The Best Part of the Elementary This Month Is…
There are so many great things taking place in our building that if you asked ten students or teachers this question you would receive ten different answers. I’ve been sitting in the principal’s chair for five weeks and have already experienced many of the traditions that make this place wonderful.
On December 22, 2016 our elementary students were visited by Mr. Morton and his reindeer "Dancer". Mr. Morton traveled to us from his Sundance Kid Farm in Conewango Valley, New York. Mr. Morton shared that reindeer have been domesticated for over 1000 years. They are also the only type of deer in which both males and females have antlers. Students asked many inquisitive questions and were able to get up close to this beautiful animal. Mr. Morton travels to schools all over our region educating students about animals. He will be visiting us in January with his pet hedgehogs.
On November 29, 2016 our kindergarteners, grade 1, and 2 students were treated to a live musical featuring the characters from Junie B. Jones. Students laughed as Junie B. navigated her way through school and learned why rules are important (especially “cookie time” after recess). Over 1000 students from around the Southern Tier visited our school to watch this TheatreWorks production. I spoke to an Olean student in passing and he commented that he loved our school. We really are fortunate to have world class facilities at CLV.
On November 30, 2016 we were visited by Mr. Dave Ganshaw who traveled from Yarmouthport, Massachusetts to hand out dictionaries to all of our grade 3 students. Mr. Ganshaw has a camp in our district and has been traveling back to this area for many years during hunting season. He is a member of the B.P.O. Elks and has been handing out dictionaries to our students since the late 90’s. If you are a recent Catt-Little Valley graduate, you might have one of his dictionaries on your bookshelf as you read this. The students were excited to break open their new dictionaries and begin their “word origin quest”. Thank you Dave for continuing this tradition year after year!
On 12.8.16 students in Mrs. Grube’s classroom participated in the “Hour of Code” to celebrate Computer Science Education Week. The kindergarten class teleconferenced with an educational specialist (Bree) from Kodable. Bree, shared the history of her company and gave students a tour of her office. They met a computer programmer and the designer that created the “Blue Fuzz”. At the end of the presentation the students asked many thoughtful questions: Why did you make it so hard? Why do you have to do so many things? Do you have different levels in the Kodable program?
Many thanks to Mr. Weinberg for helping us connect and interact with the SMART board during the presentation. Following the interview, students demonstrated their knowledge of programming by working with the following programs: Osmo, Bee-Bot, Robot Mouse, Ozobot, Kodable, Code-a-Pillar, Puzzlets, and the Hour of Code program. Our programmer's had an awesome time!
As we move into the winter season, please make sure students are properly bundled before they head out the door. I have yet to experience a CLV winter but have been warned that this district is blessed with an abundance of winter weather. Those little hands and ears get cold quick!
In closing, please stop by the main office and introduce yourself whenever you visit our campus. I look forward to making the connections between students and families.
Micah J. Oldham