by, Catie and Anna
As you probably know technology is becoming a more used method of learning at Sinking Springs, and although iPads are helpful sometimes, it’s always nice to do things the old fashioned way. Students in Mrs. Reichard’s 6th grade class were assigned groups to complete a S.T.E.M project on Lunar Phases. Each project was required to clearly show each of the moon phases and how they look from Earth. Each group of students were allowed to be creative with the project, as long as they met the guidelines. So each project was very different. Some of the project materials included Model Magic, string, Oreos, and paint. Some, like Ty’s, used light to demonstrate the moon phases (photo above). Alora, Alem, Noah, and Christian all used technology. Alora and Alem made a very creative video showing the scale of the earth, sun, and moon to help present their project. While Noah and Christian made a Kahoot. Meanwhile, Alyssa made the moon phases out of Oreos and the sun out of Model Magic. Jillian’s group had a hanging model fixed in a cardboard box. Katie’s group had models of the sun, moon, and Earth stuck into styrofoam with skewers. Even though each project was different they all had one thing in common. All of them showed the lunar phases and all of the students had fun being creative while learning.
By Ava, Vivian and Elliot
Calling all iPad users, do you like iPads? If you do, read this interview! We went down to the technology office to interview, Mrs.Becker, our Technology specialist. At Sinking Springs each student has an iPad as a tool to aid in the learning process. Mrs. Becker is the person that helps us with our technology problems. Mrs. Becker’s favorite apps that we use are Schoology and Notability. She believes that all schools should have iPads but that it shouldn't be the only teaching tool. Her favorite part of her job is learning with the students. Mrs. Becker’s least favorite part of her job is dealing with misuse of the iPads. Please be sure to take care of your iPad by not leaving it on the floor, in the hallways, or hanging off of your desk.Thanks for reading!
by, Catie, Christian, and Favor
Imagine that Loretta Claiborne, a Special Olympics athlete and inspirational speaker, came to your class. She talked about her childhood and how the Special Olympics helped her. She discussed perseverance and how she never gave up. Surprisingly, this really happened to some students in Mrs. Antoun’s class. Everyone really enjoyed Loretta’s visit for different reasons. ”My favorite thing that Loretta said was ‘If you look your best, you feel your best, and you do your best,’” said Mrs. Antoun. Although Loretta coming was fun, it was educational, too. Mrs. Antoun learned that even though Loretta’s mother seemed very sweet in the movie of Loretta’s life, her mom was actually quite strict in real life. Loretta taught everyone that even though overcoming obstacles isn’t easy, it will be worth it in the end.
by, Alivia, Alex, Luke
There is a new and exciting group called The Salute Crew at Sinking Springs Elementary. The Salute Crew is a committed and honored club of boys that put up and take down the flag every morning and afternoon. Mr. Otterson is the leader of the crew. There are eleven boys in total in the Salute Crew. Those eleven boys are Zach, Ryan, Aidan, Luke, Josiah, Conner, Robby, Devon, Ben, Kevin, and Josh.
Question: How did you come up with the Salute Crew?
Mr. Otterson: I came up with the Salute Crew because in elementary school our school put the flag up everyday. I remember having fun doing it and I wanted to try it at Sinking Springs so we could show respect for our country.
Question: How did you choose the helpers for the Salute Crew?
Mr. Otterson: With the help of our Team S teachers, we picked respectful students that are male because there are other special activities set aside for girls only.
Question: What's the hardest part of folding the flag?
Aidan: Folding the flag is very hard because it gets hard working with others and folding it together.
Question: What's your favorite part of being in the Salute Crew?
Kevin: I love raising the flag because it's such a honor to raise the flag for our country and school.
Question: Does the Salute Crew have assigned days?
Devon: Yes we do have assigned days. The only time that we don't go is if we have orchestra or band. If someone's not there then we will substitute for the others.
Question: How long have you been doing the Salute Crew?
Mr. Otterson: This is only the second year for the Salute Crew. We are hoping to teach some 5th graders at the end of the year so this can continue.
Question: Do you put the flag up when the weather is bad?
Kevin: We don't put the flag up when it's raining. We asked Mr. Otterson if we should put it up. We need to make sure that it won't be bad weather later that day.
Question: What's your perspective on working with others in the Salute Crew?
Devon: It's very fun but also hard because we all fold the flag differently. We sometimes argue because we all work and fold the flag differently.
Question: Have you changed your perspective on the Salute Crew based on years prior?
Mr. Otterson: Now the veterans from the local VFW in Manchester come through every year to help the crew. They teach others how to fold and respect the flag. The rest of the responsibility is up to the Salute Crew.
Question: Is it ever hard to remember the certain days that you must go out and do the flag?
Aidan: Yes, it is very hard in the beginning because personally I forgot. I feel bad when I forget because it's a huge responsibility.
These 3 boys did an excellent job at the interview. All of us are very proud of our fellow students that commit so much for their country.
By, Hannah and Kailee
The sixth grade students on Team P in Sinking Spring Intermediate School, recently conducted projects on Autism. This was led by the reading teacher Mrs. Cushatt on the team.
She stated that she chose this topic of Autism because,“Last year our school welcomed a new classroom for students with autism. The classroom happened to be right across the hall from my room. Many students were curious about what was happening in that room and would often see the students in the hallway and recess. I seized the opportunity.” Throughout the interview, we asked what she and her students were doing to help. Mrs. Cushatt answered, “I wanted the students to choose how they would showcase, so I kept the door wide open and welcomed any ideas for projects. The students went above and beyond all expectations. They created apps, websites, board games, kahoot quizzes, educreation videos, iMovies, wrote stories, songs, diaries, grants, and even created tools like stress balls and fidget toys.” We asked if she thinks that the students did a successful job. She informed us that, “I was amazed by their creativity. The students took a great deal of pride in their work, and when they shared with the class, I could see how much their knowledge, understanding, and empathy had grown since the beginning of the school year.” Mrs. Cushatt told us some names of the students that she believes have done a nice job. Here are some of their stories.
One of the first students interviewed was Bella Hons, the creator of the board game “Awetism”. She spells the game this way because she refers to the students as being awesome. We questioned Bella about what her favorite part of the project was. She replied with, “I think my favorite part is the cover because this was the overall idea of the entire project….and was the base of my research when I saw the basic social skills.” But overall she really enjoyed the cover of her board game because it includes the social skills and an inspiring title. A fact she had stated was that the teachers of the autistic kids tried the game and really enjoyed it. The teachers commented, “It was well thought out and was not too advanced for them.” As everyone has room to improve Bella thinks that she would neaten up a few things and go the extra mile. “I could have laminated the cards and the characters.Overall,I think the planning was very strong,” she stated. Bella had a blast doing the project and was happy to partake in this learning experience.
The next student from Team P, is Sam Ketterman. His choice of presenting the project was in a website format. Sam says that his favorite part in the project was, “Building a website for everyone to see.” Sam and his partner in the project (Alexander Puffenberger who moved out of the school district) chose to create a website because, “ me and my friend Alex enjoy making websites and doing code too.” Through the process of coding, this project took about five days. We queried what was all in their website. Sam answered, “We included many slides and a grant for a tool, a survey, and awareness facts.” You can find Sam and Alex’s website at autisma.weebly.com
Our last interview was with Marley Bond and Samantha Neil. These two partners used a tri-fold to represent their app Little Geniuses, which includes step by step drawings on what the game looks like and how to use the game. This game is designed to help kids with math and coloring for fun. They chose to make it on a tri-fold because, “We originally wanted to make the game but we didn't know how to code well. So we just decided to draw step by step which would show how it works,” explained Marley Bond. They say how they had many ideas but they chose to do the game. We asked if they thought the game was easy enough for the autistic students to understand, and they answered with a simple yes. They showed enthusiasm so we asked them why they enjoyed this project. “I liked the whole concept for the autistic kids,” Marley shared. Samantha replied with, “We haven't seen anything like it in the App Store.” The two girls put in many hard working hours which paid off.
All three projects have ended up with a very respectful grade. We may have only chosen these few students, but a majority of the students have completed a successful project. Mrs. Cushatt is very impressed with this year’s work. She is looking forward to next year.
By, Christian, Favor, and Catie
It’s always good to know what is going on at your school! a Ty’s News Network (or TNN), a news network made by fifth graders, provides information about books, animals, games and more. Some of the students that are responsible for filming TNN are Sofia Blagg, Ella Baker, Issac Lamison, Ty Biser, Trevor Ketrick. TNN was no easy job though. “It took weeks to film the first episode!” explained Sofia Blagg, the reporter behind the Question and Answer segment of TNN. The team had many ideas and weighed out all the pros and cons before deciding on their format. Their hard work paid off in the end. Ella said that TNN was very fun to film. The creative themes for TNN are Photo of Fame, by Trevor Ketrick, Beloved Book, by Ty Biser, Games 101, by Issac Lamison, Animals, by Paige Mathias, Q&A, by Ella Baker and Sofia Blagg, and a unique commercial, by Anna Scott. TNN started because of a Social Studies lesson. Ty Byser had the idea for TNN, but realized he needed help and started getting help from other fifth graders. The good news is the TNN crew is sure to be making more episodes of TNN for everyone to enjoy!
By, Alex, Luke and Alivia
Recently, there was an extensive bake sale that ran throughout Sinking Springs Elementary school in York, PA. The bake sale was run by Mrs. Fryer a sixth grade teacher, Nyah Jones, Avery Bender, Jordan Hooper, Kailey Holtzapple, and Malorie Lanni. These five girls from Mrs. Fryer’s sixth grade class in Sinking Springs Elementary school all contributed to the bake sale. The bake sale was a big hit, earning money for Hope for Haiti. Luckily, we got an exclusive interview with the creators of Hope for Haiti bake sale.
Q: Why did you choose to send the money to Haiti instead of another troubled country?
Avery: We decided to send the money to Haiti instead of some other troubled country because we had just heard Haiti had a very destructive hurricane. We saw pictures and videos of the destroyed country, and thought that they could use the money.
Q: What was your goal for the bake sale? Did you pass it?
Avery: Our goal for Hope for Haiti was $300, but we exceeded that goal and raised $1000. So yes, we did pass our goal.
Q: What was the most successful food item you sold at the bake sale?
Malorie: The most successful item was the frosted brownie. A diner named “John’s Diner” located in New Cumberland, 25 minutes north of Sinking Springs donated the frosted brownies.
Q: What drove you to pick a bake sale over any other way of raising money?
Malorie: Well, we all liked baking so we all thought it was the best choice. The treats were delicious, and not too expensive. Most kids and teacher were able to bring in the money for the treats/donations.
Q: How did you get the money to Haiti?
Mrs. Fryer: I made an online donation to the organization called Mission of Hope Haiti: Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief. After we donated money we got a card in the mail telling us about all the people we helped and how happy and thankful they were.
Q: How was the process of helping this group of girls who started all this?
Mrs. Fryer: It was really fun. They worked very hard and it was very cool to see them do academic tasks while helping others.
Q: What inspired you to create a bake sale to Haiti?
Nyah: We were inspired to create a bake sale to Haiti because we saw a video all about how Haiti was destroyed by the hurricane and we thought they needed the money the most.
Q: What was one of the biggest challenges while doing the bake sale?
Jordan: One of the biggest challenges while doing the bake sale was not eating any of the baked goods. The other challenges were organizing everything in order and making sure we had enough items.
Q: What exactly will the money be used for in Haiti?
Kailey: They money will be used in Haiti to buy necessities such as food, clean water, clothes, and more.
These girls did an amazing job and deed raising money for a country in need. There are not many people who can say that they raised $1,000 for something as important as a troubled country. These girls were kind enough to let us do this interview and share their success through the process. Congratulation to these girls and all that they have done.