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This blog was created to share all the wonderful things that the students at Midway Heights are doing. Join us on our learning journey!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

2nd Grade - Food from the Garden

2nd grade made Cabbage Soup and Salad with lettuce, cabbage, kale and onion from the garden. Yum! Several of the students actually ate some of it.

Before they stirred it...

and after they stirred it.

4th Grade "Managing" the Outdoor Classroom

4th grade students worked with volunteers from the Columbia Outdoor Classroom Project, the Native Plant Society, and the Columbia garden coalition to “manage” the edge of the prairie. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

5th Grade Writing

5th Grade is working on narrowing their focus on personal narratives.  They spent 10 minutes outside on the playground writing down everything they could see.  Then they made “binoculars” and looked through them to "force" them to narrow their focus.  Next, they listed everything they could see, only looking through the binoculars.  This caused them to narrow their focus significantly.  Then the students applied this idea to their own topics, did a writing plan, and started writing! 


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Midway's Winter Card Contest Winners!

Midway's Partners in Education, Midway Electric and D & H Drugstore, sponsor a winter card contest each year. Below are the winners for 2012! Congratulations!

5th Grade and the Weather

Weather is part of the fifth grade science curriculum, and this year’s fifth graders are applying for a grant to purchase and release a weather balloon and have a weather station at Midway!

Watching cirrus clouds after hearing about what caused them from Eric Aldrich, KOMU-TV8.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Grandparents/Special Friends Day & Bookfair

We had an awesome day on Monday, November 19 when our Grandparents and Special Friends came to spend the part of the day (and a little money at the Book Fair!) with us! Check out some of the things we taught them...

A big thank you goes out to all the Grandparents and Special Friends that were able to join us on this special day!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Honor Flight Fund Raiser

Honor Flight Challenge
Midway Heights is participating in the
Columbia Public Schools Verses Jefferson City Public Schools challenge
November 5th-November 30th

For the second year in a row, Columbia Public Schools has been challenged by Jefferson City Public Schools to raise money for the Honor Flight.  The goal is to raise as much as possible and more than Jeff City during the month of November. 

Our classrooms will be trying to raise 50 cents per student to send veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials.  It costs $300 to sponsor one veteran on the flight.  With more than 1,000 WWII veterans dying each day (20 each day in Missouri), it's important to express our thanks and gratitude now before time runs out.
Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for their sacrifices.  Honor Flight transports our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials.  Top priority is given to the senior veterans - World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill. It costs $300 to sponsor one veteran on the flight.
Help send a veteran on an Honor Flight and BEAT Jefferson City Public Schools in their challenge by bringing in your spare change. 
Classrooms will be collecting spare change from November 5th - November 30th
We will have Patriotic Days on:
Friday, November 9th          Tuesday, November 20th         Friday, November 30th
Wear Red, White and Blue - And bring a quarter or whatever change you can spare 

Teachers will be raising money by giving $1.00 for each day they were jeans through the month of November.  

Thank you in advance for any spare change you can put toward
this cause to help honor our veterans. 

Let’s see how many veterans we can honor through our support of the Honor Flight
and of course beat Jeff City!

Columbia Public Schools goal is for each classroom to raise $10.00 to support sending veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials.

3rd Grade - Musical Instruments

I can create an instrument that changes pitch.  This means that I understand how size, length, tension, and thickness can affect how my instrument sounds. 

Mrs. Peters class displaying their instruments!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

4th Grade Writing Celebration

Ms. Chostner preparing her students for the Writing Celebration

A student reading over a story so he can make comments

Group of students reading stories

In the Outdoor Classroom with 2nd Grade

Mrs. Myers getting ready to let the Painted Lady butterflies go. 
Painted Lady butterflies taking off!

Painted Lady saying goodbye to the students (she's on the flower
 in the upper center of the picture) 
Ms. Silcot talking with students in the hoop garden

Mrs. Cunningham and students digging out vegetables in the garden

Student pulling out dead plants

Students preparing the garden for winter

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Midway's Fall Festival & Chili Supper

For my first post I thought I would promote our Fall Festival and Chili Supper coming up this Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 4:00-8:00pm. Midway Heights Elementary School's PTA funds many things at our school through the Fall Festival, our major fund raiser. With the funds from Fall Fest, we are able to purchase items for individual classrooms that teachers would like to use to enhance their lessons and we purchase technology equipment such as iPads and netbooks for classrooms.