The GENIUS HOUR is “LIGHTING UP” in Western Salisbury Elementary School. Each marking period, students will choose a topic, based upon their science curriculum, and work independently on their own projects and passions. Students develop questions, conduct research and create presentations for a final assessment.
This school year, students at HST have been learning about news broadcasts and reporting out information to the school community on Friday afternoons. Students record broadcasts using the application Photo Booth on Friday mornings. They share out weekend weather, historical facts, health tips from Mrs. Becker, our school nurse, and shout outs to grade levels, classrooms and/or individual students. Students used a green screen to add a background image and Garage Band to create opening music. Classrooms view the weekly broadcast in their classrooms. Broadcasts are shared with community and parents on the HST website. Check out the evolving HST broadcasts on our homepage or click on this link.
Opposing viewpoints project: A heavily research based project, where students choose controversial topics and then turn their research into a propaganda sculpture. Their objective is to sway or reconfirm the views and beliefs of anyone who encounters their sculpture.
The opposing viewpoints website provides numerous topics and categories to choose from, allows access to credible sources from all sides of the topic, and neatly compiles it into a single database. With the removal of any bias, students are able to form their own decisions when researching these topics.
Since this project is all about spreading knowledge, students also give short presentations to the class using “keynote” or “prezi” on the topic of their choosing and follow it up by give a short quiz utilizing “Kahoot” an online quiz generator, that everyone can access through their laptops or phones.
Post production of the projects, students also have an opportunity to gain some bonus points by using aurasma. Aurasma allows them to embed more information, animation, or their presentation back into their sculpture. Simply by scanning the sculpture the viewer can gain additional information about the topic, symbolism, or source material that was used in developing each art piece.
This is just one of many projects in which technology is woven into the materials to enhance the student’s overall experience and to allow for maximum individualization of each lesson and art piece.
Submitted by Aaron Yetter, Art Teacher at SHS, May 8, 2016
April 20th marked the 4th annual World Languages Fair at SMS. The language students and clubs joined together in creating a glimpse at study of world languages in Salisbury, the cultures of native speaking countries, the influence of these cultures here in the USA, and the impact having a second language can make on your future. All this was presented to perspective language students currently in 7th grade at SMS in a “fair” format. Seventh grade students and staff circulated among displays created by current German and Spanish students in grades 8 through 12.
Each student completed a “passport” collecting stamps and stickers as they traveled through the exhibits. Students who completed their passports were entered into a raffle for one of 3 $10 iTunes cards.
Back in their classes, students were provided links to further explore culture and language via online games and videos. After the events of the afternoon, 7th grade students took home the information they gathered at the fair and a letter to parents to open a discussion and choose the language that will best fit his/her career goals.
Submitted by: Karen McGuiness, German Teacher SMS
Spanish students at Salisbury Middle School enjoyed their 4th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration on May 5th. Students prepared and shared several different types of Hispanic foods with their classmates. Mexican music played while students tasted some new foods and shared their own dish. Prior to the celebration, student learned that Cinco de Mayo is when the Mexicans defeated the French in the Battle of Puebla, and that it is not Mexico’s Independence Day.
Submitted by Eden Alden, Spanish Teacher at SMS, May 8, 2016
Attached is one student’s iMovie from Inanimate Alice Project.
Third grade students had the opportunity to run their own parent conferences. Students synergized to create the following video to show how they use their Leadership Notebooks to set goals and self evaluate. Students share how they track assessment data on their laptops. Then, they print their own reports and graphs to share with their parents during conferences.
HST kindergarten students have been very excited to work with educational math apps throughout the school year. These apps have been helpful in giving students practice in applying and reviewing the skills that are part of our math curriculum. The apps add a wonderful dimension to learning, and are always a favorite activity on a daily basis. Enjoy watching the video and hear for yourself why kindergarteners love using math apps!