Thursday, September 22, 2011

Autumn begins with a subtle change in the light, with skies a deeper blue, and nights that become suddenly clear and chilled. . .

Hello families--

Eric Bird from Digital Wish came today, and the students are psyched! We are one of only twenty-four Vermont schools participating in this innovative program!

We were all surprised to hear that Digital Wish will become a weekly, rather than a bi-weekly event for the first half of the year. Learning in the 21st century is continually evolving to meet the changing needs of our students; w
ith technology advancing exponentially, it is more essential than ever that they be given the opportunity and the tools to explore its amazing potential. We are fortunate to have both an expert available to facilitate this learning, and personal laptops at our disposal.

Speaking of laptops, students have now been provided with their own computers for classroom use, "bugs" are being worked out, and programs are being readied for their use (ALEX is one example.) We will soon announce a parent night (different from Open House) so that you can meet Eric and learn more about Digital Wish. It will be necessary for at least one adult from each family to a
ttend and sign the needed paperwork before students can bring computers home. We'll make every attempt to give you enough lead time to clear your calendar for his presentation. There will also be a rain date for those unable to attend.

Homework for tomorrow:

Grade 6

  • Book projects are due.
  • Vocab./DOL packets are due.
  • "How I Learn" final drafts are due.
  • No Social Studies (woo-hoo!)
  • There will be a Vocabulary test.
  • If Digital Wish surveys aren't done, please complete them. (See last Friday's blog for the link.)

Grade 5

  • We had our Social Studies test today -- no assignment.
  • Language Arts: We have been working in class on a poetry activity. No assignment.

Well, it's beginning to get dark; I guess it's time to head home. Have a good night everybody--


P.S.: If you get a chance, check out yesterday's blog: I wrote it, but forget to click "publish" when I was done.