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April, 2014

 

Relay Recess

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Magnolia Trace Elementary held its first Relay Recess on April 15th.  The event was sponsored by the MTE K-Kids organization.  The cold weather didn’t dampen spirits as the children ran obstacle courses, listened to live and D.J. music, had their faces painted, and signed a banner for the Relay sponsors.  The students raised $2200 for the American Cancer Society.

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Cultural Arts Day

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Magnolia Trace Elementary students “visited” Mexico for Cultural Arts Day on March 28th.  The students learned about the food, music, dance and customs of Mexico.  Students learned the Mexican hat dance, and made maracas in their sombreros.

 

 

 


March, 2014

Archaeological Dig Lessons

In a special science presentation at Magnolia Trace Elementary this week, students took part in a simulated archaeological dig, finding and identifying dinosaur fossils. Students met at the gazebo south of the school, and after an introductory presentation on the types of dinosaur bones they would be finding, the students proceeded to “Maggie’s Boneyard” to push back sand and gravel to find the fossils.

They then had to identify the parts and name the dinosaurs belonging to those parts. The dinosaurs involved were tyrannosaurus Rex, stegosaurus, allosaurus, triceratops, and velociraptor. Posters showing the skeletons of each one were on display to help students identify what they were finding.

The kids also learned what a fossil is and how it came to be shaped like a dinosaur bone.

Principal Melanie Edwards said the results of the project have been fabulous. “The kids are learning a lot, and are having a lot of fun. So are the volunteer parents who are burying all 21 artifacts after each lesson,” she said.

Ms. Kia Koenig, scientist in residence, guided the lesson, giving each team detailed descriptions on how to identify the dinosaurs from the fossils that were found during the dig, ranging from teeth to skulls and back plates.

The project involved a large elevated dig area, shaped like bone, that the “junior paleontologists” dug through with the help of their teachers and volunteers. The students were assigned to teams of three to four students each, and given a specific area to dig in. While the excitement ran high when a fossil was uncovered, it had to be picked up and handled carefully because fossils can be broken easily, Ms. Koenig explained.

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December, 2013

 

Toys Collected

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National Guard volunteers picked up the toys collected by Magnolia Trace students for the Mandeville Police Foundation’s annual Christmas campaign.

 


November, 2013

 

 

Black and Gold Day

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Donations to St. Jude Hospital

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Magnolia Trace’s K-Kids worked hard to collect $3500 in donations to support St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  The students and faculty participated in several activities to raise the funds, which were presented to St. Jude’s.

 


October, 2013

 

Fair Booth Beads

All of the students at Magnolia Trace brought in Mardi Gras beads and worked hard on their fair booth mosaic during art classes.  Mrs. Watters, the MTE art teacher, helped the students sort and glue the beads on the mural panels.  The students are proud of their beautiful nature mosaic.

 


September, 2013

 

 

Skyping with Kuwait

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Anna Pignato’s third grade class at Magnolia Trace Skypes with three soldiers in Kuwait.  One of the soldiers has a son in Mrs. Pignato’s class.

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FIRST Lego League

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Magnolia Trace Jr. FIRST Lego League students explore mechanical parts and vocabulary with the help of parents and Fontainebleau High School students.

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Magnolia Trace Elementary’s Junior FIRST Lego League students follow a diagram to build various models that explain the concepts of "gearing up" and "gearing down."

 

Lowering The Flag

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Mrs. Scimemi’s class has a flag lowering ceremony on 9-11-13.

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Mr. Larry helps Mrs. Scimemi’s students lower the flag at Magnolia Trace, and leads them in the Pledge of Allegiance on 9-11-13.

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