Matoaka students and staff celebrated Unity Day as part of the Bullying Prevention Month celebrations and anti-bullying awareness events held throughout the October. Students and staff signed the “I Care” pledge, wore orange to show support for anti-bullying, and sat with new friends at lunch.
Matoaka 1st graders were treated to hands-on lessons about fire safety from our local fire fighters. They practiced crawling underneath smoke and learned about fire fighting trucks and equipment.
Matoaka 2nd graders created their own artistic interpretations of the American symbols they have been studying in history and social studies. Their creativity and effort really shines through!
Dr. Martin Gallivan, archeology professor at William and Mary, visited Matoaka’s 4th graders to speak about the excavation he led of Werowocomoco, a Powhatan Indian headquarters. Dr. Gallivan shared Native American artifacts with students and discussed their significance.
The Matoaka Garden Club, sponsored by teacher Jessica Bell, harvested a crop of sweet potatoes that will be used in the PTA’s Healthy Lifestyles Week food tastings in November. The PTA supported school garden is used by the garden club and by classes year-round to grow flowers and vegetables to provide hands-on learning in science and social studies and to contribute to School Health Initiative Program (SHIP) special events.
The Matoaka Nature Club pitched in to help clean up Brick Bat Road, the road that runs past Matoaka Elementary. Teachers and students spend an afternoon cleaning up their adopted road twice a year. Thank you for your hard work!
Local boy scouts are once again providing wonderful resources for Matoaka students as part of earning their Eagle Scout badges. This year Matoaka is benefiting from the construction of an outdoor classroom thanks to the generosity and creativity of local scouts. Mrs. Harmon’s second graders enjoyed learning outside during this recent beautiful fall day.
Matoaka students participated in “The Crunch Heard ‘Round the Commonwealth” as part of the Virginia Farm to School Week. Each student was provided with a Virginia grown apple to enjoy as a healthy snack at school.
Matoaka students recently voted in the new officers and members for the Student Council Association. After campaigning with posters and speeches, the new officers were elected by the student body. Congratulations to our new SCA president, vice president, treasurer, and historian! Thank you to all those students who also ran for office for investing their time and effort in the election process.