New Garden Elementary School’s Battlebots is an engineering and robotics club for elementary students. It utilizes LEGO Mindstorms Robot Kits, allowing members to create and customize their very own robot. The club was started by Kennett High School/former New Garden Elementary School students James Burns, Braden Saathoff and Ryan Myers. The club focuses on STEM concepts, while also providing an entertaining and educational experience. After the students build their robots, they are pitted against each other in head-to-head duels, engaging teamwork and sportsmanship. It’s a chance to build your own creation and test it out in a way you’ve never done before.
New Garden Elementary School’s Jump Rope Club is modeled after the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart event. The goal is for students to learn to take care of their heart by practicing different jump rope skills. Second and third grade students are invited to participate each year in this energizing after-school activity with first grade teachers Ms. Erika Smith and Mrs. Kelly Faia.
Each week students learn new skills, and continue to practice the tricks they learned in previous weeks. Students learn to jump using the individual, or short ropes, as well as the long rope. Some of the short rope skills include the side swing, skier, bell, jogger, and even a partner jump. On the long ropes, students learn to jump in and out, and also get a chance to try double-dutch. The kids also enjoy creating and naming their own unique tricks.
“The more you read, the more you know.”
Students always love going to the book fair, and to nurture this love, the New Garden Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) gave every student $5 towards any book. Every student had a great time choosing their book.
Many New Garden Elementary School families came out for a night of family fun as KCSD teachers and administrators played the Harlem Wizards in Kennett High School’s Reynolds Gymnasium. The Wizards are a performance basketball team that is not primarily focused on winning games, but instead on entertaining the crowd with a variety of basketball tricks and alley oops.
All proceeds from the game benefited Kennett High School’s MiniTHON, a club based on Penn State’s THON that raises funds to support Four Diamonds, an organization dedicated to funding research for childhood cancer and helping affected families with the cost of treatment.
Among the many things first graders have to learn, logging onto a computer program is just one of them. Recently, Mrs. Samantha Hamill’s and Mrs. Heather Jernegan’s fourth grade classes helped two first grade classes learn how to log onto Aleks. It will take several attempts before the first graders will be successful but at least the fourth graders were there to lend a helping hand.
What an exciting day it was at New Garden Elementary School! Thanks to Discovery Kitchen, students participated in Citrus Month. Chartwells, the District’s food services company, periodically brings the Discovery Kitchen to the school to introduce healthy food choices. This time, Discovery Kitchen provided students with a sample of citrus beet salad. Many teachers and members of the staff also enjoyed the citrus beet salad.
Fifty fabulous first grade students attended the showing of “Coco” for completing their South America Reading Around the World log before winter break. 177 students in second through fifth grade will also enjoy this movie. That’s a total of 227 amazing students. “Wow” is an understatement! The teachers and staff of New Garden Elementary School are very proud of your work.
Weekly, several students meet before school to participate in Math Olympiad with Mrs. Mary Ella Verdes. These students are deep thinkers and problem solvers. Math Olympiad is an international contest that promotes:
- an enthusiasm for problem solving and mathematics;
- a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts and strengthen ability to use these concepts;
- a consideration of concepts that students might not otherwise encounter;
- intellectually stimulating mental activities; and
- a stronger foundation for assessments and for future mathematics studies.