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Mrs. Matthews is doing STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education with the elementary kids and currently they are learning about robots. To control the robots they use phones and/or tablets. However, we currently have more robots than controllers! Please help get these robots under control by donating an old phone or an old tablet. Click here for a list of devices that work with the robots. Thank you!
On Wednesday, September 29, we listen and learned about bees. Our speaker’s name was Chris McDonald. He brought in an observation hive of about 1,000 bees out of a hive of around 8,000 bees.
We learned that if a bee larva is not fertilized it becomes a male bee, if it is fertilized it becomes a female. With that being said the males will get kicked out of the hive at the beginning of winter because they don’t work and can’t feed themselves.
After hatching, the larva automatically becomes a nurse bee. A nurse bee feeds all of the baby bees royal jelly. Then they become a worker bee, who puts the honey in the honeycomb which is in the shape of a hexagon. Finally, they become a field bee which gets the pollen and nectar from the flowers.
Our favorite part about the bees was observing what they do in the observation hive and watching the baby bee pop out of the holes. We also thought it was cool when he showed us pictures of the bees.
In conclusion, it is pretty incredible that all those bees can have that whole thing running and making honey and it was awesome learning about it!
By the 6th Grade Class
When our teacher said we were going to a potato farm we didn’t know what to think. Maybe it would be fun or maybe it would be boring, but after going to it we learned a lot more about potatoes. We first had to drive there and once we got to the farm there was more potatoes than we have ever seen in our lives! After picking up some potatoes the farmer who was disking with his tractor told us how they harvested the potatoes and what they did with them afterwards. First, they spray the potatoes to kill the foliage. Next, a machine would go through and pull the potatoes out of the ground and chop up anything that was left. He also said that a second machine would take them up on a conveyor-belt to shake all the dirt off, then it would drop it into a truck. When the truck starts to get loaded the driver lets some air out of the tires to make them wider, so they don’t leave such deep tracks. (More surface area) When they are loaded and at the end of the field they fill the tires back up and drive to the cellar (It’s a place that keeps them cool and dry until they can sell them). Finally, he told us that they would get used for French fries at places like Hardee’s and McDonald’s. It was really neat learning about potatoes and picking them too.
When we arrived at the field we were surprised to see how many potatoes were on the ground and couldn’t wait to pick them up. There were small ones, big ones, and weird looking one too. It was fun to go out and find the potatoes like it was a big Easter egg hunt. We ran out of bags and buckets to fill, so we started to fill the back of the bus. We all got to take potatoes home. But best of all we got to eat the potatoes which were delicious mashed, fried or baked. Thank you for letting us salvage those wonderful potatoes!
THE EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD NOMINATIONS ARE DUE TOMORROW!!
A cash award of $500 will be presented to one classroom teacher employed by Hay Springs Public Schools in grades Pre-K through twelve at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year.
The Excellence in Teaching Award is sponsored by Security First Bank along with the American Legion. This award seeks to encourage and recognize the professional and leadership excellence of Hay Springs educators essential for quality education, increase awareness of the positive aspects of education in Nebraska, and promote pride in the school and community.
The nominee must be a certified employee for Hay Springs Public Schools. The teacher should be exceptionally skilled, dedicated and have the ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn. The teacher should have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues, and should play an active and useful role in the community as well in the school.
Nominations can be made by anyone residing in the Hay Springs School District by filling out the application and mailing it to Adriene Kelly, PO Box 280, Hay Springs, NE 69347 or dropping the application off at the school office.
Nominations must be received by Thursday, May 5, 2016. Please follow the link to fill out and return to the office. Thank you
Excellence in Teaching Award
Mrs. Matthews sixth grade class has created some special seasons greetings using the Scratch programming language. Click on the link below to view them!