to explore how a neighborhood works interdependently to provide goods and services that meet the constituents’ wants and needs. The culmination of this study had the students build a 3D model of a neighborhood modeled after downtown HMB, out of cardboard shoeboxes and other recycled materials.

First-grade students kicked off their Neighborhood Study in January with a guest speaker Half Moon Bay Expert, Marina Fraser, who spoke about the history of Half Moon Bay and how the town has transformed over time. Marina gifted each of us a book about Half Moon Bay and a walking tour guide that they referenced on their upcoming walking field trip on Main Street, where they were able to research the things they needed for the neighborhood build.

First-grade students also learned about the water treatment process in class and completed an amazing follow-up activity in the iLab. Before the build, they received another special guest Former HMB Planning Commissioner,  Steve Flint, who joined the first-grade classes to give them tips on city planning. They learned about the different types of space in a city like residential, commercial, industrial, green space and mixed use space. As a group, Steve led the students in a hands-on activity where they mapped out a town according to his tips and advice.

Following their Neighborhood Study, they spent a full week building “Box Town” and proudly presented it during the Academic Celebration on February 17th, 2017. Thanks to all parents for attending this fantastic event and helping during the build!

 

— Lower school students built a Galileo’s ramp in the iLab

Our lower school students demonstrated their interest in science and invention skills during their after-school hours in the iLab. After studying Galileo’s theories, they decided to build a Galileo’s ramp. They were so proud of their creation that they shared their project and discoveries with the rest of the school in an all-school assembly. What a fantastic opportunity to share knowledge and celebrate community.

 

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