Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.At Norwood, our first through sixth grade students learn computer science fundamentals by participating in the Hour of Code classes with a Computer Science specialist from our school district.
Through the Evergreen Elementary School District, art teacher Jennie DeJesus teaches weekly hands on art lessons to our 4th through 6th graders.
Evergreen District School Band (5th and 6th Grades)
This Instrumental Band Program is an optional part of the curriculum of the Evergreen School District. The program is offered to all 5th and 6th grade students interested in learning to play a band instrument. Band class meets for 45 minutes once a week during the school day and is a “Performing Arts” class. Performances are important and all students are expected to perform in the district's spring concert at Quimby Oak Middle School. There is no cost for this program. However, all students are expected to purchase “Standards of Excellence, Book 1” by Bruce Pearson (the red book) and a cleaning/care kit for their instrument of choice. Students may also need to rent or buy their instrument. Instruction will be offered on flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, and trombone. Registration and classes begin in September. For more information, contact: Yessica Rodriguez, Evergreen School District Music Teacher, firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-270-6827.
Norwood Creek Makerspace is filled nearly every afternoon with classes experimenting, engineering structures to fit design requirements, rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty, and using everyday materials in innovative ways.
Students in grades 1-6 are provided with a set of supplies, presented a challenge, placed in groups, provided an open ended, design thinking, set of problems they have to figure. These challenges encourage students to think critically, solve difficult problem solve with their teammates, collaborate, all in an effort find creative solutions. We began MakerSpace rotations at the beginning of January and intend to have each class have a minimum of 3 lessons before the end of the school year.
The Beaver Bulletin
Upper grade students collaborate and get involved with their school by writing for "The Beaver Bulletin, Norwood Creek’s first student-run school-wide newspaper.
Students cover local stories, interview classmates, help each other to revise and edit articles, and publish their work to the web for all to see. Read the Beaver Bulletin.
Fourth grade students transfer their written online newspapers article to broadcast format and work together to produce their stories and publish to YouTube. Fifth and sixth grade students create high-quality movies, journals, and other media tied into social studies to bring the past to life.
Each year all the 5th grade students attend Walden West Science Camp, located on 32 acres in the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains near Saratoga, California. During the one week long program, students and teachers live and learn outdoors with guidance from experienced field instructors. Walden West promotes hands-on science learning that emphasizes life sciences and sustainable living practices. Lessons in the natural sciences come to life, helping students better understand and appreciate their world.
During their stay, students will have full access to the wooded trails in Sanborn County Park, which provides an additional 6,000 acres of study area. They will enjoy learning about the forest, meadow, and stream communities through the use of games and other activities. Qualified naturalists will use their expertise to help children see the interrelationships between plants and animals as well as the effect we have on the environment.
The Walden West site provides everything needed to assure your child's comfort. The facility includes a dining hall, shower room, infirmary, as well as cabins that are carpeted, heated, and furnished with wooden bunks and mattresses. The students will be eating nutritional and tasty food. Students serve themselves during family style meals and are encouraged to eat as much as they would like. The cooks are experienced in preparing and serving balanced meals and help make sure your child's needs are met.
This experience is social as well as academic. Students also develop their social and leadership skills at Walden West living 24 hours a day with other students requires your child to cooperate and work together with others toward common goals. Friendships that are made during this week will last a lifetime.
For more information, please visit the Walden West website.
What is the Project Cornerstone ABC Program?
The ABC Program is a literature-based program addressing important issues like respect, tolerance, honesty, peaceful conflict resolution, taking a stand against bullying behaviors, and refusing to participate in gossip. Volunteers read specially selected books then lead discussions and activities that help teach valuable lessons related to these issues.
The program's goal is to help school communities achieve the following:
- Create a common language and vocabulary about student respect and behavior expectations among all members of the school community — students, parents and caregivers, teachers and staff.
- Help students develop skills to handle physical, verbal, relational and digital bullying and to STAND UP if they see someone else being bullied.
- Increase the number of caring adults on campus so that all students feel that there is at least one adult they can turn to if they have a problem.
- Contribute to a positive school climate where every student feels valued and supported to achieve and thrive.
ABC Program Books
During the school year, 8 books are read, once monthly (skipping December and June.) The ABC program is a cumulative program spanning 3 years, so books are repeated every three years.
Get Involved – Become a Volunteer Reader!
Become a volunteer and empower a life. For more information, contact the school front office. More information can be found on the Project Cornerstone website.