Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Gingerbread Houses!

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been reading different versions of the gingerbread man story and comparing how they are the same and different. To make connections with our reading, we built gingerbread houses yesterday! We had a BLAST!


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Hedgies are great detectives!!

Over the past few months, students in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade have been digging into various research projects through the Media Center.Second graders, using the iPad app Inspiration, compared and contrasted two nonfiction texts on the same topic and created a template in Inspiration inputting their data and inserted graphics directly related to their topic.Third grade students soared through the universe and investigated the planets of our Solar System and fourth graders are beginning to work on researching Native American life and will use their prior knowledge of nonfiction text features to produce newspaper articles about their topics. First graders have been having a great time with small group book clubs thanks to a great partnership with Holly Springs Public Library's "Book Club Kits for Kids" program. It has been such a productive and exciting first semester!

Girls on the Run is So Much FUN!

Several Holly Grove 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade girls have been participating in a fun curriculum based running program. Many schools throughout Wake County, North Carolina, and the COUNTRY have the opportunity to "plug into the positive cord" and learn healthy body and relationship habits. We have 2 practices a week, and we spend them training for a 5K and learning how to handle many situations in school and at home.

This program is so much more than "running." While we do warm ups and laps around our track, we incorporate each practice with a theme for the girls to connect to. We talk about overcoming challenges, making the time to reflect on your days and actions, and how to respond in different situations. The girls have learned that in life's circumstances, they have the choice to "plug" themselves into a positive cord or not. We have talked about messages that advertisements send, and how they can be negative or positive. We analyze these messages and discuss why they are not plugged into the "positive" cord, and what we can do to fight those messages.

The end of each semester not only brings our 5K race (along with other Triangle Area schools), but a service project. We spend a few meetings discussing our community and ways we can support them. We have donated dog items to Peak Lab Rescue, donated school supplies to schools in need, and this semester we got to help with the very first Holly Springs Half Marathon! The girls got to cheer on runners, pass out water/Gatorade at mile 9, and ultimately see an example of people who have set and achieved goals.

Girls on the Run sounds like any old running club, but it is helping the girls in our Holly Grove Community to become strong leaders who are confident in themselves and others.

These Coaches love their girls: Coach Harris, Coach Huber, Coach Foshee, Coach West, Coach Grabowski, and Coach Holmes! :)