How Cool is MY School

A blog by staff, parents, students, etc.
Stop Tattling!

Stop Tattling!

The early elementary years are full of telling and tattling. Teachers try many different techniques to reduce it and lessen the amount of things told to them. But, what if we change the approach? Instead of frustration and “Please stop tattling!” being told to the...

Teaching Spanish through Art

Teaching Spanish through Art

With very young learners it’s a bit harder to dissect a painting or sculpture than with older students, especially in a foreign language. For many it could be the first time that they are being exposed to something and for extremely young learners they might have...

Benefits of Learning Spanish

Benefits of Learning Spanish

One of the best languages to learn for travel. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world and is the official language of 21 countries. If you learn Spanish, you’ll be hard-pressed to go somewhere where at least a few people don’t speak it. This will make...

Gross Motor Skills

Gross Motor Skills

I know it has been so stressful for the past few months, at home with young children underfive. Now is such a great time to make a checklist to ensure your little one is on track with development, specifically gross motor skills. Every child is unique with development...

Back to Nature: Healthy Snacks!

Back to Nature: Healthy Snacks!

Who says eating healthy has to be challenging and expensive? Growing your own healthy food can be a fun and rewarding experience for your family.  You don't have to have a green thumb to grow healthy vegetables and fruits. You don't need a large...

Science with Mr. Jeff

Science with Mr. Jeff

This month students have been studying Force and Motion, Natural Hazards, Genetics, and Chemistry. 5th Grade has created marble roller coasters to demonstrate how forces and motion can impact our everyday life. 6th Grade students are creating earth resilient buildings...

Prioritize Meals, Especially Breakfast

Prioritize Meals, Especially Breakfast

If there is one nutritional no-no that takes the cake, skipping meals might be it. For starters, “people who skip meals aren’t getting all of the nutrients they need,” says Mickey Harpaz, Ph.D., exercise physiologist and nutritionist in New York City and Fairfield...

Jam & Learn

Jam & Learn

Music has the power to get into your brain without asking for your permission and once in, it can imprint good or bad memories.  Once in awhile you might hear a song and it brings back a specific event; the feeling, the people, their names, the place, words, phrases,...

Getting Gritty With It

Getting Gritty With It

I love TED Talks. I use them often in my Life Coaching or ELA classes. One of my favorites is by Angela Lee Duckworth. She shares about how she left a very demanding position in consulting to join another very demanding position- middle school math teacher in the New...

Take Control

Take Control

Even in a regular, boring, and typical year we need to take care of ourselves first in order to care for others. I think it is safe to say you likely wear more than one hat. It could be one of parent, employee, teacher, spouse, friend, among many more. This calendar...

Designs Inspired by Nature

First grade is exploring Project Lead The Way's module, Designs Inspired by Nature. In this module, students learn about parents and offspring. They make observations that offspring are like, but not exactly like, their parents. They learn how parents and...