“Somewhere in the world right now, it is already
tomorrow! Somewhere in the world right now, a child is waking up for school,
while another is getting ready for bed. Somewhere in the world right now,
someone is eating breakfast, while another person is eating dinner.” These are
recent conversations heard across fifth grade at Cherry Valley Elementary
One sunny October day, our fifth grade students drew
their shadows both in the morning and afternoon. Students used their shadows to
make observations about the sunrise and sunset. It helped students learn about
the effect of Earth’s rotation on length and direction of shadows as well as
the illusion that the sun and stars appear to move across the sky. Next, students
explored the changing moon. Students saw how the moon reflects the sun’s light
through a moon model using a white ball as a moon, their heads as Earth, and
light from a lamp as the sun.
Most recently, Cherry Valley fifth grade
students studied the phenomena of day and night, which is caused by Earth’s
rotation. During this exploration, students worked in small groups. Each group
was provided a globe as a model of Earth and lamp as a model of the sun. Groups
worked together to investigate time zones across the world and discuss what is
happening somewhere in the world right now.
Our first two months of school have been filled
with inquiry, collaboration and learning as our fifth grade students have
simultaneously studied Native American history and astronomical patterns.
Students have been able to connect patterns from the stars, sun, Earth and moon
to ancient civilizations. Students noticed how ancient civilizations saw the
daily pattern of the sun rising in the east and setting in the west — which eventually
led them to using the sun as a giant clock!
I know that somewhere in the world right now,
students are having fun and learning a great deal. I have a hunch that the
“somewhere” is happening in fifth grade at Cherry Valley Elementary School.
I want to extend a sincere thank you to our families for making a timely decision to help us plan.
Schools are still missing some registration packets for the 2020-21 school year, so each school will host a limited in-person registration event.
Registration packets for the 2020-21 school year were mailed to all RPS 205 families earlier this summer.
If a family does not submit the survey, students will – by default – be enrolled in in-person instruction, and transportation will not be provided.
You will be asked to complete an electronic survey to make your choice for either full-time remote instruction or in-person instruction for the upcoming school year.
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