Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.
Since students have the day off on Monday, Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, they spent their time this week reflecting on the impact he made on advancing civil rights during his lifetime. Kristi Joesting's first grade students at Hugo Elementary listened to several books about Martin Luther King Jr., and composed their very own "I have a dream" writing samples. They are planning on hanging the samples up in the hallways. Other students at Hugo Elementary are reading books about Martin Luther King Jr. as well as making their own books.
Students at Matoska Extended Day honored Martin Luther King Jr. with a project of hand prints across a large poster. The students were asked the question "what would Martin Luther King Jr. tell your class if he came to visit?" The students figured he would tell them not to fight or be mean to others. The Extended Day students aren't the only ones engaging in conversations about Martin Luther King Jr. On Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to noon there will be a chat cafe where individuals can partake in engaging conversations and receive a hot, catered meal. Registration is required for the I Have a Dream: Then & Now event honoring Black History Month. A $5 donation is encouraged and all classes are at the Senior Center Library. Individuals will be able to listen to Dr. King's classic speech and discuss the relevance of his message today.
KS95 presented Oneka Elementary teacher Lindsey Thomas with the "Teacher of the Week" award. KS95 shows their appreciation for a teacher each week in the Twin Cities area to celebrate and recognize teachers' hard work contributing to making students successful in school and their future. KS95 also recognizes the chosen teacher on air Friday mornings during the show. Alexa, KS95's 12-5 a.m. host, visited the second grade teacher's classroom to congratulate her personally. Alexa also answered students' questions in the classroom.
While students at Oneka Elementary recognized the accomplishments of their teacher, one student was honored for the beauty in his artwork. Congratulations to Patrick de los Santo who is the International Lions District 5M6 - 2016 Peace Poster winner. The Central Middle School seventh grade student was the top of 500 students in the district that entered the contest with art reflecting the theme of "A Celebration of Peace." The judges like the simplicity and brightness of color in his poster. He will be judged in the next step of the contest at the MD5M Lions District later this spring.
The kindergarten students at Matoska Elementary participated in a service learning project to give back to those less fortunate. The students made 900 sandwiches to give to the "Sandwich Man" who hands out sandwiches to the homeless throughout the Twin Cities area. This is the second year that Matoksa Elementary has participated in this event. The project teaches students about the importance of community relationships and changes that occur in the winter. While students at Matoska Elementary made sandwiches for others, more than 34 eighth graders from Sunrise Middle School tested out their food preparation skills as well. The students took a field trip to Envision Catering where they had an opportunity to experience the career of a chef. This was part of the Career Speaker Series offered to eighth graders. Students worked with Envision Catering's staff members to make cream cheese wontons, sweet and sour chicken, Chinese egg rolls, cake shooters, and broccoli and beef stir-fry. After the students ran the grill, rolled egg rolls and decorated desserts, they enjoyed a meal together with staff members.
While some students enjoyed hands-on experiences with incorporating food into lessons, others throughout the district focused on preparing for a performance. First grade students at Hugo Elementary are leveraging their acting skills while practicing for their upcoming performance of Dr. Seuss's book "The Sneetches." This mini-production aligns with social studies standards and emphasizes the importance of celebrating citizenship and respecting oneself and others. This production is also connected to Read Across America Week to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday. The students will perform at the end of February.
The first grade students at Hugo Elementary are not the only ones rehearsing for a performance. Students at Central Middle School have been practicing away and playing tunes in preparation for their upcoming band concerts at the end of January and beginning of February. The students will perform in the District Center Auditorium. The sixth grade band will perform on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m., the seventh grade band on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m., and the eighth grand band on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.