APS Express 9/17/2020
The COVID -19 Pandemic has changed many procedures at Altenburg Public School. This included the way we honor the students who completed their summer reading assignments. Normally we celebrate with a pizza/movie party, however this year we awarded each student participating with a coupon for treats from local businesses. Readers will be treated to an ice cream cone, a slushie, a donut, and a Barnes & Noble gift card. (not pictured were Jacoby & Carter) The top reader in each level were presented with a special "Bee" themed reading pillow, complete with pocket to store their favorite reading materials.
Congratulations to the top readers:
William ~ grades 1& 2
Jackson~ grades 3 & 4
Paula ~ grades 5 & 6
Josephine ~ grades 7 & 8
The Lady Wildcats challenged the St. Vincent Indians last week Thursday and all 3 teams were victorious! Congratulations Wildcats!!
C Team: 25-23, 25-14
B Team: 25-21, 25-16
A Team: 25-16, 25-10
MO LEAP is an assessment created by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to support acceleration of learning in Missouri schools. These assessments will be used to evaluate skills and concepts that are essential for student success. It focuses on foundational skills — what students need to learn and remediate. This will help APS teachers reinforce skills that students may have missed due to our extended COVID school closure.
Each student in Grades 4-8 will take these tests in the computer lab over the next few weeks.
Let’s see how many pounds we can collect this year!
The winning class will receive a special treat from Mrs. Haertling!
Good Day Parents,
I have been really enjoying seeing all the students again. It is fun to see them enjoying each other after such a long “summer break.”
Music class is off and rolling!...From a slightly different location. Music this year is taught in the Gym. This makes it possible to do our social distancing, and still sing and dance and learn all we can. I have put big rubber dots out on the floor and the kids have been awesome about staying on their dots. Also this year, I handed out green folders to keep their music papers safe, this folder should always be kept at school or in their book bag. From time to time, I will tell them to empty it out and take their papers home.
3rd -8th graders are learning about the instruments of the orchestra with 5th-8th doing more in depth studies on the families of musical instruments. So far, we have covered the String family and introduced the percussion family. In another week or so, we will be studying the Woodwind and Brass families.
1st-2nd graders are working on reading rhythms and learning note values and proper note names.
Kindergarten has been learning all about keeping a steady beat with claps and pats and stomps (body percussion) and feeling that steady beat in the music. This seems rather basic to most adults but for many children it is a learned skill and it transfers to all aspects of their musical education, kind of like learning to speak before learning to read.
Again, as always it is a joy to spend time with your children and I look forward to continuing to make music with all of them.