Mariposa’s First Graders help with UNICEF

Posted on Jan 20, 2015

IMG_5299 (2)At Mariposa, Mrs. Elizabeth Forbes, first grade teacher, volunteered to serve as the Unicef Coordinator.  She turned this into a learning experience for her students.  She had enough coins to allow her first graders to sort, count, make patterns, and even count by 5’s and 10’s.  What an opportunity!  So now these first graders know their coins! First graders at Mariposa helped count change during the school’s UNICEF drive. From Left to Right are Sofia Delgado-Ortiz, Juliana Gutierrez-Garcia, Dominic Delancy, and Taylor Wildes.

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Comparing and Contrasting in Kindergarten

Posted on Jan 14, 2015

imageThe Kindergarten Team at Mariposa Elementary showed their amazing collaborative planning abilities as they put together an extremely engaging end-of-unit Gingerbread Day.  After a week-long unit that involved comparing and contrasting different versions of the Gingerbread Man stories, the students illustrated their own gingerbread characters.  The week ended with the students decorating gingerbread cookies and building Gingerbread houses of their own.  The fun projects helped bring the stories to life. Mariposa’s Kindergarten Team pictured from left to right are Camelia Lebron, Sue Caldwell, Kari McIntyre, Laura Wolff, Greta Hyatt, and Linda Auciello.

 

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Backpack Buddies and Grace Packs Unite to Feed Children in Need at Mariposa Elementary

Posted on Nov 24, 2014

BackpackBuddiesSamsTripThe head of Backpack Buddies, Nancy Blosser, and the head of Grace Packs, Laura Klosterman, have teamed up to help students in need of food on the weekends. Together they donated over $1600.00 worth of food to Mariposa Elementary. Michelle Smith, also pictured, is part of a team of teachers and staff members that pack food into backpacks to send home with students over the weekend. “No child should go hungry. We want them to know that we love them and care about what goes on in their lives outside of school as well,” said Smith. “We just want to be the hands and feet of Jesus,” said Laura Klosterman. Together they are helping over 45 students and their families at Mariposa Elementary.

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Explosive Volcanoes

Posted on Nov 24, 2014

20141023_093934Fifth grade students, Heather Heath, Tuan Tran, Levi Gonzalez, and Sophia Lopez in Carla Bargeron’s Science resource class at Mariposa Elementary recently completed an exciting science unit.  Students first learned about landforms and volcanoes and then worked in teams to design and construct paper mache’ volcanos.  Students also learned about the steps in the scientific process and physical and chemical changes in matter.  Mrs. Sandra Bushby and the fifth grade students were thrilled as they conducted “explosive” experiments with their hand-made volcanoes and gooey “lava”. Aka jello chemical changes can be fun!

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Heroes Day

Posted on Nov 17, 2014

Mrs. Yost and Mrs. Dampier @ Mariposa's Heroes Day 2014Superintendent of Schools, Genelle Yost, and Executive Director of Schools, Pam Dampier, visit Mariposa just in time to join the Heroes Breakfast!  Heroes Breakfast is a special recognition of our veterans and community helpers that help keep us safe at school and at home.  Teacher, Mrs. Michelle Smith, coordinated the Heroes Breakfast program this year, where students read poems that they had written thanking our veterans for keeping us safe!

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N.E.E.D. Solar Energy

Posted on Nov 3, 2014

solar energyIn our Mariposa Elementary School’s N.E.E.D. group, “We learned about solar energy and went to teach kindergarten. We passed out solar beads and asked them to make a hypothesis, but we used the word “guess” so they knew what we meant. When we got outside, they stood in the sunlight, and their faces look amazed when they saw the color changing. I’d have to say I had so much fun teaching the little kids about solar energy. They were so well behaved, and just by looking at their faces, I’m pretty sure they liked the little lesson as much as my group and I liked teaching them about it.” – Taline El-Khoury

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