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    Mr. Anderson
    Mr. Anderson's second grade class at Spring Hill Elementary has been working on geography in Social Studies.  They began looking at the local community in which they live and looking outward to the geography of the state of Ohio.  The students have learned about the cardinal directions and how to create and read a map and a map key.  As a class, they studied the map of the United States even singing a song to help them learn some of the names of our states especially those that border Ohio.  For a culminating event, the class created a globe of the Earth to help them recognize and locate all seven continents and all four oceans.  They used a balloon, some paper mache, and blue paint.  Mrs. Nagle, a room parent, came in to help with putting it all together.  This activity which you see pictured made geography come to life in their hands right before their eyes. 
     
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    Mrs. Fenske
    The third graders at Spring Hill Elementary have been very busy reading and writing.  Before Christmas the students had to design a new suit for Santa Claus and write an opinion letter to convince Mrs. Claus to choose their suit.  They were very creative.  We had a Batman Santa, a minion Santa, a cowboy Santa, a Ninja Turtle Santa and a couple of Ohio State Santas plus many other creative new outfits.  Mrs. Claus had a hard time choosing so, Santa just stuck with his traditional red suit! 

    Before Christmas many of the third graders participated in Reader’s Theaters either by observing some students perform for them or by performing themselves.  These help the students practice their fluency as well as build confidence performing for others.

    The students in Mrs. Fenske’s and Mrs. Ward’s classes also participated in the People Together program from the ARC of Summit & Portage Counties which was taught by Mrs. Carr.  This is a disability awareness program designed for elementary students to educate them about people with different disabilities.  The students learned about both physical and mental disabilities.   They also participated in activities to simulate them having a disability.  They took an unfair spelling test, read directions that were written backwards and out of order, tried to cut out a star while wearing socks on their hands and used crutches, a walker and a wheelchair.  The students discussed their feelings and wrote about them after participating in these activities.  Finally, they had a visit from Amber, who is blind.  She shared many of her experiences as a blind child as well as an adult.  This program teaches the students to respect others and show compassion to everyone.   

    Some of our third graders have been trained by Mrs. Maas to be peer mediators.  They are now ready to help other students at Spring Hill solve their problems.  Congratulations to all of them for their hard work preparing for this new challenge at Spring Hill.  Mrs. Maas has done great work training them for this new adventure.        

    Finally, the third graders have been very busy collecting boxtops.  Mrs. Eberts class collected the most in October and received a pizza party.  The third graders collected the most in December.  They celebrated with a hot chocolate and donut party.  Thanks to Spring Hill Parent Group for the celebrations and for organizing and keeping track of all of our Boxtops!

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    Mrs. Holtz
    The students in Mrs. Holtz's room have been quite busy.  We took a look back, wrote, and discussed  our top 3 moments of 2014, as we welcomed the New Year.  We created New Years Resolutions and goals (which tie in directly with the book we have been reading) "The 7 Habits of Happy Kids." Writing resolutions and creating goals have allowed our class to reflect on themselves, and create a plan to become more successful.  We are excited to enter 2015, and work on our new goals.
     
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    Mrs. Langovsky
    The kindergarten classes at Spring Hill recently completed a social studies unit on Celebrations and Festivals.  They read stories and completed activities to help them learn about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali and Las Posadas.  Children pictured left to right are Marcus Lewis, Ty Smith, Joshua Booth and Carson Jenkins.
     
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    Mrs. Maas
    Students at Spring Hill Elementary are learning how to solve conflicts peaceably with Peer Mediation. Third grade students were recommended by their teachers to participate in Peer Mediation Training with their School Counselor, Mrs. Maas.  These students were willing to meet with Mrs. Maas during their lunch time in order to learn how to talk out problems and reach agreements.  They learned that the goal is to reach a "win/win" solution for everyone involved.  Solving conflicts peaceably is a life skill and these students can help others to do the same.  These third grade mediators also welcome new students to our building by taking them on a tour to help put them at ease.  Great job Peer Mediators!
     
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    Peer Mediators at Spring Hill Elementary from left to right starting with the back row:  Lily MacFarland, Chloe Paul, Victoria Miller, Braden Farmer, Tyler Tichon, Joey Cramer, Ashton Oliver, Maxwell Berkenstock, Jordan Bradley
    Mrs. Pendergast
    The students in Mrs. Pendergast’s class have been working hard in reading and math as well as learning about and preparing for the holidays.  The kindergarten and first grade students participated in a Christmas program and two of our students performed a Reader’s Theatre based on the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! with several students from other classes.  We have enjoyed creating Christmas gifts for our families and the Santa Shop was a big hit!  We are glad to be back from break and hope the weather improves soon so that we can get outside! 
     
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    Mrs. Richardson
    Second and third graders at Spring Hill are learning to read music!  We started the year with basics such as high/low, loud/soft/, beat/melodic rhythm.  We then moved on to strong beat and Italian terms for dynamics, such as ff, which stands for fortissimo, which means very loud.  By this time, we have learned to read the first three pitches, so mi and la, as well as quarter and eighth note rhythms.   On our mallet instruments, we can play songs such as New Year's Resolutions  from standard notation using these pitches and rhythms.  Using our Kodaly hand signals, we can also sight sing simple three note songs.
    Mrs. Slone
     
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    During our unit on goods and services we discussed what simple things we can do for others with little or no cost at all but still make others happy.  Our class decided to make Rudolph candy canes for several classes at Spring Hill.  We were “secret little elves” as we delivered them to our friends around the building.  Thank you to all the parents who donated the candy canes for us!  

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    We are happy to welcome our student teacher from the University of Akron, Sarah Kosik.  Ms. Kosik will be a great help in our classroom from January until May. 

     
    Mrs. Stockwell
    We are busy in first grade! Along with learning about the past, Mrs. Stockwell’s first graders had an Antiques Road Show ‘Show and Tell’.  Students brought in something old to share with the class.  They told how old their item was, what it was used for, and what it can teach us about the past. The students learned how communication has changed, what tools were used, and how many things were hand made.

    Mrs. Stockwell’s and Mrs. McFarland’s students got together for a Friendship Feast.  Students enjoyed time together and also had a yummy snack of trail mix. 

    We have been learning how to tie.  Students are working hard helping each other to learn this very important skill.

     
    Mrs. Warzinski
    We have been very busy in second grade at Spring Hill Elementary.  Second graders were involved in completing an Hour of Code in the computer lab.  Many also worked on it at home.  We were busy doing our Christmas shopping at our Santa Shop and making ornaments for our trees.  We also had fun practicing our reading fluency by presenting readers theater in our classroom.  We are excited to see what the second half of second grade will bring!
     
     
    Mr. Zimmerman
    Mr. Zimmerman’s class is currently working with informational texts.  Students are developing reports about a State they chose from books in our library.  They have begun drawing their State & will be labeling large rivers, bodies of water, the Capital & geographic highlights.   Finally they will present an oral report to the class.  Many students have earned several pizzas from the Pizza Hut Reading Challenge.  I am proud of their efforts to improve their reading outside of the school day.  Students are learning to use technology to write responses to prompts & emailing them to me.  In Math we are learning multiplication & division and real life word problems. Students are also graphing the temperature & using technology to create, print & email their completed graphs to me. We explored consumers & decomposers by creating individual lab specimens in which the students recorded their decomposing bread & apples & compared their predictions to their conclusions.  We are currently preparing to perform another Readers’ Theatre, The Grinch, with Ms. Dolwick & some of Mrs. Pendergast’s students.  The students enjoy performing for their homeroom classes.
     
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