Recently at Fox Hill . . .

September 1, 2017 at 14:44

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Ms. Weldon’s Class Collects for Flood Victims

Students in Ms. Weldon’s third grade class have been studying  geography.  During the study of rivers, they discussed where floods would be most likely to occur.  Students learning about the recent flooding in Louisiana and decided to take ACTION!  They collected clothes, shoes, canned goods and school supplied for flood victims.  Some of the students had relatives affected by the flooding in Baton Rouge!  Their generous donations are on their way to the devastated area.

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Students Begin the School Year Learning Canvas

Fox Hill’s Fourth and Fifth graders are being introduced to the Learning Management System, Canvas which is being used extensively in the district’s middle schools and high schools.  In the Media Center, they have been taking a reading survey to share their interests and the types of books they enjoy reading!

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Compass Students Celebrate Pi Day

On Monday, March 14th, all Compass Classes (Grades 3, 4 and 5), under the direction Mrs. Feliciano, celebrated Pi Day!

Congratulations to Charlotte Parish who won the Art Award and to Addy Winter who won the Recitation Award by quoting an astonishing 149 digits of pi!

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Indianapolis Colt Visits Fox Hill

This afternoon some of our 1st and 2nd grade students were visited by Dewey McDonald from The Indianapolis Colts! A huge thanks to #31 for coming and reading to our students, and for all the fun gifts!

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Mrs. Sprinkle’s Class Researches States

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The students chose a state in the Midwest to research so they could make their “brochures.” The students who are working together had the same state so it was a great way for them to research together and find the information they were looking for–physical features, climate, natural resources, etc.

 

First Grade Learns about Heroes

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We have some awesome 1st grade teachers, and apparently they are also Superheroes! Today they dressed up as Superheroes to start their “Who We Are” IB Unit. They will be challenging the students to define what makes a person a hero. One of the books they will explore is “Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey”. This Fireboat saved many people in Manhattan on September 11th.

Fifth Grade Compass Creates Conflict Resolution Videos:

5th grade Compass class created stop motion animation videos in art class to demonstrate conflict and resolutions. Students were asked to work in small groups and use common objects that would be in the art room for their characters. The students did a great job!

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Kindergartners in Mrs. Gray’s Class Take Action:

 

 

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Fifth Grade students in Mrs. Jenkins and Mrs. Pinsky’s class

When Mrs. Pinsky’s and Mrs. Jenkins’s fifth grade students entered their classroom at Fox Hill Elementary School one morning in February, they were surprised to find that their desks, chairs and supplies were gone. They spent their morning participating in their usual math and reading lessons, but with no desks or chairs and with limited access to paper and pencils.

 

Later they learned that they were participating in a simulation called “Sit for Good” which provides an introduction for students to the ways that students in East Africa attend school and to the organization Building Tomorrow. Building Tomorrow’s founder, George Srour, was a former student at Fox Hill.

 

“I was so confused! It was so hard to focus on learning because we were trying to focus on being comfortable,” said Lizzy Maze.

 

That afternoon, Srour spoke to the fifth grade students regarding their International Baccalaureate unit of study during which they were learning how common goals bind groups to achieve success.

 

Srour attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where he graduated in 2005 with a major in Government and International Relations. During his time at the university, while on a trip to Uganda as a United Nations intern, he was struck by insufficiency of the local schools.

 

Upon his return, he started a campaign to build a school. From that first action, he founded the non-profit organization, Building Tomorrow. To date, the organization has opened seventeen schools and has six under construction.

 

Srour shared his experiences as a social entrepreneur with the students. After hearing his presentation, the students were motivated to help not only Srour’s organization, but also their peers in Uganda.

 

Moved by the Srour’s talk, students discussed what their personal responsibility might be to assist him. Remembering their difficult morning without adequate seating and desks students chose to do a “Read-a-Thon” to earn one thousand dollars to purchase sixteen three-person desks: the amount it would take to seat the number of Ugandan students equal to the number of students in the combined classrooms.

 

Students from the two classrooms have worked together to achieve their goal. Groups created brochures and presentations, a top ten list of facts about education in Uganda, a letter to the principal informing him and the community of their action to change the conditions in the Ugandan schools. One group also wrote a mini-grant (funded by the Washington Township Schools Foundation) to support their fundraising efforts. A bulletin board is ready to track the money collected.

 

The students will participate in their Read-a-Thon the week of April 6th-April 10th. By the end of April they hope to surprise Srour with a check to purchase the desks.

When Mrs. Pinsky’s and Mrs. Jenkins’s fifth grade students entered their classroom at Fox Hill Elementary School one morning in February, they were surprised to find that their desks, chairs and supplies were gone. They spent their morning participating in their usual math and reading lessons, but with no desks or chairs and with limited access to paper and pencils.

 

Later they learned that they were participating in a simulation called “Sit for Good” which provides an introduction for students to the ways that students in East Africa attend school and to the organization Building Tomorrow. Building Tomorrow’s founder, George Srour, was a former student at Fox Hill.

 

“I was so confused! It was so hard to focus on learning because we were trying to focus on being comfortable,” said Lizzy Maze.

 

That afternoon, Srour spoke to the fifth grade students regarding their International Baccalaureate unit of study during which they were learning how common goals bind groups to achieve success.

 

Srour attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where he graduated in 2005 with a major in Government and International Relations. During his time at the university, while on a trip to Uganda as a United Nations intern, he was struck by insufficiency of the local schools.

 

Upon his return, he started a campaign to build a school. From that first action, he founded the non-profit organization, Building Tomorrow. To date, the organization has opened seventeen schools and has six under construction.

 

Srour shared his experiences as a social entrepreneur with the students. After hearing his presentation, the students were motivated to help not only Srour’s organization, but also their peers in Uganda.

 

Moved by the Srour’s talk, students discussed what their personal responsibility might be to assist him. Remembering their difficult morning without adequate seating and desks students chose to do a “Read-a-Thon” to earn one thousand dollars to purchase sixteen three-person desks: the amount it would take to seat the number of Ugandan students equal to the number of students in the combined classrooms.

 

Students from the two classrooms have worked together to achieve their goal. Groups created brochures and presentations, a top ten list of facts about education in Uganda, a letter to the principal informing him and the community of their action to change the conditions in the Ugandan schools. One group also wrote a mini-grant (funded by the Washington Township Schools Foundation) to support their fundraising efforts. A bulletin board is ready to track the money collected.

 

The students will participate in their Read-a-Thon the week of April 6th-April 10th. By the end of April they hope to surprise Srour with a check to purchase the desks.

First Graders in Ms. Haines class

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Fox Hill First Graders recently researched countries around the world.  Miss Haines’ Class shared what they had learned with the Kindergarten students from Mrs. Peterson’s Class!

 

Fourth Graders in Mrs. Memmer’s class created a video to share information that they learned about tornadoes: