Spring Break

Catron Courier - - Front Page - by Ricky Chavez

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.

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