Third graders in Mrs. Meyers class tested their catapults for distance and accuracy. Students had to measure how far the catapult could launch. Then, they had to try and hit different targets. Our future engineers had a fun time!
Mountain Vista "socked it to drugs." Students and faculty wore their crazy socks to support day two of Red Ribbon Week.
Students at Mountain Vista wore their red shirts and mustaches to kick off Red Ribbon Week.
Kindergartners met Farmer Len Block, a volunteer, from the Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center located in Santa Paula. Farmer Len shared the cycle of seed to pumpkin. The students heard a story. The most exciting part is that each student left the assembly with their own pumpkin.
Scary or silly, students came to school dressed up. Parents cheered on students as they paraded around the quad by grade level.
Families had an opportunity to learn from their children about ancestors. Students shared timelines and chants about ancestors. The highlight in many classroom was the researcher center where items from the past were displayed. Some artifacts included typewriters, early versions of the cell phone, and records (you know those big CDs). Students wrote an interactive piece on their knowledge of ancestors. I would say, "This unit was a blast from the past!"
Mountain Vista second grade visited the Fillmore Historical Museum to round out their Ancestor unit for History/Social Studies. The knowledgeable and welcoming staff at the museum made for a great day.
Our kindergarten families came to the first gallery walk of the year on Friday, October 12th. Students shared what they learned about the past and present. Families had an opportunity to hear thematic chants and listen to their child retell a story they read. The most fun was playing games from the past.
An environmental superhero, Eco Hero, took some time out of his busy schedule saving the environment to visit our school. Our students had a great time learning about what they can do at a local level to reduce their use of plastics which have negative effects on the environment. The assemblies were sponsored by the Ventura County's Community for a Clean Watershed.
Exploring the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) concept of forces and interactions, Mrs. Myers’ class conducts an experiment. Students had to hypothesize how far the marble would roll when a student blew on it through a straw. After making their hypothesis, the student tested and collected data. Of course, they had a blast dressing the part. Third grade is on a roll!
The third grade team at Mountain Vista Elementary School hosted their first “Gallery Walk” of the year for their Citizenship and Government Unit. Gallery walks are an opportunity for students to share what they have learned with their families. The students have a checklist of different strategies to discuss and share.
Third graders at Mountain Vista Elementary School are learning about how our government works. Mayor Minjares visited Mrs. Ramos’s and Mrs. Davis’s classes on Thursday, September 20. The mayor explained what the city council does and his role as mayor. The students asked questions like, “How much do you get paid?” The answer is $300 per month if you are wondering. Mrs. Davis’s class wanted the mayor to autograph their notebooks. The mayor happily signed each child’s notebook and encouraged them to register to vote when they are old enough.
Sixty new iPads were delivered to Mountain Vista Elementary School as part of the districts initiative to get more technology into the hands of students. Each class in grades kindergarten through 2nd attended their first training. Students learned all of the external features of the device, how to take a selfie and send it to their teacher and how to open and close an app. This is the first step in supporting students to use and be responsible users of technology. We want to thank the district technology and curriculum and instruction departments for teaming up to support our students.