Mattey’s Garden celebrated its 20th birthday with lots of cool activities! Our PTA provided rocks from Coleman’s Nursery for all of our classes to paint positive phrases and garden pictures on. The First Grade classes hosted families in the garden during where Mrs. Louann Martin read The Three Sisters to classes to teach about the traditional planting of corn, bean, and squash. First graders and families then got to plant each of these vegetables with the master gardeners…, explore the garden & pond areas, look at the new additions to the alphabet garden, and find the rocks we painted as part of the PTA project to celebrate Mattey’s Garden’s birthday. Then, on the day of our final celebration, there was a ribbon cutting with Mrs. Ford, PTA members, and several other other important members of the community. What a wonderful way to celebrate the garden we all love so much!
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The Williamsburg arm of the Virginia Symphony Society provided three VSO musicians for a day of masterclasses and demonstrations for Kindergarten, 1st, and 5th graders. We had Rachel Ordaz (flute), Rodney Martell (trombone), and Mitch Gribbroek (percussion) from the VSO play for us today. They worked with our band students to develop characteristic tone on their instruments, work on articulations, develop sound concepts, and build strong practice habits. We had several band s…tudents bravely play solos for the VSO musicians, so that the entire band could learn and apply the points of development the professional musicians spoke about. Later, many Kindergarten and 1st grade students got to hear a Conch Shell, Bass Trombone, Piccolo, Flute, Snare Drum, Tambourine, Orchestral Bells, and Crash Cymbals played by professionals. Each musician spoke about the unique characteristics of their instrument family, and played short excerpts on their instruments. The assembly culminated in a call and response game rhythm challenge, where every student got to play an instrument in response to a call.
Mr. Robert DeCoursey from NASA came to share with Ms. Lindquist’s first graders all about the Orion spacecraft. We learned about the crew module where astronauts will live, work, and control the spaceship; the service module that provides the power, air, and water for the crew; and the safety systems for launches. Students loved seeing and touching the rocket and module models, exploring all the various astronaut “space” food, trying on some of the astronaut’s equipment, and watching test flights! Every student even took home a NASA goody bag and can build their own desktop model! What a fantastic STEAM opportunity for our first graders!!
The first grade classes went to the Williamsburg Regional Library on April 11 for a tour, story time, library matching game, and a movie on Pocahontas (first grade Famous Virginian, SOL). First graders also had the opportunity to get their very own WRL library card! We have great community partners! Thanks WRL!
This past Saturday, April 6th in Harrisonburg VA, Makenzie Pesante, Gracie Aleska, Aubrey Pecota, and Taylor Anne Mason (all fifth graders) participated in the 14th Annual All-Virginia Elementary Chorus. Thanks to a grant from our FABULOUS PTA, all four students had their music, lunch, t-shirts, and registration paid for them. We had 12 students audition, and the four that were selected represented MW and WJCC very well! We are so grateful for these amazing opportunities for our students, Jordan Stehle (our awesome music teacher), and for our PTA! Congratulations to these extremely talented students .
Fourth grade went on their annual trip to Grand Caverns and Monticello this past week! It was a beautiful day filled with rich history about the Civil War and Thomas Jefferson’s birthplace. This is one of the most anticipated field trips in fourth grade, and it definitely didn’t disappoint this year . We are so fortunate to have these wonderful and enriching opportunities for our students!
Our wonderfully talented fifth graders presented their annual “World of Music” celebration immediately following International Night to celebrate the heritage of some of our students families! There were performances honoring the Republic of the Congo, France, Germany, Morocco, Mexico, Jamaica, and Ireland. It was a fun-filled night full of diversity, love, and rich culture!