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Pumpkin Patch 2016

STEM blazes a trail at HPS

HPS Stem Specialists Sheri Delissio and Liz Klemonski joined Grace DeAngelis and Kim Churchill (MELC Coordinator at HPS) on a trip through the old HPS nature trail. Though there is quite a bit of work to be done, Sheri and Liz are interested in recreating an outdoor classroom environment. It is an ideal area to hone those keen observation skills. 

Starting a garden at HPS

All HPS students, grades K-5, took a trip to MCC to learn about the different types of composting. Miss BettyLou taught the students how they can make a difference around their school and their homes. HPS is creating its very own edible school yard. Watch for more to come!

Barnes and Noble Book Fair

HPS decided to try something new this year and it was a blast! Students from the 5th grade chorus entertained shoppers at the HPS book fair held at Barnes & Noble. Dr. Ali read to the shoppers as they came out to support our school. After shopping, many families dined at Bertucci's, earning 10% of all proceeds for the HPS PTA. 

Holiday Music Concert at HPS

The 5th grade chorus under the direction of Mr. Michael Hayden, along with the band and orchestra treated the HPS community to an afternoon and evening of wonderful holiday music.

First Day of Winter December 21, 2015 (temperature 58!)

The HPS kindergarteners went out to visit the tree on the first day of winter (see their fall movie above).  They observed that there were no longer any leaves on or around the tree, but they were wondering were the snow might be!

Classroom Snapshot -Science Lab

Mrs. Papsun's fifth grade class were recently involved in an inquiry starter and focused investigation on sound. Students were testing varied pitch sounds with different amounts of medium (air) in the glassware.

Fancy Nancy Day - Kindergarten

Kindergarteners celebrated the end of their author unit on Jane O'Connor (author of Fancy Nancy) by dressing up fancy!

PJ Day January 29th

Students and staff came to HPS wearing PJs, onesies, robes, even slippers. It was business as usual academically but with a comfy vibe. Money was collected for Connecticut Children's Medical Center. 

Classroom Snapshot - P.E.

 The weather outside may not be appropriate for making snowmen but that didn't stop 2nd and 3rd graders from making snowmen in PE class using an assortment of equipment.  Students demonstrated great teamwork and cooperation to complete the task.

Math Night January 2016

HPS held a Math night to help parents looking for ways they can help their children with their math howmework.

Crazy Sock Day - January

Jump Rope Fun

Parents of students in grades K-2 were invited into Physical Education class to help students practice their jumping skills.  Students practiced a basic 2-2 jump (2 feet take off and 2 feet landing) while jumping in the long rope turned by parents.  Students also practiced their leaping skills (running and taking off with one foot and landing on the opposite foot and continuing their run) while leaping over a pretend snake.  Physical Education Teacher  Sue Larson, appreciates all the parents who volunteered their valuable time to participate.

Helping Hands

5th grade helping hands students help collect and organize box tops

 

Classroom Snapshot - 4th grade writing

Classroom Snapshot - 4th grade writing

Shoe Tying Olympics March 10,2016

3rd grade Animal Adaptations

Earlier in the year, STEM classes learned about animal adaptations and their fit in matching habitats. As a culminating activity, students were to build their own unique creature and give it certain physical or behavioral adaptations to survive in an existing land or water habitat. In Art classes they brought their creations to life using paper mache to make their animals 3-D. They used creative writing skills for their animal descriptions and practiced reading fluency skills while recording them. Finally, to wrap the whole project up, we brought in technology skills to record student voices while using the iPad to manipulate a mouth to make the animal appear to be talking. The projects turned out quite cute, and the students (and teachers) enjoyed the process from start to finish. We hope you enjoy them too!
Thanks to all third graders learners for a job well done. 
Thanks to all families for your excitement over the projects!
Thanks to all teachers involved in making this a success: Mrs. Beyer, Miss Willhelm, Mrs. Thieling, Mr. Kavanaugh, and Mrs. Klemonski

Grade 3 Animal Adaptaions

Earlier in the year, STEM classes learned about animal adaptations and their fit in matching habitats. As a culminating activity, students were to build their own unique creature and give it certain physical or behavioral adaptations to survive in an existing land or water habitat. In Art classes they brought their creations to life using paper mache to make their animals 3-D. They used creative writing skills for their animal descriptions and practiced reading fluency skills while recording them. Finally, to wrap the whole project up, we brought in technology skills to record student voices while using the iPad to manipulate a mouth to make the animal appear to be talking. The projects turned out quite cute, and the students (and teachers) enjoyed the process from start to finish. We hope you enjoy them too!
To see the animals talk click on Grade 3 animals at the top of the side bar or click here
Thanks to all third graders learners for a job well done. 
Thanks to all families for your excitement over the projects!
Thanks to all teachers involved in making this a success: Mrs. Beyer, Miss Willhelm, Mrs. Thieling, Mr. Kavanaugh, and Mrs. Klemonski

Art Show at The Lutz

Adelae, a fourth grader at Highland Park School, was one of 50 students selected to have her artwork showcased at the Lutz Museum.  This piece of work was inspired by Paul Klee and his focus on warm and cool colors using water colors.

Muffins for Moms March 24, 2016

Over 50 HPS moms, grandmas, and/or aunts were treated to muffins prepared by Cheney Tech School students and then participated in a presentation on social thinking.

Muffins for Moms

Dr. Ali was joined by Christa Perkins to talk about Social Emotional Learning.

Christa Perkins has been a school social worker in the MPS community since 1998 and currently works as the Social Emotional Learning Coordinator for the district. 

Autism Awareness Day - April 1

World Autism Awareness Day is observed on April 2nd to raise awareness and understanding of Autism (a group of complex disorders of brain development that can cause social, communication, and behavioral challenges). Manchester schools celebrated the day on Friday, April 1st.  Highland Park teacher Nancy Chenette celebrated Autism Awareness day by wearing one of her many pairs of Danskos.  Everyone was encouraged to wear blue and/or puzzle pieces for Autism Awareness Day.  Donations will be sent to Autism Speaks.

Dr Seuss - Read Across America Day March 2

HPS celebrated Dr. Seuss's Birthday by having special guests come to their classroom and read.  Many students and staff dressed up as Dr. Seuss Characters.

First Day of Spring

Kindergartners continue their lessons on the changing seasons, but Mother Nature is trying to confuse us this year!  It snowed on the first day of Spring!!! We are anxiously waiting for our tree to start to swell up with buds and new leaves.

Classroom Snapshot 4th Grade Math Workshop

Math Workshop in Action

 

 

Earth Day & Arbor Day 2016

To celebrate both Earth Day (4/22) and Arbor Day (4/29), Mr. Zaremba, a retired middle school science teacher from New Mexico spent time with all students in grades K-5. While we usually see Mr. Z subbing in our schools, for these special days he has graciously volunteered his time to share his passion for horticulture. 

Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classes were able to hear an interactive read aloud where Mr. Z was dressed up like a maple tree as a prop for the story, Mr. Tamarin's Trees, by Kathryn Ernst. Students learned about some of the many important roles of trees. 

 

Earth Day & Arbor Day 2016, continued

In 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade STEM lab classes, he had students use vegetative propagation to start their own Wandering Purple Zebrina plant. Ask your child if they can tell you what that is and how they did it. In coming classes, student scientists will be recording data charts measuring their new plants' growth. 

HPS Alum drafted to the NFL

Coin Drive for the Animal Shelter

Animal Control Officer Elease McConnell, met with 5th graders last Friday to thank them in person for leading the school in the coin drive that raised over $1,600 for the Tyler Regional Animal Shelter which houses cats and dogs from Manchester, South Windsor, and East Hartford.  Officer McConnell is holding one of the leashes that was purchased with the money.  Highland Park was also able to purchase several beds for the animals as well as indestructible chew toys for the larger breeds.  Some members of the 5th grade student council will be visiting the shelter on Friday, May 20 after school to deliver the some of the items purchased and to take a tour of the facility.
A couple of months ago, Sue Larson asked parents what games they played when they were in elementary school and if anyone would be willing to share their activities with Highland Park Physical Education students.  This past week, Mrs. Ruff's class (and Mrs. Larson) were thrilled to learn how to use a Chinese Jump Rope.  Mrs. Larson discovered how much fun a Chinese Jump Rope can be and ordered a dozen so they can be used at recess.  Mrs. Vyse was a special guest in Mrs. Delany's PE class.  Mrs. Vyse taught the students how to play British Bulldogs (a game Mr. Vyse played growing up in England) and also Mother May I?  Both games were a hit with the students and hopefully will be played more often at recess and in the neighborhoods this spring and summer.

Grade 3 Manchester Field Trip

Third graders visited the firehouse and school house while Touring Manchester

 

Meet Nugget & Popcorn

There are two new additions to the Highland Park Huskies in Kindergarten.....baby chicks have hatched in our classroom! We have named them Nugget & Popcorn!

Caldecott Bookworms 2016

These three students took the challenge to read 70 or more Caldecott Books before the end of third grade. We clebrated with lunch in the Library and rainbow jello for dessert!
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