Friday, December 2, 2016

Do you want to visit? 6East students create country research presentations

Students on team 6 East began presentations this week on countries they researched in North, South and Central America. Over the next few weeks each student will present their findings acting as a travel agent and try to convince their classmates to visit the country they researched.

Areas they focused on include culture, sports, history, geographic landforms, food, language and more. Students also have to come prepared with supporting material such as a flag, clothing, dance, song, food or some other item to represent their country.

To create these presentations 6 East students worked with Social Studies teacher Mr. DeFusco and Digital Learning Specialist Mrs. Downs to learn how to use Google Slides and how to research using library databases. The database of choice was CultureGrams, which has reports on more than 200 countries, each U.S. state and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories.

Check out some of their great work:

Monday, November 28, 2016

6West students create cell posters using multimedia tools

Students on 6West this month created multimedia posters showing analogies between plant and animal cells and other places in their environment. The cell analogy poster is intended to create a visual representation of the correlation between the parts of a cell and the parts of something that has interdependent components, such as Wood Hill. Students used Google Drawings or Glogster to create their multimedia digital posters.

The posters had to contain an image of a plant or animal cell and its structures and organelles. The analogy had to make sense in a meaningful way so that the connections and descriptions were accurate representations. Students worked with Mrs. Downs on how to use both technology tools, how to search for images, how to cite their sources, and were encouraged to be creative in expressing their analogy visually.

Here are some great student examples:

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wood Hill teachers win 15th annual Turkey Bowl

For the last 15 years students and staff have been battling out in a game of touch football in the annual Wood Hill Turkey Bowl. Leading into today's game the teachers were 14 out of 14 for the win. Today was no exception. Staff beat the eighth graders 6-1 on a blustery day out on the school field. The three MVPs were Ms. Rihani, Ms. DeBiase and Miss Garabedian.

Congrats teachers! Good luck next year eighth graders!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Craft fair featured unique items from students, teachers

Last night the High Plain Elementary School PTO held their annual High Plain/Wood Hill Craft Fair in the High Plain gym. The fair featured crafts from students, teachers and community members. This annual event allows crafters to showcase their work and for students to practice the art of crafting and business, explains organizer Jill Sergeant.

Wood Hill students featured at the fair included Jules Cauvet making French crepes, Catie Francis and Mimi Cung with crafts and treats, Emily and Sarah Haley with photography, needle felting and bracelets, Alex Hazelwood and Julia Savio with chocolate covered Rice Krispie treats and snacks, Shreya Manikandan with jewelry and bookmarks, Miranda Fernandez with cookies in a jar, as well as a few more student crafters.

Teachers featured at the event included Instructional Assistant Mrs. Dowell with her sea glass jewelry and hand-painted holiday items and Mrs. Downs' and her sister with handmade pillows and holiday pillowcases.

It was a fun night of shopping and community building. Congrats to all the crafters!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween happenings at Wood Hill

Students and staff dressed up to celebrate Halloween yesterday. Check out a few pics from around the school.

October's top readers, top books

Wood Hill students and staff got their reading on for the month of October -- 366 books were checked out from The Hub. Team 6 West really shined taking the top 3 spots for top readers! Congratulations to these students who exemplify what it means to enjoy the love of reading. If you're looking for a book recommendation, check out the list of what Wood Hill is reading below. 

October's star readers in The Hub:
1. Irene C., 6 West, 27 books
2. Bori K., 6 West, 9 books
3. Manavi V., 6 West, 9 books
4. Siham B., 6 West, 8 books
5. Shreya M., 7 West, 8 books
6. Xerxis P., 7 West, 7 books
7. Sophia N., 7 East, 6 books
8. Saumya B., 6 East, 5 books 
9. Luke B., 8 East, 5 books
10. Adeem J., 7 East, 5 books

October's top books in The Hub:
1. Smile by Raina Telgemeier (graphic novel)
2. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
3. Ancient Egypt by Romano Solbiati (nonfiction)
4. Apollo: the brilliant one by George O'Connor (graphic novel)
5. Artewis Fowl: the eternity code by Eoin Colfer
6. The Bamboo Sword by Margi Preus
7. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
8. Best Foot Forward by Joan Bauer
9. Booked by Kwame Alexander
10. The Detour by S.A. Bodeen 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Spooky stories you may not want to read after dark

Looking for a spooky story to get you in the mood for Halloween? Horror fans, look no further than these 15 titles that deliver chills -- featuring haunted houses, vengeful witches, ghosts seeking revenge, and one creepy doll. Come check them out from The Hub today! 

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.

Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.

Doll Bones by Holly Black 

Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from "ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties."

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (and graphic novel version too!)

The orphan Bod, short for Nobody, is taken in by the inhabitants of a graveyard as a child of eighteen months and raised lovingly and carefully to the age of eighteen years by the community of ghosts and otherworldly creatures.

Took : a ghost story
by Mary Downing Hahn 

Moving to West Virginia is bad enough before Daniel and his little sister, Erica, learn that a witch lives close by. Daniel thinks it's just a tall tale...until Erica vanishes.

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

When wasps come to Steve in a dream offering to fix his sick baby brother, he thinks all he has to do is say yes. But yes may not mean what Steve thinks it means.

The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe by Dan Poblocki

Since eighth-grader Gabriel Ashe moved into his grandmother's house he has been spending a lot of time playing in the woods with his new friend Seth, but the games Seth invents involve a child-eating monster called the Hunter, and Gabriel is no longer sure how much is imagination and how much is real.

The dead girls of Hysteria Hall Katie Alender

Murdered by a spirit in her house which was previously an insane asylum, sixteen-year-old Cordelia wanders the house, meeting other trapped ghosts and learning the houses dark secrets, searching for a way to save her family, and perhaps herself.

Frenzy by Robert Lettrick

Chaos ensues at Camp Harmony when a virus turns the animals in the surrounding wilderness into raging, foam-spewing predators.

Liv, forever by Amy Talkington

Soon after an art scholarship gets Liv a place at prestigious Wickham Hall, she becomes the latest victim of a dark conspiracy spanning 150 years, but her ghost, aided by friend Gabe and boyfriend Malcolm, tries to put a stop to the killing.

Mary : the summoning by Hillary Monahan

Teens Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna follow all the rules, but when their summoning circle is broken the vengeful spirit of Bloody Mary slips through, and as the girls struggle to escape Mary's wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships torn apart, and lives changed forever.

The name of the star by Maureen Johnson (Shades of London book 1)

Rory, a teenager from Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved in the highly unusual investigation.

The seer of shadows
by Avi

In New York City in 1872, fourteen-year-old Horace, a photographer's apprentice, becomes entangled in a plot to create fraudulent spirit photographs, but when Horace accidentally frees the real ghost of a dead girl bent on revenge, his life takes a frightening turn.

Inspired by the list created by School Library Journal Be Tween column