Monday, September 27, 2010

Doc Rolland captivated his audience of 1st & 2nd graders. He used his fiddle talents to mimic bird calls.

Updating the MMES Blog

Mrs. Pang busy updating our Blog!

Welcome Doc Rolland!

Doc played his fiddle during a presentation to our 1st & 2nd graders. Mrs. Dannenfeldt and Mr. Urken were seen dancing along to the joyful music.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Jamba Juice

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in the Jamba Juice fundraiser.
Proceeds from the sales benefit our school and provide some of the "extras" that make our school so special.

6th Grade Ziggurats

Our 6th Grade Social Studies Classes are studying Ancient Cultures.
Check out their ziggurats in the upper grade hallway. Erin and Lauren created an amazing and creative real estate commercial for a ziggurat hideaway, using Garage Band.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Meet our new 1st grade friend in Mrs. Hewitt's Class. A special thank you to The Slack Family for donating our new class pet. We are still trying to decide on a name for her.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Computer Room Student

Miranda, a kindergarten student, made sure that even the Computer Room Duck could hear Tux Paint at work!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Student Council on Morning Announcements

Our Student Council kids have had their first meeting and will be working with their buddy classes to let the entire school know what StuCo is up to! They also fill in for Mrs. Alley in a pinch and do the morning broadcasts.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Following Directions the FUN WAY!!!
Thumbs-up, elbows in, knees together, bottoms up, tongues out...
Lots of giggling and laughing as we danced and sang to the song Tooty-Ta!!!

Fill A Bucket!

Mrs. Dannenfeldt's class helped "Fill A Bucket" today!
"Filling A Bucket" is when you do something that helps another person feel better and lifts them up. A bucket dipper does the reverse. We work everyday to help fill someone else's bucket! A scoop of beans represents a good deed. When this entire bin is full, our school will celebrate with a special School Spirit Day.

Friday, September 10, 2010

First Grade FUN!!!

Our First Graders have welcomed the new school year with smiling faces, oodles of energy, and an eagerness to learn new things. What a wonderful beginning to first grade we have had! The children are settling in, getting to know one another, and making new friends with many life-long memories. Together, we are establishing routines that will help us become the BEST Mercury Mine Prospector we can be and we are learning to respect one another's differences by using our good manners and showing kindness to others.

The first grade teachers have been assessing (fast and furiously - ha!) reading and writing skills so that we can better serve your child's academic needs. Our first graders have been practicing staying on task and learning to whisper as they work in their literacy work stations. When individual testing is completed we will be able to have productive, flexible guided reading groups on each child’s instructional level. Remember, reading is the essential key to having a successful school life and it is particularly important to every child to build self confidence at an early age.

We have been directing our academic focus on the following: complete sentences, end marks, capital letters in the appropriate place, ending each statement with a punctuation mark, and leaving a space between words, short vowel sounds with an emphasis on short a, e, and i, beginning and ending sounds of words, hearing, reading, and writing rhyming words, story elements such as the main character, setting, the problem, the solution, and the most important events, reciting new songs and poems, patterns, ordinal numbers, open and closed shapes, measurement, adding and subtracting to 18, graphing, and ordinal directions. WHEW! Now can you see why your little first grader comes home so wiped out!!

Can you think of a little red house with no doors, no windows, a chimney on top and a star inside? You guessed it, an apple. We will have fun learning about Apples this month. We will be using apples as stamps to make wonderful patterns, learn about Johnny Appleseed, paint Apple Trees, and learn about apple trees through the seasons.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!!

Our Multi-age classes visited the recycling center today!
Do you know how they separate metal, paper and plastic so that it can be made into other things?

Morning Announcements

Each morning, a team of 6th graders runs the closed circuit broadcast system to get the day's important news out to all of the televisions on campus! Today's news included Jamba Juice sales at 3:00 this afternoon and the Multi-age class field trip to the recycling center. The student at the computer is making a digital file to store on our school server for access at a later time.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mercury Mine is Blogging!

The Mercury Mine Blog was created to showcase kids and events at The Mine! It's another way to get out the news and to communicate with our community. Follow us on blogspot or bookmark us to see what's new. We'll be sharing pictures, video, student work and more and be creating a diary of events at our school.