REMOTE INSTRUCTION – All grades and cohorts
Nov 23rd - Jan 15th, 2021 - REMOTE INSTRUCTION – All grades and cohorts
Nov 25th - Nov 27th, 2020 - SCHOOLS CLOSED – Holiday Recess
Nov 30th - Nov 30th, 2020 - Board of Education meeting
6:30 p.m. - Mount Olive Middle School (tentative location)
There was no Election Day drama for these Mountain View fifth-graders. After they cast their ballots in the New Jersey Student Mock Election, they were examining the results the very next day.
The opportunity to learn about the Electoral College and voting rights coincides with a presidential election only every four years, so fifth grade teachers didn’t waste the chance.
“They’re hearing about the election at home and seeing the yard signs, so there was a lot of interest,” said Katie Goss, who co-teaches a class with Rebecca Day. “We completely stayed out of the politics. Our goal was for them to understand how elections work and see how the system gives everyone a voice.”
Fifth-graders learned about the qualifications necessary to vote, the uniqueness of the Electoral College, and the women’s suffrage movement in the U.S. The suffrage movement is a particularly topical issue this year – the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote celebrated its centennial anniversary in August.
In some classes, including Day and Goss’ hybrid class, students examined the pros and cons or lowering the voting age. The fifth-graders discussed the issue in Google breakout rooms with their peers and as a class as a whole. They also read personal opinion essays for lowering or keeping the voting age, then wrote their own essays that included evidence to support their opinions. Each day during the week-long unit, students responded to personalized questions that asked them to clarify certain ideas and positions. This helped the teachers to tailor instruction to the unique needs of students.
Nearly 61,000 students in grades 4 – 12 participated in the mock election, which was conducted online. Results were tabulated automatically and mapped by congressional district and grade.
The election is sponsored by the New Jersey Social Studies Supervisors Association, the New Jersey Council for the Social Studies, and the New Jersey Center for Civic Education.
|Emma Lindstedt gets a low, up close view of her experiment|
The ghosts rose up in Melissa Ezro and Anessa Goldkind’s classroom and in homes throughout the neighborhood – not from magic but from Halloween science. The ethereal experiment came courtesy of baking powder and vinegar.
After drawing faces on balloons which the teachers had filled with baking soda, each fourth-grader attached one to the mouth of a bottle filled with vinegar. After a few swishes, the carbon dioxide created from the chemical reactions inflated the ghostly boo-loons.
The simple project was planned more than a week in advance so that students both in school and learning remotely could complete the experiment together as a class. Ezro and Goldkind sent filled balloons home with students from the cohort learning in-person the prior week, along with instructions for parents to obtain white vinegar and an individual-sized plastic water bottle. The parents of Cohort C students who are learning remotely 100% of the time also had balloons and baking soda on their lists.
The lesson wasn’t just clever holiday fun. Conducting a scientific investigation is one of the fourth grade learning standards.
|Tara McKenna shows off the balloon that she inflated using a simple chemical reaction|
Holiday week meal pick-up
Parents of students learning remotely are asked to preorder meals for Thanksgiving week by 5 p.m. November 18. Parents may pickup meals for the entire week on Monday, November 23 at Mount Olive Middle School from 7:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Order form
The following week the pick-up schedule will return to Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
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498 Sandshore Rd
Budd Lake, NJ 07828
Mountain View Elementary School
118 Cloverhill Drive
Flanders, NJ 07836
Chester M. Stephens Elementary School
99 Sunset Drive
Budd Lake, NJ 07828
Mt. Olive Middle School
160 Wolfe Road
Budd Lake, NJ 07828