Community LEGO Garden

The kindergarten and first grade classes wrapped up their Lego STREAM activities dreaming, designing, and creating a community Lego garden. They implemented their knowledge of plant parts and different ways plants grow and brainstormed various animals that might also find their gardens to be good habitats.

Practice Random Kindness

A number of years ago I read the article, Practice Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty by:  Adair Lara.  The author describes the title as an underground slogan that was sweeping the nation.  I was moved by the simplicity of the author’s words and the sheer volume of good…

Weekly Ups and Downs

The Spring Program tops the list of Weekly Ups.  This year’s theme, The History of Jazz, served to introduce our children to the many upbeat tunes credited to the genre.  The ICS STREAM Band, Strings Orchestra, Bucket Band, Recorders, and Boomwhackers never sounded more festive.  Thank you, Ms.Virkus,…

2017-2018 In Review

Looking back at the 2017-2018 school year, I am amazed at the things we have accomplished.  As a school we have weathered storms, celebrated accomplishments, successfully assessed, and, as always, adapted.  Staying current means changing often and adapting as needed.  We continue to strive to do both. When all…

Running with the wind

ICS 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls are running with the wind! Wind turbines that is. Students have been busy learning how wind energy is converted into electrical energy by designing their own mini wind turbines and measuring the electrical current they produce.

Much work has been done on blade…

Weekly Ups and Down

The Children have been practicing Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace).  The sound of their voices blending together is simply beautiful.
The weather has changed and the children are now wearing shorts.  With the arrival of the warm weather and shorts, we have in increase in skinned knees…

Spring is the Thing

“Spring is the Thing” is our motto for STREAM this month! We’ve focused on ‘spring’ and God’s signs of new life. We began with Dr. Seuss, who created books filled with wonderful, whimsical characters, rhymes & illustrations. Our task was to create a wacky vehicle or interesting character similar…

From the Golden Rule to Golden Eggs

How does the golden rule and the story ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’ go together? Just ask the 2nd and 3rd graders. These past few weeks, they have been practicing cooperation and teamwork in their small groups during STREAM. Getting students to work cohesively has been a challenge for teachers,…

Domino Self Portraits

In Kindergarten news, the kids are learning how build their own self-portraits with LEGO’s. Hazel has shown how she applied her LEGO STREAM skills of symmetry by creating her self-portrait.