FIELD TRIP TO DAM SEN WATER PARK – MSHS SUMMER PROGRAM 2020

Last Friday, July 24, 2020, MSHS students and teachers visited Dam Sen Water Park in District 11 as one of their field trips during Summer School. After packing up their lunches and getting on buses by grade level, they drove up to the water park. In the park, students and teachers enjoyed many attractions together. Some students opted for lighter water park challenges, such as the wavy pool and lazy river. For the braver ones, there were many exciting slides and rides to try. The trip was a success, with great weather, lots of laughs and excitement. After eating their pre-packed lunches in a restaurant nearby, students and teachers got back on the school buses and rode to the school with great new memories and smiles all around.

GRADE 7/8 MATH CLASS WITH MR. JERGUS – MSHS SUMMER PROGRAM 2020

Today, MSHS students were further exploring sound and sound waves. Their goal was to try some simulations to see how sound waves move around in air. Upon wrapping up, we identified which sound waves are nice (so they could make music) and which are not nice (they could make noises). In the last part, we were preparing NON-NEWTONIAN liquid, which we will use in an experiment during the next lesson.

GRADE 9 LITERACY WITH MR. AARON – MSHS SUMMER PROGRAM 2020

Today, we started the class with positive affirmation statements to partners. We learned to speak positively about our lives and to others. Then we reviewed the novel “Flatland” and read more of the novel. We looked at ways to explain different dimensions to someone stuck in a different reality.

GRADE 7/8 STUDY SKILLS ACTIVITIES WITH MR. ANDREW – MSHS SUMMER PROGRAM 2020

Yesterday morning, July 22, 2020, MSHS students participated in different activities during their Study Skills time at Mr. Andrew’s class. The first activity is called “The Hula Hoop Pass”. Students have to make a circle by holding hands (or remaining touching) and move the hula hoop around the circle in a time limit of one minute. While students found it challenging at first, they used their teamwork, communication and collaboration skills to be able to reach the one minute goal! Well done, everyone!

The other activity was a variation of “Island Volleyball”. The students have to pass the ball around the room, while keeping at least a foot in a hula hoop at all times. As we were in a classroom the students were flexible in their approach to the activity as we weren’t able to complete the activity in the way it was intended. However, we adapted it and completed it in our own way. Thanks everyone!

ENGINEERING DESIGN SKILLS – ES & ECC SUMMER PROGRAM 2020

This week the students continued working on their Engineering Design Skills. They were tasked with creating a 4wheel vehicle that can be propelled with the use of a wind fan. Materials at their disposal were clay, craft sticks, construction paper, jute, binding wire, kebab sticks, hot glue and tape. They spent the week tweaking and trying to perfect their designs for today’s big launch. Even though only two out of the 8 vehicles were able to “drive” with the force of a fan, the majority were all able drive with the push of their engineers. 

At the end of the exercise, each team reflected on the reasons why their designs failed or succeeded. Some reasons included: the wheels were too heavy, the car was too light, the wheels were too rough and the car was too heavy. It is very important for students to participate in reflection exercises. Like all designers, engineers, and creators, your product often needs tweaking for perfection. Additionally, the students were able to work on their critical thinking, problem solving, communication and creativity skills. 

STEM READ: BUILD A PAPER ROLLER COASTER – ES & ECC SUMMER PROGRAM 2020

TAS ES Summer Program is a wild ride! After watching “Phineas and Ferb” build a roller coaster using the Engineering Design Process, we decided to build our own roller coasters – out of paper! We followed the Engineering Design Process to design, build, and test whether or not a clay ball would be able to complete a full round on our paper roller coasters. We had a blast working with our friends to make a fulfilling project that we can remember even after the summer ends. Check out these pictures of our paper roller coasters, taken by our awesome Marketing team!

MULTI-PURPOSE ACTIVITIES WITH SPECIAL FOCUS ON TRANSITIONS – ES & ECC SUMMER PROGRAM 2020

Good afternoon from the ECC/ES Summer Program! This morning, the ECC Team spent some time with Mr. Conger exploring a range of different activities. First, they read a book about friendship that encouraged empathy towards their friends. Second, everyone grabbed a telescope and went for a “sight walk” to see what interesting things they could find in their environment. They spotted a man that was sooooo high up a pole AND they found an excavator working on digging holes near their campus! So cool! Third, they went upstairs to explore the Pre-K classroom and its different toys. Last, everyone gathered up on the carpet to sing “The Rainbow Colors Song”.

This may seem like a lot of activities to do in just 45 minutes but there is a purpose behind the quick shifts. Students this age have very short attention spans and it is recommended that they be exposed to new stimuli at least every 10-15 minutes. Also, one of the most important things for an Early Years student to practice is transitioning. Transitioning is the process of moving from one activity/focus to the next activity/focus. It is a period of the day where a student can become easily distracted. Students require opportunities to practice these skills and giving them multiple activities expands these chances to improve their transition skills.

FIELD TRIP TO TAM NONG FARM – MSHS SUMMER PROGRAM 2020

On Friday, July 17th,2020, the MSHS Summer Program students and teachers took a trip to the Tam Nong Farm. Here, they participated in a variety of activities that involved working together and team building. These activities also provided the students with a day of physical activity as they were required to use balance and strength in the water activities. All of the students had a great time getting out of the classroom and into nature to enjoy a bit of their summer.

DRAMA ACTIVITY: “PAINT ME A PICTURE” WITH MS. MIA – ES & ECC SUMMER PROGRAM 2020

Today in Ms. Mia’s Drama class, the Red Team played a game called “Paint Me a Picture”. This game actively challenges their creativity and encourages them to work as a team. The students were challenged to use their bodies in the place of props to tell a story in front of the rest of the Red Team. They were also asked to use their imaginations to create different settings, i.e. – Library, Hospital, Basketball game, Computer Labs, etc. All of this is included under the umbrella of improvisation! Improv is a great way for the students to expand their use of their imagination. Maybe you and your student could try a little bit of it yourselves in your home! Give it a try!

MUAY THAI CLASS WITH MR. CONGER – ES & ECC SUMMER PROGRAM 2020

During the first week of the ECC/ES Summer Program, teachers conducted feedback sessions with the students. These sessions gave the students an opportunity to make suggestions for what to input in the Week 2 Schedule. The most common suggestion was an increase in P.E. classes. Following their request, we instituted an extra 30 minutes each day of free time for the students to use as they wish in the ES Indoor Gym. We also started holding Muay Thai classes three days a week.

Muay Thai is a martial art that was created in Thailand and is practiced all over the world. Each session consisted of stretching and preparing our bodies for class, learning a few new moves from the teacher, and then practicing those moves with our friends. Check out these pictures from class! Most of the students were tentative at first to try this new martial art, but by the end of the week, they were all having a great time practicing together. Learning a martial art has so many benefits to a young student: discipline, self-confidence, increased heart and body health, stress reliever, etc.

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