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OCTOBER 2016

 

Director's Note



Greetings all,

 

As always, December is a busy month.  Third through eighth grade students will begin taking the TerraNova next week. Your child’s teacher will have the testing schedule.

 

Due to conflicts with the High Point calendar, the craft fair has been moved to December 14th. The Winter Performance will take place on the fifteenth and begin at 3:30. Please remember not to park in the fire lane.

 

We have a full day of school on December 22nd. Our break begins on December 23rd and we return to school on January 9th.

 

Once again I’d like to thank all of the community members who supported Honey creek by participating in the AdvancEd accreditation interviews. Once I have the final report I will share it with the community; however, if you are interested in the visitation team’s exit report, I will be presenting it at the next PTO meeting on December 9th at 8:15 a.m.

 

Have a safe and joyous holiday season!

 

Al


Upcoming
Events

 

December

9
 PTO Meeting (8:15am) 

15
HP/HC Craft Sale
Winter Performance (3:30pm)

20
Wellness Committee Meeting (8:00am)

21
Board Meeting (5:30pm)

23
Winter Break Begins


January

9
School Resumes

16
No School-
Martin Luther King Jr Day

17 
Enrollment Meeting (5:30pm)

20
Curriculum Celebration (5:00pm)

23
Enrollment Meeting (5:30pm)

25
Records: 1/2 day for students
Board Meeting (5:30pm)





 


The Honey Creek Mission

 
Honey Creek Community School develops the whole child by integrating a rigorous, project-based curriculum, real-life experiences and expertise, a focus on relationships, and an emphasis on the importance of community in a supportive, multi-age classroom setting.
If we all follow these rules it will make for much safer and more orderly pick-up and drop-off periods.


PTO News


As the holiday's approach, we want to thank everyone who makes Honey Creek the wonderful school it is from the parent volunteers to the teachers and administration. We are truly grateful for you all. Thanks to all that bought spirit wear, we can't wait to see school spirit flood the halls over the winter.

As we move to December we would like to make sure you have the following on your radar:

December 9 - PTO Meeting 8:30 am
December 12-14 CPK Fundraiser - Get your Scrip cards today to use!
December 14 - Craft Fair

Please reach out to a PTO member if you have any feedback or questions.

Have a wonderful holiday season,
Alison and Sharon


 

What's Happening in the Classrooms

Early Elementary

We are just beginning our next thematic unit, “My Journey Through School.” During this unit, students will be learning about how maps can show us where things are in our classroom and school, how people use maps on their journeys, what habitats are, and how plants and animals get what the need to survive from their habitats. We’ll discuss patterns students notice in our school and how learning these patterns can help to inform our choices.

In K-1, we support a policy of limited homework. Most homework we provide is optional, however, twice a year we ask students to complete a book project with help at home. Book projects allow children to experience the joy of reading to their parent(s) or listening to a story read by their parent(s). Book projects are also designed to reinforce language arts speaking and listening standards as well as standards for reading literature that the children have been working on at school. This first book project should be completed and brought to school any day between December 19 and January 20.

http://honeycreekschool.org/k-1/

 

Middle Elementary

The 2-3 students have been very busy learning about the Native Americans and the fur trade with the French and how it impacted history. They were able to participate in a simulation trade fair to get the feel of what it means to trade and barter. We were even voyageurs too! This will help us understand more about voyageurs when we attend a field trip on Friday, December 9th to the Michigan History Museum in Lansing, Michigan. The students will be able to tour and participate in a program that focuses on the fur trade and the voyageurs. We continue to use our CAFE strategies and integrating writing with our informational reading during our Language Arts block. In math we are working on time, money and practicing our math facts through centers and games.

http://honeycreekschool.org/2-3

 

Later Elementary

December is a busy month in later elementary!  We just took our first field trip and are extending what we learned from the Henry Ford River Rouge Plant and how it applies to our Michigan economy.

In literature, students are hard at work on their independent adventure book projects.  These will be on display at Curriculum Celebration in January!  In class, we are continuing to read Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet.  The story is leaving us on the edge of our seats as Brian works hard to survive!  As we read we’re creating a portfolio of reflections about the novel.

4/5 students in Social Studies are multitasking. Over the past two months we have been diving pretty deep into the concepts of government: types of governments, federalism, branches of government, balance and separation of power, the election, the U.S. Constitution, and how historically, all of these functions stem from our break from Great Britain during and after the Revolutionary War.

Last week, however, we took a quick break to focus on an upcoming cross-curricular project with Jess’ technology unit entitled “Pure Michigan.” Students are choosing a specific place, activity, or industry within Michigan and creating a free verse poem to communicate how special it is to our state.  Then the kids will be creating an iMovie that matches pictures and music to create a Pure Michigan video. Look for them to be on display at the Curriculum Celebration in January.
We are studying the Earth as a dynamic planet!  What we are standing on, what is under our feet is fascinating to the children!  We have learned about the layers of our planet, most importantly the crust.  The students have studied the map of all recorded earthquakes and volcanoes from the US Geological Survey.  We have used this map to look for patterns and analyze what might be the reasons for the location of these events.  The kids did a great job of working through this process and discovered that the crust under the Atlantic Ocean spreading and that the crust under the Pacific is shrinking.  Our planet is dynamic!  We will finish out December with reinforcing what we have learned and will be starting off January with rocks, minerals and the changing face of the Earth!

http://honeycreekschool.org/4-5

 

Middle School


Science

Project Move!

The middle school students are heavily involved with their complex machines that they’ve constructed, and are vigorously testing the reliability of completing their proposed task. We are collecting data of the forces involved with each simple machine, as well as the results of the trials we are putting it through. That data will help inform and shape our redesign efforts, so that we can improve the machines and create better results.


Social Studies


To close out our unit on the Revolutionary War, students chose a battle and involved their character in it in one way or another. Some wrote letters to relatives fighting. Some tended to the sick and wounded. And yet others fought directly, sometimes with fatal consequences. This was the last major piece to an extensive Creating a Character assignment. After that project was completed, we analyzed the effects of the war on different groups like women, Natives, blacks and the poor working class. Each student took on a role and spent a class period debating topics like equality, freedom, and power. Since then, we have transitioned to our second unit, The Constitution. During the next month or so, students will interpret the debates of the Constitutional Convention, compare the Constitution to the Articles of Confederation, and look at the Bill of Rights, in particular how it plays into our lives today. I’m hoping we can do an interactive activity at the Curriculum Celebration tied to the Bill of Rights. Look for that in January.


Language Arts

We had an exciting month of November in middle school Language Arts. Students participated in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.  The grown-up version of NaNoWriMo calls on adults to write 50,000 words in the month of November.  At Honey Creek, students were able to set their own word goals.  The middle school, as a whole, exceeded 1 million words written in November, with some students exceeding 30,000 words!

In December we will switch gears from production and craft, and we will try our hands at poetry.  We will work on composing free verse poetry, studying the work of master poets along the way.  Additionally, students have begun independent reading, and will write monthly letter essays to correspond.  They’ll write to classmates, family members, and maybe even other teachers throughout the rest of the year.  Ask your middle schooler what they’re reading today!

 

Math

We are well past mid-semester at this point in class and the kids seem to be in the groove… math homework after most classes.  I have even heard some comment that they like test days because there is no math homework.

In Course 1 we are currently working on a unit called Ratio Reasoning.  It is their first formal introduction to ratios, how they work and what they are good for.  This year I have found a new approach and am excited about the results.  The students have been able to connect ratios, rates, and unit rates with a many different tools (most of which their parent may not be familiar with).  We’ve been using tape diagrams, double number lines diagrams, tables, graphs, and even algebraic equations.  We will be finishing this unit up soon and moving on to fractions.

Course 2 has been working with operations with rational numbers, all different types of rational number (fractions and decimal, positive and negative).  We regularly discuss all the different skills we have learned in the past that are being combined to perform various mathematical operations.  It’s like a bunch of pieces of the puzzle coming together. The test for this unit will be followed by a project that is as much about problem solving as it’s about fraction operation.

Course 3 has completed their unit on Proportional Reasoning; one of the main middle school math concepts that is the building blocks for high level mathematics, and is covered at various level in all three classes.  They are currently work on a 3-D Dilation Project using what they have learned about dilation.  These projects are usually quite fun to look at during Curriculum Celebration.

Algebra is flying through our unit reviewing Linear Functions.  I say “flying” for two reasons, they are well prepared and we have found a new online site that gives them lots of fun activities to test their understanding of linear functions… thanks to the availability of the one-to-one chromebooks.  They will also be working on a project using linear functions after their test.

As with the other subject classes, we will be completing the Math portion of Terra Nova Test during December.  We are able to fit it into our regular class time, so it shouldn’t cause too much disruption.  Specific dates with be posted and written in their planner.
 

Legomaniacs 2016

 

On Saturday, Nov 19th, 4 teams from the “Legomaniacs” after school club competed in a FIRST LEGO League regional tournament at Monroe High School. Each team participated in several events/presentations aligned to this year’s theme of “Animal Allies” throughout the day, as well as competing in
matchesto see how many points their robots could collect running missions. Coached by Salli Kropp, Cheryl Quinn, Jonathan Baek, and James Fader, our teams did their best to represent Honey Creek Community School with “Gracious Professionalism”, a core value in the FIRST organization.

Team 12860 scored high marks in the Robot Design and Team Core Values presentations, as well as placing 13th out of 40 teams in the robot matches. This qualifies them to move onwards to the State Championships, on Saturday, Dec 17th in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Team 12860 is comprised of Emma Fader, Gavin Crawley, Matthew Spengler, and Alex Bennett.

http://honeycreekschool.org/ms

 

Don't Forget Our Specials!

Physical Education

The K1 students have been working really hard in the gym on various skills including: overhand throwing, underhand throwing, kicking, dribbling, and striking.  We have done a number of different games to help improve these skills as well as various “station” days in which they mix in fitness activities during class.  They will begin to focus more on side-arm striking over the weeks before break and will complete some teamwork challenges as well.

2/3 classes have done a great job working on their endurance in the pool.  This week, we did a freestyle progression in which they swam a lot!  They will work on frog and dolphin kick over the next two weeks.  In the gym, the 2/3 classes have been working on practicing their overhand throwing skills in a more dynamic setting.  They will begin side-arm striking games with paddles next week.

The 4/5 students are in the middle of their first volleyball unit.  They are doing a great job challenging themselves to learn new skills and encourage one another throughout the process.  We will be continuing volleyball and ending our unit with a game of Eclipse Ball the week before break.  In the pool, the 4/5 classes have been working on transitions when swimming multiple lengths in a row.  They have been practicing both open turns and flip turns, as well as breakout strokes.

In middle school, students have also been working on a volleyball unit.  The middle school students will be focusing a lot on volleyball rules next week and getting into more of a scrimmage setting to put their skills to work.  They have been practicing: overhand serve, spike, set, bump, and block.

http://honeycreekschool.org/pe

 

Technology

Hi all,

Can you believe it’s already December? 2016 has flown by so fast! We’re doing a lot of fun stuff in technology this month!

In the 2/3 classes, we’re still getting to know our Google Drives, learning to use word processing programs, and learning about file types. Coming up, we will begin our Digital Storytelling unit using a great site, Storyjumper.com. We’re going to start with a templated book where they will be writing about themselves. Next, we’ll be working on a collaborative book! Storyjumper just added a great feature where students can edit books together in real time! Exciting!

In the 4/5 classes, we will be working on our Pure Michigan videos. Students are picking places in Michigan to write a poem about, then in Tech class they take their poem and turn it into a Pure Michigan video complete with photos and music. This year we’ll be adding an exciting new feature to the project as well. (You’ll just have to wait to find out what it is!)

In Middle School, we’re still working on our Podcast projects. Students picked a historical event and are writing/recording a script to tell about it in 5 minutes. They are using a collaborative, online audio mixer to record their script and create the intro/outro music for the podcast. I hope to get them on the website when we finish. Elective students are continuing to develop well-rounded games. Now we’re looking at the coding side of making games using Scratch.mit.edu.

http://honeycreekschool.org/technology

Music

It’s concert season! Our winter performance is on December 15th at 3:30pm in the gymnasium. You should be receiving an email and flyer with all the information you’ll need, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me. I could use some parent help for each grade level during the concert, don’t worry, you’ll be able to watch your children. PLEASE let me know if you’ll be willing to assist with supervising a grade level. I hope you’ll join us for the performance to support your students who have been working hard.

All of the elementary students have prepared activities to show you what happens in a typical music class. These ‘informances’ are based around all of the information that your students are already learning, which leaves more time for meaningful instruction. There’s everything from chants and songs, to dances and body percussion. Please ask your students what they’ve been doing and help them prepare by letting them teach you the songs or dances they’re learning.

K/1 – Little Snowflake 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbbKjDjMDok

2/3 – Sasha 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGWHBStgXXQ

4/5 – Verge (Owl City) 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYCURBSSyXw

The middle school bands and choir and busy mastering their concert music. With all of the technical challenges and new information, they’re sounding great! I can’t wait to share what they’ve been working on.

http://honeycreekschool.org/music

Art

Have you seen Honey Creek’s Artsonia page? Click on the link and you can get a look at some things we have have been working on so far this school year. Artsonia is a wonderful resource for viewing and sharing your students online portfolio. You can also purchase unique gifts featuring your child’s artwork. Funds raised from Honey Creek’s Artsonia page help to support the art program at our school! If you can’t find your child’s artwork on Artsonia you may need to fill out a parent permission form. I will be sending out new family permission slips before the end of 2016.  Please contact me at cbruxvoort@hc.wash.k12.mi.us to find out more information.

K-1 students are learning about the Elements of Art through each project. So far we have experimented with line, shape, color and now texture. After looking at photographs of this November’s Supermoon, K-1’s practiced cutting a circle from a square and then used rubbing plates to create unique textures to represent the surface of the moon.

2-3’s are just finishing up their beautiful clay mice based on the story Mitt the Michigan Mouse. Once the mouse forms where dried the students created an environment from cardboard, rocks, fake flowers and other nature inspired elements to keep their mouse safe from harm.



Artwork by Hanh Nanh Ngo, 3rd grade.


4-5’s finished their Day of the Dead masks and are ready to move on to poster design. We will begin by looking at graphic works by American artist, Robert Indiana  and Art Nouveau prints by French artist Theophile Steinlen .

Middle School students just finished up making mini clay figurines from baked polymer clay. Here is a tray ready to go into the oven in the A-wing kitchen:



Check back for more creative projects to come in the new year!

http://honeycreekschool.org/art
 

After School Programs

ON-SITE EXTENDED DAY STUDENT CARE WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE FOLLOWING “EARLY DISMISSAL DAYS:” January 25th; February 23rd; March 10, 17th & 28th; April 27th, and May 5th.  If you have not already registered online, please register by emailing afterschool@hc.wash.k12.mi.us.  Also, please remember that you MUST give us 48-hour WRITTEN notice to cancel any pre-registered care without being held financially responsible.

 

REMINDER: NO ON-SITE STUDENT CARE DURING BREAKS OR ON CERTAIN HOLIDAYS.  This includes:  December 23rd-January 6th, January 16th; February 16th & 17th; April 3rd-7th; May 29th; and June 14th.

Please pick up a registration form from the after school programs bulletin board and stay tuned for information on these and other activities:

 

4H, Ballet, Baseball, Basketball (January), Campfire, Capoeira, Chess, Chinese, Cooking, Crafts, Cross Country Skiing, Dance, Drums, Eco-Maniacs, Electronic Music, Fitness, Football, French, Gaming, Garden, German, Girls on the Run, Golf, Guitar, Guys on the Go, Gymnastics, Harp, Hip Hop, Japanese, Juggling, Knitting, Korean, Music Lessons, Open Swim, Orchestra, Personal Training, Photography, Pilates, R.E.C.E.S.S., Rocks & Robots, Rockets, Scratch Programming (January), Sewing, Soccer (K-8), Spanish, Speed Stackers, Spiral Scouts, Star Fleet Academy, Strings, Study Skills, Stunts, Swim Lessons, Tap Dance, Tech, Tennis, Theatre, Tutoring, Volleyball, WESO, Writing, Yoga, Youth In Government, Zumba

 

RECESS & LUNCH

PLEASE CARE WHAT YOU WEAR.  Recess will be outside everyday.  Except for hazardous weather conditions (lightning, severe storms, wind chill below -10° F), we will always go outside for recess.  There is limited indoor space that allows the children opportunities to move around energetically.  Children should always dress for the weather.  Students must wear snow pants, boots, coat, hat, and mittens or gloves in order to play in the snow and sled.

 

CAFETERIA MICROWAVE USE:  Please do not send your children to school with lunches that need to be microwaved - ESPECIALLY if your child needs assistance.  We do not have enough adults available to help prepare student lunches, and Honey Creek staff will not be held responsible for burned lunches or students.

 

SERVICE LEARNING

Service-Learning and building a spirit of service in order to positively impact the world are core components of Honey Creek Community School's mission.  Curriculum-Based Service-Learning happens in the classrooms, but many students are motivated to serve others outside of school hours as well.  Each year we recognize students and families who spend 50+ hours/year serving others with the President's Volunteer Service Award.

 

The deadline to submit hours is June 14th, 2017.  An awards ceremony will be held the following year to honor all recipients.  HOWEVER, if you want to try to get your award signed by President Obama, please submit any hours you have completed this year by December 14th, and we will combine them with hours completed from December 14th, 2015-December 14th, 2016.

 

In the meantime, thank you for supporting our students as they learn to become philanthropists: giving of their time, talents, and treasures to benefit the common good.  In short, thank you for being heroes!



 
Honey Creek Community School will advance transformative education practices to ensure all students reach their full potential while preparing them to successfully address the emerging challenges of the twenty-first century.

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