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.
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.
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.”
The transportation department will work with all elementary and middle schools in October and November to practice emergency evacuations. The emergency plans for all of GAPS schools include the option to evacuate students and staff to the Linn County Fair and Expo Center.
This is a required training at all Oregon schools in the first eight weeks of the school year. A second training will be in spring.
In the event of an emergency, students and their teachers would be bused to the Expo Center and stay there until they could be picked up by their families. The school would provide supervision for the students and supervise the release of students to families. Parents would use the Expo Center parking lot when picking up their student/s.
If a school evacuation to the Fair and Expo Center is necessary, families will be notified. If the situation at the school is such that the building is to be evacuated, law enforcement personnel will likely close off the surrounding neighborhood and prevent anyone from accessing the school campus. Emergency responders will instead direct family members to pick up their child at the Fair and Expo Center.
The drill will help students who are non-bus riders become familiar with buses and reduce potential anxiety about transportation during an actual emergency.
During the training, students will load the buses and be taught bus safety by the drivers. The buses will not take the students anywhere during this drill, but the idea of the training is to practice loading for the same reason students practice leaving the building for a fire drill.
Hygienist Ann Ossinger is making her annual rounds at local schools, offering voluntary dental screening to first and second graders. Ossinger is part of a mobile dental hygiene service funded by the Oregon Health Authority.
The program is reaching out to students who may not have regular dental screening. The early grade levels are the focus because that is the age when young children get their six-year molars. Her first stop was at Tangent Elementary School on Monday, Oct. 2.
Parents must provide written parent permission for the screening. She offers dental sealants to students who have their molars. If they need additional dental care, Ossinger refers them to a dental clinic, including a free children’s dental care clinic operated by the Boys and Girls Club of Albany.
Pictured (from left): Dental assistant Edith Ibanez and registered dental hygienist Ann Ossinger
Tangent Readers has started back up again!! Our first meeting with students was this past Thursday, September 28th. Students nominated by their teachers get to spend about 15 minutes with a reading volunteer. Our volunteers love reading to kids and having kids read to them. We love our Tangent Reading Volunteers!