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Annual Talent Show highlights students' skills and interests
Once again Erin students showed how talented they truly are. Twenty-nine students participated this year, ranging from 1st through 8th grades. We had our first comedy magic act and first stand-up comedy act, a choreographed gymnastics routine, two cousins performed solo dance routines, and there were many musicians playing piano, drums, and guitar while singing songs that ranged from the Beatles to TobyMac to Taylor Swift to an original song written by a student. Event coordinator Rachel DeRosa said, "It was great to see so many previous talent show performers continuing to work on sharpening their skills. All the students' courage to perform was inspiring." Congratulations to all of our talented students.
Big Top Circus comes to Erin School
Erin School hosted its 2013 Grandparents' Day program on Friday, May 3, for the kindergarten through second grade students with an exciting circus program. The day began with a short Charlie Chaplin circus video, followed by magician “The Great Scott.” After a popcorn and caramel corn treat, the grandparents came back to the gym for an amazing circus performance by the children.
The circus featured spectacular performances such as a high wire act, a tumbling act, scarf dance, flying penguin act, trampoline act, and many more exciting skills. This circus was designed and run by the tag team effort of the music teacher, Mr. Meisel, and the physical education teacher, Mr. Mueller. Working together, the students learned about working as a team, setting and meeting goals, and reinforcing musical and physical education concepts learned in the classroom. The event was a complete success as the students and grandparents all enjoyed spending the morning together.
Annual Science Fair showcases student projects
Recently the Erin sixth and seventh grade science students participated in the annual science fair. Medal winners included (front row) Ginny N., Lauren H., Emma W., Marley K., (back row) Kristopher B., Olivia G., Julia V., and Sydney N. Kristopher's experiment, which won Best of Show focused on "Is Global Warming Real?" while Sydney's, which also won Best of Show, asked "Can Liquids Be Layered?" Best of Seventh Grade winners were Olivia G. and Julia V. with "Which Develops Faster: A Chicken or a Duck?" and the Best of Sixth Grade was a tie with Emma W. and Marley K. learning "Which Laundry Detergent Will Dissolve the Most Oil?" and Ginny N. and Lauren H. with "Do Dogs Have a Favorite Color?" Congratulations to our young scientists!
The love of grammar can be contagious
Can you diagram a sentence? Do you know when to use 'fewer' and when to use 'less?' Do you know your indefinite pronouns? The eighth grade class recently had the opportunity to participate in the first annual Grammar Bowl and show that they know the difference between its and it's. Nine of them dared to compete against their classmates to vie for the title of Grammar Bowl Champion. In class the students have been focusing on grammar skills, and for months an interested group of students has spent time outside of class mastering the many complicated rules. It took three rounds of questions to decide the championship between Jordyn S. and Tiana D., in which Jordyn identified the complete verb in the sentence to win. Next year the contestants plan to return to judge the competition. Congratulations to all of our skilled grammarians!
Roaming Writers taking over the classrooms
What happens if you write well at Erin School? You may have the chance to join up with the Roaming Writers and visit various classrooms to share your stories. The first group of Roaming Writers entertained groups of students in third, fourth and fifth grades. Two writers and their selections were chosen from each of those grade levels. Their pictures were posted on the bulletin board by the gym, and then they had a special time to share their writing with a rapt audience. Hearing other stories helps the students to develop as better writers themselves, and it's always fun to hear a well-written story. Congratulations to the first six writers chosen, but in April there will be more!
A Night in the 1960s
The eighth grade class brought a fun and culture-filled evening to Erin School on March 22. Each student chose a character from the 1960s and dressed up like that person. So Elvis, Richard Nixon, Muhammad Ali, Twiggy, Wilma Flintstone, Captain Kirk, JFK, Arnold Palmer, Paul McCartney, Walt Disney, Peggy Fleming and Vince Lombardi were all in attendance, as well as many other notable personalities from the 60s. Food from around the world, cooked by the students and their families was served in the Cafe. In all of the classes, the students focused on some aspect of this project. In science, they worked on displays that showed the influential inventions of the 1960s--such as the computer, air bags, the lunar module and Kevlar. They replicated famous works of art from the same time period. In the music room you could view Raga Improvising Groups. Meanwhile, in the gym there were Spanish songs and skits, and the students all danced for the audience, too. It was an exciting night to travel back in time to the '60s.