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School News Roundup

Bird houseBird Houses for Earth Day
In the fall, Career Center volunteers Ned Howenstine, Wesley Mills, Leonard Rogers, John Rogers, and Ronald Knipling started at Bluemont Park, teaching PEP students about wrens and chickadees by examining the types of nests each bird builds. Then for about six weeks this winter, they worked in the old carpentry lab to build houses. The volunteers supplied all of the materials. On April 22, PEP students and volunteers placed these handmade birdhouses in Barcroft Park. What a great way to give students hands on experience supporting nature!

Low waste lunchesLow-Waste Lunches at Tuckahoe
Students at Tuckahoe will participate in Low-Waste Lunches, a week-long effort to reduce trash. During the week of April 29-May 3, students will be challenged to reduce and reuse (lunch packaging and utensils), recycle (by sorting their trash appropriately), refuse (items not needed like ketchup packets or extra napkins) and return (unopened food for the Food Bus). Tuckahoe is hopeful that this event will help to educate the students and community about easy ways to be mindful in the lunchroom.

Nottingham Green TeamNottingham’s Family Maker Challenge
Nottingham celebrated Earth Day with a fun Family Maker Challenge. Nottingham library and the student environmental club, NES Green Team, partnered together to sponsor the activity. Students were invited to work together with their families to create something out of recycled materials found around home. The contest theme was plastic. Students learned facts about plastic and were encouraged to incorporate the knowledge into their design. Judges will be awarding ribbons for the most creative and eco-friendly designs. The goal was to raise awareness while being creative and, of course, having fun! The art gallery is on display in the library through May 5.

Job ShaddowJob Shadow Day Success
On April 11, Arlington Tech 10th grade students partnered with a variety of nearby community businesses for their Job Shadow Day. Through the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and other business partner relationships, students visited nearby businesses to learn what working in a field of their interest is actually like. The businesses who participated in this event included: the Arlington County Fire Department, Laborers International Union, Clarendon Animal Care, UGroup, Idido’s Coffee, AlexRenew, Nano Tech, Stantec Architecture, Arlington Department of Environmental Services, Arlington Library, Lawrence Cheng Photography, MovementX, Arlington County Board, Deft Consulting, Veritcal Applications, Excella, Westin Crystal City, Virginia Tech Engineering Education Labs, Mercedes Benz of Arlington, Bright Horizons at Courthouse, Arlington Community Federal Credit Union, and Hungry Catering. Students returned to school excited about what they had learned and what is possible after their education.

Key RotaryKey Receives Book Donation from Local Rotary Club
The Rotary Club of Arlington’s Service Committee reached out to the Key School PTA to ask if they could contribute books to classroom libraries as part of a community service project. Their generous club members, who live the Rotarian motto of Service above Self, donated over $750 dollars to purchase English and Spanish language books and educational games for classroom libraries from teachers and students wish lists at the Annual Key PTA Bilingual Book Fair. Reading specialist Lee Morales-Keck accepted the gifts on behalf of Key.

DrewGenius Hour at Drew
Just before Spring Break, Drew second grade students presented their personalized learning projects during the Genius Hour. Students created board games, books, videos, and posters about topics that interested them. Teachers and staff beamed with pride as our students turned the tables by teaching the adults.

StratfordDixie Trio Performs at Stratford
The Dixie Power Trio, formed in 1992, performed for Stratford students and staff recently. Their Louisiana style sound is always a hit with staff and especially students.

Jefferson Community ProjectsJefferson 8th Graders Present Community Projects
eighth graders have been working all year on planning, developing and executing community projects as part of their IB curriculum. On April 9, all eighth graders presented their projects to their fellow students.

Character CountsCharacter Counts!
On April 12, Taylor first graders put on a heartwarming Character Counts assembly. The children sang songs about acceptance, friendship and getting along with others. It was standing room only with all of the family support. The show was directed by first grade teachers Jen Rachlin, Lauren Lachowitz, Lucy Lauck, Molly White and Allison Owens. Music teacher Lisette Satterwhite and art teacher Jessica Shively collaborated with music, costumes and scenery.

CampbellPuzzled Penguin Visits Campbell to get Help with Thermometers
Principal Maureen Nesselrode dressed up as a penguin to help third graders learn about reading thermometers. While students are learning about measurements, the Puzzled Penguin came to get some help from the kids about how to read thermometers. Students had to use the eight different thermometers to read the temperature and help him understand that thermometers can have different scales/skip counting patterns that need to be used to read them correctly. The Puzzled Penguin also challenged them to explain how thermometers are similar to number lines.

Barrett Smithsonian Air & Space Director Visits Barrett
On Wed, April 10, Barrett students in grades 2-5 participated in a special presentation by Dr. Ellen Stofan, the director of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and former Chief Scientist and a planetary geologist at NASA. In addition to the presentation, Dr. Stofan met with a small group of students in the Discovery Lab for a Q & A session. Project Discovery, Barrett’s Exemplary Project led by Dr. Laurie Sullivan was awarded the visit from the US Science & Engineering Festival as part of their Nifty Fifty Speakers program.