High school English classes are in the midst of learning about rhetorical devices and rhetorical analysis writing. The seniors’ focus piece is the satirical essay A Modest Proposal by Johnathan Swift. After reading the essay, students are now preparing to plan and write their own satire-focused essays. The juniors just finished an excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Stride Toward Freedom, while the sophomores and freshmen are attentively analyzing King’s I Have a Dream speech. Our goal in these three classes is to complete a rhetorical analysis essay which examines King’s effective use of language.
We celebrated Valentine's Day on Monday with games, themed math lessons, delicious food, and of course, plenty of treats. Also, 4th and 5th grade had a quick write about who we are grateful for and why we appreciate them. Reading about who our students admire and love within our community melted my heart! I encourage everyone to share the love this month and tell someone how much you appreciate them! Happy Valentines Day!
In honor of Black History month, the middle school language arts class has researched an influential African American who has made a difference in society. Each grade was given a different time era. The students worked on research skills, peer editing, and credible sources. You can see their work throughout the hallways.
First grade students have been learning about tens and ones. We learned that a group of ten ones makes a ten or one ten. We will then use this to make groups of tens and count numbers up to 120. Our understanding of tens will help us to be able to add and subtract larger numbers
We have quite a few aspiring welders here at Cotopaxi. Students are training in basic structural welding techniques and terminology. I have seen exceptional improvement in quality and work ethic. Students not participating in welding exercises have been completing basic woodworking projects including; birdhouses, chessboards, pinewood derby cars and track, and basic carpentry needs for the school. We have plans to finish a "playboat" for the pre-school and do some work on the trail and disc golf course this spring.
BOARD MEETING UPDATE: Please note, the board meetings originally announced and scheduled for this week have been postponed to next week. Once dates are confirmed additional details and meeting items will be posted.
In Physical Science we finished a unit on waves and optics. We are starting a unit on work, power, and simple machines, culminating with designing and building a Rube Goldberg machine. In Biology we are continuing with research and discussion on the human body systems. We have completed 9 of the 11 systems and will conclude the unit with a comprehensive test. In Earth science we are working on a geology unit. The class has been learning about rock types, the rock cycle, and unique geological places around the USA.
Second grade is smiling and shining. They have been hard at work this past week where they put their focus on adding three-digit numbers. Groups of students worked together on showing how to regroup by using base-ten blocks. This week, second grade will work hard at adding three-digit numbers mentally.
The third grade has been spending their math time learning to read and interpret graphs. They have really been enjoying the work with bar graphs and picture graphs.
February is American Heart Month. Cotopaxi students and staff teamed up with the American Heart Association to promote heart health for all. Cotopaxi School designated February 10th as their Go Red Day - everyone was encouraged to wear red in support of promoting heart health around the world.
Our Cotopaxi High School American History Class has finished their World War I presentations. I have been impressed by these presentations!
The high school ceramic students have been working on mythical creature-mounted head sculptures. Once fired in the kiln the students will paint their sculptures.
Cotopaxi Early Learning Center (preschool) has been working on their names all year. First we utilize “name puzzles” -each child starts with their name and has a second set of letters to match their name. They match them and then we review the letters in their name. Once they know the letters in their name, we scramble the letters to see if they can identify each letter (ask them the letters out of order), then each child has a name card and when held up, they identify their name. The next step is tracing their name on the top line, we teach left to right and top to bottom (where to start and how to correctly write their letters) and how to hold the marker in their hand (tripod grip). Once they are able to write their letters, they write their name on the bottom line. We try to practice this everyday!
WEATHER UPDATE: Due to the slick road conditions and the extreme cold temperatures, all grades, PK-12, will once again be on remote learning for tomorrow, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3. Our teachers were prepared for a second day of remote learning in the event that situations dictated it. Please be safe and we’ll see your children on Monday.
The Kindergarten class has been hard at work in English. They wrote about a gift they would like to give Ettabetta, one of the Superkids' characters. They also drew a picture of the gift.
WEATHER UPDATE: Due to the forecasted snowfall, temperatures and road conditions, all grades, K-12 will be on remote learning tomorrow, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2. We will continue to monitor weather conditions and if needed will send additional updates to families regarding school on Thursday. Stay safe and warm Pirates!
Career and College Prep students get the opportunity to explore their career interests and look into what it takes to follow their vocational dreams in our most recent class assignment. Each student is picking three occupations to research. The goal is for them to be able to gain insight into what it takes to reach their goal of becoming a teacher, a lawyer, an electrician, a photographer, or a psychologist, to name a few.
Our Makerspace class has been working on a bridge design unit. The students have finished designing bridges to meet certain criteria using limited materials. The students are now building craft stick bridges from their designs and will test them to determine which bridge holds the most weight.
Students are finishing their jump rope unit this week with group performances. These routines are choreographed by the students to highlight the skills and tricks that they have been working on throughout the unit.
It's Kindness Week! Middle School Leadership students soaked in some sun and cleaned up campus.