‘Escape the Classroom’ Challenge

During this school year, we ‘genrifyed’ our fiction ‘chapter book’ section.  Instead of shelving the books in strictly alphabetical order by author, we rearranged the books by GENRE.  The students love the change, saying it’s much easier to find a book that they like.  In recognition of this change, students in grades 3-5 participated in an ‘escape’ activity, where the clues that lead to their escape were based on genres.  Four teams were challenged to be the first to get to the Key Box that would release them from the classroom!  Using genre clues, the teams would work together to come up with the code that would lead them to the next level of the challenge.

Putting the ‘A’ in S.T.E.A.M>

Students have enjoyed creating colorful collaborations—one sticker at a time!  Our first mosaic activity, ‘Starry Night’, by Vincent Van Gogh proved much more challenging than our current project!  We were close to completion before it became obvious what the picture was.  Our current project will be the ‘Mona Lisa’, by Leonardo da Vinci.  This picture has proven much easier to identify— a first-grader guessed it on the second day of ‘construction’!!

Kindergarten takes a virtual tour of our patriotic landmarks!

Using an interactive resource called ‘Nearpod’, our Kindergarten students were able to  ‘travel’ to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore, New York for the Statue of Liberty, then south to Washington D.C. to visit the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Washington Monument.  Our last stop was in Philadelphia to see Independence Hall.

Each student was able to explore the details of each landmark on their own device using a 360 degree view–allowing them to pan the entire area, zoom in, and zoom out as much as their curiosity desired!!  The next best thing to actually being there!!


Book Fair is Here!!

The Scholastic Book Fair is here!  The Book Fair opens Monday, March 12 and will close at noon on Friday, March 16.

Please join us on Thursday, March 15th for International Night from 5:30 until 7:00.  The Book Fair will be open extended hours that day, the student Art Show will be on display (and for sale!) in the gym, and our International presentation will be in the cafeteria.  We hope you and your family will be able to attend.

The Book Fair will be open the following hours:

Monday – Wednesday: 7:30 Am – 3:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – NOON

What’s Your Genre?

We’ve completed our project of rearranging our chapter book section into Genres!  Now students can browse the fiction section and look for their favorite genre.  To help them decide what might be their favorite, our lesson for 3rd – 5th grades focused on specific fiction genres—giving a description of what each genre is, and then showing examples of that type of book that are in our Media Center.  Our goal is to make the process easier for students to select a book that will be geared toward their individual interest!

Cobb County Public Library Access for all Cobb students! (PASS)

Effective on January 1, 2018, all Cobb County students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grades will have access to resources at the  public library.  The Library ‘PASS’ allows students to use books, digital resources, including homework help databases, as well as internet access at all of Cobb’s sixteen public library branches.
The link to PASS can be found in Cobb Digital library , or on the Cobb County Public Library website—look for the ‘Library PASS’ logo.

When prompted to log in, the student will use their Student ID number is the username, and the password (or PIN number) is their four digit birth month and day.

For more information, see the link below.
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Hour of Code

 All students are participating in this week’s ‘International Hour of Code’!  The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science.  Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.  It is predicted that in the future, there will be a shortage of computer programmers to fill the the volume of available jobs.  It is hoped that through exposure to programming, some of our students may find that this is their passion and develop interest in pursuing this as a career path.

Our students have been so engaged!!   They develop code for games featuring Angry Birds, Star Wars, Frozen, Minecraft, and other popular themes.  Many students look forward to an opportunity to do further coding activities, and they have the opportunity to access the same website at home!  You can either use the links on the Destiny home page, or go directly to Code.org.   This page includes ‘how-to’ videos and other resources for parents who may not be familiar with coding.  Ask your child to tell you more about coding!

Cobb EMC Literacy Week provides author Gail Karwoski for Nicholson Students!

On Monday, October 23, Georgia author Gail Karwoski will give presentations to students in grades 1 though 4.  Each
year, Cobb EMC provides select schools with a free author visit during Cobb EMC Literacy week.  Nicholson has been very fortunate to be one of the schools selected for the past several years.  Authors share their experiences in creating a book–how they get ideas or collect information; the writing process, and submitting their books to publishers.  These visits give students some insight that helps them with their writing assignments.

Welcome Back!

Another school year is underway!  We hope everyone had a wonderful summer filled with rest, relaxation, family time, and of course lots of good books!

Attention Summer Reading Participants!! Flying-carpetIf you participated in the Scholastic Summer Reading challenge, just a reminder that the program continues through September 8.  Join with students across the country to attempt to break a world’s record for most summer reading minutes!  Be sure to log those 20 minutes a day that you should be doing anyway!!  Need help logging in?  Contact Mrs. Messinger or Mrs. Burgett in the Media Center.

Student Checkout    

Students in grades 1 – 5 began Media Center orientation and checkout  on Monday, August 7th.  Kindergarten students will come to the Media Center in August for  lessons involving media center procedures and book care, and then check out their first books following the Labor Day weekend.

Kid Friendly Digital Information Resources

Today’s students are more apt than ever to use online sources to seek information.  With this growing trend, we also want to be sure our children are not exposed to material that isn’t age appropriate for them.  Cobb County policy states that elementary students must use kid-friendly search engines when looking for websites.

We have several resources that are the perfect solution!  These are available at home and at school, and can be used for school topics or topics of personal interest!

WebPath expressFor website searches, use our library catalog, Destiny!  On the navigation bar on the left (under the ‘Catalog’ tab), choose ‘WebPath Express’.  No matter what the subject, website results are pulled from filtered websites—only those that are meant for students, and in addition are leveled by grade—so that students can choose a site that is on their reading level.

Cobb Digital Library
is a compilation of databases and electronic books, CDLpurchased by Cobb County for student use.  Please note that Britannica Image Quest is an excellent source for safe searches if your child needs pictures for a project—or just for fun!  In addition, there are over 113 electronic books available to students!

All classes will have lessons on how to use these resources.  You may want to investigate these with your children and encourage their use at home.  Students will log into Cobb Digital Library with their student number and the password ‘read’.  The generic log-in is available from the media center.