Hour of Code 2018

Computer Science Education Week will be held nationwide December 3-9!  This is a week where additional coding challenges are posted on Hour of Code and students around the world are encouraged to learn more about computer science. This does not mean that teachers suddenly become web developers, instead, it is an opportunity for our learners to understand more about how websites and games are made. Coding can create situations where learners are dealing with complex problems and have to use multiple strategies to complete a task or challenge. Through the years, Hour of Code has developed and expanded to include activities for all ages and academic levels. I encourage you to explore this yourselves and have fun with it by trying out some of the resources and tips in this post.

Watch a video reflection of one of our second graders talking about Hour of Code “helps her brain grow” 

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Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/lHRDzUDbClk

Why Code?

Coding is not just limited to computer science week! I see and hear Roel Mislan talking about coding all the time with our Mindlabs students. He discusses how pair programming (when two coders work to complete a challenge) can help web developers work through complex problems and help develop important teamwork skills.

  • Social emotional learning connections
  • Helping students problem solve
  • World of Work connections
  • Learning to productively struggle
  • Inspire students to understand how the websites they use and the games they play are built
  • Set up routines for brain breaks and rewards that help develop grit and self control

Need more reasons to participate in Computer Science Week? Check out this video and show it to your class for some great examples on how coding has helped others:

 

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Watch the full video here: https://csedweek.org/

 

Sign Up Link:

CVESD has a set a goal of completing Hour of Code in 800 classrooms! If you will be participating in Hour of Code this week, take a minute and sign up using the link: http://bit.ly/cvesdcode18

Swift Playgrounds:

**This is an app on the iPad, if you do not already have it, please email Heather Galyen**

Swift Playgrounds is an iPad app as opposed to a website. It was developed by Apple and is free to download and use! This is just one resource that we have for students to practice coding. Students choose one of three animated characters, they can create their own “playgrounds.” Student see the actual coding language while working on Swift Playgrounds. The lessons within Swift Playgrounds start off basic and then get more advanced as the students complete challenges. There is some more rigorous vocabulary that comes up in the advanced levels.  See this article or see this YouTube Video for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syX5cFfV3RQ

Hour of Code How to Video:

Explanation of Activities:

Suggested activities by Grade Level and Device Ability:

The Hour of Code website has created a great online course catalog: https://studio.code.org/courses?view=teacher

This will give you specific links and lessons for your grade level and your students’ coding knowledge.

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There are a ton of new coding challenges this year! A lot more have been added that have academic connections – students can explore challenges in coding while learning about famous people in the English Biographies coding challenge, they can complete multiplication math challenges and learn about how pollution is impacting the ocean.

All Ages:

**These do play music, so make sure your students have headphones or their volume is turned down.

Primary Grades:

Upper Grades/Middle School:

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VAPA Week 18 Announcements

VAPA ACADEMY

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through ●

Shout-Outs

  • Shout out to our lead teachers, Shea, Marissa and Mrs. Richardson for their commitment and follow through during 2nd quarter benchmark assessments. Everyone worked together to get reading, writing, and math assessments created and distributed to all students in the school.
  • Shout out to Ms. Granados for committing and following through by taking the lead in organizing the DI field trip. Our DI students are going to have a great time!
  • Shout out to Ms. Aguirre for keeping all staff and every student in mind by taking the lead and supporting grade levels with organizing Kermes fundraising booths. There will be lots of yummy goodies being sold on Thursday.

Information

  • Hour of Code: Than you to everyone who participated in Hour of Code. It was great to see students working through complex problems and communicating about the various strategies they used to solve them.
  • Blog: If you haven’s already, please remember to follow our Feaster Charter blog by clicking “follow” at the bottom of this website: https://feastercharter.workdpress.com/ and entering your email address!
  • Twitter: It has been great to see all of your tweets coming in! A lot of excellent strategies, routines, resources, and experiences are being shared. Keep it going this week so we can all continue to learn from eache other! #feasterlearns @feastercharter
  • Donors Choose/Feaster Blog: Thank you to the teachers who have requested help getting this started or who have started their own! The Amazon Business Marketplace will not be available until 12/28 due to the holidays. You can still send Heather your Donor’s Choose needs, but not all items will be available.

Week at a Glance

6th Grade After-School Duty

** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self-Control (School Work)

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

3rd Grade DI Classes to Nature Center

Culbertson to Nature Center

Kinder Performances (MPR)

  • –  8:00 – 8:30 Ms. Tellez & Ms.Martinez
  • –  9:30-10:00 Ms.Palacio & Ms. Canet

Achieve 3K Level Set Assessment (2nd – 8th)

AGE Parent Preview 3:00-3:30

CPR Training for some IA’S 1:30-4:30

9:00 – 12:00 DI Field Trip

PD: Kermes 1:30- 3:30

Spirit Day: Holiday Theme

Breakfast in Lounge @ 7:00

9:00 Bikes for Kids Assembly 3rd Grade

Feaster Holiday Party

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

– 12.16.17-1.7.18 Winter Break

STEM Week 17 Announcements

December

2017

WEEK OF December 4th # 18

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through ●

Shout-Outs

  • Shout out to the following teachers for their commitment and follow through as they represented Feaster along with over 40 of their student at the Starlight Parade on Saturday evening! The float looked fantastic and festive!
    • Ms. Ana Mercado, Mr. Thorburn Coach Johnson Coach Guglielmo Mrs. Rivaldi, Mr. Jones, Mr. Reggie, Ms. Young, Mrs. Hernandez Ms. Carolina Ms. Alejandra Ms. Bates, Mr. Alex, Mr. Velasco
  • Shout out to Mr. Phan and Ms. Olocco for having a growth mindset and demonstrating it to their students by scaling the rock wall at Camp Marston and to Mr. Wylie, Ms. Gallegos, & Ms. Stewart for spending all week up at camp with our 6th graders!
  • Shout out to Ms. Martin, Mrs. Carcova, Ms. Morris, Ms. Silberberg, Mr, Fraser, Mr. Hill, Ms. Gates and Mrs. Medina for their commitment and follow through in organizing a highly successful college week. They visited schools in San Diego and Los Angles.
  • Special shout out to Mrs. Carcova and Ms. Morris’ bus who received A COMPLIMENT REPORT from the district bus driver! Thanks for representing Feaster well 🙂

Information

  • Hour of Code: Hour of Code will be taking place from 12/4-12/10. We hope that you take the time to sign up using the link: http://bit.ly/cvedcode1 and give your students the opportunity to develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills as they learn how to code. A blog post has been written detailing information about Hour of Code and Swift Playgrounds: https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/hour-of-code/. If you would like the Swift Playgrounds app uploaded on your devices, please email Heather Walker.
  • Blog: Don’t forget to follow our Feaster Charter blog by clicking “follow” at the bottom of this website: https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/ and entering your email address! Thank you to Roel Mislan, Christine Carreno, Victoria Bernazzani, Julie Medina, and Joe Guglielmo for already following our blog.
  • Twitter: It has been great to see everyone’s Tweets using #FeasterLearns and tagging @FeasterCharter! Keep it up and we will be on our way to an effective online learning community! If you have not yet tweeted or emailed something you are doing in your classroom, please do so ASAP. Heather will be following up on this.
  • Donor’s Choose: Thank you to the teachers who have requested help getting this started or who have started their own! The Amazon Business Marketplace will not be available until 12/28 due to the holidays. You can still send Heather your Donor’s Choose needs, but not all items will be available.
  • Elective Showcases: Please make sure to invite a VAPA class from your grade level band rotation to come to your class to see your showcase. It is important that the kids get practice speaking and presenting in front of an audience. Please also invite parents, it is listed in our monthly newsletter, but invitations from classrooms individually are much more personal!

Week at a Glance

5th Grade After-School Duty

** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self-Control (School Work)

 

Monday 4th

Tuesday 5th

Wednesday 6th

Thursday 7th

Friday 8th

-ILT Meeting @ Liberty 7:30-3:00
LEADS OUT

-PD: Time to work on Report Cards

-STEM Elective Showcase

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

• KERMES December 14th 1:30-3:30

VAPA Week 17 Announcements

December 2017

WEEK OF December 3, 2017 # 18

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through

 

Shout-Outs

  • Shoutout to the following teachers for their commitment and follow through as they represented Feaster along with over 40 of their students at the Starlight Parade on Saturday evening! The float looked fantastic and festive! o Ms. Ana Mercado, Mr. Thorburn, Coach Johnson, Coach Guglielmo, Mrs. Rivaldi, Mr. Jones, Mr. Reggie, Ms. Young, Ms. Carolina, Ms. Alejandra, Mrs. Hernandez, Ms. Bates, Mr. Alex, Mr. Velasco
  • Shout-out to Mr. Phan and Ms. Olocco for having a growth mindset and demonstrating it to their students by scaling the rock wall at Camp Marston and to Mr. Wylie, Ms. Gallegos, & Ms. Stewart for spending all week at camp with our 6th graders!
  • Shout-out to Ms. Martin, Mrs. Carcova, Ms. Morris, Ms. Silberberg, Mr. Faser, Mr. Hill, Ms. Gates, and Mrs. Medina for their commitment and follow by organizing a highly successful college week. They visited schools in San Diego and Los Angeles
  • Special shout out to Mrs. Carcova and Ms. Morris’ bus who received A COMPLIMENT REPORT from the district bus driver! Thanks for representing Feaster well!

Information

  • Elective Showcases: Please make sure to invite a STEM class from your grade level band rotation to come to your class to see your showcase. It is important that the kids get practice speaking and presenting in front of an audience. Please also invite parents, it is listed in our monthly newsletter, but invitations from classrooms individually are much more personal!
  • Hour of Code: Hour of Code will be taking place from 12/4-12/10. We hope that you take the time to sign up using the link: http://bit.ly/cvedcode1 and give your students the opportunity to develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills as they learn how to code. A blog post has been written detailing information about Hour of Code & Swift Playgrounds. If you would like the Swift Playgrounds app uploaded on your devices, please email Heather Walker.
  • Blog: Don’t forget to follow our Feaster Charter blog by clicking “follow” at the bottom of this website: https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/ and entering your email address! Thank you to Roel Mislan, Christine Carreno, Victoria Bernazzani, Julie Medina, and Joe Guglielmo for already following our blog.
  • Twitter: It has been great to see everyone’s Tweets using #FeasterLearns and tagging @FeasterCharter! Keep it up and we will be on our way to an effective online learning community! If you have not yet tweeted or emailed something you are doing in your classroom, please do so ASAP. Heather will be following up on this
  • Donors Choose/Feaster Blog: Thank you to the teachers who have requested help getting this started or who have started their own! The Amazon Business Marketplace will not be available until 12/28 due to the holidays. You can still send Heather your Donor’s Choose needs, but not all items will be available.

Week at a Glance

5th Grade After-School Duty ** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self-Control (School Work)

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

VAPA Elective Showcase

ILT Cohort Session Walkthrough

PD – Report Card

STEM Elective Showcase

Grades Due for Mindlabs Classes

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

– KERMES December 14th 1:30-3:30

Hour of Code

Computer Science Education will be held nationwide December 4-10.  Hour of Code and Swift Playground are both great options for students to do for a brain break or as part of your elective. Coding is like learning another language that results in a product being made. When students learn to code, they are integrating problem solving strategies and critical thinking skills. They need to apply their STEM as well as VAPA skills in order to code because they are using math and technology skills while apply design and media skills to create an visually interesting product.

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Sign Up Link:

CVESD has a set a goal of completing Hour of Code in 600 classrooms! If you will be participating in Hour of Code this week, take a minute and sign up using the link: http://bit.ly/cvedcode1

Swift Playgrounds:

Students choose one of three animated characters, they can create their own “playgrounds.” Student see the actual coding language while working on Swift Playgrounds. The lessons within Swift Playgrounds start off basic and then get more advanced as the students complete challenges. There is some more rigorous vocabulary that comes up in the advanced levels.  See this article or see this YouTube Video for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syX5cFfV3RQ

Hour of Code How to Video:

Explanation of Activities:

Swift Playgrounds:

Students choose one of three animated characters, they can create their own “playgrounds.” Student see the actual coding language while working on Swift Playgrounds. The lessons within Swift Playgrounds start off basic and then get more advanced as the students complete challenges. There is some more rigorous vocabulary that comes up in the advanced levels.  See this YouTube Video for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syX5cFfV3RQ

Suggested activities by Grade Level and Device Ability:

The Hour of Code website has created a great online course catalog: https://studio.code.org/courses?view=teacher

This will give you specific links and lessons for your grade level and your students’ coding knowledge.

Screen Shot 2017-12-03 at 9.50.43 AM

All Ages:

**these do play music, so make sure your students have headphones or their volume is turned down.

Primary Grades:

Upper Grades/Middle School:


Students can explore coding and apply their character strengths as they work complete different challenges. This opportunity is available year around and is a great way to have your students explore a potential career.