Garret Hirt explains the effects of temperature on a tennis ball.
Immaculate Conception Art Club had its monthly meeting last Wednesday. The group made beautiful Christmas ornaments. The students were given the choice of a snowman or a nativity ornament that was constructed out of clay and then assembled within a painted ball. The art club is under the direction of Mrs. Joni Hoffman and meets each month to explore and create.
The staff and students at R.C. Waters Elementary School in Oak Harbor, serving students in grades K—3 in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District, have earned the award of being named a “High Progress School of Honor” by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). R.C. Waters Elementary School was the only school in Ottawa County to earn this award!
ODE recognized more than three dozen Ohio schools for improving academic achievement among their students, including many from economically disadvantaged homes. According to the department, "High Progress Schools of Honor" score in the top 10 percent of schools as ranked by gains in reading and mathematics combined proficiency in all tested grades for the past five years. They also are in the top 10 percent for gains in graduation rate during the past five years. The department also considers Adequate Yearly Progress, Value-Added measures of student growth and Local Report Card ratings when determining award selection.
Hunter Lenke tries on Saint Nicholas' hat that was left behind
Tis the season of Advent and at Immaculate Conception Catholic School that means a time of waiting and preparing for the big day. There are trees to decorate, ornaments to make and program songs to practice which can make for very busy days. The feast day of St. Nicholas on Dec. 6, reminds us of the spirit of giving that makes the season sparkle. In keeping with tradition, St. Nicholas made a stop at the school on his feast day. St. Nicholas is known to put treats in the shoes of those that leave them outside their door; and once again, St. Nicholas did not disappoint. The children found their shoes stuffed with treats and were reminded of the goodness and generosity of the patron Saint of Children.
Danbury Middle School participated in the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week. According to the code.org the Hour of Code is an opportunity for every student to try computer science for one hour. During Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-15), code.org is making history and recruiting 10 million to join in and do the Hour of Code. People are encouraged, young and old, to try their hand at computer programming at code.org.
Danbury Middle School has made a commitment to have all of its students be part of the millions around the world learning to write simple computer code. Every middle school student had an opportunity during the week to learn more about coding and write 100+ lines of code to solve a variety of puzzles. For students who are interested in continuing to code, additional opportunities will be available either independently or for some students it will be part of their regular computer classroom curriculum.