Mrs. Schey’s Kindergarten class at Harry S Truman Elementary School has been learning about the history of Thanksgiving, as well as the traditions associated with this special holiday. The students had the opportunity to practice speaking in front of a video camera. This video, created in iMovie, shows what the children are thankful for, in their own adorable words!
The Veteran’s Day presentation was the first time students in Harry S Truman 2nd grade used Keynote software to tell a story. Together, students created a title slide and an end slide. Then each class created a slide with students’ pictures using iPhoto and clipart images. Garage Band was used to create a voice-over, adding audio to the student photos. The students really enjoyed seeing their project come together and are looking forward to creating their own projects later this year.
This year students at Harry S Truman Elementary School and Western Salisbury Elementary School are busy learning the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey). This initiative, The Leader in Me, will help our children find their strengths and potential as we share the common language of the Seven Habits. We will be on a journey with our children as we help them discover their strengths and talents – the leader in each of them.
Below is a summary of the Seven Habits that will help our children develop their potential.
Leadership is communicating people’s worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.
~Stephen R. Covey
Habit 1: Be Proactive
I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.
Habit 3: Put First Things First
I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ emotional bank accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand
I listen to the ideas and feelings of others. I try to see things from their point of view. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.
Habit 6: Synergize
I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different from me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than any one of us alone. I am humble.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I take time to find meaningful ways to help others.
Mrs. Shirk’s fifth grade class began using Wikis this year to supplement class discussion. A weekly question is posted and students have the opportunity to submit their answers throughout the week. Students enjoy responding in their own words and seeing their classmates’ opinions. The students also appreciate being able to review past discussions.
Truman’s GarageBand club meets on Friday afternoons. Students from grades 3, 4, and 5 have the opportunity to create their own original compositions using Apple’s GarageBand software. Some students opt to record their own voices, while others create arrangements using the built-in audio loops. They also learn how to use effects to creatively transform sounds.
Listen to this project by Anna Bitar.
Recently, parents of students at Harry S Truman Elementary School had the opportunity to see examples of students learning at the annual Curriculum and Technology night. The featured projects below are from grades 1, 3 and 5
5th Grade – Dominican Republic
Fifth grade students at HST have been very busy working on a variety of technology projects to showcase their learning about the Dominican Republic for Diversity Day. Students created informational posters, newsletters, and brochures using Pages, Keynote, Garage Band and iMovie. These projects demonstrated student learning about the history, geography, economics, culture, and travel of the Dominican Republic. This year, our students utlized “green screen” in their movie projects. Students were able to import their own image in the foreground of the movie to appear as if they were on location in the Dominican Republic.
3rd Grade – Matter
Third grade students have been studying matter in science class. Each child created a keynote presentation describing the 3 states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. The slideshow consisted of at least 4 slides. The children then presented their slideshow orally to the entire class.
1st Grade – Mother’s Day
Mrs. Attar’s Mother’s Day Tea took place on May 9, 2012. Mrs. Attar invited her student’s mothers and grandmothers to attend. The tea started off having the students place paper corsages on the mothers as they entered the room. Everyone was then treated to hot tea, cold drinks and cookies. The students shared a Keynote presentation with the mothers in which students designed their own page on Keynote, writing why they love their moms. Miss Westfall, HST computer technician, helped record the students. After the presentation, everyone watched a short picture story “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch. Finally, the students sang 5 Mother’s Day songs and made a flower craft with the mothers as a Mother’s Day gift.