January 2015 brought many new learning opportunities to CAS schools. Many classes did special lessons for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and celebrated 100 days of school in unique ways. Students in Cheryl Engol’s third grade class watched a YouTube video called My Friend Martin along with students in Romilly Gardner’s third grade class. Students in Engol’s class then discussed civil rights and also wrote an essay about what they would ask King if he were alive today. Engol’s students will also be reading a story about Ruby Bridges and comparing and contrasting what it was like for King to be fighting for rights versus what it was like for Bridges to be trying to act on those rights.
Students in Gardner’s class listened to King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, colored a picture of King and included a quote from the speech on their picture. Students also talked about general facts about King, such as that there had been a previous assassination attempt on him and that his mother was also murdered. Students will also be talking about Rosa Parks. They will be listening to Outkast’s song “Rosa Parks,” sometimes also known as “Back of the Bus,” and trying to analyze the meaning of the song.
Stacy Bernardo’s first graders colored silhouettes of King and wrote their dreams on pieces of paper. Each dream started with the words “I have a dream” and continued from there. Some dreams were “that no one will be angry,” “there will be no more wars,” “that everyone will smile” and “everyone can change the world.”
Many teachers also scheduled activities around the 100th Day of School. Jarad Young, Dean of Students, had his physical education students celebrate the 100th Day of School by taking a physical education challenge. Students were paired up with a partner and then took turns completing 10 different exercises, 10 times each. Some of the exercises included jumping jacks, hurtles and mountain climbers. Both students were supposed to cheer on their partners.
Students in Sarah Kelley’s Kindergarten class celebrated being 100 days older, brighter, taller, friendlier and smarter by writing a sentence that started “I could eat 100” and then allowed them to fill in the blank. Some students thought they could eat 100 brownies, skittles, bowls of cereal or apples. The students then drew a picture to accompany their sentence.
Students in both Diana Ramirez and Rosie Delgado’s fourth grade classes read a poem about the 100th day, set to the tune of Yankee Doodle. They also wrote a composition about what they would do if they had $100. The students also drew a picture of a $100 bill, substituting a picture of themselves for the picture of Benjamin Franklin. In addition, students calculated how many times different denominations would fit into $100, such as pennies and dollars.