Thursday, May 18, 2017

Parents as Writing Partners!

Students in Mrs. Saddler's 5th grade class participated in a day of writing and sharing alongside their parents and special guests!  This event has now become a tradition for students in Mrs. Saddler's class making this an occasion they look forward to all year. Sprawled along the greenery of the Franklin Regional campus, special guests paired with their children (notebooks and pens in hand) ready to write.  Among the pieces crafted were poetry, opinion, memoir, and personal narrative. Cookies were served during a culminating read around at the close of the event. It was a day of learning, sharing and fun for all!

First Grade Students Publish Opinion Pieces in Google Slides!

After visiting the writing lab, 1st grade writers in Mrs. Berkoben's room took structure and ideas back to their classroom where they continued to work on individual opinion writing pieces. Later, students paired with 4th grade writing buddies in Mrs. Ryan's room to publish their work into Google Slides. It was a wonderful collaborative experience for both students and teachers.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Kindergarten Celebrates KidWriting Authors!

Family and friends joined Kindergarten writers in a celebration last Friday.  These young authors proudly shared their published books.  Student narratives were carefully crafted utilizing want, problem and solution to development character and setting.  Each story was unique and filled with authentic elements of choice and writerly decisions!



Thursday, May 4, 2017

Bingo for Books!

Title I students participated in a fun-filled night of Bingo for Books! Students searched bingo cards with colorful daubers to find sight words, letters, numbers, and seasonal themed words.  The best part of the night were the prizes: books...and lots of them!  All students were winners choosing from a variety of the most popular titles. Some of the titles included: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Dogs, The Kid Who Only Hit Homers, Jokelopedia, Trucks, and To Dance.  Students left for the night with armfuls of summer reading fun!


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Second Grade Treasures!

Second grade students publish student books in cooperation with Student Treasures publishing company. Students in second grade have been publishing books for the past three years. Students take part in the writing process as a class and then complete an illustration that coincides with their individual writing piece.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Baby Chicks Arrive at Heritage!

The students in Miss Wetzler's classroom came in Tuesday morning to find four baby chicks! They have learned about the life cycle of a chicken, how to safely handle them, first hand experience in cleaning their water & food dishes, and also built them a special cage out of blocks! The students especially enjoy reading stories to the chicks.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The FAB LAB Visits Heritage Fourth Grade!

This week fourth grade teachers and students used the Heritage Library as a Maker Space to manipulate 2-D Inkscape CAD software. During this process, students worked to engineer and design their own foam core gliders after a study on aerodynamics, gravity, lift, and drag. Laser cutters allowed each student to create their own glider based from their own precise measurement specifications. The Carnegie Science Center team did an extraordinary job in their delivery of instruction and support. Binky Sargent from Kennametal, responsible for the $15,000 grant, was on hand to observe. High school students were integral in filming and interviewing the fourth graders. Please take a moment to enjoy a video snapshot of this unique experience!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Donuts with Dad 2017

Last week Heritage fathers piled in to the Heritage cafeteria to enjoy breakfast donuts with their children before school . This popular PTO sponsored event provides a low key opportunity for dads to spend a little extra time interacting with their children and other dads of kids who attend school with their children. Spending this extra time together started the school (and work) day off to a great start for all participants!


5th Grade Presents: Alice’s Adventures with Idioms

5th grade actors and actresses followed a cat and dog down the rabbit hole and arrived in...the land of idioms -and what a crazy place it was!  Directed by Christine Klemstine, students played all the parts of the familiar Wonderland characters including: the White Rabbits, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Mad Hatter and March Hare, the Cheshire Cat, and the King and Queen of Hearts. All were there to share their mixed up advice as they helped Alice and her pets along the curious world of the English language.


Friday, March 3, 2017

2nd grade celebrates Dr. Seuss' birthday

2nd graders in Miss Kilbury and Mrs. Morton's classroom enjoyed celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday together on Thursday March 2, 2017.
The day started with an Author study involving the biography of Theodore Seuss Giesel.
Students then progressed in solving Seuss money and subtraction mathematics problems in pairs and teams.
Second grade students continued during the day immersed in a rich collection of literacy activities involving the mentor text read aloud of Green Eggs and Ham where students compared and contrasted the theme of the story and how it relates to their personal connection.
These second grade classes had a wonderful time studying America's most famous author and illustrator on Read Across America day.