First and second grade SWS students visited our AHS culinary department on Monday. Groups of students rotated through different stations, learning about apples in various ways.
The culinary students made apple crisp for our children to sample. We also tasted apples with caramel dip and fruit dip. We listened to storyies about how apples grow and about Johnny Apleseed. We made fried apple pies and graphed favorite kinds of apples. It was a day filled with apple fun!
Later in the week, Mrs. Hulgan's and Spicer's classes invited Mrs. Howell's class to join them for making apple butter. Apples were cut and put into the crock pot. Sugar, cinnamon and cloves were added, and it cooked overnight. The next morning we all sampled it. Apple butter got a big thumb's up!
Students in Mrs. Kelsey Luce's second grade class had a wonderful idea a couple of weeks ago. They wanted to show their support for our local Police Department in some way during the September 11th, fifteen year remembrance.
After talking with a contact at the Douglas Police Department, they decided to raise money for Individual First Aid Kits for police officers. These IFAKs have the potential to save the lives of police officers in emergency situations.
After initiating a vote among the entire SWS student population, students decided on two ways to raise funds. They could bring $1 to wear a hat to school, and they could bring $1 for a turn at a "Pie in the Face" Game. Students could bring as many dollars as they wanted for this game, and each dollar would give the student a turn to play. Students were so excited at the possibility of getting to pie their teachers in the face!
Our faculty at ASP/AES and SWS got in on the fun as well! Teachers could pay ten dollars to wear jeans during the week!
So on Friday students could hardly contain their excitement until 1:30 arrived and they could pie their favorite teacher! Enjoy a few slides below of the event!
By the end of the day, Mrs. Luce figured up the funds and declared we had surpassed our goal of $500! We raised $661! This total will pay for six complete IFAKs and one partial one. Mrs. Luce arranged for two police officers, Officer Matthew Burns and Chief Speight, from the Douglas Police Department to come to the school on Monday, September 12, so we could present them with a check. Our entire SWS population gathered to show our support and appreciation for police and what they do for us!
We had our first SWS Open House Thursday evening. Students brought their families back to school to show off all the wonderful things they have learned and created so far. Two fantastic parent photographers, Mandy Owens and Dena Dendy donated their time to take family portraits. There was a popcorn bar for students to take a bag of popcorn and add their favorite yummy toppings. And all through the school there were excited voices as children, parents, siblings, grandparents, and teachers celebrated the learning of our first few weeks of school. Below are just a few of the many pictures taken!
Then on Friday we had our House reveal. All of SWS made their way to the gym where banners for all four houses were displayed along with balloons. Students joined in music and dance and then celebrated as they learned which houses their teachers were in as well as all other students. Everyone received a bracelet the same color as their house and we ended the scream fest with a giant long conga line! What a way to end a super week!
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