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Grades 3/4 Special Zoom Event

Grades 3/4 enjoyed a special Zoom event with authors Kate Messener and Traci Sorrell. Messner is the author of "History Smashers: Mayflower," a myth-busting book that uses primary source materials to uncover the truth about the Pilgrims' arrival to the New World. Students heard Sorrell read from "We are Grateful- Ostaliheliga," a poem about seasonal gratitude within the Cherokee Nation. Learning from a vibrant contemporary culture with a powerful history, students shared what they are grateful for throughout the seasons.
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Grades 1/2 Author Visit

Once again, Grades 1/2 were treated for a Zoom with author K-Fai Steele. Our young writers are determining how their favorite books can guide their own stories. Students loved the dialogue in K-Fai's book, "A Normal Pig," so now they're incorporating dialogue in their own work. Students asked Steele about about the writing process: how do you edit? how do you combat writer's block? Steele said to keep a notebook, get out every idea before editing, and imagine all the different ways to tell a story.
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Fifth and sixth-grade scientists

Fifth and sixth-grade scientists kicked off their Earth Science unit by becoming geologists, chemical engineers, and paleontologists. They examined rocks and minerals, studying luster, streak, and the Mohs hardness scale; they grew crystals to understand the chemistry behind lattice formation; and they dug for genuine fossil specimens which they'll analyze in the coming weeks. Four and a half billion years of biotic evolution on earth gives us lots to talk about!
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Pre-Kindergarten Predictions

Abandon ship! Pre-Kindergarten read Pamela Allen's Who Sank the Boat and subsequently explored sinking and floating objects. Students made boats from aluminum foil and tested their "seaworthiness" in the classroom. Students then predicted how many pennies their boats could support before sinking.
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Grades 1/2 Scientists

Grades 1/2 are learning how to classify living vs. non-living things in science class. Tr. Karen gave students a zip lock bag of objects that included bugs, leaves, mud, seeds, a vial of water, mulch, and a small rock. They separated the items onto two paper plates - living things on one and non-living things on another. Our scientists recorded their findings in their science journals by drawing pictures of the sorted objects.
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Happy Kindness Monday!

Happy Kindness Monday! We want to introduce Miss Danielle who's been with us since we came back to campus. Danielle helps to keep us safe by continually cleaning high-touch surfaces throughout the school buildings. Danielle got in the Halloween spirit on Friday for Halloween. We appreciate the kindness Danielle shows to everyone at FSH and consider ourselves lucky to have her on our staff this year.
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Grades 5/6 Tiles

Grades 5/6 decorated ceramic tiles as part of their study of the Middle East. Persian tiles date back to ancient Mesopotamia. Students looked at examples to find common design elements including symmetry, geometric shapes, and color. They've produced beautiful works of art!
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Kindergarten Artists

Kindergarten artists carefully studied the texture, stem, and ridges of pumpkins. They used oil pastels to draw the pumpkin and its details. Then, they created a "resist": oil and water resist one another. When we paint watercolor on top of oil pastels, the pastels remain uncovered. This reveals both materials. Students reviewed how to correctly use the watercolors and the paintbrush. The results were beautiful!
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Grade 7/8 English Classs

7/8 students have been learning what it means to get in "good trouble." Earlier in the week, they read and discussed passages from Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" and M.L.K. Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." After watching an interview with the late Congressman John Lewis, students wrote short responses that discussed just laws, unjust laws, and the role of our moral conscience in civic duty and everyday decision-making. #ThisIsQuakerEd #goodtrouble
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Picture Day

Say cheese! It was glorious weather for C on Wednesday. Students at FSH sat for their picture by the flower circle and grinned for the camera with big smiles. Mr. Fox even showed up and got his picture taken. He hasn't aged a day, has he?
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