We started our first full week in October with more discussion about what creatures are doing to prepare for winter: hibernate, migrate or stay active. Of course now that it is October there are many children trying to figure out what they will be for Halloween. On Wednesday the students took home laminated play-dough mats, play-dough, a reading log and some paper based activities. Ms. Julie contacted families and offered additional materials they might like for home learning, and will have materials requested ready for pick-up on Tuesday.
6-8 Super Studies
This week, the students continued learning about symbiotic relationships. We watched clips of nature documentaries, played a card game to practice matching symbiotic pairs called Good Buddies, and discussed our favorite parasites. The students did a great job seamlessly transitioning to remote learning this week.
4/5 Super Studies
This week, the class finished working on their slideshows about battles from the American Revolution. We also watched videos of historical reenactors demonstrating what life was like for a soldier in the 18th century. The students did a great job seamlessly transitioning to remote learning this week.
2/3 Super Studies
This week, the students have been doing activities to help them understand their relationship to the geography of where they live. They are making booklets and have added drawings and maps of their houses, roads and towns. During remote learning, we have started virtually touring the state of Maine so that when we are back in the classroom the students will be ready to create a map of the state.
Mrs. Hicks (Performing Arts) and Mr. Miller (Music/Band) are working together to create a Veterans’ Day celebration. The performance will be pre-recorded and presented on the school website and Facebook page. The dynamic duo are also working together on a winter performance of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Since it is likely that community members and families are restricted from being in the building, the plan is to host a live performance via the big screen. In this scenario, students would be performing live on the stage, and audience members would be viewing the performance from their cars on the big screen in the parking lot. Hopefully for the spring performance, all performers and audience members can gather outside.
This week we continued our study of the seasons. We read and reread several texts, including one about cranberry crops. We watched a video that explained the process around growing and harvesting cranberries. Students were amazed at how the process happens.
Students continued reading and discussing Bud, Not Buddy. They split into two groups during the second ELA session and read another novel that is at their instructional levels. During remote learning we are using break-out rooms to accomplish this.
Students continue to read A Long Walk to Water and to write a gist for each chapter. We also discussed what possible themes for the book might be. This next week we will be discussing “juxtaposition” as it relates to the construct of this book. Students will be finishing up this text in the next week to week and a half (depending on class time).
Math 2nd grade – We continue our work with graphing looking at picture graphs and bar graphs. During remote, we spent time learning how to turn assignments in as well as navigating in break out rooms. We also worked on etiquette when learning remotely, including how to raise your hand instead of just speaking out.
Math 3rd grade – We continued work on addition and subtraction with regrouping. During remote, we spent time learning how to turn assignments in as well as navigating in break out rooms. We also worked on etiquette when learning remotely, including how to raise your hand instead of just speaking out.
Math 4th grade – We continued our work with fractions and looked at equivalent fractions. We also looked at comparing fractions on a number line to the 1/2 and whole. During the remote learning we worked on classroom etiquette and navigation.
Math 5th grade – The students finished up their work with volume and are moving into working with fractions.
Math 6th grade – The students continued their work with finding areas looking specifically at triangles. During the remote day, we spent some time working with fractions.
Math 7th grade – The students continued their work with scale and started making scale drawings. During the remote day, we spent some time working with fractions.
Math 8th grade – The students continued working with transformations and looked at congruent shapes. The learned how to prove that shapes were congruent. During the remote day, we spent some time working with fractions.
Children’s author/illustrator Russ Cox will be online for Word festival
As part of Word, the annual Blue Hill literary arts festival, children’s book author and illustrator Russ Cox will offer a free online program for kids age 6-10 (older kids welcome). He’ll be on Zoom at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 23. Registration is required—go to www.wordfestival.org for a link and further information. Kids should have have pencil and paper on hand when they log on!
Called “Drawing on Your Imagination,” this interactive workshop will help kids pull ideas from their imagination through a series of activities. Russ will guide them through the process of creating characters and story ideas, while having fun and being silly. Laughter and giggling will be highly encouraged. He will also show samples of his work from various books, concepts, and sketchbooks.
Author or illustrator of more than a dozen picture books or graphic novels, Russ most recently did the illustrations for Lynn Plourde’s The Boy Whose Face Froze Like That and Michele Kean’s Rio and Silas In Love.
Blue Hill Heritage Trust
Blue Hill Heritage Trust invites youth grades 3-8 to participate in the Peninsula Explorers Club!
ORIENTEERING is the theme of our Fall 2021 session. We will meet 4 times over the course of a month covering a range of orienteering skills taught by local experts in the field, and finish up with a Final Challenge so participants can show off all they’ve learned! Club sessions will meet at BHHT properties: Hatch Cove and Kingdom Woods.
COVID-19 precautions will be in effect for this club. We will meet in most weather conditions (as long as it’s safe), and if the weather is deemed unfit, we will reschedule. Club participants should be prepared to attend all sessions in full to get the complete experience, be ready to hike both on and off-trail, and dress appropriately for hot or wet weather conditions, sticking with the old adage: “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”.
This club is FREE and open to any kids living in the seven towns of the Blue Hill Peninsula. (Children under the age of 8 may attend with a grownup). Space is limited to 20 kids & first come/first serve.
- October 17, 2021: 1:00 – 3:00 pm | Map Reading & Orienteering Skills | Hatch Cove, Castine
- October 24, 2021: 1:00 – 3:00 pm | Map Reading & Orienteering Skills |Kingdom Woods, Blue Hill
- October 31, 2021: 1:00 – 3:00 pm | Halloween Fun Orienteering Course | Kingdom Woods, Blue Hill
- November 14, 2021: 1:00 – 3:00 pm | Orienteering Final Challenge | Kingdom Woods, Blue Hill
Blue Hill Heritage Trust
Po Box 222 -157 Hinckley Ridge Rd
Blue Hill, ME 04614
10/18 BACK TO SCHOOL
10/20 1:30 PM GSA Visiting the 7/8 grade students
10/29 Halloween Parade
10/22 Photo Retakes
12:30 PM Early release
11/2 Election Day
11/7 Daylight Savings Time Ends
11/9 6:00 PM School Board Meeting
11/11 Holiday—NO SCHOOL
11/19 12:30 PM Early release
11/24—11/26 HOLIDAY BREAK