Winter Special Events and Programs

It has been a busy winter at Matoaka with students enjoying a visit from Zoo Pro for 2nd graders, a visiting camel on loan from the Pedigo family, and a program by “Uncle Sam’s Comedy Jam.”

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Cardinal Crooners Perform at Tribe Basketball

image1 (1)The Cardinal Crooners, Matoaka’s own 4th and 5th-grade chorus under the direction of Abigail Neeley, were the special guest performers of the Star Spangled Banner at a recent William and Mary women’s basketball home game.

Congratulations to Matoaka’s Teacher of the Year!

CourtneyFullerCongratulations to Courtney Fuller, Speech Language Pathologist, for being chosen as Matoaka’s Teacher of the Year by the Matoaka staff! Congratulations to our other nominees for also being recognized as outstanding teachers: Sally Henderson, art teacher, and Karen Little, Gifted/Talented program teacher.

 

County Administrator Speaks to Guys Matter Group

IMG_1695Mr. Bryan Hill, County Administrator, visits with our 5th grade Guys Matter Club during a lunch and learn meeting.

 

 

 

Operation Non-Fiction!

Mrs. Miller’s fourth graders went through Matoaka Medical School and solved puzzles to find eight different nonfiction text features.  They graduated and became surgeons at Matoaka Hospital where they performed nonfiction text features surgery to identify text features in Scholastic News magazines.  They created a Medical Log which contained examples of each type of nonfiction text feature and proved they are quite prepared to use those text features to help them understand any nonfiction text!

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Matoaka Students Learn to Code Sphero Robots

Thanks to a WJCC initiative that provided schools with Sphero robots, K-5 elementary students are applying the coding skills they are learning in computer class to programming these engaging, round robots through an iPod app. Students in grades 2-5 have been working through the curriculum at the Code.org site throughout the school year, and are now learning to apply those coding skills to navigating Spheros through a set of courses and to programming the robots to create regular geometric shapes. As students become more proficient with their coding skills they will engage in challenges designed to test their creative problem solving skills as well as their programming skills.

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PTA Reflections Contest Winners Honored

The Matoaka PTA held an awards ceremony to honor the school level winners of the annual Reflections contest, a contest in which students submit original creative works based on a specific theme. Congratulations to our winners!

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