Friday, December 20, 2013

Center School Sightings!

So much going on this time of year!  Enjoy every minute of  it!  Thank you to Ms. Manna's class for their work on the latest CSS.  All fifth graders have now had an opportunity to participate in our newscast!!  We will be taking a January hiatis and fifth grade classes will have a second chance to be a part of it all starting February.
Don't forget to tune in on LCT, channel 12, Tuesdays 6:00pm and Saturdays 10:00am.
Want to watch your favorite episode again?  Check out our website:  Center School Sightings.

Friday, December 13, 2013

What Do the Vowels Say?

Valerie Fritz, our reading specialist, knows how to teach vowel sounds!!  She took the top trending music video of 2013, "What Does the Fox Say?" and remixed it for her students to sing.  You're going to love this music video, "What Do the Vowels Say?" What an incredible job by Valerie, the first graders and the second graders.  You can't watch it just once!!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Second graders go through Ellis Island!

As part of their studies on immigration, the second graders studied Ellis Island  and created an audio iMovie of the process many of our ancestors went through.
Be sure to catch the second grade segment on their incredible immigration dolls on the next CSS.
Fantastic work Grade 2!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Center School Sightings!

Mrs. Manna's fifth graders have begun filling all of the jobs it takes to make this, our fifth episode.  Excellent job students!  Wow!

Don't forget to check our website to see previous episodes~  Center School Sightings

Monday, November 25, 2013

Kindergarteners Bring Thanksgiving Treat!

Happy Thanksgiving from Mrs. Palazzi's kindergarten! Enjoy their song, "Albuquerque is a Turkey." It'll get you in the spirit of the holiday!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Center School Sightings!

Episode four!  Tune in this Saturday, 10:00am on channel 12 to see CSS on LCTV!
Don't forget to check our website for previous episodes : Center School Sightings


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kindergarteners Rock their Letters!

Using, according to one of our kindergarteners, "the best app ever," students practiced their letter sounds and writing their letters on the iPads.  The app is called Letter School and can be found here: Letter School App.  
Click on pictures to enlarge!

Friday, November 15, 2013

CSS is going Longmeadow Prime Time!

Save the Dates!   Set Your Recorders!!

Center School Sightings will air on LCTV channel 12!!

Tuesday Nov. 19 at 5:58 pm

Saturday  Nov. 23rd at 10:02 am


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Center School Sightings!!

Episode three!  Thank you to the tech department, in particular Kevin Zabawa, for helping us make the most of our new "Green Monster Studio."  The fifth graders are learning so much (and having some fun too!).

See all CSS newscasts at our new website:  Center School Sightings

Fourth Grade Glogster!

What is a Glog?   A Glog is an interactive multimedia image.  It looks similar to a poster, but with one big difference - readers can interact with the content!  The fourth graders took to Glogster with the help of Mrs. McLean to demonstrate their knowledge of Rocks, Minerals, and Soil.  Working in science class as well as technology integration class, they were able to make some incredible Glogs!  Watch the videos, slide the bars to read more information and enjoy their work!

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Tour guides in the White House!

The second graders take us on a virtual tour through the White House.  To prepare, they researched each of the White House rooms, then chose a few rooms of interest to them, and wrote lines for their script.  They did an incredible job delivering those lines too!  You'll be sure to learn a lot on this tour!
For more information, go to White House Interactive Tour.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Center School Sightings!

Check out our latest CSS newscast created by our fifth graders.  What a great way to see what's going on at Center School!  Another wonderful job done by our fifth grade students!! Thank you to all of our teachers who continue to contribute to each episode.    Enjoy!

        Length: 12 minutes

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Name that State!

In the fourth grade study of the New England states, the students worked with a partner to find fabulous fun facts to share "game show style!"  See if YOU can Name that State!  Fourth graders did a great job collaborating and finding really cool facts!  They also worked on projection and adding enthusiasm to their voices... fantastic job!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Center School Sightings! Your favorite newscast is back!

After a summer  hiatus, your favorite newscast is back!  Enjoy the incredible job Mrs. Quinn's fifth graders did on CSS, utilizing our new studio.  Stay in the know about what's happening at Center School!

Length: 8 minutes

Monday, October 7, 2013

Audio QR Code books with Second Grade!

You'll need a FREE QR CODE SCAN app (available on any mobile phone, iPad, etc) to hear the actual students telling you all about the lifecycle of a butterfly!  Scan the codes from your device and feel free to download a copy if you'd like.  Beautiful descriptions and illustrations by children! Well done second graders!  Amazing!!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Augmented Reality in Kindergarten!

Researchers and engineers are pulling graphics out of television screens or computer displays and integrating them into real-world environments.  This new technology, called augmented reality, enhances what we see, hear, feel and smell.

The kindergarteners have begun using this exciting technology to practice their lively letters.  When they focus the iPad on a card, a three dimensional, animated character appears, which they can touch and hear the letter name and sound.  The students had the idea to take pictures of the characters too!

A pretty cool way to remember their sounds!!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Lifecycle of an Apple Tree by Third Grade

The third graders used the new green screen studio to teach us what they know about the apple tree lifecycle. They incorporated presentation skills: reading from a teleprompter, projecting their voices and even gave it a go with pointing to items that would appear later in place of the green screen. Fantastic third graders!


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Flip through the Books Written and Illustrated by Our First Graders!

As the first graders studied butterflies, they used the iPad app, Butterfly HD, to read about the stages of a butterfly's life cycle, view pictures, watch videos, learn fun facts and even take "pop quizzes."
Next, we met in small groups to discuss what the students had learned in class and through the iPad.  We recorded our facts in the iPad app, Book Creator.  We selected pictures that illustrated our facts.
Finally, using the flipsnack website, we posted them here as books for you to flip through.  Amazing job first graders!

Mrs. Weiner's Class

Mrs. Kadis's Class

Mrs. Metz's Class

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Open House - Green Screen Style!

Thank you to all who came to check out the new tech integration room, featuring our green screen studio!  Students and families "got their groove on" to break in our new studio.  Students wondered what would happen if they had a shade of green or blue on...view the video to see!

Check back on this blog often to see technology projects and student created green screen projects that showcase the many amazing things your children are learning from the Center School teachers this year!

PS- This video is unlisted on YouTube - so no one else is going to see it!  " )

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Second Grade Authors

The second graders are working on a digital story about the butterfly lifecycle.  Our first step is the research.  Learning tips to researching a topic, they enjoyed the new technology studio and accomplished the background they need to begin writing their book next week!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Butterflies on the SmartBoard

The first graders learned about the lifecycle of the butterfly using the interactive SmartBoard.  They did ordering, graphing, and calendar work too.  Impressive first graders!!

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