Focus on Learning

As our school year continues, we will be doing some activities
involving weather and climate, forces and motion, and knowing
the diversity of life that our world has to offer.


SEP-1 Asking Questions and Defining Problems

SEP -2 Developing and Using Models

SEP -3 Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

SEP-4 Analyzing and Interpreting Data

SEP-5 Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

SEP-6 Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

SEP-7 Engaging in Argument from Evidence

SEP-8 Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information


Exciting  Science News

We have received a new science pet, a leopard gecko named Mr.Kurtek Jr. (voted on by the students). He seems to be adjustingwell.


We can also use donations of empty paper towel tubes, masking tape, and rice for upcoming projects.


Focus Standards

Exciting News

As our exciting new school year begins, we will be utilizing the garden to help with our understanding of plants and animals, and knowing the diversity of life that our world has to offer.  Helping plant seeds and observe growth of various plants will be one of our focuses as we kick off the school year.

Focus Standards:

  • Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

  • Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.

  • Describe how the earth is nearly spherical and covered with more water than land.

  •  Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.

  • Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

  • Investigate and describe how distance affects the brightness of a light source (stars).

  • Understand that the Sun is the main source of the various kinds of energy used on Earth.

  • Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from Earth.

  • Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.

  • Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.

  • Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.

  • Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

  • Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.

  • Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.

  • Ask questions to obtain information about the purpose of weather forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather.


The students will be able to enjoy some exciting lessons in the upcoming weeks including the following:

  • 4th and 5th grade - learning about plants and animals, observing properties of light, and understanding the scientific method.

  • 2nd and 3 rd grade – Learning about plants and animals, understanding weather, and exploring concepts with air pressure through discrepant events.

  • Kindergarten and 1 st grade - learning about animals, forces and motion, and weather patterns.