Media and Tech, oh my!
December 3, 2018
Students in grades 3-4-5 have been working on learning about the features of Google Drive and Docs. The new feature that they are learning about right now is Google Draw. This is a great feature that a lot of people do not know about.... Ask your student about it!
November Technology News from Ms. Vogt
November 19, 2018
The Technology World at Washington Caldwell is going well! Elementary students continue to use various apps to extend their learning. Apps such as Learning A-Z, Epic, and Freckle are some favorites! Students in grades 3-5 are learning all about the features of Google Docs. Middle School students are using Google Classroom with some of the teachers. This is a great way for students and teachers to work together in the digital world. Google Classroom makes it very easy for teachers to send assignments, students to complete those assignments on their iPads, and then ‘turn in’ the assignments all through the iPad.
Fun in the Library!!
October 29, 2018
3rd Grade Library Skills
October 15, 2018
3rd graders practiced their classification skills by creating a zoo. Animals in the zoo needed to located next to similar animals just like how books are shelved next to books similar to each other in the non-fiction section of a library.
Library Checkouts in Full Swing September 24, 2018
Elementary students have all started to checkout library books (4K will start in October). I allow the students to checkout the number of books that they want and will take care of for the week. So this means that some take one but others take 3-4! I LOVE to see students excited about reading and I do not want to squelch this excitement with too many rules about checkout!
Here are 2 tips to help your student keep track of their book(s) -
1. Find a good place at home to keep library books and always keep them in that place!
2. Bring books back to school even before library day. All teachers have a location in the room to store them or drop them off in the book return any morning.
If your student forgets to bring their library book(s) back by the next library day, they just 'look' at books in the library or have me save books for them to checkout the next day when they bring back their books! Also if students have no overdue books. they may checkout up to 3 so they could just get one if they have 2 at home.
Students in good standing (no overdues) can take more than three if they want...
Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!
I am excited to be starting my 21st year at Washington Caldwell. This is the best school district around! We may be a small district but size does not define us.
Washington Caldwell is a award-winning, successful district where EVERY student can succeed. I am just one of many teachers that care for EVERY student in our building. We are a school family!
This year, I will be assisting students and staff with media and technology. I will also be working with students who need intervention strategies and I will be teaching 6th grade reading. I love to stay busy and this year will be no different! I can not wait!
-- Ms Vogt
I hope everyone is enjoying Summer Vacation! Remember to read and practice your math on a regular basis!
For fun, try these things:
- Visit the Waterford Public Library for some of their summer programming and while you are there pick up some good books!
- When you go rummaging, always look for good books!
- Read the newspaper online or go to the store and buy one - the comics are always fun!
- Check out the store advertisements and pretend you have $100 - what would you buy and what would it cost? How much would you have left over?
- Cook with Mom or Dad! Plan a meal, check your ingredients, go shopping, cook, and enjoy!
- Plan a family dream vacation - pretend of course, but still fun!
- Write letters to your relatives and mail them
See you all in August!!
Interested in Purchasing an iPad?
The iPads that Middle School have used for the last 2 years are available for purchase to family and community members. The cost is $185. The iPad is a iPad Air 2 - 16gb. They have been used every day by students but are in good condition. They will come with a Griffin Survivor Case as well (value $35-70). Please contact Ms. Vogt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technology Update for May
At the April School Board Meeting, it was decided that WashCald will continue utilizing iPads for our students. As you may have read in the Waterford Post, Waterford Union High School will be implementing Chromebooks for all freshmen stating in September, 2018. WashCald teachers, administration, and school board discussed this and decided students will have no problem transferring their technology skills to new devices in high school. After all, a device is just a device – student technology skills and proficiencies are exemplary, and they are ready to use any device!
Mini Bulldog Story Time - May 8 from 5:30-6:15pm
Please join us on May 8 for Mini Bulldog Story Time at Washington Caldwell School. This event is for children ages 3-5. It is a great opportunity for children and their parents to become familiar with Washington Caldwell! Ms. Bailen, Mr. Koeller, and Ms. Vogt will lead a story time and craft for the students.
Career Day for Middle School
Students in grades 6-8 enjoyed high interest career day on April 20. Community members and parents presented to students about their careers. Students were able to choose 2 sessions to attend. The different sessions included cake decorating, physical therapy, firefighting, free lance writing, and nutrition.
Ms Vogt is a Google Certified Educator as of April 4, 2018!
Level 1 Educator is the first of two certifications specifically for classroom teachers. Level 1 focuses on Google Tools at a foundational level but also gives educators insight into Digital Citizenship and Copyright.
Book Fair and Family Fun Nights at WashCald!
Thank you to everyone who participated during the Turn Off the Screen and Book Fair Week. The school and PTO planned fun activities that all students enjoyed - bingo, ice cream, LEGOS, talent show, and arts/crafts!! The Book Fair raises funds to help our school purchase books and supplies for our students!
Internet Safety Presentation - February 1
On February 1st, students in grades 3-8 will learn about Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship from a Racine County Sheriff's Investigator. The presentation is part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's NetSmartz program. Parents are welcome to attend the appropriate grade level presentation.
12:30 - Grades 3-5
1:15 - Middle School
2:15 - Middle School
Upcoming Activities for Student Council/Builders Club
Members have several activities in the coming weeks.
On January 25, students will be packing Kindness Kits for the people in need. During the holiday season, WashCald families donated small items like toys, blankets, books, puzzles, toothpaste, shampoo, baby items, and much more. These items are going to be used to create Kindness Kits. We will decorate a gift bag and fill it with items. The bags will then be given to shelters, senior centers, food pantries, and emergency teams. The Kindness Kits will be a pleasant surprise for people who need a positive pick-me-up.
February also brings our annual Carnation project. Carnations will be available for purchase by students. Students and families can give students a carnation that will be delivered on February 14. Student Council will also give carnations to classmates.
UPCOMING -- We are working on organizing another trip to Elder Cottages in Tichigan. We would like to play bingo or something similar with the residents! Stay tuned for more information soon!
Student Council and Builders Club Happenings
The students in Student Council/Builders Club have been busy and will continue to do good things! A big activity of the group is the holiday Food Drive to benefit The Caldwell Food Pantry. All classes worked very hard to collect food items during the month of December. The food was then organized and packed by Student Council/Builders Club. Mr Dehne and Hannah's mom volunteered to deliver the food the week before Christmas!
Appropriate Use of Device Cameras
During December, I spent time with classes talking about appropriate use of their iPad cameras. We want students to learn the importance of being careful of pictures that are posted online. We talked about how they should not be posting pictures of others without their permission. This also includes taking pictures and then changing them by adding stickers or such. As students get older, pictures and videos will become more and more prominent. During the middle school conversations, we talked about how ‘unflattering’ pictures that are posted online could resurface when colleges or future employers are considering new students to admit or hire. Please take a moment and talk with your child about online pictures too!
Be Internet Awesome with Google!
The 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are learning about Internet safety through Google's program called BE INTERNET AWESOME with GOOGLE. Students are learning about how to be SMART, ALERT, STRONG, KIND, and BRAVE in relation to Internet use and Internet Safety. The first lessons that the students learned had to do with Personal Information and Digital Footprints. Check out the program by going to this link - https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/
Technology News from Ms. Vogt - November 2017
Third, fourth, and fifth grade students have begun an Internet Safety Unit. Our first lesson had to do with identifying ‘personal information’ and how to stay safe on the Internet. We will also be talking about passwords, how to be brave on the Internet, and how to be kind on the Internet.
Elementary students love this time of season as there are great read-aloud stories! Students are doing a great job interacting with the stories as well by answering comprehension questions after the story.
Middle School students continue to integrate technology into all core classes. iPads and the Internet allow students to extend their learning easily!
Technology News from Ms. Vogt - October 2017
The beginning of the year has been great! Middle school students took their iPads home the first day of school as planned. The other classes received iPads to use in the classrooms in the first weeks of school – 3-5 grade students have their own iPad to use every day while the 4K-2 students have class sets of iPads in each room that students share.
Did you know that WashCald has a very active Facebook page? The teachers post LOTS of pictures of classroom happenings. Please like the page (www.facebook.com/wcbulldogs) if you would like to have everything delivered straight to your newsfeed!
Do you go shopping every week? Do you have a few minutes to scan your receipts? Download the Shoparoo App for your phone and sign up to support Washington Elementary. Then, just take pictures of your receipts each week! It is FREE money for WashCald that we use to support great student programs such as the PBIS Paw Store.
Weekend Fun - September 29 and October 1
It was a big weekend for WashCald. On Friday night Student Council/Builders Club participated in the Waterford Union High School Homecoming Parade. The students had a great time. 26 students particiated in the fun!
On Sunday, October 1, students had the opportunity to participate in the Waterford Area Color Run! Students were all very excited and loved the event!
Students in grades 2-8 will be taking MAP tests during the week of September 25. MAP stands for Measure of Academic Progress.
MAP® Growth™ measures what students know and informs what they’re ready to learn next. By dynamically adjusting to each student’s performance, MAP Growth creates a personalized assessment experience that accurately measures performance—whether a student performs on, above, or below grade level. Timely, easy-to-use reports help teachers teach, students learn, and administrators lead.
Reports will be available for parents during October Parent/Teacher Conferences.
The Week Ending September 15
The Dot by Peter Reynolds
This week in library, Ms Vogt's 1st-5th grade students worked on a collaborative art project based on the book, The Dot, by Peter Reynolds. The project was in celebration of International Dot Day on September 15.
Second grade students work together on the first day of school in a Spider Web activity.
The Week Ending September 8
The first week of school went very smoothly. Middle School students were issued iPads on day one! Students in grades 7 and 8 received the same iPad they had last year. Over the Summer, all iPads were reimaged and apps were redelivered. On Wednesday and Thursday, middle school students downloaded their textbooks and set up email/homework calendars.
Parents can access the homework calendars at any time by going to www.washcald.com and hovering on the tab called 'middle school.'
Elementary students were reintroduced to the school library during the first week. Groups collaborated together to create a spider web.
Coming this week - elementary classes will participate in International Dot Day! More to come!
Meet and Greet
August 31, 2017 - I enjoyed seeing all of the students during Meet and Greet! It is always a pleasure to have time to catch up with families!
Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!
September 5 is the first day of the new school year. I have been preparing for the new school year all summer!
New Ways to Find Books in the Library
Mrs. Mealy and I have worked over the summer to rearrange parts of the library. We have added 'book store model' bins in Easy Fiction section of the library. We have bins now for the following topics of interest:
Cars and Trucks
Princesses and Princes
The Fiction section also has bins of high interest topics including:
How many books can my student check out at one time?
- 4K Students can check one book out at a time.
- 5K-2nd Grade Students can start with checking out 1-2 books at a time. If they bring them back each week, this number can be increased to 3-4 at a time.
- 3rd Grade and Up can check out 2-3 books at a time. As long as books are brought back regularly, this number can be increased to 4-5 as needed.