Welcome to a New Year!

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Desert Vista Elementary, home of the Mustangs!

Desert Vista Elementary, home of the Mustangs!

A new year is about to begin and excitement is in the air!  The teachers have been working hard all summer to make the new school year a special one for you!  Our theme this year is all about super heroes!  

Did you know that anyone can be a hero?  You don’t have to have a cape and have special powers to be a super hero.  If you help pick up something that a person dropped, you are a hero to them!  Watch Kid President

This year will be filled with moments that will allow you to be a super hero in someone’s life!  

What are some things you can do to be a hero to someone special in your life?


American History Film Project…Begins!

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All year two very dedicated students have been working on the American History Film Project to bring local history to their community.  These girls published newspaper articles and then wrote a script to be filmed later in the year.  Well, later in the year has arrived!  We are excited and so thankful to be able to work with Superstition Mountain Museum and film students led by Russ Young at our high school, AJHS.  The museum allowed us to film on location using the artifacts and buildings.  This helped bring our movies authenticity!  The film students under the teaching of Russ Young will create a quality product.  Thanks to both of these groups for volunteering your time.


Filming Our Local History – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires 

We are eagerly awaiting the final cut.  Stay tuned for more.

Have you ever been part of a play?  

What was your favorite part of it?


Magical Moments with Magic Tree House

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Which main character is he playing? If you guessed Jack, you are right!

Which main character is he playing? If you guessed Jack, you are right!

Our class recently finished a study of several Magic Tree House books.  To show the main idea and characters in the book, we created rolling displays.  Let’s see if you can guess what Magic Tree House book each of the displays show.

What Magic Tree House book does this display show?

Which book is this?

Which book is this?

Click on this link to see if you are right….ANSWER

Here are a couple other books we did…Ghost Town at Sundown

and Tonight on the Titanic

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Have you read any of the Magic Tree House books?  

Which one is your favorite?  Tell us why.


Lovin’ the Legos!

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Science, technology, food, oh my!  Who knew there were so many different things you could do with Legos.  Our class had a great day learning with Legos recently.  We created simple machines, made stop motion videos, built with them on the computer, designed a bridge to hold the most rocks, and even ate some Legos!  Yeah, you read right-we ate Legos!

Have you ever used Build with Chrome?  This is a great interactive site that lets you build with Lego bricks.  Try it out.

What’s your favorite thing to do with Legos?

 


Family Follies-Happy About Habitats

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Each month our families get together to give us a chance to show off what we have been learning in class.  This month we all got together to learn about habitats around the world in a little different way.  First, we decorated our room with the weather of the habitat.

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Then we created dioramas showing what our habitat looked like.  We made our habitat interactive, though.  Instead of just writing information down and having parents read it, we typed up an informational paragraph about the animals and plants in our habitat.  Then we turned the paragraph into a QR code!  The parents who came used the QR Code Reader on their phones and our iPads to find out the facts.  It was kind of like a mystery.

The best part of the whole day was when we played Kahoot with our parents.  All of the questions were from the information we had on our dioramas.  Some of the students played with their parents and some played against their parents.  Conor won.  He had the most points of all.

It was a fun time learning and sharing with our families!  We can’t wait for our next Family Follies!


Harvest Time at Desert Vista!

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Our class is working hard on our garden, Nature’s Rainbow, the Hummingbird Garden, and our Sunflower Garden. We harvested kohlrabi, cilantro, tomatoes, and green onions.  Each of us got to try the tomatoes.  They were a lot better than the ones at the store.  We also tried the kohlrabi.  It tasted kind of like broccoli.  Our Tower Garden arrived and we were able to put even more vegetables and herbs in it.

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We are working with the Master Gardening Club in Gold Canyon.  Each Monday Myrna comes and helps us garden and teaches us more about gardening.  Did you know that tomatoes should be replanted up to the stem?  

What bits of information can you give us to help us make our garden a success?


Project Pencils is a Winner!

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Helping others is a good thing…especially when you can win an award while doing it!  Our class finished the project and had great results.  Through selling pencils and “pencil pals”  we were able to raise $650 to help children in Nairobi, Kenya and children in our local community.  The families in our class, staff at our school, and  community members donated pencils and Beanie Babies for us to sell.  Each morning we sold to the students at Desert Vista as they were coming into the school.

Mrs. Fraher entered us into a community service contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution.  We heard that it won first place in the local contest, then we heard it won first place in the state contest, and finally, we heard it won first place in the national contest!  Were we super excited!  On April 30, the two students who helped out the most will be able to accept the award at the state meeting for the Daughters of the American Revolution.  We will keep you updated on getting the award.

We felt great helping others.

What are some things that you have done to help other people?

 


Jacob Waltz: The Lost Dutchman

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There are many tales about the Superstition Mountains.  These mountains are the setting of legends based on some facts and some exaggeration. Some of these stories make people chuckle and others tell of mysteries not yet solved.  Hi, my name is Campbell, and I will tell you about one of the most famous tales-Jacob Waltz and the Legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine.  

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First, let me tell you some facts about the Superstition Mountains and Jacob Waltz.  The Superstition Mountains are 1,708 square miles.  People mine in the Superstition Mountains because they think there is a lot of gold.  It is believed that Jacob Waltz is one of those people.  Jacob Waltz was born in Germany around 1810.  He  came to America from Germany around 1839 and to the area that is now Apache Junction around 1872.  There is very little factual information about when he was young. Today, we know facts about Jacob Waltz because of papers found with his name on it.  Waltz was great at spreading false information and this caused some of the legends. The reason why he spread information is because he didn’t want anybody finding his gold mine.  

A picture of the Superstition Mountain from our school.  They usually don't have snow on them!

A picture of the Superstition Mountain from our school. They usually don’t have snow on them!

According to Jim Swanson, a local historian, “Many people tried to follow the old prospector to his mine in the Superstitions, which is known as the Lost Dutchman Mine, but Jacob managed to escape them all,” said Mr. Swanson.  People today don’t know the exact locations of where Jacob Waltz found his gold (due to his stories),  but there are a lot of theories and stories going around.  

What stories could you make up if you had a treasure of gold to hide?


Veterans Are Special!

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Each year our school honors the courage and bravery of the veterans in our community.  Community members who are veterans, as well as school family members, are invited to attend a ceremony the day before Veteran’s Day.  We have the Apache Junction NJROTC Drill Team perform, a special speaker to talk to students, and a skit.  Many of our students have family members who were in one of the five branches of the military so making sure we make it a special day is important.

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Do you have a family member or friend who is or was in one of the branches of military?  

Go ARMY!

Go ARMY!

Tell us something about what they did.


M-I-C…K-E-Y Mouse!

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Hello, my name is Addy.  Today, November 18, is Mickey Mouse’s birthday!  Our class is celebrating this special day.

Minnie Power!

Minnie Power!

Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse in 1928.  Walt Disney first created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, but Universal Studios took Oswald away from Disney.  So, Walt Disney created Mickey. Both of the characters have similar faces and bodies, but the ears are different because one is a rabbit and one is a mouse.  Mickey was first in “Steamboat Willie” and got really famous because Disney was able to attach sound to the movements in the cartoon. That hadn’t been done before.  Since then Mickey Mouse has become a famous character.

Hi, I am Bailey.  To celebrate we wore Mickey Mouse shirts and hats.  I wore my Minnie hat and Minnie jacket.  Let’s talk about the changes Mickey has had.  When he was first created he had solid black eyes.  Now his eyes have pupils.  At first his feet were smaller than they are now.  His shorts changed colors and the buttons have changed shape.  His nose has changed, too.  It was longer when he was first made and now its shorter.  So, you can see that Mickey has changed as he gets older just like we do!  

That is a very fancy set of Minnie Mouse ears!

That is a very fancy set of Minnie Mouse ears!

 Do you have any special memories about Mickey Mouse?  What about Disneyland?