New Garden Elementary School’s third grade students had a very unique educational experience at the Christiana Skating Center in Newark, Delaware. STEM experts at the rink explained concepts of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics allowing students to have a hands-on learning experience while having fun. The students learned concepts tied to geometry, friction, reverse engineering, and design while working on taking apart and rebuilding roller skates. After the lesson, students were able to spend time roller skating while reinforcing the concepts they learned. Overall, it was an exciting and fun learning experience. Thank you, Christiana Skating Center! We will certainly be back soon!
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.
Recently Mr. John from the Franklin Institute presented an assembly called “Life in Space” to students at New Garden Elementary School. His presentation answered several essential questions such as, How do you get people into space? What do they do once they get there? How do we get them safely back to earth once they are done? This presentation engaged the students and there was lots of audience participation.
New Garden Elementary School students celebrated 100 days of learning by participating in activities centered around the number 100. In Mrs. Kimberly Hall’s first grade class, her students paired up with Mr. Troy Harris’s fifth grade class to complete 100th day STEM activities. In addition, many students and teachers came to school dressed as if they were 100 years old. It was a day filled with learning and fun.
On a chilly winter morning, things really heated up at New Garden Elementary School with a pep rally from a member of the Harlem Wizards. All students and staff were encouraged to wear yellow and purple. One student went even further and got purple and yellow braces! The Wizards’ player, DJ, hyped up the audience and encouraged everyone to attend the Harlem Wizards versus KCSD staff basketball game. All proceeds from this game will benefit Kennett High School’s MiniTHON, a club based on Penn State’s THON, in their effort to support research research for pediatric cancer.
New Garden Elementary School’s fifth grade students enjoyed their hands-on visit at Chester County Technical College High School where each student received an overview of the more than twenty different programs available at the school. The students were also given the opportunity to jump right into the activities at some of the programs. Some examples included fixing small engines, caring for animals, baking, cooking, working with wood, experience the world of hair and make-up, learning police procedures, caring for young children, trying their hand at HVAC and refrigeration, and learning about different health careers. In each of these areas our students got right into the action – putting on safety gear and learning how to use the tools and equipment. The goal of the visit was to expose students to a variety of career choices for which training can begin in high school. New Garden Elementary School would like to thank the staff and students of the Chester County Technical College High School for a memorable field trip.
The Kennett High School Mini-Thon raises money for children with pediatric cancer and is modeled on the Penn State THON philosophy. This year, to raise money, the group will be hosting a basketball game. Members of the Kennett Consolidated School District faculty will play the Harlem Wizards at Kennett High School on February 10 at 6:00 pm. Come out and support a great cause! For more information, please see the flyer below.
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 Learning Support Specialist Miss Hannah Lee and Third Grade Teacher Ms. Erika Smith. Each week students learn new skills, and continue to practice the tricks they have 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 really enjoy creating and naming their own unique tricks as well.