Second graders are engaging in project based learning as they study plant growth using variable experimentation. This year the unit includes vermicomposting! Students are in the process of writing persuasive letters to their administrators to aid them in their new venture. As always, we include math, engineering, art, science, social science, and a plethora of language arts standards in our projects. The engineering portion includes designing and creating plant packaging for safe transport home.
As expected, students are expected to develop socially and personally throughout the year. Students should be able to complete and return homework assignments; take care of, organize and properly use their own and school materials; focus attention appropriately; follow oral and written directions; take responsibility for their own actions; and work independently.
Students who follow the Fairview STEM 3 B's are rewarded in various ways, the most exciting of which is participation in the monthly Falcon Funday scheduled once per month. Students who do not follow the 3 B's receive a "write up" which simply consists of a written account of the negative incident and what the end results were with regard to consequences. Three write ups for issues we consider minor (no one is hurt emotionally or physically, property is not stolen or destroyed, etc) or 1 major incident would eliminate a student's opportunity to participate in Falcon Funday.
Keep in mind, students are being graded according to the end of the year benchmarks on an ongoing basis, both formally and informally, and in cumulative and summative forms. This applies to social and personal development as well as all academic areas.
All parents who did not meet with me for spring conferences are invited to contact me to reschedule, to conduct a phone interview or to write via email.