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Orton-Gillingham Classroom Activities

October 4, 2017

Written by Ms. Doetzer, Elementary Teacher   The Orton-Gillingham Approach is designed to help students with Dyslexia, which affects 1 in 5 children. Once you’ve been through the Orton-Gillingham training, there are a lot of ...

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Horizon Academy Eclipse Day

September 12, 2017

Written by Mr. McConnell, Upper Team Instructor Horizon Academy was lucky to be near the path of a total solar eclipse this August. As a science teacher, I have been looking forward to this educational opportunity ...

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Not so Rare After All

August 29, 2017

Written by Ms. Guillory, Upper Team Teacher The opportunity to witness the solar eclipse last week allowed me to reflect for a moment on awe (a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder). ...

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Avoiding the Summer Slide

July 18, 2017

Written by Mrs. Semro, Middle Team Teacher The very word summer brings to my mind mental images of swimming pools, lightning bugs, baseball, and ice cream cones.  The smells of suntan lotion and outdoor grills ...

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What is Orton-Gillingham?

June 14, 2017

Written by Judy Cowin, Tutoring Coordinator   I am often asked, “What is Orton-Gillingham?”  Parents may have come across the name in their research, heard of a “multi-sensory method”, or received a referral from a ...

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Year-Round School?

May 30, 2017

Written by Mr. McFarland, Middle Team Teacher Each year kids (and teachers) count down the last 20 some days of the school year and look forward to summer break. It means something different probably to ...

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Striving for Greatness

April 17, 2017

Written by Mrs. Denning, Upper Team Teacher “The greatest individuals who attain the highest forms of achievement in life don’t sprint toward success, but significance. They don’t run races, build businesses, raise kids, and live ...

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Strategy for Success: Understanding Textbooks

March 14, 2017

Written by Ms. Olinger, Middle Team Teacher Learning strategies work well with our students as it gives them a concrete way to move through a specific skill. Traditional classrooms often use textbooks, and students must ...

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Building a Better Volcano

February 28, 2017

Written by Mr. McConnell, Upper Team Instructor   Early in February, my Earth Science class learned about the forces that produce volcanic eruptions. This presented an opportunity for a classic high school science demonstration, the ...

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Process Over Product

February 17, 2017

Written by Ms. Bardwell, Arts & Extracurricular Coordinator   Unlike music, where talent is passed on through genetics, art is developed over time with lots of practice. Along with developing fine motor skills, art students ...

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