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The pictured students have been recognized at the Minneapolis Grade School for demonstrating great acts of character during the month of May. Their names were added to "Pride Wall." They also received certificates and bracelets. Thank you to all the students throughout the school year as they contributed to making MGS a better place! Listed in alphabetical order are May's award recipients: Ashlynn Alderson, Kendyn Biggs, Ethan Bohl, Myka Deronnet, Kenden Fries, Kolton Hoppe, Tristan Mullen, Alija Mutchler, Zach Nelson, Grant Rice, Krue Siemers, Hannah Swagerty, Trevor Swagerty, and Alyssa Wolfe.
Second grade teacher Tarin Hauck recently applied for and received a $500 grant from the MGS Cub Backers. The purpose of the grant was to secure money for art supplies in order to provide creative learning opportunities for students in her classroom.
Cub Backers has always been a big supporter of art in the classroom and has, in past years, paid the salary of an art teacher and purchased art supplies for MGS students. Since 2012, however, MGS has been without a certified K-6 art education teacher.
Mrs. Hauck wrote the grant because she believes in the importance of letting children experience art and recognizes the developmental gains that children make, such as improved motor skills and language, increased decision-making skills, visual learning and cultural awareness. Research shows that students in schools that integrate the arts into the curriculum show improved academic performance in other areas of study.
The grant money was used to purchase oil and soft pastels, art paper, watercolor, several types of paint, brushes, tag board and other items. Using canvas boards and acrylic paint, Mrs. Hauck helped her students create a painting of a swing hanging from a moonlit tree. The students were taught several techniques, such as blending background colors, layering, and adding detail. They also incorporated a little printmaking into their paintings by using their thumbprint to make a heart on the swing seat. The students then took their finished paintings home to give to their mothers on Mother’s Day.
Sherry Seifert, educational consultant and spokesperson for the Kansas Soybean Commission, visited the fourth grade classrooms on March 28, 2016. Ms. Seifert shared information and charts about soybeans, including the origin of the plant, export trends, planting practices, and yields in Kansas compared to other states. She then examined the soybeans planted by the fourth grade students and gave each group of students advice about the soybean plants they are growing in their classroom.
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