Harpst and Hellebuyck Presented with Plaques for Their Service

Last week during the school board meeting, the Board recognized Howard Hellebuyck with a plaque for his 36 years of service to the school district and Mark Harpst was also presented with a plaque for his service during the construction project. Thank you to both Howard and Mark for all you have done for the school district!

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Summer School Students Enjoy Field Day!

In order to celebrate the end of Summer School and the first few days of summer, the elementary students had a blast at field day. Field day games consisted of: bowling, water balloon toss, drip drip drop game, frozen t-shirt challenge, beach ball boogie, and hula hoop toss.

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"Egg-cellent" Week for Sixth Grade Summer School Students

It was an “Egg-cellent” week for sixth grade students in the summer school program. This week the students worked on another STEM Project where they created an Egg Drop. The project had the students learning about the structure of eggs, gravity, force, velocity and the engineering design principles that must be used to help protect a fragile item; such as an egg, from a severe element.

For this project, the sixth graders first watched and listened to an original reading of Humpty Dumpty. Then they spent time examining the makeup and structure of an egg. The students also evaluated and rated materials they thought would work well or hinder the protection of an egg. Ms. Parsons then posed the task of creating a carrier for an egg that would withstand an overwhelming 30 foot drop using only recycled materials.

Each of the five groups in the class received an auction budget of $150 which was used to bid on the recycled items. Once designs were sketched, materials were purchased, carriers were created and assessments were written on possible outcomes, it was time for the egg drop to be tested. The five groups of sixth graders took turns releasing their carrier over the playground wall and when it came to rest on the pavement below, excitement built to see what had occurred.

Out of the five groups, three of the eggs had survived the terrible fall. This project really allowed the students insight into what it takes to build a protective device and what structure of material works best for a desired outcome. The students wrapped up the activity by evaluating the results and generating adjustments they would conduct if they had a second chance to use the egg drop.

The sixth graders would like to thank Miss Smith, Mrs. Eagan, the summer school kindergarten teachers and their students who were all present to watch the activity and gave them such encouragement during the activity.

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Fifth Grade Summer School Students Create a Weather Forecast for Oklahoma City

During summer school, 5th graders were tasked with creating and filming a weather forecast for the city of Oklahoma City, which has been hit by tornadoes over 130 times! Students researched and constructed weather instruments used to measure temperature, air pressure, wind speed and direction, and humidity. They will work on filming their weather forecasts this week!

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First and Second Grade Students Built a Balloon Car

During Missouri Extension, the 1st and 2nd graders were given LEGOs and were asked to build a balloon car. Together the students collaborated to build the best LEGO car. After building the car, the students blew up balloons and attached the balloon to the car and let go. Then they measured to see how far the balloon car went.

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