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2021

  • October

    Space, Native Americans, and Teen Safety

    by Natalie Jackson
    Our first Deep Dive of the year saw 4th graders invent products to make astronauts' lives easier in space, while 2nd graders embraced Native American lore, and 6th grade tackled teen safety.
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  • September

    Our Students Deep Dive into Lit, Music, and Latin America

    by Natalie Jackson
    Our first Deep Dive of the year finds the students learning in-depth.
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  • Who Loves Recess?

    by Michael Porter
    If you ask any student what their favorite part of the school day is, most likely they will answer “recess.”
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  • Enhancing Learning and Life

    by Michael Porter
    Students in 5th and 6th grades develop "soft skills" in a dynamic class at JCDS.
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  • Cool in the Pool

    by Michael Porter
    Swimming is the most fun way to get the best workout!
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  • Find that Perfect Book

    by Natalie Jackson
    Our young Sharks love it when you read aloud to them. Find the best book for you and them.
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  • August

    The Importance of Routines

    by Natalie Jackson
    Ever want to know what goes on inside the classroom during the first few weeks of school? A lot of it is the development of student teacher relationships, getting to know schedules, and establishing routines.
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  • May

    Reaching for the Stars

    by Michael Porter
    Project-based learning can stretch the imagination of a student, encourage them to take risks, and help them take ownership over the finished product. This spring, our 5th graders really reached for the stars to complete a multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary project.
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  • Pre-K: How to Have a Great First Day

    by Tonya Elstein
    Starting preschool or pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) is an exciting time for children, but it can feel a little overwhelming. Here are some tips to make a smooth start in Pre-K.
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  • April

    Preparing for Kindergarten: 7 Tips From a Teacher

    Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for children and parents. It is a year filled with exploration, independence, and social growth. Kindergarten is also a year in which academic foundations are built to help foster them throughout the elementary years. Preparation is key when transitioning to Kindergarten. Here are some tips to help you and your child prepare for this challenging time.
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  • Singin' in the Rain (Forest)

    Michael Porter
    Singin' in the Rainforest is a collection of songs and dances that help reinforce science concepts related to the rainforest.
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  • The Great Chocolate Milk Debate

    by Michael Porter
    Should chocolate milk be served as a healthy option for school lunch? Our 5th graders have taken up the idea as part of their Writing Workshop and are hard at work forming their opinions and backing them up with facts.
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  • Coffee with Your Donut?

    by Michael Porter
    Ms. Johnston's kindergarten students practice many different skills operating a donut shop in the classroom.
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  • March

    Exercise Every Day

    The importance and benefits of being physically active are well known. Active people tend to be healthier, live longer, and have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. The foundation for a physically active lifestyle is laid in childhood. And because children spend so much time in school, schools provide the perfect environment and offer a unique opportunity to get kids “moving” in the right direction.
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