Eagle School Happenings
Preschoolers at Dysart Elementary School have had and will have the opportunity to participate in some exciting activities. On April 26th, preschool families were invited to attend Imagination Station hosted by the Benevilla Family Resource Center staff. Children that attended participated in an hour of activities, stories, and songs centered around the theme of diversity. The children received a goody bag and the parents received information from Benevilla on resources and services they provide.
Preschoolers at Dysart Elementary School will have the opportunity to engage in a mini-project with a pizza focus. As a culmination to this project, the students will have an opportunity to make their own pizza! We will be preparing for this mini-project through stories, art, dramatic play, math, and sensory activities. We are looking forward to this mini-project that will help us prepare for more project approach learning in the future!
Friends of Rachel Challenge
The Friends of Rachel Club is excited to wrap up another great year of community building on our campus! Following tradition, we organized our Annual Fun Run, planned Student of the Month assemblies, and prepared projects on campus. We can't wait to spread a chain of kindness next year!
In February, the 4th and 5th grade students participated in the AZ Walk On challenge. All the students that participated received a Walk On backpack. Of all the students in Arizona that completed the 5 fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less screen time, 1 hour of play, and 0 sweetened drinks a day were entered in an additional drawing. For the first time since we've been participating in this event, we have a winner at Dysart Elementary school. Congratulations to Yahaira Garcia (5th grade) for winning a $25 Big 5 gift card. Remember to keep up our 5, 2, 1, 0 goal each day!
We are learning about living things and what
they need to survive. We have been learning
about many different plants and animals. We
have been learning about the life cycles of
plants, flowers, butterflies, and frogs. We are
doing hands-on investigations and have been
growing our own plants and flowers. Soon we
are going to be observing how butterflies grow.
It’s a very exciting time in Kindergarten and we
are all loving being scientists!
As the school year is slowly coming to an end, students in the art room are very busy! With 5th, 6th, and 8th graders, we are learning about the proportions of the face and how to draw self portraits. With the younger students, we are talking about the art element of texture and will soon begin working on making textured clay pots! There are some pieces of art hung up around the school: some in the 7th grade pod, 6th grade pod, and in the cafeteria- feel free to take a look!
Dysart Elementary Students competed in the annual Field Day on Thursday and Friday March 24th and 25th. Students participated in a variety of games and relays against fellow classmates. They had a good time in events such as the Tug-o-War, 3 Legged Race, Hurdles, Balloon Pop. Thanks to our NJHS students for running the games. The NJHS students did a wonderful job explaining, demonstrating and monitoring the games. PTO supplied otter pops to help all the students cool off after their hard work.
Fifth graders at Dysart Elementary School are learning about types of angles in mathematics. We went around the school on a scavenger hunt for obtuse, acute, and right angles. We found out that they are everywhere! We are also using types of polygons and angles to create our own "Math Monster Picture. "
In reading, we are learning all about figurative language. We created posters depicting the literal and figurative meanings of similes and metaphors.
Dysart Elementary School participated in it's annual Jump Rope for Heart Week February 16-19. Some students were able to secure donations for the American Heart Association which will go towards research and heart health. ALL student participated in jumping activities which were geared towards getting their hearts healthier.
The 4th graders at Dysart Elementary have been working hard on building circuits and experimenting with magnets. The students were given time to explore magnets by predicting and testing whether the magnet would stick to an object or pick up that object. The students were also given a variety of materials to build circuits. They worked as a team and built parallel and series circuits. Our 4th graders have also been working hard on our reading skills. We have been learning how to identify the theme and main idea of different genres by using text evidence and our inference skills. We are doing great! We are also learning the different ways in which Arizona became a state and how our state government works.
Friends of Rachel
The Friends of Rachel Cub has been busy planning! We worked together to organize a Spirit Week and students were encouraged to wear certain colors to share character spirit. We are currently partnering with Student Council to help organize a car show for the spring. The FOR Club was also excited to celebrate Ms. Manzur as our January Dysart Heartbeat! Ms. Manzur will be honored at the upcoming Governing Board meeting on Wednesday, February 3rd at 6:00pm.
Dysart Elementary School hosted their annual Father-Daughter Dance on Thursday, February 4th. Fathers, Grandpas and Uncles escorted the beautiful girls to the dance. We had almost 300 people in attendance. The DJ kept the dance floor full with a variety of music. PTO sold roses and snacks. Pictures were available to help capture this fun memory. We look forward to seeing our families at our Student Academic Showcase in Spring.
Preschoolers at Dysart Elementary School have just finished exploring traditional and modern rhymes and stories delivered through poetry, chants, ballads, and stories from many cultures. During their exploration of traditional tales and stories that have been around a long time, students learned that the story of the three bears is very old and that many old tales have animals in them. They studied two different versions of the story of Goldilocks and the three bears including Three Bears’ Rap and The Three Bears. As an extension of this exploration, students also engaged in a STEM activity in which they engineered a happy fairytale ending as they built a chair even Goldilocks couldn’t break. Students discovered science, technology, engineering, and math in one of their favorite fairy tales as they explored a challenging situation until they were able to find a solution. As a result, students developed skills in using the design process, cause and effect, and experimenting with structural stability, size, and balance.
Friends of Rachel (FOR)
FOR Club members have worked very hard this month with several different projects. We will wrap up our annual St. Mary's Canned Food Drive this week. We planned activities including a Spirit Day, recess games, created and displayed a School Chain of Kindness, and school-wide Banner Signing to celebrate our Dysart School District Rachel's Challenge Day on Friday, December 11th.
Fourth Annual NJHS Snowman Shopping
Every year, NJHS raises funds in November in order to purchase gifts for two deserving students within our community for the holidays. This year, we were able to raise over $200 through Hat Day and used this money to go shopping on a Saturday. Our NJHS members then met before school to wrap all of these gifts, that will be delivered to the students’ families before the holidays .
The Virtual Field Trip
The third grade classes took part in an online virtual experience of the Mayflower, the first Thanksgiving and the life of Pilgrims and Native Americans. This was an opportunity to visualize what life was like for these groups. This theme carried through all of the academic subjects, including writing, mathematics and reading. Activities including art projects, scavenger hunts, illustrating and authoring of books, letter writing and math stations were a few fun experiences.
Special Area Teachers are excited to bring back the Turkey Trot this month. All students will run a one-mile race against the other students in their grade during their special's time on Monday, November 23rd. Certificates will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers for boys and girls in each grade. We have been working hard on building up our endurance, so we can complete the race in a timely manner.
Fifth graders at Dysart Elementary School have been honing their technology skills by taking assessments on Socrative.com. They are also using Google Classroom to collaborate on projects while responding to other students. Some students are using the STEM website to create special presentations to share with their homeroom class. Technology is coming alive in 5th grade at Dysart Elementary!
Our 8th grade Eagles have been working hard towards academic success! Students recently completed the DBQ district assessment in Social Studies and Language Arts classes to write a narrative describing the transitional life during the Dust Bowl. In math class, students completed the first algebra unit, working out challenging real-world problems algebraically and solving equations. To study animal behavior in captivity for a science unit, students enjoyed a field trip to the zoo and will use this evidence to debate a position for or against support of zoos.
Friends of Rachel (FOR)
The Friends of Rachel Club is spreading kindness around the community! We recently received appreciation on social media from the El Mirage Police Department for organizing a letter writing campaign to thank Vets, Firemen, and Police Officers for service and upholding our freedoms during Constitution Week. The Department of Veterans Affairs of Phoenix also sent a Thank You letter for our efforts to show appreciation. This week, we will begin planning our annual St. Mary's Canned Food Drive to collect food items for the needy in our community.
We will also select our first group to be "targeted" to receive letters of appreciation in our "Targets of Kindness" campaign.
Thanks to the NFL Play 60 program, Dysart elementary received red and blue flags and footballs to use in our PE and after school programs.
A lot is happening here in the art room! The 1st through 4th grade students have been learning about line over the last couple of weeks. They are working on using all the different types of lines we've discussed to make designs. The 5th through 8th grade students have been taking on a little bit more, learning about line, shape, and space! They are finishing up a project that challenges them to combine line, shape, and space to create a feeling of unity. I will be displaying finished work during parent/teacher conferences this week, so be sure to take a walk through the cafeteria and the hallway leading out to the art room to see what they've been up to!
PE recognizes Patriots' Day along with the school by tying our ribbons on the flag. We also had a moment of silence to start the day in honor of the fallen and all our heroes. Individual classrooms held discussions, watched special videos because "we will never forget"!
Kindergarten students are off to a great start to the new school year! Students have been working hard on learning their numbers 0 to 10, letter names and sounds, and how to write their first and last names. Students have also been learning how to be responsible and respectful citizens! Teachers and students are continuously reviewing and practicing school and classroom expectations. This is an extremely important part of Kindergarten this time or year, so that all students can do their absolute best learning!
Just four weeks into the school year, and the 8th graders have already worked so hard! In math class, we are wrapping up the first math unit. By now, your students probably know everything there is to know about Exponent Properties. In Social Studies, we have studied the establishment of the 13 colonies and the development of the important documents that govern us today. After studying the Scientific Method and processes in Science, the 8th graders performed their first lab experiment. In Language Arts class, they wrote their first personal narrative. All in all, we have accomplished a lot, but still have so much more to do!
In 4th grade, here at DES, we are working hard to set up our Interactive Science Notebooks. We have started learning about the water that we have on Earth and the water cycle.
In Reading, we have turned into text detectives by learning how to use text evidence to analyze the reading, while in Writing, we are learning how to write different types of paragraphs by using their identifying characteristics.
Social Studies is all about Arizona! Our students have been excited to share their personal stories about traveling to different parts of Arizona.
Third graders are getting their hands dirty experimenting with rocks and minerals! We are currently researching rocks and minerals by performing experiments and reading about them! We will be able to identify rocks and minerals and sort them into different categories. We are going back in time to discover what types of rocks were around when and where the rocks like to live! We will also be able to research what types of rocks represent our birthstones! It is a very rocking time in third grade!