Saturday, February 24, 2018

17-18 Week 21

Another action-packed week: Houston Grand Opera, a Cardboard Arcade, Digital Learning Day, Free Build Friday, Go Texan Day, and PBL presentations!

As part of our Arts Access Initiative programming we had Houston Grand Opera’s Storybook Opera here for nine amazing performances! Have a peek at this incredible program HERE

Everyone continues to make progress in their courses, and we are celebrating more “graduations” all the time! 1st grade Monarch Heroes from Ms. Brown’s class had their first visit to the STEM lab. They made chromatography butterflies, got a account, and worked in the building centers. 2nd grade learned about magnetism and physically demonstrated attraction, repulsion, magnetic fields, and polarity. 4th and 5th grade researched constellations and then made mini planetariums. They studied various types of circuits with the Snap Circuits kits, and then made their own circuits with copper tape and paperclips to illuminate their planetariums.
For Digital Learning Day everyone 2-5 self-selected their digital learning platform and created a choice project. Several students were excited to explore the App Lab, Play Lab, and Artist Studio. The Hour of Code activities were very popular as well! Other chose to create projects in Scratch or to make their own courses and mats for OZOBOTS, Bee Bots, or Dash robots.
Free Build Friday was Go Texan Day and apparently boots and hats inspire our best creativity and collaboration! 4th grade hosted Ms. Brown’s class to their fantastic Cardboard Arcade and 5th grade presented their human body system PBL research and products.
I can’t wait to see next week’s achievements!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

17-18 Week 20

Another big week of Fine Arts, academic excellence, campus-wide celebration, and STEM / STEAM achievement!  Click HERE for scenes from Express Children’s Theater’s wonderful Freedom Train performance.

Click HERE to read about our second No Place For Hate event

Click HERE for a video overview of our No Place For Hate event

Click HERE for an album from our fantastic Family Math & Science Health Fitness Fair

Click HERE to see cast 1 of Ms. Massey's 2nd grade play Sam's Heart

Click HERE to see cast 2 of Ms. Massey's 2nd grade play Sam's Heart

Click HERE to see scenes from the Coding Club at Lyons annual Coding Competicion

All classes worked hard at their courses and we celebrated several graduations this week!
1st grade Monarch Heroes made chromatography and symmetry butterflies combining art with math and science. Ms. Massey’s 2nd grade made a return visit to the lab to tape their G/T Expo play “Sam’s Heart”. 3rd grade grads started work in Scratch, and 4th and 5th grade designed and constructed fantastic cardboard arcade games. The week wrapped up with a Free Build Friday and arcade play day!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

17 -18 Week 19

This was an outstanding week of STEM lab and academic achievement at Piney Point - our 3rd-5th grade Name That Book team competed at M. C. Williams Middle School. Piney Point LOVES Name That Book! Every year we are introduced to fantastic new authors and new titles from old favorites.
Click HERE to see our 3-5 Name That Book team and see student reviews of their favorites from this year’s book list.
PPES STEM Lab 17-18 week 19 from Boyce Teacher on Vimeo.
Everyone K-5 made tremendous progress in the courses this week. We are starting to see a lot of graduates from the 2nd and 3rd grade course!
1st Monarch Heroes made chromatography butterflies and talked about our ambassador butterflies’ return from Mexico, 3rd grade created pop-up card Valentines for their STEM favorites, and 4th and 5th created a wonderful set of #CardboardChallenge arcade games. K-3 enjoyed a Free Build Friday and 4th and 5th were excited to host Ms. Flores’ 1st grade and Ms. Bell’s Kindergarten to their arcades.

We have a big event planned for our second No Place For Hate activity and a whole new crop of classes due in the STEM lab for Units 3’s activities next week – check back and see what we make!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

17-18 Week 18

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We had a fantastic week! Students made wonderful progress with all kinds of projects: plays, pop-up cards, interactive health displays, and of course, cardboard arcade!

See scenes from:
the district Spelling Bee HERE
Alley Theatre’s Oskar vs. Thingamabob HERE
Elementary UIL district meet #3 HERE
Everyone K-5 worked in their courses; we celebrated Adonay finishing Course C!
2nd grade is hard at work on their G/T Expo projects for Family Math and Science Health Fitness Fair. They have been researching the effect of exercise on the heart. They learned to measure their pulse and collected data on their resting pulse rates and then measured again after a variety of exercises. Come to the Health Fair to see their data and discover what they learned! They also decided to write a play to show how the circulatory system works. The STEM / STEAM lab has been a hive of set and costume production, mini play writing workshops, and rehearsals!
3rd grade made pop-up Valentines for their favorites from STEM lab – there is a lot of love for LEGO, Minecraft,, and Scratch in this class!

4th and 5th grade produced a very creative set of cardboard arcade games this week! They invited Ms. Colmenero and Ms. Caro’s Kindergarten classes to come play and we all had a wonderful time! I can’t wait to see what next week will bring!