Annika’s American Adventure
We are honored to have Annika Mueller as our foreign exchange student this school year. Annika is from Braunschweig (or “Brunsvig” in English), Germany. Annika will be spending her school year at Northwood High School, where she will attend classes as an 11th grade student. When asked how she became interested in the foreign exchange student program, Annika explained that she has always been interested in different countries. She loves to travel, to get to know new people, and to understand new cultures. Additionally, she would like to improve her English speaking skills.
Annika explained that in order to become an exchange student, she had to look for a foreign exchange student organization. The application process was quite lengthy and included almost 100 pages of paperwork and a 30 minute interview in which she had to speak completely in English. Annika and her parents had to sign several contracts and Annika attended a weekend trip to prepare for her school year in the United States. Near the end of the application process, Annika had to apply for her Visa and go to Berlin, to the consulate. On August 3rd, her American adventure began!
When asked about the biggest differences that she has seen between her school back home and Northwood High School, she explained that classes are generally much longer and that there are no electives such as Creative Writing or Film. She added that at her home school, they do not have iPads and still use books. Finally, she stated that her school in Germany does not have athletics after school. In fact, in order to play a sport, one must join a club outside of school. This means no Friday night football games, or cheers being led by cheerleaders.
Clearly, there are several things that Annika would like to do during her time in the United States. She would like to see Chicago and Columbus. She would like to visit New York again, though she has been to NYC two times. Unfortunately, she won’t be indulging in any American burgers, as she is a vegetarian. Annika added that she has been talking with her host family about taking a few road trips during this year. But, she concluded that just going to an American supermarket is pretty exciting!
Second Graders Learn Sequencing and Descriptive Writing
Mrs. Reiter’s 2nd grade reading and writing students have been working on comprehending and sequencing literature. Students read Henry and Mudge and worked in cooperative learning groups to sequence events in the story. Students have also been working on writing descriptive paragraphs about the main character, Mudge. Mrs. Reiter’s students used the iPad app Popplet to create a graphic organizer. Then, they shared their graphic organizer with the class using the Apple TV and Smartboard. After sharing, the students used details from the story as well as their graphic organizer to write a descriptive paragraph. Mrs. Reiter explained that focusing on sequencing and using details from the story allows students to understanding how events, told in order, can help aid them in comprehension. She added that students “have enjoyed using technology to create graphic organizers. Our culminating activity was creating Mudge and retelling the story.” Mrs. Reiter encourages everyone to stop by the second grade hallway to see students’ creations!
Physics Students Complete Buggy Lab
Mr. Kohring’s Physics students are currently working on their Constant Velocity unit and have been working on the “Buggy Lab.” During this lab, students collect data with the goal of representing the buggy’s motion mathematically and graphically. Mr. Kohring explained that later in the unit, students will be asked to represent the motion of different objects in various ways, such as motion maps, position-time graphs, and velocity-time graphs. When asked what students have enjoyed most about this unit, Mr. Kohring explained that students have really enjoyed the hands-on learning and application. They have also enjoyed the opportunity to work with their classmates!