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Pinata Kevin
by Tasha Kruse
Oh, No!!! Our 7th and 8th grade reading students completely demolished, Kevin! You should have seen it! They had a blast and earned A LOT of candy! Each day, our students were given a reading challenge and if they met that challenge, they each earned a coupon ticket. On November 18th all of our students who earned 20 tickets or more participated in the dismemberment of our beloved Kevin!
May he rest in pieces
Mrs. Kruse’s Reading Class

 Stay tuned for our next challenge prize!

Sixth Graders Improve Figure Drawing Skills
by Brandy Edgren
Every grade level has been working hard and improving their art skills, but recently, I have been super impressed with the artwork by the 6th graders.  This grade level has been studying figure drawing and did a unit on drawing from a live model.  This is tough to do, but with practice everyone gets better.  Once a final drawing was completed, and they knew they were capable of drawing the human figure accurately, we decided to take on more detail and a tougher medium.  I introduced them to the artwork of Jacob Lawrence, the most important African American artist of the 20th century.  I then photographed them in "working" poses.  Next, they used a grid to enlarge the image to 10"x14" .  They were able to draw square by square what was in each photograph.  Many of the students actually found this harder than drawing from a live figure, probably because it is very exact, and there is no room for errors.  However, their results were remarkable.  All students worked on learning to see shadows and paint them by blending wet paint.  Finally, they completed details in colored pencil.  Here are the results of their hard work. ​


6th Grade Tech Students Design Cereal Boxes
by Terry Shield        
6th Grade students are busy working on their cereal box designs.  This is the project part of our communications unit.   They have been asked to come up with a new cereal name and design a box following good design practices. They will design all sides of a cereal box.  Cut and glue together a development of a cereal box and hand it in for evaluation.  The second part of the communication project is designing a single serving cereal box and development.  This is a project that will test what they have learned on the group project.  Each student will design their own.
Packaging Prototype                                           
Objectives:   YOU WILL
Use page layout software ” MicrosoftWord”  to design a package to hold one serving of cereal.
Use Word software to put your cereal box design on a single serve package.
This design must include everything that is on the front of your full size cereal box design.
Determine the size of your cereal box.  It must fit on one 8 ½” by 11” paper.
     Do not copy the one on this handout.  (It is too small)
 Design your development on graph paper. 
Cut out this design and check for fitment.  (Fold to make sure it fits correctly)
Draw/design the correct size and shape on Microsoft Word.
     1) Set margins to .25
     2) Turn on grid.
     3) Set grid to .25 vertical to .25 horizontal  (use page layout—align—grid settings)
     4) Turn on both snap to grid settings in grid settings.
     5) Use the rectangle tool with no fill to draw development.  (they should snap to the grid)
     6) Use copy and paste when it will save you time. 
Place the design items (cereal name, mascot, graphics) on the front of the development.
Must have items needed on the front: Logo, Cereal Name, Company Name  (you may add to this)
You can do the back and sides also.  (not required)
Make sure to rotate or flip information if needed.  This will depend on your development design.
Print on the laser printer in the lab to check for fitment and content. (Get permission from instructor)
Print on index paper.  (get this from your instructor)

All text is at least 1/8” from any edge.  Package assembled and glued neatly.  Overall look of package.
Color                   Readability
Space                  Balance

Unity                     Line

Look at the Rubric to make sure you have completed all requirements.

Hints:  Use the grid and rulers to help keep lines straight and lines parallel.  (view tab)
 Use Wrap text to move items.  (page layout tab)


5th Grade Science Studies States of Matter
by Melissa Ericksen
Not only do you matter, but did you know that you are made of matter?  Everything is!  The last couple of weeks in 5th grade Science students have been exploring the properties of matter.  They were able to learn about matter through different stations that included hands-on experiments, technology, matching, drawing pictures, analyzing data tables, and reading non-fiction articles.  We ended our unit by enjoying Root Beer Floats to represent the states of matter (solid, liquid, and gas).


Mrs. Well's Reading Class Creates "Hatchet" Activities
by Mallory Pfeifer
Well’s reading class read the book Hatchet in class, and we were assigned to create either a game or a diorama about the book. Our reading class got to make a detailed diorama which you had to make at least 15 items about the book and what was described in it, or in the  game you had to make questions and create an exciting board game about the book. In our diorama we included trees and the animals in the book Hatchet, you could base the game on any type of board game like Monopoly or a matching game with information about Hatchet, so it is enjoyable and entertaining to play. After we created everything we got to explore and play the games our classmates created.
Here are some examples of our creations
Makerspaces in the HMS Library
by Betty Bricker

     A Makerspace is an inquiry based space set aside for hands-on learning through construction, tinkering or play. The process is initiated by the student while the teacher acts as the facilitator of the concept while students are being challenged to find a solution to a particular challenge. It is highly individualized and requires research and a deeper thinking process which in turn promotes creative design, curiosity, innovation, collaboration and intrinsic motivation. It gives students an opportunity to collaborate and expand on topics within the current curriculum as well as investigate topics not normally covered within the typical classroom.  The theme of our makerspace is “If you can dream it, you can create it!”
     My first makerspace challenge for the students is to design the best flying paper airplane. The unit will conclude with a contest to determine which plane flies the farthest. After only a few days, I have had many students come to the library to find out what the makerspace is about. I provided paper, scissors, glue, books about flight, and books about paper airplane designs.   My only instruction to them was to design the best flying paper airplane. They could create as many models as they wished, use any materials, but could only submit one model for the contest, so they would have to determine which model they created would fly the farthest.  Students have been collaborating about their airplane designs, talking about drag, lift, thrust and weight, and how each may affect their airplane design, without me even mentioning any of those terms. They were test flying their airplanes in the library. It was so fun to witness their excitement and have them initiate their own learning!  Each quarter we will incorporate another challenge.