March 2010

Park View Helps Their Neighbors Around the World

It started as a Student Council service project, but ended as a community coming together to help another. Principal Reynolds together with the Student Council heard of the tragedies of Haiti and decided to do something about it. Students sold messaged paper hearts during the week Valentines’ Day, earning over $400 to help those struggling in Haiti.

After collecting the money, Mrs. Reynolds purchased materials to make quilts with the student council. The children stayed after school with several teacher and parent volunteers and tied 4 quilts in one night. But it didn’t stop there. The school had purchased enough for 6 more quilts. Students begged their teachers to be allowed to work on them in their rooms during any free time or at recess. At SEP’s even more students, parents, teachers, and a Boy Scout troop, finished them up.

“They are on their way to Haiti now, or Chile, or Mongolia. I feel it is important to help students see they are part of a bigger world picture. If there is a way we can help others, I want to provide students with those opportunities,” said Reynolds, also the Student Council Advisor.

As a school, we are grateful to be able to help those in need. It also “tied” the school together, as they were unified with a purpose to lend a hand of comfort.

 

Fifth Grade Wax Museum

Attributions: 
Beth Allred

On Thursday, March 4, the halls at Park View Elementary were buzzing with famous Americans.  Each fifth grader portrayed a different famous American from history.  The students were in costumes, created displays, and shared their research about a famous American.  As visitors to the "museum" passed by, the students provided brief narratives, written in the 1st person. This made for crowded, yet interesting hallways.  The fifth grade classes also provided a musical program for their parents. This annual tradition is an enjoyable learning activity that fifth grade students, teachers, and parents look forward to each year.

Third Grade Mechanics

Attributions: 
Courtney Bowler

To celebrate learning about simple machines, third grade students at Park View Elementary participated in a Simple Machines Fair. Each student made their own simple machine to display at the fair to show off their knowledge to the rest of the school, as well as parents. The student's  creativity and ability to apply what they learned was very impressive. The machines were all different shapes and sizes, but they all were able to scientifically do work using one, or a combination or, the six simple machines. Some of the projects included catapults, dog feeders, and homemade traps. It was a great event to take part in.