After learning about the "You CAN Do The Rubik’s® Cube" Lending Program from a couple of her colleagues, Ms. Gullo scheduled to receive a 2x2 set of cubes in January. She was able to keep the cubes for six weeks before returning them. The cubes were used in her library with all grade K-5.
The Rubik's Cubes can be integrated into so many subject areas including, math, art, coding, and engineering. After seeing how much fun the students were having and how many academic and social skills they were gaining from the cubes, she decided to run a Champions before school club called, "Cubelet." The club was a tremendous success!
After the six weeks were up and Ms. Gullo had to return the cubes back to the company, she realized that everyone including herself missed having them. Ms. Gullo also thought about how as a child she used to have Rubik's Cubes that she could never solve. Now, here she was, an adult, and actually learning the algorithms behind the solutions and seeing what a positive impact the cubes had for the students.
It was then that Ms. Gullo decided to reach out to the company to see if there were any professional opportunities for her. The contact person, Meg McCann told Ms. Gullo about the Ambassador Program opportunity. She applied to become an Ambassador and her application was ACCEPTED!
MTPS is thrilled that Ms. Gullo was granted this professional opportunity! The You CAN Do The Rubik’s® Cube Program is extensive and packed with possibilities!
MTPS believes in a learning environment where students are encouraged to use their imagination to make something new without the use of technology.
As part of Disability Awareness Month schools were challenged (a little friendly competition) to create a mural as one way to build awareness in their school community. All students took part in creating the mural for their school. Every school did a WONDERFUL job creating murals that represented awareness for disabilities.
AND THE WINNER OF THE "DISABILITY AWARENESS" MURAL TROPHY IS
(DRUM ROLL please.........)
DAVID C. ABBOTT EARLY LEARNING CENTER
The students at David C. Abbott Early Learning Center created a feather to be a part of the school wide collaborative interactive wings mural. The mural was inspired by international street artist, Kelsey Montague and her What Lifts You campaign. The mural represents how “we are all different, but together we soar”.
This mural was a perfect way to celebrate acceptance and understanding of autism and disability awareness in the month of April.
A Special Kindergarten Birthday Surprise!
The kindergarten students at Defino Central Elementary School celebrate their birthdays with mystery readers.
Kieran had a special request for our math coach, Mrs. Magielnicki to come in and read a math book.
She brought in Math for All Seasons written by Mr. Greg Tang (NY TIMES Best Selling Author of 8 Math picture books from Scholastic). The students loved trying to solve the math riddles.
After posting the special reading to twitter, Greg Tang was amazed and excited that Kieran requested a math book. He retweeted the post and sent Kieran a signed copy of the book for his birthday!!!!
Parents Operating With Educators for Results
On April 4th, MTPS hosted the 8th annual P.O.W.E.R. "Bring Your Parents to School Event". The theme for the evening was "A Passport to Learning", and students and their families "traveled" to learning stations where they engaged in fun, interactive English Language Arts and Math activities created by members of our teaching staff.
MTPS believes in a learning environment where students are given the time and space to discover, develop, and celebrate innovative ideas, creations, and solutions to problems.
A few months ago Mr. Ancona from Marlboro Memorial Middle School found himself feeling that he could do more."I could do more to encourage student voice, I could do more to give students more freedoms, and most importantly, I felt I could do more to truly listen to what students have to say.", said Mr. Ancona. And just like that the The Monarch Experience Podcast was born.
The podcast shows not only the innovation of Marlboro students, but their belief that their generation can express themselves using technology as an outlet. They are the voice of this generation. Mr. Ancona is so proud of how articulate, charismatic, insightful, and creative these students are.
Click https://anchor.fm/monarchexperience and listen to The Monarch Experience. You can also subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcast or Spotify.
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The agenda was packed with engaging presentations from our very own teachers, which included the following: 20% Time and G Suite Success Stories, Keeping current on G Suite, Design Thinking and a Maker Mindset, Google Sheets, Google Classroom, Experience Google Cardboard, and Creativity & Innovation at Google.
Guests participated in breakout sessions, a student panel, and classroom visits.