With our new calendar giving us every other Friday off and short Fridays in between, our days are longer and more packed than ever. Our teachers are doing a wonderful job embracing the longer days and filling them with lots of high quality instruction and learning experiences. Part of attending CES is taking our learning outside the four walls of the school building and getting out in the community as much as we can to learn what our state standards guide from experts in Canon City and all around Colorado. But even with all of those wonderful field trips, there are so many more meaningful learning experiences taking place every single day inside the four walls of CES!
Working on our SEL with Miss Emily
We are lucky to have Mrs. Emily Cornella here at CES who is our School Health Professional (SHP). She comes to each classroom once a week to teach a lesson in Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Her lessons include topics like embracing your uniqueness, making healthy choices, friendship/relationships, and dealing with anxiety. Another wonderful thing about Mrs. Cornella’s lessons are the opportunities kids have to develop positive relationships with each other and with her. She has become yet another trusted adult they can talk to when they are having some troubles or just need someone to talk to. Her classes are fun, engaging, and filled with great information. Thank you Miss Emily!
Learning Outside the 4 Walls
This last week two of our communities had wonderful educational experiences outside the four walls of our building. Our Trailblazers took a trip to Leadville where they visited the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum and the Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel and Treatment Plant. At the Leadville Treatment Plant, they were led in a tour by CCHS alum Janelle Stefanic who is the Water Treatment Supervisor. They learned terms like reclamation, electrocoagulation, nanofiltration, and mitigation. They learned how the plant is able to take contaminated water that runs through old mines, remove lead, maganize, iron, and zinc and return the clean water to the Arkansas River. The Rangers traveled to Colorado Springs to the Bear Creek Nature Preserve where they learned about insects as part of their Conceptual Unit. They also experienced interactive hands on exhibits, observed wildlife, and hiked. We are so thankful that our school district and our PTO make these types of extensions of our classrooms possible!
Nature, Inquiry, and Blended Learning
More nature learning was happening right here at school this week. Mrs. Hartmans’ class was buzzing with learning about an unusual critter called a mudskipper. I was quite impressed to see how independently these 1st and 2nd graders were working using an Inquiry model and incorporating Blended Learning. They spent some time observing the mudskippers that are living in Mrs. Hartman’s classroom and are affectionately known as Cupcake and Cookie. They were taking notes in their notebooks, filled out graphic organizers, conducted online research, engaged in collaborative discussions, and used their multiple intelligences as they became experts on mudskippers. Such great learning!!
Boxtops for Education App
Are you looking for an easy way to help out our school? Download the Boxtops for Education App and earn money for us with things you buy everyday. No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit our school’s Box Tops earnings online if you choose Canon Exploratory School. Each box top equals 10 cents which add up quickly and they sometime offer specials that give us even more money. Here is the link or go to the App store on your phone. Box Tops for Education