The students here at Datil Elementary have been busy throughout the Winter months. Many things have been covered and several new students have joined us here at Datil Elementary. They are a GREAT addition to our school. As for the Winter months we have continued with regular current curriculum, but have also stayed the course with keeping learning fun and incorporating more hands on activities.
Ms. Marilynn Lyons has kept out students busy throughout the semester in working with different mediums. The students have just completed pictures done as a Sand Painting, and are beginning to work with molding clay which will be fired when completed.
Several weeks ago we were able to have Mr. Rob Sanders, whom I believe is a Professor of Geology and is the father of one of our only Kindergarten student(s). He came in for one of our weekly Science labs and explained to the students about the different types of rocks and how they are formed. He then had them participate on a hands on activity where they screened and grated mud balls to discover their inner contents, which held rocks/crystals of all sorts that the students were able to keep. A big Thanks to Mr. Rob Sanders for coming and visiting our school.
The students in Mr. R. Chavez’s class just completed a project with a written essay on the varying types of Native American Villages. They were to choose a Native habitat and research where their tribe was from, the type of home they lived in , and why they used this type of habitat. They were also suppose to make a diagram or drawing and then make a mini model of their project.
Also, the Datil/Quemado Elementary students just competed in an Elementary basketball game between all the different grades, I believe the students truly enjoyed this activity before going on Spring Break.
As Spring arrives, so comes the New Mexico State Standards testing which is mandatory, but in order to break away from the repetitiveness of daily class work , we have tried to keep the students occupied with other learning activities.
Other up and coming activities are: the Elementary Science Fair, Easter Egg Drop day, Field trip (possibly an overnight trip to White Sands/ Space Hall of Fame, and the End of the Year Track meet.