CLARK – Students are back in school for their first full week and are busy learning their first lessons of the new school year.
Students in Kim Belverio’s kindergarten class at Valley Road School in Clark are off to a great start by learning rules and procedures in their new school. Children completed an “I am a peacemaker” poster by learning ways peacemakers act and would not act in school. They demonstrated ways to be a peacemaker as they acted out different classroom scenarios involving rules and procedures. In the photograph above, pictured from left to right are Grant Stisi, Eva Venturino, and Isabella Wysocki. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)
Students in Jennifer Bartolomeo’s class at Valley Road School are already working hard this school year. During math time, the students learned that shapes are everywhere around them in the world. The students had a scavenger hunt to find different shapes around the classroom, school building, and the playground. When the students came back from their scavenger hunt, they applied their social skills by choosing a partner to play the game Guess My Shape. In this photo, from left, Maryam Ahmed and Lucas Origliato create their own patterns using pattern blocks. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)
Students in Denise Picciano’s eighth grade math class at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark opened the school year with an activity requiring students to explain why they feel math is important in and outside of the classroom. Every year students question why what they are learning is important and how it will apply to their future in the real world. And, every year, teachers respond with insightful and meaningful connections. But, this year, students had a chance to think back on their years spent in math class and develop their own answers.
At the start of class, each student received a post-it note. On this post-it note, students wrote one or more reasons why they feel math is important. Many students made connections between specific math topics learned and how they apply to different aspired careers, everyday tasks such as shopping on a budget, and managing a household, among other responses. After a class discussion of the different reasons why math is so important, each student then got up to display their post-it note in the classroom so all can be reminded each day why math is such a vital part of our lives. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)
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