Sunday, April 14, 2019
Some great things are happening in the Home Repair & Remodeling classes at Taylor Career and Technical Center (CTE).
The first year Home Repair and Remodeling students learned to solder copper pipes and work with PEX lines and fittings. This newfound knowledge is helping them complete the plumbing segment on their team mini-modules.
The first year Home Repair and Remodeling students have also learned to build subfloors, frame walls and window frames, install electrical switches and outlets, plumbing, drywall, build and install cabinets, countertops and flooring as well as build and install roofing and vinyl siding on their team mini-modules.
The HRR kids are now properly trained and certified in ladder and fall risk protection. The second year Home Repair and Remodeling students are responsible for special building projects such as the new pavilion on the CTE campus. The HRR attend fun field trips and career fair events.
The Randall Elementary School fourth grade afterschool Science Enrichment program is from March 5 - April 30.
The first lab, students conducted a science unit on OOBLECK. OOBLECK is a mysterious substance that, at times, acts like a liquid, while at other times acts like a solid.
Students discovered the properties of OOBLECK while making literary connections. Students held a scientific convention to discuss and analyze their findings, where they refined communication skills.
Lastly, they became engineers and designed a spacecraft that can land successfully on an ocean of OOBLECK and then take off again without getting stuck.
The second lab the students will become "CSI" investigators. Student detectives will conduct many hands-on forensic science tests on evidence found at a fictional "crime scene." Any one of these tests is interesting and powerful in itself together they add up to a powerful and motivating experience that the children will remember for years.
Thank you to teachers Dana Hale and Stacy Burns for running the Science Enrichment program.
Randall Elementary School’s fourth graders not only read with their Reading Buddies, they help them on the computers.
Randall Players is an after school drama group for third-fifth grade students at Clarence Randall Elementary School.
This unique program offers after school tutoring in the areas of reading, listening and speaking. Each year students begin in October with classroom lessons that are designed around team-building games, and reading and writing strategies.
Teachers communicate drama points such as stage directions, reading lines with expression and what strategies make good readers and writers. Students participate using vocal and performing arts skills.
Grade Level Content Expectations/Common Core elements are covered in the areas of language arts, speaking, and listening as Randall Players start rehearsal in December and culminates in three evening performances in February.
Some of the 25 years of performances: “Twas the Week After Christmas”; “Space Pirates”; “Movin' Thru Michigan”; “A Hero Lies in You”; “Trapped on the Food Plates”; “Fairly Fractured Fairytales”; “We Are Monsters”; and “Musicville.”
This year’s play was "Press Start.” Since 2015 the program has purchased scripts from Beat by Beat Press. Prior to that the students wrote their own plays.
Randall won the Michigan School of Educational Excellence Award in 2003 for the Randall Players program.
In Social Studies, the Hoover Middle School eighth graders chose people from the past that were considered both heroes and villains because of their historical background.
There will be a senior slide show for Taylor High School prom and graduation. If you are a former Kennedy student and have pictures you would like included, please sent them through messenger to Dylan Maynard, the Student Council historian. Kennedy did not have one in the past so he has some catching up to do.