JOHN HILL SCHOOL
WEEKLY UPDATE 11/2/18
8th GRADE CREATES HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA for 3rd grade
As part of an enrichment experience, our 8th grade students worked in teams to construct a Halloween Extravaganza for our 3rd graders. At the extravaganza, stations were available for 3rd grade participants to partake in fall-themed activities and to apply critical thinking skills as they navigated through mysteries, completed scavenger hunts, and more!
Mrs. Bledsoe's class (Parsippany)
Mr. Sabatino's class (Boonton)
5th Graders partner with local school
On Tuesday, students in Mr. Sabatino's 5th grade class had the pleasure of collaborating on a STEM activity with a neighboring school district. Boonton's very own, Mrs. Bledsoe, teaches 5th grade at Rockaway Meadow School in Parsippany. Her students were presented with the task of engineering a container to successfully ship a Pringles chip without cracking or chipping. Mr. Sabatino's students were the recipients of these containers. They analyzed the success rate of each container and the qualities of each design. This collaboration took place in real time as the classes used a live video feed through Google Meet.
Both classes are learning about the Engineering Design process and the steps to creating a solution as part of the Next Generation Science Standards. We are grateful that our students had the opportunity to collaborate with our neighbors in such a fun-filled and engaging way. Thanks Mrs. Bledsoe and Mr. Sabatino!
6th and 7th Graders Develop Boonton HISTorical Projects
The 6th and 7th grade students took part in a unique opportunity where they worked in groups to develop a poster, poem, game or three dimensional model to show what Boonton means to a middle school student. The students took the month of October to research and brainstorm ideas of our historical town. They then created a project that depicted some of the more famous areas of Boonton. These projects were put on display at John Hill School this week and the winners were voted on by the 6th and 7th graders. The artwork will be on display at the Boonton Historical Society in the beginning of 2019.
GUIDANCE LESSONS FOCUS UPON BRAIN SCIENCE & MINDFULNESS
In guidance lessons, students have been learning about using our breath like a remote control for the brain. When we have big emotions, we tend to use amygdala, or the part of the brain that reacts with the flight, fight, freeze response. If we use our breathing to calm down for a few moments, we can shift into the prefrontal cortex, which is helps us make reasonable, thoughtful decisions. This is the first step in dealing with conflict: calm down. The hand is a great model for the brain and demonstrates what happens when we "Flip our lids" and how we can get back in charge.