School notes for May 14School activities for the past week.
Red Wing High School
Grades 8 and 9 band concert
The spring band concert for eighth- and ninth-graders will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Hovda Auditorium. Conductors are Dan Marrs and Ken Roberts. The event is free and open to the public. There will also be pre-concert jazz music in the Courtyard Café where Jazz II students will hold an ice cream social.
Outdoor education day
The third-graders will be going to the Izaak Walton Clubhouse May 20 for a field trip for Outdoor Education Day.
The children made Mother’s Day gifts. They also made “a handful of color” flowerpot with paint.
All music classes prepared for the powwow put on by the Prairie Island drummers and dancers. Students learned to do a round dance, listened to the Prairie Island Singers CD and learned that wacipi is the Dakota word for dance.
Sowah Mensah, master drummer from Ghana, did his annual residency with the fourth-graders last week, which culminated in an all-school assembly. All Burnside students play and sing his music during the year, so this was a celebration of African music and culture.
Third-graders are excited to begin their space shuttle learning experience next week. A model of the space shuttle Endeavor will be set up in the gym and students will do experiments inside and around it and record the results. The model is one-third the size of a real space shuttle.
Diane Tsuchiya, Satoru’s mother, visited Kim Thompson’s third-grade class May 5. She shared a special Japanese holiday with the students, Children’s Day, previously known as Boy’s Day. The students made paper hats in honor of the holiday and were given Japanese rice cakes and candy to eat.
Peg Sutherland and Stephanie Ryan’s fourth-graders went outside with their second-grade reading buddies in Carol Schwartau’s class and enjoyed the wonderful weather while reading.
Twin Bluff Middle School
April students of the month
Grade 5: Jamie Casler, Ryan Engesser, Isaac Galle, Katina Gehn, Megan Jeranek, Teddy Lillico, Willie Meacham and Emelia Olson
Grade 6: Caden Bergin, Riley Gulotta, Amy Jeranek, Diana Machado and Sammi Martin
Grade 7: Chase Hanenberger, Nic Mittelsteadt, Ingrid Olson, Catherine Rush, Racheal Savage, Caitie Turcotte and Bailey Wedrickas
Band open house for fifth-graders will be May 18 and May 19 in the TBMS band room.
Johnson gets fellowship
Susan Johnson, TBMS math teacher, has been awarded the Fund for Teachers Fellowship for 2011. Johnson will attend a Spanish language and cultural immersion camp in Costa Rica this summer.
MCA science testing for grade 5 is the week of May 16.
There were a total of 50 students who walked May 11. Winners were: Andie Albers from Mrs. Prahl’s kindergarten and Mason Overman from Ms. Pearson’s first grade.
First-grade Sound Strings will perform from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. Monday in the large gym.
Kindergartners will visit White Rock State Bank, McDonald’s, Red Wing Cinema 8 and have lunch at Colvill Park. Mrs. Otterness, Mrs. Prahl and Ms. Prigge’s classes will visit on Wednesday. Mrs. Dressen, Ms. Maki and Mrs. McDonnell’s classes will visit on Thursday. Mrs. Fagerlund, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Tepley-Mahn’s classes will visit on Friday.
Adventures in Learning Preschool will visit Monday. Colvill Kids Preschool will visit Wednesday and Thursday.
First-graders will walk to the Sheldon Wednesday for Stage Flight.
Mrs. Grove’s students will play host to “Lemonade & Literature” on Friday.
On Friday, Ms. Hick’s and Mrs. Newman’s classes will have their field day from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
St. Joseph’s school
Kindergartners practiced writing all the capital and lowercase letters and looked at teen numbers as ten and ones. They also told time and continued their social studies unit on needs, wants and goods.
The first-graders began a unit on butterflies. They will focus on the lifecycle, parts of a butterfly and differences between moths and butterflies.
Students are studying famous poems and wrote some of their own. They also continued to study the solar system in science.
Grades 3 & 4
Mrs. Runquist’s class began learning about adverbs. They will learn what part of speech they work with and how to use adverbs to liven up their writing.
In phy ed, students worked on teamwork and played a new game called “Take the Bacon.”
In computer class, Ms. Fish showed a video on the life cycle of a butterfly and students did online activates relating to butterflies.
Colvill Family Center
Colvill Kids 3’s
Next week, students will be reading “Peanut Butter & Jelly” by Nadine Bernard Westcott and then making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and having playground parties at the park.
Red Cottage Montessori
Children have been learning about land and water forms.
They found an island, inlet, peninsula and pond. They played a silent game in the woods and picnicked near the creek and on the bluff.