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Welcome to the AES Specials Weekly News Page!

 

Welcome back!  

I am excited this year, because both of my boys are going to be attending Alcoa Elementary!  We also have a much larger art room (in POD 5), and a real sink! What an exciting thing for an art teacher.  I have some new and innovate ideas in store for your child this year for art class.  As always, my plan is to collaborate with classroom teachers to integrate math and literature into exciting and creative art experiences.    

Art Semester Overview 

We are beginning the year by taking the most basic shapes (squares, circles, triangles) and trying different strategies in each class to "see the world as shapes," and then draw those shapes (Art Standard MA:Cr2.1).  Then we will learn "cool vs warm" colors, and the emotions connected to colors.  As the semester progresses, we will do more arts integration with letters, math, science, historical holidays, and other cross curricular connections. Thanks! 

Ideas? 

Would you or your child want to learn something new in art? Connections to science, music, books, math?  Have a bulk of a material you want to donate?   If you have a new idea for an art projects you wish me to implement, feel free to pass the ideas along.  Let me know early so I have time to prepare, and make sure it is something that can be done on a larger scale with the rest of the students in that grade level (preparing for around 150 students or 7 classes per grade level).  Feel free to come see me, or email me some time:  dgrant@alcoaschools.net

Art Objectives  

The National Standards for Art have changed this year, see the following website for more info:  https://nationalartsstandards.org/  Generally, my overall object for students in art:  

1.      See like an artist.   Can you tell me the shape of color of the things you see?

2.      Think like an artist.  What would it look like if a doctor, business owner, or athlete thought like an artist?

3.      Talk like an artist.  Did you learn any new art vocabulary?

Art Routine

1. Carpet Time.  Art picks up students from lunch, takes them to POD 5, beginning by putting their lunch boxes in the hallway near the cafeteria exit.  My expectation is that we come in the classroom to the carpet station (instruction area) excited, but controlled enough to learn.  That we allow others to learn without interruptions, pushing, etc.  I have two carpet sitting position, each with a specific purpose.  The red carpet squares are to teach students about creating a bubble of personal space when watching the projector.  Sitting on the orange carpet line is for watching step by step lessons at my art table. 

2.  Work Time.   I have 5 tables in art, red, blue, yellow, orange, and green.  Students get to choose their seat, because I want art to be a fun, social and an awesome learning experience.  I move students seat, if their behavior takes away from that goal.  On occasion, I let students work at my front table with me, if they need extra space or more one on one help. 

3.  Clean up Time.  The most challenging part of the class.  Students are expected to clean up when I give the 1 minute reminder, and put supplies in the correct places.  Then students stand by their seats with their chairs PUSHED IN, and their artwork on their chair (so they can see that the table is clean). 

Expectations & Rewards

The school goal/plan is:  Be Respectful? Be Responsible?  Be your best? What does the school moto look like in art? 

3 Levels of Behavior Rewards.  I often reward students for kindness, good answers (talking/thinking like an artist) at the carpet area, hard work, and helpfulness during clean up time.  I have stickers for small acts and a treasure box for more extensive helpers, and finally slap bracelets and fidget spinners for amazing behaviors.  

Peer Rewards. I often give students with example behavior 2 stickers…one for them, and one for another friend they see that is making the right choices. 

Blue "Cool Down" Chair.  There are places for high energy students to stand, wiggle, and move while in art.  If I have students who are not able to listen or are disruptive after multiple warning, I will ask them to take a short break in the "blue cool down chair."

KINDERGARTEN SKILLS

* Computer Usage - learning how to hold and use mouse, navigate, open and close apps, open Google Chrome

* Keyboarding- locating letters on the keyboard and learning right hand left hand using a variety of online apps. Intruduction to online keyboarding software Typing Club.

* Intro to word processing with Google Docs

* Use kid-friendly websites to practice content and skills.

* Use Google Apps for Education to create projects and complete assignments

* Acceptable use and digital citizenship

* Introduction to computer programming (block code)

FIRST GRADE SKILLS

* Keyboarding- locating letters on the keyboard and learning correct finger placement using a variety of techniques, and online apps. Work through 1st grade level keyboarding program Typing Club

* Word processing with Google Docs

* Use kid-friendly websites to practice content and skills.

* Use Google Apps for Education to create projects and complete assignments

* Acceptable use and digital citizenship

* Level 2 computer programming skills (block code)

* Demonstrate understanding and use of Google Classroom

SECOND GRADE SKILLS

* Keyboarding- locating letters on the keyboard and learning correct hand placement and finger placement while working toward keyboarding skills without looking using a variety of online keyboarding apps. Work through 2nd grade keyboarding program Typing Club.

* Advanced ord processing with Google Apps

* Use kid-friendly websites to practice content and skills.

* Use Google Apps for Education to create projects and complete assignments

* Acceptable use and digital citizenship

* Level 3 and 4 computer programming (block code) 

* Use Google Classroom tools to create projects, complete assignments and collaborate.

* Use age-appropriate websites to research, practice skills, learn concepts, complete activities, and create multimedia projects and collaborate. 

Computer/Internet Safety Rules at Alcoa Elementary School

* Do not give out your personal information (name, address, phone number, etc.)

* For websites that require a username, do not use your real name.

* Get an adult's permission before signing up for anything on the internet.

* Be polite on the computer. Don't send mean or inappropriate messages. The golden rule applies to the computer, too: Treat others the way you wish to be treated.

* Don't respond to messages that are mean or make you feel uncomfortable. Let an adult know immediately.

* If something inappropriate pops up on your screen, turn the monitor off and go get an adult immediately.

* Do not download anything on the computer without an adult's permission. It could be harmful to your computer.


Kindergarten:  During the month of August, we have been learning about caring for our library books.  Each student chooses two books that they keep in their book basket in the classroom. Teachers have asked that students keep their library books in the classroom so students have access to books during silent reading throughout the school day.   

For the month of September, we will be learning about the different parts of a book and how each part has its own important place in a story.

First Grade:  During the month of August, we have been learning how books are placed on the shelf and the proper way to find a book on the shelf.  We will discuss the importance of placing books in alphabetical order. We will be learning about the three different places that we can look to find the author's last name (spine, front cover, or title page) to help us put books in alphabetical order.

For the month of September, we will learn what the word genre means and its importance for choosing books.  We will discuss four different types of genres; fiction, nonfiction, fairy-tales/folk-tales, and poetry. Students will become detectives to learn about the differences in the genres and help them find these differences in stories they read.

Second Grade:  During the month of August, we have been discussing how to find a "just right" book.  I used a strategy where we compared books to three different sizes of t-shirts.

  • Too Small - Feels too easy, know all the words, need more of a challenge.

  • Just Right - Feels just right, can read most of the words, have a little "growing room," story is interesting to student.

  • Too Hard - Feels too challenging, words are too difficult, student is confused about what is happening.

We are using this strategy to help us look for "just right" books to build students reading skills and stay engaged in our books.  

 

For the month of September, we will learn what the word genre means and its importance to choosing books.  We will also discuss five different types of genres; fiction, nonfiction, fairy-tales/folk-tales, poetry, and biographies.  Students will become detectives to learn about the differences in the genres and help them find these differences in stories they read.

Dear Parents:

Welcome to the Alcoa City Schools Physical Education Program! This letter

serves as a brief overview of the P.E. program. This first nine weeks we will

be working on movement and space. Some of our objectives will be,

teaching your child about good sportsmanship, cooperation, demonstration

of skills and performance evaluations.

Your child is expected to come to class prepared to participate by wearing

tennis shoes. No sandals, flip-flops, slip-ons, boots, or any of the other types

of shoes will not be allowed. Students not wearing tennis shoes cannot

participate. You can send an extra pair of gym shoes in their backpack or

send in an old pair, with their name on them to keep in our office.

If a student needs to be excused from class for a medical reason, please send

in a note signed by the parent/guardian, stating the reason and length of time

they are to remain out. If the student needs to miss three or more days of

gym class, a doctor's note will be required. Should you have any questions,

feel free to email one of us at mboring@alcoaschools.net,

radams@alcoaschools.net or call 865-982-3120 and leave a message for the

best time to return your call. We are excited for another great school year

with your child here at ALCOA!!

Sincerely,

Mary Boring

Regina Adams

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

Classroom Guidance Lessons will be designed to encourage students' academic, social/emotional and career awareness. Students will learn how to develop peer relationships, effective social skills, decision-making skills, effective communications, and explore safe and healthy choices. Students will also learn various coping strategies and ways to handle various challenges through:

Large and small group hands-on activities

Videos

Books

Role- playing

Projects

Guest Speakers

 

Classroom Guidance Topics

August-  Bully Prevention

September- Teamwork/ Respect

October- Decision-Making/  Drug/Alcohol Prevention

Small Group Counseling- is provided through referrals from parents, teachers, counselor, or students.  Sessions are held during the school day at a time the child's teacher agrees would be best.  Sessions are typically 30 mins. and parental permission is required.

Individual Counseling- is provided through referrals from parents, teachers, counselor, or students.  The school counselor works one-on-one with the student to help them work through social/emotional and / or academic struggles that are negatively affecting their academic performance.

Sessions are typically 30 mins. and parental permission is required.

TBA

 

Contact Us:

Mr. Whitecotton - pwhitecotton@alcoaschools.net

Mr. Grant - dgrant@alcoaschools.net

Ms. Davis - fdavis@alcoaschools.net

Ms. Long - along@alcoaschools.net

Mrs. Boring - mboring@alcoaschools.net

Mr. Adler - badler@alcoaschools.net

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