# Photos From Valley Road School

CLARK — Students at Valley Road School in Clark have been building vocabulary, math, and geography skills as well as learning anti-bullying lessons.

At Valley Road Elementary in Clark, Kelly Williamson’s fifth graders are able to use their vocabulary words, spelling words, and content words to play Words with Friends. The students can pick seven letters out of the bag and try to create a word on the board. The students receive points for the word that they make. In the picture above, (from left) Ricky Sabarese and Elizabeth Gondek work together to create one of their vocabulary words on the Words with Friends board.

Students in Miss Emma’s second grade class in Valley Road School in Clark are strengthening their addition recall skills and have been working on improving their recall of the doubles facts. The students have each created their own Doubles Facts Book: for 1+1=2 they drew a picture of a set of eyes and for 4+4=8 they drew a picture of a spider to provide a visual to represent the number model. Pictured in this photo, from left to right, Isabella Scipioni and Jessica England

In Miss Williamson’s fifth grade class at Valley Road School in Clark, the students learned about angles, polygons, and tessellations. They also used the pattern shape blocks to create their own tessellations. In the picture above, (from left) Kelsey Brennan and Nicholas Vargas share the tessellation that they created.

In Kelly Williamson’s fifth grade class at Valley Road School in Clark, the students practiced their observation skills. They found a leaf and brought it to class to study. The students used magnifying glasses to discover the properties and characteristics of their leaves. Students then drew a diagram with labels, measurements, and a title. In the picture above, students (from left) Gabby Scipioni, Emmalie Pikula, Vincent Papa, and Benjamin Laucik display their leaves and the diagrams that they made.

The students in Bryan Lowe’s fifth grade class at Valley Road School in Clark modeled two intersecting line segments in order to apply math concepts learned during the week. While on the playground, they represented points on the line segments and were connected with the other points by chalk. Lowe then surveyed the class for true statements about vertices, angles, and their relationships. In the photograph above, students displayed the letter that symbolized the name of their points.

Fifth grade classes at Valley Road School had a chance to Mystery Skype. The students had no idea what class they were communicating with. Their goal was to cooperate as a team to try to figure out the four locations their partner class chose as well as the location of their school. Students provided partner classes
with 3-5 clues about each location via Skype. Their last clue was the latitude and longitude coordinates of the place so the mystery class could find it in the end. Students recorded their guesses and the actual place they were given clues to. Ultimately each class found out where their mystery school location was.

In honor of School Violence Awareness Week, kindergartners and first graders in Miss Bartolomeo and Miss Grigoli’s classes at Valley Road School in Clark learned about the importance of being a good friend to one another. When the classes combined on Wednesday morning, they listened to a story about bullying. In the story, the main character was being bullied in school. The story told the steps the character took to stop the bullying in his class. When the story was over, the students spoke about why it is important to be kind to others, and about a time when they might have been bullied. The students then discussed what they did to overcome the situation. The students then paired up with another student they did not know, and made a new friend by coloring together. In the pictures above, Sebastian Peralta, Maryam Ahmed, Jacob Prystauk, Charlie Nemeth, Nicholas DeMarco, Justin Zdeb, and Isabella Sulikowski work together to color a picture.

(Photos courtesy of Clark Public Schools)