Monday, February 19, 2018

3rd Grade Experiences Different Cultures (Happy Chinese New Year)

A Second New Year
A Chinese New Year

Educating a student is more than making them sit in a class, listen to a lecture, and recite information back. At North Valley Academy we strive to teach students about life, to expose them to the wonders and joys that the rest of the world has to offer. On Friday our third-grade class was welcomed with "Happy New Year" as Friday was Chinese New Year. To stay most students were shocked would be an understatement. The students continued a mast of questions wondering what is going on. A few students already knew about Chinese New Year and were excited to share their knowledge. To start the morning off students learned how to write numbers using Chinese symbols. This is a difficult task. They completed math problems using the traditional English numbers, and also completed problems using Chinese symbols. Students completed the lesson by writing all the Chinese symbols 0 to 10, then 100, 1000, and 10000. Learning to see the world can happen at any age and at North Valley Academy we hope to create those leaders that are ready to change the world for the better. Check out some fun pictures of our students with their Chinese symbols.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Creative Learning: No bones about it!

February 8, 2018 - Elementary

At North Valley Academy, we are all about creative learning and it’s happening now in our elementary classrooms! Check it out….

Did you know there are 206 bones in the human body? Our first-grade students do! They are learning all about bones - the different types of bones and what they protect in our bodies. Flat bones, long bones, short bones, and even irregular bones...

Bones! Bones! Bones!

In our upper elementary classrooms, students are learning about acids and bases through some creative hands-on projects.  Thank you Mrs. Rossman for these great pictures from the fifth grade science class! 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Who said learning was quiet!?

January 26, 2018 is an amazingly wonderful day of morning meeting at NVA when Mr. Klamm has to come down and tell everyone to quiet down because it is too loud!!  This year, the upper elementary grades (4th, 5th, and 6th) are meeting on Fridays for morning meeting as a group.  This month, our hero of the month is Benjamin Franklin.  To celebrate Benjamin Franklin’s inventive spirit, our students spent the morning collaborating in small groups.  Students were asked to use their critical thinking skills to model a machine invention with only their bodies - the rest of the students had to guess what that machine was.  All I can say is, WOW! - what fabulous, creative minds children have!  Students modeled a dishwasher, fireplace, airport metal detector, and even a UFO just to name a few.  In addition, to our inventions, students played a round of “Ships and Sailors,” a fun, LOUD, activity in quickly following directions. Please enjoy the pictures from these activities…

Also in January, Mrs. Perkins held the annual Hoop Shoot Competition.  Elementary winners at the school level included:  Celia Tellez, Abbigail Whittier, Sara Whittekiend, Hadley Hunt, Triston Dayley, and Tyrell Bolish.  Congratulations to those students!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Check out our Winter Projects!

It doesn’t seem possible - 2018 already!  Happy New Year from the elementary classes at NVA!  Before the Christmas break, NVA halls were coated in fabulous student work celebrating the beginning of Winter.  From beautiful winter art in Mrs. Perreira’s first grade, snowman creations by our second graders, student snow globes featuring fifth graders, to handmade magnets and snow globes for 6th grade parent gifts, all our elementary students enjoyed a festive and creative December. 

4th and 5th grade Language Arts is excited to begin studying poetry in January…6th grade gave us a hallway preview with their artwork depicting Robert Frost’s poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” from our American Heritage Curriculum.  Happy New Year from NVA Elementary


Monday, October 23, 2017

Experiencing life and using our senses

Popcorn Sensory Observations

North Valley Academy has an amazing all day Kindergarten program. Recently they did a lesson to explore and understand all five of their senses. Mrs. Rogers used popcorn as an everyday real world example in this lesson. The students explored the sense of hearing, listening for the different sounds as the popcorn was popped. Students looked at the popcorn in different ways observing the color, the size, and what it does as it pops. Students smelt the popcorn, tasted the popcorn, and felt the popcorn. At North Valley Academy we educate the students in all ways. We teach more than just Math and English. We help students to learn about life, love learning, and to have new experiences. 

Mrs. Rogers and class getting ready to pop the corn!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Wrapping up and Gearing Up!

This is the first of many North Valley Academy blog posts. As principal this year I am excited to help lead this group of amazing people to providing a strong rigorous education for students who choose to come here. North Valley Academy is ready for an exciting year. We have a few new staff that we are excited to welcome to our school this year.  We welcome Mr. Barnes who will be teaching math, Mrs. Winton who will be teaching Orchestra, Mrs. Stephenson who will be home room for the sixth grade and teaching 4 – 6 English, and Mrs. Rogers who will be teaching Kindergarten. We are excited to begin a brand new year with students on September 5th. Students might be starting this upcoming Tuesday, but teachers have been working long and hard this summer to gear up for a great school year. We have made great additions and updates to the building.

These teachers took some time to relax and enjoy good food and good company as we wrapped up our professional development training. The staff was able to get together with their families and we have a few photos to celebrate that time. We wrapped up our professional development with a health and nutrition training, before gearing up with our back to school night. We have new students and returning students. School supplies are filling the classrooms. A huge thank you to the staff at NVA for making our school not only look great, but be great. I appreciate all the families that were able to make it out to the back to school night. This staff is ready for students and we are excited to create lasting memories and life experiences here at North Valley Academy.