Message From The Principal
January 18, 2018
Great things are happening at Franklin Avenue School. Students are emerged in learning about exciting concepts in all of the disciplines.
Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving are happening in all classrooms and, of course, in the Makerspace. Students in all grades are using these skills to solve multi-step math problems as well as write expository prose as they consider how to persuade their audience. In the Makerspace, students are programming robots, using circuits to make things move, and creating their own movies. Several teachers are running before and after school programs in and out of the Makerspace to allow children to unleash their creativity and critical thinking. Some of the clubs are: Green Screen, Make it Club, Makerspace, Crafty Science, Coding Club, and Robotics.
Teachers in Franklin Avenue School have a 90 minute literacy block as part of the time to teach reading, writing, and Fundations. They also teach reading and writing as an extension of science and social studies. As one of their resources this year, teachers are using The Teachers College Writing and Reading Workshop. “The mission of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is to help young people become avid and skilled readers, writers, and inquirers.”
In science, students continue to apply twenty-first century skills, communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creative problem solving. Our kindergarten, first, and second graders are entrenched in our new science program—STEMscopes. In kindergarten, students are investigating properties of physics. The children are exploring how mass affects speed, and they are designing a way to change the direction of an object. In doing so, they are changing the force and analyzing data relative to the design. In first grade, students are exploring why it gets darker earlier in the winter. They are making observations, researching, collecting data, and making comparisons as they explore seasonal patterns. In second grade, children are investigating how land forms evolve from volcanic eruptions. They use such skills as observing, asking questions, collecting and analyzing data, and drawing and communicating conclusions. STEMscopes encourages our students to engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate, intervene, and accelerate.
We are very excited about our P.T.A. gift of a traverse wall in our gymnasium. Mr. Donnelly and Mr. Driscoll will incorporate the traverse wall as part of their unit on climbing. It is a highlight of a Franklin Avenue Star’s experience to climb to the top of the rope and put his name on the ceiling of the gym.
Please encourage your child to dress warmly for these cold days. If days are sunny and dry, students will go outdoors for recess.