Barnett’s 6th-grade incentive for February was a Renaissance Dinner and Dance. Students helped donate bread, soup, veggies and refreshments for an etiquette dinner. Dressed in Medievalattire or formal wear, the 6th graders learned how to talk socially and learned appropriate behavior for dining in a restaurant. Students then learned different dances where they changed partners and other classics like the bunny hop. This was a hit with the sixth grade and taught them proper etiquette for the future.
Sixth-grade students got a little “sock” crazy on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. They wore crazy socks to celebrate “Fox in Socks” and other memorable Seuss books. There were special visitors throughout the day including Cat in the Hat and an adorable fish. What a great day.
On February 24th the kindergarten classes had a great time running the Kindy 500. With their homemade vehicles, the children went on a road trip in our school to learn about our American Symbols. Two of our students, Megan Jacobson and Megan Durrant, led the way in the parade of cars. The children met Abraham Lincoln, the Statue of Liberty, and Betsy Ross. They learned about the American eagle, the White House, Mt. Rushmore and the Liberty Bell. It was a very successful activity,and we look forward to another road trip with our students next year.
Our third graders have been working so hard the last month to ensure that they are on their best behavior and learning as much as they can. In order to applaud their efforts, the third grade team received help from two willing parents and was able to put on a minute to win it party. The students had a great time as they tried the various challenges and cheered on their teams. These students work hard, and finally they had a chance to play hard too.
Students at Barnett Elementary have been working hard this month to earn Brag Notes. When a student earns a brag note their name is added to the Principal’s 200 Club Board. Brag notes can be earned by making good choices, working hard in school, and being a good friend or helper just to name a few things. Once the board is full of student names we have a drawing for books and prizes. Here are our winners for the month of February. Thanks for making so many good choices Barnett Bulldogs!
On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, the students in Mrs. Knudsen's fifth grade class went back in time to participate in the Underground Railroad. They were each assigned a part in the role-play. All of the roles were based on real people who actually helped or hindered slaves on the Underground Railroad. After researching their people and creating brief reports on their characters' accomplishments, the students created costumes and props for the day of the activity. The students who were the slaves were able to move from a plantation in the South, all the way up to Canada with the help of many different people along the way who risked their lives to free them. When they made it to Canada, Mr. Cope talked to them about the value of freedom. The students were able to gain a greater appreciation for their freedoms that they enjoy because of this activity.
On January 31, the first graders at Barnett Elementary celebrated the 100th Day of School. Throughout the day they were able to do a lot of fun activities to celebrate. One of the activities they did was put together 100 piece puzzles. The students had so much fun celebrating this fun day!
Think you have what it takes to face your fears? Mrs. Spencer's, Ms. Leach's, and Mrs. Laudato's sixth graders do!!! January's incentive activity for Barnett sixth graders was the opportunity to participate in Fear Factor! Each class sent six volunteers to compete for the coveted Fear Factor Championship. Participants were challenged to hold ice in their hand, eat dried squid, & drink tomato juice with herring chunks, just to name a few. Do you think you could do it? Fellow students got the task of watching their friends gag as they tried their best to complete the different challenges. They cheered and pressured challengers into extremely uncomfortable situations. Much fun was had by all the students in sixth grade. In the end, Ms. Leach's class took home the trophy! When the competition was finished, student's were reminded of the effects of peer pressure and how sometimes we do things that we would never dream of doing when we feel pressure from others. Students were also reminded that people are influenced by peers because they want to fit in, be like peers they admire, do what others are doing, or have what others have. It's not always easy to resist negative peer pressure, but when you do, it is easy to feel good about it afterwards. And you may even be a positive influence on your peers who feel the same way — and Barnett sixth graders are positively amazing people!
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.