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Smiles On the Last Day
The last day of school was also the last day Carver Community
Groups met. Students gathered in small groups to talk one last
time about what it means to be a student of character. As a
culminating activity, everyone in the school decorated a flower-cup
and encircled their art work around the flag pole. Click
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and #2 in the STATE in FirstInMath!
|Two Carver brothers were awarded special math
prizes by FirstInMath development consultant Tony Morrow on
the last day of school. Third grader Kyle was recognized as
the #1 student in the state in his grade and his brother Jacob
placed second in the state in 5th grade. The brothers also received
honors for ranking among the top performing FirstInMath students
in their class and in the school. Two years in a row Jacob earned
the title of Carver's Grand Champion. In addition, 59 other
students were recognized by Mr. Morrow for their efforts in
attaining more than 2,999 stickers and for helping Carver Elementary
to finish as the 3rd place team in the state!
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Minutes = New Bikes
Mason (kindergarten) and Emma (preschool) proudly pose in
front of the brand new bikes they had won as part of the end
of the year reading program. Students had twenty chances to
win the bike if they read for 20 minutes a night and were
able to make a connection to their reading.
Pictured above are Carver preschool students entertaining
the AMAZING volunteers that joined us for a special celebration
breakfast, in honor of all those who donate their time helping
at our school. Kindergarten, first, second and third grade
students sang to our volunteers, while students in 4th grade
cleverly explained the many ways volunteers are like household
products (EX: Carver Volunteers are like Frosted Flakes...They're
Great!) 5th grade students put together a wonderful Powerpoint
presentation and then students from the entire school gathered
in the commons area to sing one last special song to our friends
as they left. We would again like to thank all our Carver
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of the Books Update
fifth grade teams competed against one another for the chance
to travel to Table Mound School for the District Battle of the
Books. Students had to be familiar with the characters, settings,
themes, titles and authors of "25" Iowa Children's
Choice books. The team pictured above was crowned the 2014 Carver
Champs and went on to place 2nd at the district meet. Congratulations
Carver Readers! Click
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is for Citizenship
All Carver students were given a rainbow stove-top hat to celebrate
Community Day. Guidance Counselor Mrs. Weber reminded students
that each color in the hat represents one of the six important
pillars of character. The color blue is for trustworthiness,
yellow is for respect, green is for responsibility, orange is
for fairness, red is for caring, and purple is for citizenship.
Carver students and staff are working hard to make the Six Pillars
of Character traits a natural part of our school's culture.
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are very proud of Jackson, 5th grade student at Carver, who
correctly spelled 49 words on Saturday at the 27th annual TH
Media Regional Spelling Bee at Clarke University. Jackson ended
the day as the runner up, and will be the substitute at the
Scripps National Spelling Bee in DC, if the 7th grade winner
from Roosevelt Middle School is unable to attend the event.
Jackson prepared for the spelling bee by taking the spelling
list the contestants get and writing out all the words. He has
been competing in the sectional competition since third grade.
Jackson says that to improve each year, "You really have
to know the words and work hard." Congratulations Jackson!!!
National Education Association is building a nation of readers
through its signature program, NEAs Read Across America.
Now in its 17th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating
children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and
reading resources. To celebrate the event at Carver, students
and staff dressed as their favorite storybook characters and
several reading volunteers spent time in the classrooms, reading
their favorite stories to the children.Click
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Water Detectives Compete at STATE
Elementary First Lego League (FLL) team, called the Water
Detectives, competed at STATE on January 18th in Ames, Iowa
after winning a qualifying trophy at the Dubuque regional
event in December. This year's theme for FLL, an international
program, was Nature's Fury. All teams learned about natural
disasters and worked together to invent a solution to reduce
their impacts.Carver students invented the Water Detective
System, which was designed to alert people of water in their
basement. They also built and programmed a LEGO Mindstorm
robot to accomplish missions, and they learned all about FLL's
signature set of Core Values. Team members include: Hughie
Doyle, Jackson Viertel, Luke Kotz, Corinne Meier, Julia Howes,
Alura D'Souza, Haebin Han, Emma Bastian, Sophie Sutter, Cali
Rampton and Coach, Mrs. Berning. The Water Detectives recognize
and are grateful for the gracious support of our John Deere
mentors, Lance Sherlock, Noel D'Souza and Lynn Macrowski.
Here...THE HOUR OF CODE
has been selected to receive $10,000 in computer equipment from
Code.org as part of the school's participation in the national
"Hour of Code" program during Computer Science Education
Week from December 9-15. Funds from the grant will be used to
purchase additional computers and software for the school.Designed
to expose students to computer programming, every Carver student
will spend one hour during the week learning computer science
and doing online tutorials featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg
and Angry Birds, all in age-appropriate lessons. The activities
the students will do in coding will help teach them problem
solving, logic and critical thinking skills that are needed
in all areas of their lives.
the 50th Day of School
the Carver kindergarten students dressed up in their coolest
50s clothes on the fiftieth day of school. Some of the girls
wore poodle skirts, pony tails, Pink Lady jackets, scarves,
bows and cardigans. The boys wore white shirts, rolled up
jeans, letterman's jacket, and some even slicked back their
hair. The math focus for the day was helping students count
and write up to the number 50, counting by 2s, 5s and 10s.
Fun activities included playing with toys invented back in
the 50s, a bubble gum blowing contest, and a hula hoop and
limbo contest and a sock hop. It was a great way to celebrate
50 days of learning fun! CLICK
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DAY OF SCHOOL
Students in 4H take time to model in their brand new classroom.
Can you tell where the new addition was added?
WHAT FUN.....Art Class!
first grade students got to roll up their sleeves and dip
their fingers in paint during art class last week. Mrs. Deppe
taught students how to use every day objects like bottle caps
and legos to stamp a background for a Laurel Burch cat collage
that they will be assembling next class.