Physical education teacher Debbie Bruce thought it was time to spruce up the Matoaka gymnasium and principal Andy Jacobs wanted to transform the gym into a more inviting space. With this vision in mind, and the help of Matoaka art teacher Sally Henderson, they teamed up with Peter Pritchard, art teacher at Jamestown High School to adorn the bare gym walls with a colorful mural. Mr. Pritchard recruited students from the JHS Art Honors Society to illustrate athletic cardinals.
Our school counselors support students to ensure their success in school. Our comprehensive counseling program includes classroom guidance, counseling groups, and individual counseling. Through Girl POWER and Guys MATTER our counselors help 5th graders prepare for middle school. Visit our school counseling page to learn more!
Congratulations to Ashley Campbell, Rose Burwell, and Kim Holloway on being awarded grants from the WJCC Schools Foundation. Rose Burwell, the Matoaka math specialist, received grants for Versa Tiles and Mathematics Menagerie. Ashley Campbell received a grant for STEM materials. Kim Holloway received a grant for “Las Conexiones,” a multicultural initiative with Jamestown High School students. Read more on the WJCC website.
Students in kindergarten through 5th grade all participated in the international Hour of Code program sponsored by Code.org. The goal of the organization is to make learning computer programming accessible to everyone, including our youngest students, and is supported by the founders of industry giants such as Facebook, Dropbox, Minecraft, and Microsoft. Students tried their hands at coding projects involving Minecraft, the new Star Wars movie, characters from the movie Frozen, Angry Birds, and dozens of other projects that use Java, Python, Swift and other programming languages. Even kindergarten students did drag and drop directional programming using the Kodable iPad app. The Code.org site is available all year so students can try other projects or participate in one of the self-paced programming tutorials.
Third graders planted Red Emperor tulip bulbs as part of the Journey North citizen science program that, with the help of students and other citizens, tracks animal migration and seasonal changes across the globe. Master Gardener Leanne Conrad came out of retirement as the PTA coordinator for the school garden program to supervise and to teach students about flowering bulbs. The Matoaka PTA generously purchased the bulbs for the garden. Look for our beautiful red tulips in April!