It’s time to return to reading beginning August 4-8 and August 11-15, from 10:00 a.m. until noon each day. Students who will be in second-fourth grades can come to the computer lab and read anytime during the open reading time. Students can earn reward “dollars” for attendance and reading and then turn them in for prizes. Mrs. Broderick and Mrs. Chris Basham have coordinated this reading event for students. Any questions can be directed to Mrs. Broderick at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently IW Kindergarteners, Pre-Schoolers and ECE students enjoyed a visit from our sweet R.I.F. Lady, also known as Mr. Miller’s mommy, Cindy Miller. We were able to choose 2 books for our last R.I.F. distribution, which we got to write our names in and keep forever! Mrs. Miller also had a drawing, and Alexis Brackney won the stuffed Kangaroo made famous by the Curious George book series. Pictured with Cindy Miller are Evan Dines, Alexis Brackney and Amelia Scharp.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the selection of Halley Cummings of Danforth, Illinois, who attends Iroquois West High School in Gilman, as a 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Halley is the daughter of William and Jill Cummings and will be attending Washington University in St. Louis with an intended major of Architecture.
Cummings is one of 141 outstanding American high school seniors that have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service, and contribution to school and community. The U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C., from June 22-25.
In 2008, the 4-H extension office with Kim Rahn as the leader, contacted Jill Murphy about making maps and partnering with a U of I graduate student to make an interactive map on the computer. The year before we had acquired ARC View – a GIS map making program from a grant and we had made simple maps of the Iroquois West area. This new project involved researching settlers in the area in the 1800s and locating their graves in the Onarga cemetery. We made maps that were interactive and when clicked upon, the information about that person appeared. Mrs. Muench helped the group make audio recordings which were also linked to the map. Nama from the U of I helped in the formation of the maps, linking pictures, and the audio.
Students currently in grades
2-5 2-8 at IW may sign up to take 3 iPad classes with Mrs. Muench this summer. Please fill out the form below and return quickly as classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Please note that the Claymation class is full at this time.
The 4th grade class has been very busy creating their very own multimedia projects. Each student created a poem, a comic strip or worked in a small group to create a movie.
Students that wrote poetry also created a collage of digital images and recorded themselves reading their poem. Then the pictures and audio files were married together by a teacher. Students that created a comic used the website Pixton.com to make their ideas come to life. The movie making groups had to create a script, type it up, plan out a scene list and think about filming angles and props. Finally they got to record their movie and the student director was in charge of making sure that the movie was well constructed to tell the story.
The 2nd graders have created fabulous items out of recycled materials. Go visit the Elementary School website to vote on your favorites. There are 4 different classes so make sure you vote once in each class. Voting will close on May 2 so get your votes in now.