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Sports, and Students February 2018


Co-teachers Rachel Adams (left) and Melanie Hodges.

Co-teachers Rachel Adams (left) and Melanie Hodges.

“CO-TEACHING” WORKS AT COLONY MEADOWS ELEMENTARY

“Co-teaching” is trending as one of the fastest growing teaching practices. With benefits of lower student-teacher ratio opportunities, stronger and more creative lessons and a modeling opportunity for peer-to-peer interaction, co-teaching is likely to be seen more and more in schools.

Colony Meadows elementary (CME) students had firsthand experience with this teaching technique during an exciting, creative project of designing, creating and displaying their own miniature type of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade floats. During November, the upper grade classes were exposed to many Thanksgiving traditions, including the Macy’s parade. Co-teachers Melanie Hodges (CME librarian) and Rachel Adams (STEAM teacher for the new STEAM outclass at CME), decided to take this tradition one step further.

Using the book Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet as a jumping off point, the CME library was converted into a float-design hub. Using the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) approach for the guidelines of the float, the students came up with their own apparatus, as long as there was a “moveable” component.

Once their designs came to life, the students then tested the technology while videoing the demonstrations and interviewed each other on their creations to see what worked and the challenges they experienced. The photos and videos taken throughout the progress will be compiled into a media presentation that will be included at the yearly FBISD film festival.

This is not the first year of the parade floats, however, it took the co-teaching approach to really get it off the ground. Hodges and Adams both admit that co-teaching could have challenges, but their open communication and a shared vision has been key for this year’s float success, each contributing their strengths at different phases of the project.

Hanxiang Mu (left) and Pierson Guidry pose in front of their float, which includes a teeter-totter that is activated by the float’s uneven wheels.

Hanxiang Mu (left) and Pierson Guidry pose in front of their float, which includes a teeter-totter that is activated by the float’s uneven wheels.

Parker Efird made a SpongeBob float with a spinning tie. Incorporating a moveable part was one of the project requisites.

Parker Efird made a SpongeBob float with a spinning tie. Incorporating a moveable part was one of the project requisites.

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(L-R): Lamar CISD Executive Director for Elementary Education Linda Lane, Lamar CISD Trustee Melisa Roberts, Lamar CISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle, Board of Trustees Secretary Kay Danziger, Lindsey Elementary Principal Heather Williams, (and members of Mrs. Lindsey’s family) Shelly Sullivan Essex, DeDe Sullivan, Ashley Schroeder, Lane Schroeder, Darrell McNutt and Steven Stone.

(L-R): Lamar CISD Executive Director for Elementary Education Linda Lane, Lamar CISD Trustee Melisa Roberts, Lamar CISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle, Board of Trustees Secretary Kay Danziger, Lindsey Elementary Principal Heather Williams, (and members of Mrs. Lindsey’s family) Shelly Sullivan Essex, DeDe Sullivan, Ashley Schroeder, Lane Schroeder, Darrell McNutt and Steven Stone.

LAMAR CISD DEDICATES LINDSEY ELEMENTARY

Lamar CISD dedicated its 24th elementary school on Dec. 6 in honor of a woman who dedicated her life to public service. Kathleen Joerger Lindsey Elementary is Lamar CISD’s first school with a Katy address and is located in the Firethorne West subdivision.

Kathleen Joerger Lindsey was valedictorian of the Class of 1932 at Rosenberg High School. She went on to graduate from the University of Texas and the UT Law School, where she was one of only three women in a class of 300 students. She is believed to be the first woman attorney in Fort Bend County.

Her efforts helped found the Fort Bend Public Library System and she was instrumental in bringing the Richmond State School to Fort Bend County.

Lindsey was a faithful member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the Joerger-Lindsey Parish Hall is in recognition of her contributions to the congregation. Her friends and family were in attendance for the ceremony.

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Jamie Lee assists Bailee Debbs with wrapping presents.

Jamie Lee assists Bailee Debbs with wrapping presents.

CALVARY EPISCOPAL PREP ASSISTS SANTA BEHIND THE BADGE POLICE PROGRAM

The Richmond Police Department got an assist again this year from the warm-hearted students in second and fourth grades at Calvary Episcopal Preparatory. These students sponsored a toy collection drive, and with contributions from their fellow Crusaders, provided more than 140 gifts for children in the community who might otherwise have received no gifts at Christmas. Students enjoyed wrapping presents to be delivered to the Santa Behind the Badge program, which is sponsored through the Richmond Police Department.


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