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1st Grade News from the Classroom Corner

Posted on: October 18, 2017

1st grade began the Stellaluna Language Arts lessons this month and Mrs. Nelson jump started the lessons in a big way by dressing the part to get her students excited!

“When Stellaluna is separated from her mother before she is old enough to fly, she finds out that not all winged creatures eat fruit. Swallowing food that crawls is just one of the many amazing things this little fruit bat must learn to do.”

Students will think about friendships and lessons learned in this beautiful story. They will think about themselves and when they learned the meaning of friendship. They will also learn to write narratives from beginning to end using common vocabulary in recounting their story.

1st Grade News from The Classroom Corner

Posted on: October 12, 2017

Mrs. Nelson’s class spent the first month in science learning about how animals use their different body parts and what makes them unique. The students learned that animals use their noses, ears, tails, eyes, mouths and feet in very different ways, and for different reasons.

In the following activity that focused on teeth, students were asked to draw themselves with the animal teeth of their choice. Then, they had the opportunity to write about what kind of teeth they wished they had,  why they wanted them, what they would do with them, and what would make them fun. Some of the photos from their class wall are below.

National School Lunch Week celebrates healthy school meals

Posted on: October 12, 2017

This week, schools are celebrating National School Lunch Week. GAPS joins schools around the country in recognizing the hard work and dedication of school food service staff members who work hard to prepare healthy and appealing meals for students.

Here are a few facts about nutrition services in our schools from Nutrition Services General Manager Kathy Pitzer:

We serve an average of 7,700 meals per day. That is broken down by 2,500 breakfasts, 4,500 lunches, 700 other (after school suppers, ala carte purchases, etc.).

There are around 90 food service employees in the 21 schools plus four support staff at the Nutrition Services Department.

We buy locally grown/produced food where/when we can. Currently there are about seven local vendors we work with, including Lochmead Dairy for milk, Truitt Family Farms for beans and Bob’s Red Mills for granola.

3rd Grade news from the Classroom Corner!

Posted on: October 9, 2017

Last week, students in 3rd grade were working on dialogue writing by creating their own comic strips. They learned to identify and analyze examples of dialogue, how to make their stories more descriptive, and correctly write and punctuate their comics. Some student chose to work alone, but most decided to work as a team in developing their stories.

Imani Milele Children’s Choir visits Tangent

Posted on: October 6, 2017

Today, our students were entertained by the Imani Milele Children’s Choir during an assembly. Please see the following Albany Democrat Herald article and check out the beautiful images within the article and in our gallery of pictures taken by staff.

World beat: Ugandan choir performs in Albany

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Imani Milele Children’s Choir
“Expect to experience TRUE AFRICA showcased through culturally unique music, a variety of dances, and well-crafted drum routines, performed with great passion and high energy. Audiences will feel the spirit and energy of Africa, infused with passionate voices, as the Imani choir tells their story. They use art to narrate some of Uganda’s culture and history. Students will learn something new but they will also be elated at the opportunity of sharing the stage with the choir, participating in the playing of the African drums.”

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