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April 3, 2014 by Staff Report | No Comments

Hambden Spring Music Concert - April 3; CMS Jazz Band Concert - April 4; Maple and Park Spring Carnivals - April 5; Chardon…

Upcoming District Events

Hambden Spring Music Concert – April 3; CMS Jazz Band Concert – April 4; Maple and Park Spring Carnivals – April 5; Chardon Family Science Day – April 6; Munson Spring Music Programs – April 8; and Chardon Schools Spring Break – April 14-21.

Family Science Day

The Chardon Local Schools’ faculty invites the community to a free family event where Chardon students can explore, create and discover the magic of science. Family Science Day takes place April 6 from 1-5 p.m. in the high school gym.

Students can visit more than 20 different hands-on science stations during the event to learn more about science. Topics will include chemical changes, make-and-take brushbots, creating an avalanche in a cup and experimental design, just to name a few.

A concession stand will be open. The first 500 students in grades K-8 will receive a complimentary backpack and pen when arriving at the event to carry anything they create and handouts they receive at the stations. All participants will be given a ticket at each station they investigate to enter in a drawing to win many great prizes, including an iPad Mini. Winners need not be present, so be sure to fill out the tickets completely.

Please direct any questions to scott.brown@chardonschools.org.

Magic Cupboard Contest

Hambden School recently wrapped up its One School, One Book reading program with an exciting contest that was a takeoff of the major theme of the book everyone read, “The Indian in the Cupboard.”

Students were asked, “What if you had a magic cupboard and it could make something not living into something living?” This evolved into the school’s Magic Cupboard Contest.

There were two parts to the contest. The first part was a writing assignment, where the students were asked to pick something special to put in their cupboard and tell about it.

The second part was to make their cupboard, which consisted of a folded piece of large construction paper made to look like a cupboard. On the inside page they could draw, paint, use photos (or the real thing) to show what they had chosen as their special object. Creativity and neatness counted.

The contest was a huge success, with many creative entries filling the walls of school. On the day the winners were announced, students and staff were encouraged to dress as cowboys and Indians.

Special thanks go to Hambden staff members Jamie Porter and Rachel Diehl for adding excitement and imagination to the learning process by spearheading the contest and to the Chardon Schools Foundation for funding the project materials and prizes.

Maple Environmental Study

Maple students in Mrs. Donna Picone’s second-grade class are learning about the environment, which is a combination of the interactions between living and nonliving components. They have learned that living things can cause changes in their environment, which can be observed. These interactions can cause changes in groups of living things and the physical environment (soil, rocks and water).

Conducting investigations in nature or virtually to document specific changes and the results of the changes must be used to demonstrate this concept. Some examples are moles tunneling in a lawn, beavers or muskrats building dams and plants growing in cracks of rocks.

Maple Food Drive

Maple Student Council is hosting its second food drive of the school year from March 31 to April 11. All nonperishable items will be accepted and the food will go to a local food bank in Chardon.

As an extra challenge, each grade level will have a specific item to collect. The goal is for each grade level to have at least 50 of that specific item. The grade level with the most items over 50 will win an ice cream treat.

Feel free to assist the Maple students by dropping off nonperishable food items at the school. Especially needed are canned fruit, canned vegetables, dried pasta, noodles and rice, canned tuna fish and boxes of macaroni and cheese.

Nature Scopes Lesson

Geauga Park District staff recently visited Munson Elementary School to conduct the second of three binocular activities with the fifth-grade students, as part of the park district’s successful Nature Scopes program.

The Nature Scopes program, which is funded by the Park District Foundation, does more than just give students a tool to access nature. Park district staff work hand-in-hand with participating teachers to meet Ohio’s Science Education Standards for fifth grade.

An annual workshop for Nature Scope schools offers teachers continuing education, park-provided lesson plans, a basic overview of binocular use and the chance to network with other science teachers and discover ways to implement natural history into their Ohio Academic Standards. Participating schools even receive a bird feeder with seed installed on school property for students to observe with their Nature Scopes binoculars.

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