For the 2018-2019 school year, a brand new middle school elective was introduced, “Drama Club“. Drama Club students have the opportunity to practice acting and improv skills, work with partners and in teams, and learn the craft of stage acting. Students also have the opportunity to write and perform original scripts!
During elective class, we have an amazing time together laughing, rehearsing, and coming up with unique ways to tell stories.
All of this practice helps the Drama Club students with their most important work: sharing God’s word. The Drama Club has performed throughout the school year in chapel and at the fall pep rally. Their skits emphasize the truth of God’s love and His calling in our lives through humor and drama.
As their teacher, I am thankful for all the Drama Club students’ hard work and their willingness to get up in front of the school to share the Good News!
We are looking forward to a great spring semester-the Drama Club will be performing in chapel throughout it, and lead the school through our Holy Week chapel series before Easter.
Stephanie Ann Van Blarcom
In Mrs. Fink’s 4th Grade class, we wrapped up our last history chapter on California Exploration and Settlement with a choice-board activity. Students were able to decide how they wanted to share their knowledge of the material. They were given a variety of options, including a board game, a newscast video with a green screen, making posters, or trading cards.
The students were excited to be able to share their knowledge of the chapter in their own creative and unique ways! Our classroom has also been transformed into a harbor. As a class, we decorated our desks to look like boats. The students loved creating parts of the boat with simple materials like paper and popsicle sticks!
Mrs. Fink, 4th grade
This week third grade learned about Isaac Newton, force, and magnets. The students enjoyed experimenting with magnets seeing them first hand attract and repel. The classes also enjoyed predicting what the magnets would stick to around the classroom and learned how very useful they are in everyday life!
Miss Lincoln, 3rd grade
Last week, our fifth graders were able to experience a virtual field trip to Jamestown Colony in Virginia. Jamestown is the first English Settlement established in 1607. This VR adventure took the students to the historical James Fort which was built along the James River with log walls for protection. Here our students were able to experience a 360-degree adventure inside and out of some of the buildings of the Jamestown Colony including a church, an armory, the governor’s house, and a storehouse. In addition, our students were able to experience what it was like to be in close quarters aboard the Susan Constant, which was one of the largest of the 3 ships that brought colonists to Jamestown. The students were excited to participate in this unique learning experience and were fully emerged in this unique early American experience.
Mrs. Schirrmacher, 5th grade
Over the past few weeks third graders have been learning about taking care of our earth. We have learned about how precious natural resources are and how we can conserve them by reducing, reusing, and recycling. Last week students in my classroom had a fun opportunity to look around their homes for objects that were either no longer needed or would typically be trash. Their assignment was to create something useful out of these unwanted objects. This allowed students to experience firsthand what it means to reuse. It was a fun seeing what our students came up with!
Miss. Lincoln, 3rd grade
In kindergarten, we had the opportunity to learn about and act out some of the events that took place on the First Thanksgiving.
We had a lot of fun on our Mayflower voyage across the Atlantic. When we reached the new land, the students were given jobs to help prepare for the upcoming winter. The boys did a great job of collaborating to make a common house out of Lincoln Logs, while the girls took care of the children in the forest.
When it came time to celebrate all the blessings between the Pilgrims and Native Americans, everyone pitched in to help. The hunters had the job of preparing the turkey, the gatherers needed to harvest the corn, and the girls helped prepare the table for the upcoming feast.
When the feast was over, we continued the celebration with play time and game time. We of course saved the best for last, the pumpkin pie!
We truly have a lot to be thankful for.
Mrs. Harrison, Kindergarten
Thursday, November 21st was an evening of collaboration and celebration by the middle school music students! These students played a concert in the church sanctuary, offering their praise to God and demonstrating the results of their hard work. The middle school praise band and praise chorus “Musicking for Jesus” kicked things off by singing a variety of Advent, Christmas, and general praise songs.
This band included student singers, percussionists, bassists, and guitarists. Next up was the intermediate band, composed of 5th-7th graders in their second year of band. This group especially enjoyed playing “Creatures in the Attic,” which included a variety of unusual instrument techniques such as a trombone glissando, key-clicking, and playing whatever notes they wanted! Then came the handbell choir, which played a couple of pieces based on classical music themes.
The advanced band played next, playing a variety of songs including the hymn “Psalm 42,” a medley of Sousa marches, and a fanfare and processional. The concert ended with an audience favorite by both the intermediate and advanced bands—Raiders March from the Indiana Jones movies!
By: Krista Elliott, Band/General Music Teacher