Across the district, we were very excited to welcome our elementary learners back to buildings in the early part of February and we are looking forward to welcoming secondary learners back to a hybrid model later this month. This is a snapshot of the many amazing learning activities happening in our community over the past few weeks.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
In past years Farmington High School students participating in the Dakota County 4-H extension program have come into 4th grade classrooms at Meadowview Elementary to teach fourth graders about peer pressure and making good choices. This year the two groups partnered in a different way. They created monthly hands-on STEM activities and each student was provided with a bag of materials to complete the STEM challenges at home. Their first activity was a Gumdrop Engineering challenge. Students were given 3 gumdrop building activities to complete and reflect on. Students loved doing these at home hands-on activities! — MVES 4th Grade Teachers Jacalyn Eisenzimmer, Kiley Simonson, Lisa Kasper, Emily Holley
In the photo above, North Trail Elementary students explore three dimensional shapes and practice counting with money, dice, and block towers.
Since being back in school, MVES students have enjoyed many outdoor learning opportunities - including new sleds for recess!
Farmington Elementary has brought back their High Five Fridays, where they greet students outdoors as they arrive at school with (covid-safe) high fives and big foam hand waves.
In the photo above, Riverview Elementary students take part in "Minnesota Style" Gaga Ball.