Fairytale Festival

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We had a great time performing for our family and friends at the Fairy Tale Festival and Carriage Expo.  This was a great way to learn about stories, poetry, and dramas, as well as incorporate descriptive writing.  Take a look.

If you had a carriage to take you anywhere you wanted,

where would it be?


Fairy Tales, Fairy Tales, Read Them Everyday!

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We all know and love fairy tales.  Take some time to complete our survey to let us know what your favorites are.

Albert Einstein once said that to be intelligent you should read fairy tales, and if you want to be more intelligent you need to read more fairy tales!

 Why do you think he said this?


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?

 


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.

Take a look…

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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.

Take a look!

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.