Future First Years Visit the Lower Pod

A group of very excited kindergartners from the Westside and Sunnyside Campuses visited the Switzer Mesa Campus last week, in order to learn more about their future classrooms. The teachers and current elementary students who welcomed the kindergartners were just as eager to meet the new members of their classroom communities. 

The students played a game in order to learn their new friends' names and then worked together on a creative project. A couple of the classrooms did a folding and cutting lesson, while another tried origami. The older children did a great job helping the future first years with their projects and many new friendships were made! After taking a tour of the school, the students headed outside to learn more about the playground. The future first years were very eager to try out the much bigger playground equipment. When it was time for the kindergartners to leave, many were sad to go. It won't be long before these students are official First Years at our campus and we are looking forward to them joining our community!

Here are some photos from their visit to the Switzer Mesa Campus:

A-3 Spring Things: Triops in Our Classroom!

triopTriops are very unusual creatures with two dark compound eyes and a third pale eye between them.  That is why they are called triops for the three eyes (from the Greek, tri for three and ops for eyes).  With these eyes they can detect food or predators very near to them.  Triops eat algae, mosquito larva, tadpoles, fairy shrimp and other smaller and weaker triops!  Triops make their natural homes in vernal pools called “potholes” where their life span is about 50-90 days.  They are also called living fossils since they have been around since the time of the earliest dinosaurs (about 200 million years ago).  They are relatives of trilobites and horseshoe crabs.

Our class is trying to raise these creatures from small eggs.  We had a few hatch, but the flies that accidentally hatched in our worm factory ate the tiny hatched triops—what a catastrophe!  This week we are going to try again since the flies are gone.  We have to make sure the water temperature is right and this time cover the container so the flies eat no more!

By: Astrid, grade 3

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Upper Elementary Water Conservation Essays

Water Conservation_Clip_ArtOur classes and a few others around Flagstaff are having a very exciting competition to see who can write the most persuasive, but fascinating essay based on Water Conservation. The winning person gets free movie tickets, and the winning class gets a pizza party.  We will also be creating an art project with our art teacher Ms. Adair.  The contest will be sponsored by the Coconino Plateau Water Advisory Council (CPWAC).  The essays will be 5 paragraphs long.

by: Ethan and Spencer

Music Class

One of our favorite classes in school is music.  In music we learn lots of things, such as how to play instruments, like the recorder and xylophone.  We learn how to sing for performances, which we have once each semester.  We have learned about a musical staff, which is what musical notes are written on so that we can read them more easily, and how to read notes on a musical staff.

by: Isaak

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Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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