Barnett’s 6th grade classes have participated in a program called N.O.V.A. over the last few months, which teaches principles of bettering your life through learning life skills and building an awareness against alcohol and drugs. As part of the requirements for their N.O.V.A. class, the Sixth grade collected items to donate to the Christmas Box House. Each student was asked to earn and donate one item. During the month of December the 6th grade students created crocheted beanies from looms the teachers had received a grant for the previous year. Students also donated brand new items for children through the Christmas Box House. During the month of January, the sixth-grade team received a letter stating that over $700 worth of items were donated to this cause. In the end they were amazed at how one item, when combined with others, could turn into a sizeable donation. They learned that every effort counts.
The first grade students at Barnett Elementary get to participate in a Fun Friday activity if they finish all of their centers during the week. This last week the students who attended Fun Friday got to do a fun art project. The students loved doing this art project as a reward for working so hard during the week on their centers.
On Monday, January 23, Mrs. Knudsen's 5th grade class celebrated Chinese New Year. The students learned about the lucky colors--red and gold--on this day in China. They were able to simulate writing in Chinese calligraphy with black paint and white paper as they wrote the Chinese characters for a positive phrase of their choice. The students were also able to make miniature Chinese lanterns to put into their red Chinese boxes. Most of the lanterns that the fifth graders made pictured a student-drawn dragon in honor of it being the year of the dragon, a cricket, or another rendition of their Chinese characters with crayons, markers, or pencils. The students enjoyed the chance to learn a little bit more about the Chinese culture.
The fifth-grade at Barnett School has been very busy studying the intricate layers of the Earth's Crust. To simulate this billion year geological process in a delicious and fun way, students studied the layering through 'P.B. & Jelly-ology.' Students were given three types of bread, crunchy peanut butter, jelly, honey, Nutella spread, and gummy worms acting as fossils to help them conceptualize the various layers of Earth. As Mrs. Buys told a story of the laying down or depositing of these sediments, students laid down the type of spread or layers to form their creation.
For those suffering from Automatonophobia, the fear of wax figures, this article may not be for you. Dozens of fifth-grade 'wax' historical figures posed in the Barnett Elementary school gym before Christmas break. Every year, the fifth-grade lets their students research their choice of famous person from United States history. After researching, they are able to write a speech that their character would give, briefly describing their role in our history. Past Presidents, inventors, and astronauts were just a few of the statues parents and friends could visit that day. It was a very lively and educational event!