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By Loryn Nettleton

“With technology changing every industry, computing knowledge has become part of a well-rounded skill set,” says Woodbury Central TAG teacher Mrs. Lilly. Then she adds that "only 40% of schools teach computer programming," and unfortunately, only 8% of college graduates are in Computer Science. Statistics show that 71% of all new jobs in STEM are in computing.

“Computer Science prepares students to be active and informed contributors to our increasingly technological society, whether they pursue careers in technology or not,” explains Mrs. Lilly. This year, Mrs. Lilly started a computer-programming course with the second W.C graders. Mrs. Lilly says, “Students learned to write computer code at a very basic level, with words that included ‘algorithm,’ ‘program,’ and ‘debugging.’” The activities included within this course help develop a common foundation upon which all students in the class can construct their understanding of Computer Science concepts.

“Many of the activities in the course ask students to solve problems while writing code which really makes them have to think,” Mrs. Lilly states. Each student works at their own pace, and the program is laid out nicely.  This year, eight students completed Course 1, and received a certificate. These students were Avery Brown, Holden Koele, Ean Tschirren, Logan Phipps, John McFarland, Drake Knight, Annabell Martens, and Kadynce Lloyd.     




Mrs. Choquette Chick Incubation Spotlight

By Jordan Martin

 

            Woodbury Central teacher Mrs. Choquette introduces the first grade to feathered friends.

            Every year, Mrs. Choquette brings an egg incubator to school along with fertilized chicken eggs, and the first grade class watches the eggs hatch. Mrs. Choquette says that she includes this activity in her curriculum because it allows the students to witness the life cycle of “an animal in science.” The students also learn helpful vocabulary such as “embryo,” “yolk,” and “incubator.”

            The students take an active role in the care of the eggs. They roll the eggs three times a day and keep track of the incubation days on a chart in the classroom. The students use the chart to predict when the eggs will hatch.

            The students must patiently wait approximately three weeks for the eggs to hatch. Mrs. Choquette states, “At this time last year, we had eighteen chicks already hatched, but this year, we only have four.” Students believe that the activity is worth the wait. First grader McKinley Jenness says, “It took a really long time but I’m very excited,” as she holds one of the hatched chicks.

 

 

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Push in Guided Reading – Mrs. Brown & Mrs. Dennison

By Kameron Paulsen

Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Dennison teach a year-long “Push-In Intervention Guided Reading” program to all Woodbury Central first graders. The teachers place their students in four differentiated groups to read with 3 reading teachers during a 60-minute block. “Groupings are continually assessed and reassigned as needed to assure students are getting the push they need,” Mrs. Brown explains.

In addition to Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Dennison, the other teachers who take part in this activity include Mrs. Choquette, Mrs. Bengtson, Mrs. Countryman, and Mrs. Schossow.

The teachers agree that students benefit by receiving assistance designed to support strategic processing at their current reading levels. “Our hope is that through this reading block, the first graders can achieve reading proficiency,” says Mrs. Dennison.



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Cutline-Daniel Davis, Cameron Colbert, Preston Zellmer, Aiden Stolpe- Schonrock working with the Really Great Reading Program

 

The students of Mrs. Schossow’s class of Woodbury Central have recently completed their project called Really Great Reading. “This reading program is designed to help students who need extra strategies to help them decode words,” Mrs. Schossow says. The students benefit from the Really Great Reading program because it helps them sound out single syllable words and look for vowels in multi-syllable words to help them read. The students are hands-on as they build words with word tiles; Daniel Davis says his favorite part of the Really Great Reading Program is “doing the colored tiles and the letter tiles.” Daniel added, “It’s really fun.”

The Really Great Reading program, which consists of 80 lessons, is part of the curriculum by supporting the Iowa Core.

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Elementary Spotlight- Mrs. Wright’s Class  

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By Carter Crum and Jacob Wohlert  


Over the course of two weeks in Mrs. Wright’s fourth grade class, Woodbury Central students learned about letter writing and how to develop paragraphs. They were offered pen pals from Turkey and wrote them letters in response to the letters that the children from overseas wrote to the children in Moville.

Zoe Muckey said, “My pen-pal’s name is Yufsu and my favorite part was getting the letters.”

In 2015, Mrs. Walker and her husband Mark traveled to Turkey and met with a teacher in a school in Kayseri. Mrs. Wright says, “Mrs. Walker gave the class letters from children of Turkey.” Then, she adds, “The students read the letters and wrote a response.” Some students included a picture.

The project lasted about two weeks and the students wrote their letters during their classroom writing time. Some of the participants were from the Isabet Ilkokulu school in Kayseri, Turkey.

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Alexis Gilbert and her hanging rock project

 

By Jacob Wohert

 

“My favorite part of the project was getting a chance to see the rock form on the string,” explains Alexis Gilbert, a student in Mrs. Anderson’s second grade class at Woodbury Central. Mrs. Anderson's students are doing science experiments throughout the month of April to help them better understand solids, liquids, and gases. Alexis' experiment involves a hanging rock project where she attached wool string to paperclips in Epsom salt glasses and put it in a dark area.

According to Mrs. Anderson, the students benefit from the project by taking part in the experiments and the hands-on learning. All the students of Mrs. Anderson’s class will present a science experiment for the class. This project becomes part of the curriculum by helping students reach the goals that are expected for the second grade and the Common Core. Mrs. Anderson said, “It’s a great way for the students to learn from their peers.” 

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Elementary Spotlight

23 February 2018


Mrs. Bremer and her kindergarten class at Woodbury Central celebrated their 100 Day of school along with WC's grades 1 and 2. Mrs. Bremer's kindergarteners agree that they all had a great time on Day 100. Kenlie Gray said, “We painted a caterpillar with 100 dots.” Keegan Thomsen said his favorite part of the day was “making glasses that were the number 100.”

“We count each day of kindergarten and talk about the number properties of that day's number,” explained Mrs. Bremer, and then added that the students benefited from this celebration because “we celebrate 100 days of learning, making friends and being in school.”



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Elementary Library Spotlight

By Jordan Martin


Mrs. Parks, the Woodbury Central elementary librarian, creates a fun environment to encourage children to read.

Mrs. Parks explains that when she reads aloud to the students, she “turns the lights down and the lamps on” to make the atmosphere of the library more fun for the children. She also decorates for holidays and special observances, such as Mardi Gras, Dr. Seuss Day, and Black History Month. She reads books that pertain to the holiday or observance to the students.

The library provides a creative outlet for the students. Mrs. Parks encourages them to write their own plays and perform them with puppets.

When Mrs. Parks reads aloud to the children, she asks questions to aid in their comprehension of the story. She asks the students about the main characters, setting, why the characters do certain things in the story, and who their favorite characters are.

Mrs. Parks promotes responsibility in her 5th grade students by making them “library ambassadors.” The class learns the Dewey Decimal System and helps to organize the library shelves.

Mrs. Parks succeeds in her goal of instilling the love of reading in her students. The 3rd grade class has already developed personal preferences in books. Isabella Pacheco says that she likes the “Junie B. Jones” series, Dylan Fowler is currently engrossed in “Mouseheart” by Lisa Fielder, Shaelee Baker prefers books of the mystery genre, while Livy Salocker says that she loves “any book.”









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Elementary Spotlight


Mrs. Bremer and her kindergarten class at Woodbury Central celebrated their 100 Day of school along with WC's grades 1 and 2. Mrs. Bremer's kindergarteners agree that they all had a great time on Day 100. Kenlie Gray said, “We painted a caterpillar with 100 dots.” Keegan Thomsen said his favorite part of the day was “making glasses that were the number 100.”

“We count each day of kindergarten and talk about the number properties of that day's number,” explained Mrs. Bremer, and then added that the students benefited from this celebration because “we celebrate 100 days of learning, making friends and being in school.”






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Elementary Spotlight By Kameron Paulsen

In Mrs. Paulsen’s third grade class, the children of Woodbury Central are learning how to create “10 Awesome Adjectives” to complete the sentence “My snowman is…” based on a snowman they have drawn. These children are learning a part of speech: adjectives. The Awesome Adjective project also benefits their spelling, writing, and creativity, says their teacher. The whole class is involved in this fun learning activity.

The project “is a part of our reading and grammar curriculum, as well as our writing,” Mrs. Paulsen says. The children write their adjectives on the base of a snowman that they’ve drawn and create the rest of the snowman to match their words, she adds.

The project lasts 1-2 days, and students spend about 30 minutes on each lesson. The lessons include a mini-lesson on adjectives, pre writing, revising, and their artwork.