Kindergarteners Share Why They Love Math Apps

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!


Quicktime Poetry in Mrs. Schneider’s English 9 Class

Students in Mrs. Schneider’s 9th grade English class are currently exploring a variety of American poets during Poetry Month.  Students are researching poets, reading selected poetry, and writing in their style while they investigate answers to the following questions: what is poetry? how do author’s choices create meaning?

Students are creating websites archiving their favorite poets and their own original poetry, artwork, and photography.  The project will culminate in a Quicktime screencast tour of their website where they answer the question (what is poetry) and reflect on how THEIR choices create meaning.  As an extension activity, students will have the opportunity to animate their original poetry using a digital storytelling tool.

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Submitted by Mrs. Schneider, SHS English Teacher, April 22, 2016

SMS • SHS Joint World Languages Fair 2016

April 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.

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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, SMS German Teacher, April 22, 2016

Student Leaders as News Reporters

Student leaders at HST synerzied to write the following news articles.

They used a shared Google doc to draft and revise the articles. Then, they documented their leadership skills by taking photos using HST iPads.

Enjoy their news articles!

Helping with Kindergarten

By: Riley and Haylee

This year, Riley and Haylee have been helping with Mrs. Saxman, a Kindergarten teacher with many things.

We help Kindergarten in the afternoon every day. Before we do that we finish our science then we pack up and put our chairs up.  Then we head down to Kindergarten. Monday through Wednesday, we put letters in bags for the kids to spell. We also let the kids read to us for practice.   On Thursday we make sure that all the ipads and computers are all plugged in because they use those electronics on Thursday. Friday we put together their homework for the next week. Last we do whatever Mrs. Saxman needs us to do and wait to be called as walkers.  We synergize when we work together because if one of us puts together the homework it is done.  We are also proactive when asking her what she needs help with. Now Mrs. Sugra is coming back. She was in Mrs. Saxman’s place so now we can help her too!

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Helping with First Grade

By Mason and Ryan

This year, Mason and Ryan helped the first graders with many things.

First we get unpack and do our lunch count. Then we go down to first grade. We put first things first before we go to first grade. We wait until we are told to read with them, we let the first graders pick their books and let us know if they want to read or for us to read.  Sometimes we do other things like help pass out tests and help them if they need it, also we help with their kid writing. While we help them with their writing, we would help with spelling and the grammar in the first grade sentences. We enjoy helping first grade.