Hello. This blog has some updates about what we have been doing and also some links for other opportunities/resources for you to try out at home.

The students explored Chemistry and Cooking using TED ED.  60 Students submitted responses to this video and were entered into a drawing to be official taste testers for District 66 Nutrition Services. Here is a link to pics and info about the event.

http://ey.westside66.org/tag/whatsnew/

I have been spending time developing lessons around TED ED videos. Check out more learning videos from this awesome online resource http://ed.ted.com/.

Brownell Talbot hosted a math contest for students in grades 5 and 6 on Thursday, May 1.  Swanson and Prairie Lane teams competed against students from 10 area schools.  The students showed strong team work, persistence, and problems solving during the event!  5th grader, Graham, scored 3rd place on the individual test in the grade 5 division!  Congratulations!

Sample question: Find the total number of triangles of any size in this figure

Our 4th quarter theme is “CONNECTIONS” and we are studying the area of Social Studies. Have you child check out blog post from Mrs. Spady, titled Worldmapper, and leave a comment about a map you found interesting!

Map # 1 Meat Imports: http://www.worldmapper.org/display.php?selected=50

• How do they choose the shape of the countries?

Map # 2: Fruit Imports: http://www.worldmapper.org/display.php?selected=42

• To be so big, how much fruit does Europe import?

Map # 3: Vegetables Consumed: http://www.worldmapper.org/display.php?selected=124

• What is the most eaten food in china?

Map # 4 Poor Water: http://www.worldmapper.org/display.php?selected=186

• What is the disease that is mostly caught through water?

Map # 5: Cholera Cases: http://www.worldmapper.org/display.php?selected=231

• What is the usual age one gets cholera?

Map # 6: Yellow Fever: http://www.worldmapper.org/display.php?selected=236

• Where would you get a yellow fever vaccination?
• How much does it cost and how hard would it be to get to people in Northern Africa?

Map # 7: Absolute Poverty: http://www.worldmapper.org/display.php?selected=180

• What would you most likely buy when you live on two dollars a day?

SUMMER 2014

The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and parents have been asking me about summer programs opportunities.  Here are a few ideas for you.

Camp Shakespeare  Creighton University Dept. of Fine Arts as part of Shakespeare on the Green, workshops and hands on experience Location: UNO Fine Arts Building & Elmwood Park Ages: 8 to 18 Contact: Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, (402) 280-2391, neshakes@creighton.edu

Omaha Community Playhouse  Various classes in creative drama, arts exploration, voice, acting, dance, and yoga Grades: 1 through high school Contact: Omaha Community Playhouse at (402) 553-4890 ext. 139 www.omahaplayhouse.com

Mav Kids Summer  University of Nebraska at Omaha  Campers will participate in a variety of sport and game activities in a non-competitive environment, along with passive activities such as arts and crafts. All campers will also have the opportunity to swim every afternoon in the university’s very own 50 meter swimming pool. AND every camp week is accompanied by either a full-day or half-day of recreational or educational attractions both on and off campus!  Ages: 6-12 years.  Contact: www.unomaha.edu/~wwwocr

UNO College of Information Science & Technology  For middle and high school students.  Depending on the camp, some age restrictions may apply.  Our exciting camps include:   Cyber Adventures in Security, Digital Music Synthesis, Game Development for Mobile, IT innovation.  To find out more, call 402- 554- 2070 or visit techademy.unomaha.edu

Summer Program In Computer Science Peter Kiewit Institute, UNOmaha Grades: 10-12 Contact: Judy Kelsey, Judith_Kelsey/IST/UNO/UNEBR@unomail.unomaha.edu

The Talented and Gifted Academy of Omaha is now accepting applications for high ability students in grades 4-8th.  Exciting and challenging courses will be offered in robotics, technology, science, math, creativity, art, and performance arts.  Opportunities will include after school scheduling as well as week-long full and half day summer camps.  TAG Academy was created to fill a need for highly able students so they will have a venue for exploring their passion areas and excel outside of regular school curriculum.

AD ASTRA  Creighton University Experience college life while you attend classes taught by outstanding faculty and professionals. Attend classes in the morning and then later each day have fun attending the theater, staying overnight at the zoo, paddle-boating at the state park, and meeting new friends. Location: Creighton Campus Grades: 7th- 8th grades this fall Contact: Mavis Hill, 1-800-637-4279 or mhill@creighton.edu

http://ey.westside66.org/2014-summer-opportunities/

Enjoy the spring weather!

Jenny