Students – Take the South Park summer challenge! Complete at least 2 of the 4 challenges on the sheet and earn a prize from Dr. Sherman when you return to school! Just complete the challenges, have your parents sign the sheet, and bring it to school on the first day!
Keep your skills sharp this summer, and take the challenge!
Please share this information with friends and neighbors with incoming kindergarten and new first grade students!
Online registration for incoming kindergarten and new first grade students for the 2017-2018 school year will open on February 1! You do not have to re-register current students in grades K-7 for next year; registration is only for students who will be new to District 109 in the 2017-2018 school year (and Helping Hands students moving to kindergarten).
You can register children for kindergarten who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2017.
Plan to attend a Drop In/Drop Off session at the District Center (517 Deerfield Road, by the Little Red Schoolhouse) to review documentation and verify residency:
Monday, February 6, 2017 from 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 7:30am – 1:00pm
Full-day kindergarten will be offered for 2017-2018. Parents also will have the option to send their kindergarten child for half of the school day. The Board of Education has not yet made a decision about the amount that will be charged for full-day kindergarten for 2017-2018 (it is expected to be less than the $2,080 fee for the 2016-2017 school year). We will communicate the tuition information as soon as it is approved by the Board.
If you have questions about registration, please contact Audrey Beresid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The South Park staff and students have been learning about cyber safety, and we were so very fortunate to show a video to our 2nd through 5th graders that was created by a DHS freshman named Kyla Guru. Earlier this fall, Kyla, an alumnus of South Park, emailed us asking if she could teach cyber safety to our students because it is a passion of hers. We agreed that she would create a student-friendly video that would be shown during the Hour of Code week. As you will see, Kyla spent many, many hours on this passion project, and her hard work has really paid off.
Here is a link to Kyla’s video. Cyber Safety. I highly recommend that you watch this 5 minute video with your children and discuss the important safety points that Kyla is emphasizing. It’s ok if the kids have already seen it; there is plenty to learn regarding their Internet safety. Also, this is a great way for you to let them know that you want them to be safe when using technology.
We opened our new SmartLab this week! This summer, thanks to the amazing generosity of the South Park PTO, we built a new lab for students that will focus on the concepts of STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math. The lab is located just off the library, and it consists of four peninsulas with three brand new iMac computers at each one. There also is a teacher station connected to a huge flat screen TV for instruction and demonstration. In addition, the lab is filled with tools for teaching engineering, math, and science.
The SmartLab is a hands on, project based, self-directed learning environment. It is not a computer classroom. The skills students will learn in there will help them in all areas of their lives, and this will enhance their learning in all of the subject areas in school. These are the life skills taught and reinforced in the SmartLab.
In addition, the SmartLab designers built in other life skills that mirror the South Park Penguin Principles of respect, responsibility, helpfulness, and safety. Students will be expected to follow all of these while working in pairs in the SmartLab.
As students work through the learning journeys, they will see that each of the activities will involve three stages:
The THINK Stage – Explore Materials, Brainstorm Ideas, Start to Plot Your Plan
The MAKE Stage – See Your Creations Come to Life, Spend the Majority of Your Time Here, Build and Build Some More
The IMPROVE Stage – Improve Your Design, Find Ways to Make it Better
There are eight different STEAM learning journeys that the students will work through during this year and during subsequent years. They are:
Digital Communications with Comic Life and Animation-ish
Mechanics & Structures with Knex
Digital Communication with Pixie
Robotics with Lego WeDo
Circuitry with Snap Circuits
Scientific Data and Analysis with Google Maps
Mechanics and Structures with Zome tools
Software Engineering with Scratch
Finally, all third, fourth, and fifth graders have been scheduled to work in the SmartLab all year on a rotating schedule. Each student will experience a minimum of 30 40-minute lessons in the SmartLab. I have posted a few pictures of the lab on the South Park Facebook page. We are very excited about this new learning opportunity for our students!