Community Feedback: Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is coming up on February 2nd. First grade needs your help. We will use our Groundhog Day predictions to create a graph and analyze if our predictions are correct!

What do you predict Punxutawney Phil will do? Will he see his shadow and predict 6 more weeks of winter? Or will he not see his shadow and spring will be on it’s way! Some sources say he has been correct about 39% of the time.

Cast your vote on Facebook!

Community Feedback: Seasons – Results!

The results are in summer (68) wins!  With fall (46), spring (40) and winter (23) coming in next!  Thanks for everyone’s help with this project!

Community Feedback: Seasons

Kindergarten is learning about the seasons.  We predicted yesterday that summer will be our favorite season, but we are wondering about yours.  Let us know so we can include you on our graph.  We will post the results when we are done.  Please tell us your favorite season by commenting on the facebook post linked below!

7th Grade Mousetrap Car Tournament

The Mousetrap Car Tournament champion was Hally Johnson, followed by Toby Scherbarth in second place, and Mia Skinner coming in third. The object of the lesson was for students each to create a vehicle that was solely powered by an unmodified mousetrap. The vehicle was to be no longer than 18 inches and no wider than 10 inches. Students were encouraged to decorate their vehicles but the mousetrap couldn’t be decorated or altered in anyway. Students were able to earn points based on how closely they followed the project guidelines; those winning the tournament earned extra credit.

Personal Finance Challenge

Hay Springs High School Students competed in the Fall Finance Challenge!

The Finance Challenge is sponsored by the Nebraska Council on Economic Education. The challenge promotes budgeting and general financial literacy in a competitive environment.

We had two teams that competed in the Fall Finance challenge which is a computerized test where students compete against other Nebraska teams. Hay Springs teams competed against 385 other high school teams. Our Accounting 1 team which was comprised of Kaelob Marx, Mattie Johnson, Erin Kadlecek and Payton Schoenhals placed second place winning $20 each. Our second team Personal Finance 1 was comprised of Sam Kearns, Addie Regier, and Thomas Scherbarth and they ranked 92nd in the High School Division.

Students will also compete in the Spring competition in late March. If the students are in the top five in the region they will advance to the regional competition and then on to the National Competition.

Kindergarten Visits Hay Springs Museum

Kindergarten enjoyed an afternoon at the Hay Springs museum.  Their favorite parts were sitting in the old desks and dancing to music on a record player!  They are all glad we live in the present and not the past.

 

Equine Visitor

First Grade is working on a Social Studies unit about Life Long Ago. We conducted interviews of family members to find out what life was like long (or longer) ago. We learned from our interviews many things such as how some people rode horses to school longer ago. We were fortunate to have a pony visit us this week! Goliath quickly made friends with everyone in our class and also made a visit to the PreK class as well. It was a great experience and we now have many horse enthusiasts! Thank you to the Gaswick family for sharing Goliath with us.

Pumpkin Investigation

What we did in math was fun. We were seeing if a pumpkin would float or sink. All of the pumpkins floated. We did some observations and some predictions. We thought the reason the pumpkins floated was because the seeds were on the sides and a big air bubble was in the middle. We got to measure the pumpkin’s circumference. We also counted all of the seeds. We got to carve the pumpkins. That is what we did in math. — by Kaylee Kaiser

WNCC Powerline Open House

Hunter Letcher, Austin Anderson, and Chris Adams and Mr. Badje attended the WNCC Powerline Construction & Maintenance open house. It is an interesting and excellent option for students who enjoy working outdoors or doing hands on type of work. The program is one year long and students must be 18 years of age. Opportunities are local or nationwide and the starting pay is excellent and includes benefits. Students were able to practice pole climbing, riding in bucket trucks, as well as observing a pole-top rescue, pole installation, and pole topping construction.

NPPD MakerSpace

Chad Johnson, Senior Education Specialist for NPPD, was here on Monday, Oct 23rd, to give orientation tours to students and teachers on Nebraska Public Power District’s Mobile MakerSpace Lab. The NPPD Mobile MakerSpace Lab visited Hay Springs School for two weeks this month. The Lab is part of the Nebraska Public Power District’s Pathways to a Technical Future program and has been on loan to schools around the state for two years. The MakerSpace visits a limited number of schools each year and only one visit per school. The MakerSpace heads to Scottsbluff Middle School next.

The Lab includes four types of stations: Make it You, Make it New, Make it Do, and Make an Impact.

Make it DO stations includes a Robotics Innovation Lab, MakeyMakey and Rasberry PI Lab, and an Electronics Lab. What can you DO with the equipment at each station. Ideas involve logic, programming, and creation.

Make it NEW stations include Afinia H800 3D printer, Carvey 3D CNC machine, Engineering Workshop. Students can create new item or adapt designs from other sources.

Make an IMPACT stations include a Sensor Station and Smart Home Internet of Things. Students have experimented with a temperature sensor and a camera-IPad that creates pictures based on temperature.

Make it YOU includes a Cameo cutting machine and a Virtual Reality setup. Students have be making vinyl cutouts to decorate various items. After viewing several VR videos students can use the 360 degree camera to create their own VR video.

The MakerSpace is aimed at Middle-Level and High School students. However, upper elementary students had the opportunity to interact with some of the stations. Parents were invited to check out the MakerSpace during Parent-Teacher conferences.