Monday, November 30, 2015

6th Graders Learn about Digital Citizenry and Blogging

One of the coolest things I get to do everyday is pop into classrooms and check out what students are learning. On a recent November afternoon, I had the pleasure of watching a co-taught lesson from Ms. Spohn, our 6th grade writing teacher, and Ms. Hohman, our digital teacher librarian. Students learned how to respond to blogs in a way that promoted good digital citizenship and left only a positive digital footprint. 

What is a digital footprint? Here are some responses from 6th graders:

Student 1: I think it’s something that you leave behind.
Ms. Hohman: Where?
Student 1: Online.
Student 2: Even if you delete it, it will still be there.
Student 3: Whatever you do online doesn’t go away.
Student 4: You don’t want to be a cyberbully.
Ms. Hohman: What happens when you’re 16 and apply for a job, say at Starbucks? What can the manager do?
Student 5: They can Google your name.
Student 6: Yea, and if something bad comes up, they won't hire you.

I think our students are off to a great start!

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6th graders are commenting on my blog posts during a recent lesson on digital citizenship.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Blue Heron Hygiene Drive

Blue Heron Elementary Hygiene Drive
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All items collected benefit Jeffco’s Homeless Services--Community and Family Connections

Beginning on Monday, November 30th and continuing through Thursday, December 17th, Blue Heron will begin collecting the following items:

  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • bar soap
  • body wash/ scrubs
  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • lotion
  • chapstick
  • nail clippers
  • washcloths
  • wipes
  • antibacterial gel
  • baskets
  • reusable totes
  • reusable containers
  • tissue paper

helping-hands-symbols-clip-art-1036280.jpgStudents can drop their items off in the box in their classroom.  The items will be assembled in baskets, totes or containers for families on December 17th during our Winter Giving Celebration.  

Sunday, November 8, 2015

2nd Grade Science Fun

Last Friday, our second graders got a treat when Pam Batton, owner of EcoAdventures, stopped by Blue Heron to teach a lesson on science and environmental education. Students were outside for a portion of the lesson learning about predators and prey. When I stopped by, student "predators" were trying to "catch" their dinner (It appeared as though stuffed animal rabbits and mice were two very popular items on the menu). It was wonderful to watch!

Student Mentor Program

Did you know we have a mentor program at Blue Heron? 
Students in grades 3-6 are paired with students in grades K-2. On a regular basis, they meet to support academics and promote school culture and belonging. Recently, I spotted several fifth grade students working with second graders to create Halloween jokes, which they posted throughout the school (including on my office door). We have some witty students and their humor brings a smile to my face everyday!