Learning and Creating
As we are beginning the second
semester, it’s a good time to think about all the learning that is occurring at
Yancey! As I walk the halls, I see excited students and teachers that are
working together to learn and create.
Kindergarten and 1st
graders are using different forms of technology in their classrooms on a daily
basis. They are listening to books on
laptops, and learning math concepts on IPads. Small reading and math groups are providing
them great opportunities The second graders have been learning about ancient
cultures, and have created American Indian villages in the library. Students in third, fourth, and fifth graders
have been writing and creating projects using Google applications for learning
in both writing class, and in their library time with Mrs. Obrecht.
In addition to academics, the
students have been working diligently to support their community in many
different ways. They have raised money
for both the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the American Heart Association
during Jump Rope for Heart. It is
wonderful to watch students get so excited about helping others.
The teachers in the building are
working hard on achieving our school improvement goals of decreasing bullying,
improving the problem solving and communication opportunities in the
classrooms, and giving students more time reading. The staff is also creating a grant proposal
for next year that would have students experience more choice in their
learning, and gives them opportunities to be creative in communicating what
they learned through technology.
Parents and community members are invited
to join us on January 25th to learn more about the learning that’s
occurring at Yancey this year, particularly our new math program, ST math. There will be ice cream and time to spend
with your students on the computers and IPads.
We’re excited to share this with you.
Creating engaging learning
opportunities for our students, teachers and community will be what continues
to make Yancey a great place. I hope
you’ll join us for ST Math night, and I thank you for all that you do to make
this learning community thrive.