# Photos From Valley Road School

CLARK – Students at Valley Road Elementary School in Clark have been learning about time, measurement, math, atomic structure and New Jersey geography, among other things.

Students in Miss Bartolomeo’s class at Valley Road School in Clark are learning about time. The students first learned about time to the hour. They learned this concept using Judy Clocks. They also listened to songs about time to the hour. When the students mastered this skill, they started learning about time to the half hour. The students enjoyed learning about time by using a large mat on the floor. They made their arms into the hands of the clock. The other students had their own Judy Clocks they used to match the time. This activity encouraged the students to use both their gross and fine motor functions. Next week, the students will start learning about time to the quarter hour. In the picture above, from left, Lucas Origliato and Jacob Prystauk learn about time.

Students in Jackie Grigoli’s kindergarten class at Valley Road School in Clark are learning about measurement. As part of an interactive hands-on lesson, students took notice of items in their classroom that were both taller and shorter than they are. Students walked around the classroom with post-it notes on a search for one thing that was taller than them and one thing that was shorter than them. Students drew a picture of each item they found in the class and placed a post-it note on our class poster. The students had fun finding items in the classroom and sharing their findings with the class.

Students in Miss Emma’s second grade class in Valley Road School are already working hard this school year. During math time, the students reviewed and explored addition facts and learned that numbers have many different names. The students used the number grid and the number line to explore ways to add two numbers and subtract two numbers to get the same number, therefore proving that there are many different ways to get the same number. After the lesson, the students learned a new game called Addition Top It. In the game the students applied their addition skills. The students were paired up with a partner and each student picked two cards and added them together. The student with the higher number collected the cards from that round. The students kept playing until all the cards in the deck were gone and whomever had the most cards won the game. In this photo, Katie Mallick and Matthew Burke play Addition Top It.

In Kelly Williamson’s fifth grade class at Valley Road Elementary School in Clark, the students have been atomic structure. The students participated in an activity where they had to construct an atom of an element of their choice. The students labeled the electrons, protons, and neutrons. The students located the nucleus and labeled it as well. The students shared their atoms with the class. Miss Williamson’s with grade class will continue to study physical science. In the photograph above, students (from left) Michael Karnaugh and Haley Knorowski display and share their atom projects to the class.

Students in Miss Emma’s second grade class in Valley Road School come together and celebrate the transition to the Fall season. The students discussed the seasons and how weather changes throughout the year. Sunday, Sept. 22, was the first day of autumn and the students in Miss Emma’s class reminisced about various activities appropriate for the Fall season. Summer has come and past and the crisp Fall weather has embarked upon us. Jumping in a pile of leaves and going pumpkin picking are just a couple fun activities the students are looking forward to upon the return of Fall. The students discussed how the weather affects our daily lives and what we wear, realizing that it is time to put the sandals and bathing suits away and is time to bring out the long sleeve shirts, long pants, and sneakers. Each student made their own hand print cut out and drew their favorite Fall Activity on their handprint. The handprints come together on the classroom bulletin board to make a Fall Classroom Wreath. In this photo, from left to right, Maya Soares, Jordan Nieves, Patrick Cook, and Nathaniel Perez show off their handprint cut outs.

In Kelly Williamson’s fifth grade class at Valley Road Elementary School in Clark, the students have been studying American Sign Language during their Morning Meeting. The students have learned how to sign the alphabet, numbers, and greetings. The students also use sign language throughout the day to signal for understanding and other class procedures. The fifth graders enjoy using sign language to communicate in the classroom. This week they will be learning signs for family members and colors. In the photograph above, students (from left) Kelsey Brennan, Elizabeth Gondek, and Michael Noone sign the letters “ASL” which stands for American Sign Language.

Students in Bryan Lowe’s fifth grade class at Valley Road School in Clark enthusiastically shared their writing in a fun way. After working all week on writing projects students were able to present their creations to their classmates in costume. They were encouraged to share details about the origin of their ideas, some obstacles they had to overcome while writing, and future writing projects. Pictured, fifth grader Robert Nugent read his finished spooky story while wearing a pair of “writer’s glasses.”

In Kelly Williamson’s fifth grade class at Valley Road Elementary School in Clark, the students have been studying the thirteen colonies. They participated in an activity where they had to pretend to be a governor of a new colony in the New World. The students did a web quest and answered questions on what they thought would be the best choices to make as a governor of a new colony. The students had to decide how many supplies they would bring, what size ship, how many people, and what kind of crew they would hire. The students also had the opportunity to use their problem solving skills and decided what they would do if their colonists or crew members became sick or if their colony was attacked by Native Americans.  At the end of the activity, the students received a review of the overall moral, health, and future prospects of their colony, based on the decisions that they made during the web quest. In the picture, students (from left) Gabby Scipioni and Thano Kofos work together to complete the activity on the SMART board. The students learned about the hardships the colonists faced traveling across the Atlantic Ocean to their new homes.

Students in Christine Cemelli’s third grade class at Frank K. Hehnly Elementary School in Clark explore New Jersey. The students brought in information about a specific county in New Jersey and then taught the class. The class had to label all of the counties in New Jersey and take notes on some attractions in each. Cemelli states, “The students enjoyed taking the responsibility to be the ‘master’ on a specific county and teach the class about it. The class truly rose to the challenge!” In the picture above, Marisa Lipari, Alexandra Zotos, Maddi Edmondson, Braeden Downey, Nick Pipala, Isai Osorio.

(Photos courtesy of Clark Public Schools)