Allapattah Flats students visit nation’s capital

Allapattah Flats students visit nation’s capital

Allapattah Flats K-8 middle grades students had the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. over spring break. The students visited numerous national monuments and learned about the nation’s history. Students visited the Capitol, the White House, Arlington Cemetery, and the Washington monument. They enjoyed the Jefferson, Lincoln and Martin Luther King Memorials, as well as the Korean, Marine, Viet Nam Memorials and the tomb of the unknown soldier where they witnessed the changing of the guard. The group wrapped up the trip by visiting some of the capitol’s famous museums and spent the last day at Georgetown University checking out the college.

Allapattah Flats students use tools to improve writing skills

Allapattah Flats students use tools to improve writing skills

Students in Myron Varn’s eighth grade American History class at Allapattah Flats (APF) K8 School have finished writing their first document based question (DBQ). Students read and analyzed five different primary source documents to determine the cause of death for almost 80 percent of the first colony’s settlers. They have proven in their thesis that poor water caused disease, poor relations with Powhatan caused violent death, and lack of appropriate skills led to starvation and sickness. This lesson helped the students understand population decline during the time period. When using the DBQ, students are able to brainstorm and come up with ideas for writing. The students will be able to use what they have learned to help them prepare for APF Writes and FCAT.

Allapattah Flats students use tessellations to combine math and art

Allapattah Flats students use tessellations to combine math and art

Eighth grade students in Linda Chinn’s math classes at Allapattah Flats K8 are studying polygons and invited reading coach Linda Schmeer to read “The Greedy Triangle.” Students also looked at some famous art work based on tessellations to gain background. Students then worked with tesseltiles to create their own unique tessellations. Frank Andrade, left, and Corey Lewis are shown with some of the tessellations students used to create their pieces of art.

Allapattah Flats students use scientific method to determine best materials to use in production

Allapattah Flats students use scientific method to determine best materials to use in production

Eighth grade Allapattah Flats students practiced using the scientific method to determine which type of paper will allow a paper airplane to fly the furthest. Students used prior knowledge to generate their hypothesis and develop their procedures and will apply what they learned from this lab activity to engineer a more aerodynamic plane in their lab work. Students learned to identify the value in using the scientific method in everyday life as a guide for how to think like a scientist. They are also learning to differentiate between science and non-science.   Pictured, from left, are Vincent Iapriccio, Jesenia Casado, Caitlin Cooney as they test out their paper airplane designs.

Allapattah Flats students start setting goals

Allapattah Flats students start setting goals

Students in reading classes at Allapattah Flats K-8 have been working diligently on setting personal and academic goals for the school year. Students will focus on specific reading comprehension skills and track their progress towards mastering those strategies on a weekly basis.  In November, they will participate in student led conferencing where they will share their progress towards their goals with parents, guardians and teachers. Pictured, from left, are Santiago Torres, Gianni Lancaster and Victoria Joseph working together to set personal and academic goals.

Allapattah Flats students share in instruction duties

Allapattah Flats students share in instruction duties

Students Myron Varn’s eighth grade American History classes just completed a Student Teaching Module (STM) which divided the class into five groups, each responsible for  part of a chapter covering the inventions and early industry from 1740-1790.  They planned lessons to include learning goals and assessments.  Some lessons were as intricate as PowerPoint slide shows with a Jeopardy quiz. Others were as simple as choral reading and questioning.  When asked to reflect, the groups that had the more complex lessons said that they learned more about their subject, but that it took a lot more time to put together.  Groups that had the simplest lessons said that although choral reading was easy to set up and do, it wasn’t much fun.  They all  pooled the questions that they thought were most important into a review and ending assessment.  Many students want to do this again, saying they learned more through preparation. Pictured, from left, are Conner Hay, Joseph Furman, and Javier Rosado.

Allapattah Flats students search for life in the water

Allapattah Flats students search for life in the water

Third graders at Allapattah Flats have been studying plant and animal life cycles in science class.  On a recent field trip, students had the opportunity to visit the Savannas Preserve Park.  Students went netting in the water to search for and observe various living organisms.  Students were also introduced to some unique plant life and taught about what the early settlers of this area used these plants for in their everyday lives. Pictured is Connor Cook from Randi Pierson’s class eagerly investigating his net in the hope of finding some living organisms.

Allapattah Flats students scoot around school

Allapattah Flats students scoot around school

Elementary grades physical education classes at Allapattah Flats K8 has completed a unit on scooters.  Students enjoyed scooter races, played scooter basketball and scooter hockey. The students improved arm and leg strength, coordination and spacial awareness and are now working on improving the 1 mile run/walk for the Presidential fitness challenge. Pictured, from left, are Alexis Allen and Chyna Nazario as they prepare for scooter hockey.

Allapattah Flats students learn to create artwork using Origami

Allapattah Flats students learn to create artwork using Origami

Students in Tekia Montgomery’s first grade through fifth grade classes at Allapattah Flats K8 School have been learning how to create different animal faces using Origami, the Japanese art form of folding paper. Students read about and saw examples of things such as animals, puppets, masks and geometric shapes, then took on the challenge of creating their own. They created a variety of shapes and added their own flair by drawing on faces and detail. Students were engaged, excited, and had a lot of fun creating these animal faces and working as a team at all grade levels! Pictured are fourth graders proudly showing off their latest creations.

Allapattah Flats students learn how to handle natural disasters

Allapattah Flats students learn how to handle natural disasters

Fifth grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 School are working diligently on their natural disaster research project and brochure. Students are now accomplished scientists who can observe and experiment to gather data and draw conclusions. They have expanded their knowledge of the physical world and can apply the basic math and science skills they’ve acquired to their observations. The understanding of the scientific method and the natural world has allowed them to research and analyze each natural disaster so they are able to complete an informational brochure to present to the class. Each group of students is required to research factual information on their specific disaster and put together an informational brochure that explains different aspects of their disaster.  Pictured are Lola Dunlap, left, and Riley Franklin.

Allapattah Flats students learn about various kinds of matter

Allapattah Flats students learn about various kinds of matter

Eight grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 are learning about various kinds of matter. They were extraordinarily excited to learn about physical and chemical changes with hands-on activities in the science lab. Students were able to test a variety of chemicals and determine whether the reactions they saw were physical or chemical. They learned about suspensions, mixtures, and more through smell, sight and touch. Pictured, from left, are Autumn Washington, Sharon Charite, Sandy Simon and Jayda Hill as they dive right in to their next test tube waiting to see the reaction.

Allapattah Flats students learn about text perspective

Allapattah Flats students learn about text perspective

Students in Dannielle Cason’s eighth grade reading class at Allapattah Flats K8 School took the opportunity to view text from different character perspectives.  Using the short story “The Cat Who Thought She Was a Dog and the Dog Who Thought He Was a Cat” by Isaac Beshevis Singer, the students first identified plot structure and then chose six events from the story to retell from on of the characters’ perspective. The students rewrote the event as if they were the particular character from the story. Finally, they constructed a storyboard of events to visually illustrate how the character “saw” each event. Pictured is Joane Jeanty working on her storyboard assignment.

Allapattah Flats students learn about overcoming obstacles through Stella the Whale

Allapattah Flats students learn about overcoming obstacles through Stella the Whale

Kindergarten through second grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 School recently were visited by Wyland Foundation, along with Stella the Whale.  Stella is a near life size canvas painting of a baby right whale. Students got to take part in a unique exercise in goal setting to help Stella migrate 700 miles from one end of the state to the other. Stella’s epic 30-day journey is part of an effort to draw attention to the plight of the endangered north Atlantic right whale whose numbers have dwindled in recent years to less than 400. To mirror the average traveling distance in a right whale’s migration, Stella will stop every twenty miles at schools and children’s centers, starting Oct. 14 in Key Largo and concluding Nov. 17 at the Right Whale Festival in Jacksonville. Each stop on Stella’s route will include presentations from marine mammal experts and educators, a photo opportunity with Stella, and activities for students to use Stella’s journey to identify their own goals for environmental conservation, health and wellness, and academic success. Stella gives students a chance to understand the perilous migration that whales undertake every year from their winter calving areas off Florida to the feeding grounds off Nova Scotia, according to the Wyland Foundation, and her journey provides a unique way of understanding the importance of overcoming obstacles to achieve goals.

Allapattah Flats students learn about local agriculture

Allapattah Flats students learn about local agriculture

Third grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 School recently got up close and personal with Florida’s native wildlife and ecosystem on a trip to the 4-H Farm. Students were able to view gardens, rain barrels, and hydroponics. Cows and donkeys were just some of the animals students were able to touch. In the herb garden, students were educated on how herbs are used in cooking as well as being able to smell the various herbs. Pictured are Trey Devercelly, left, and Hannah Hudson.

Allapattah Flats students learn about healthy eating

Allapattah Flats students learn about healthy eating

First graders at Allapattah Flats K-8 enjoyed a visit from the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast to learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits.  Students learned about the food pyramid, healthy eating, and the importance of exercise.  Isabelle Veloz, from Ann Hartman’s first grade class, enjoyed making her very own yogurt parfait with the help of Joyce Thomasson from the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast.  Eagerly waiting their turn to make some yogurt are Cordelia Raeburn and Antonio Alves.

Allapattah Flats students learn about energy conservation

Allapattah Flats students learn about energy conservation

Students in grades kindergarten, first, and second grade at Allapattah Flats K-8 School watched a special performance titled “Men in Plaid: The Kilowatt Connection.” The performance was put on by The National Theatre for Children and it was sponsored by Florida Power and Light. The performers conveyed important messages to students about energy conservation in order to make the world a better place. Pictured, from left, are Kaylee Harris from Kylee Dvorak’s second grade class and visiting performers Zack and Nate.

Allapattah Flats students learn about energy

Allapattah Flats students learn about energy

Third grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 have been learning about different forms of energy in science class. Students in Shannon Johnson’s class went to the science lab to learn more about potential and kinetic energy. Science teacher Joseph Kline instructed students to experiment with different heights of a ramp to test the objects’ potential and kinetic energy. Students rolled a tennis ball down a ramp at different heights towards a funnel and then measured how far the funnel moved. Pictured, from left, are eighth grade student Mallorie Sonenblum, with third graders Austyn Adderly and Von’che Jones.

Allapattah Flats Students Lead Conferences

Allapattah Flats Students Lead Conferences

All students at Flats K-8 recently led conferences with their parents and other caring adults. They shared things they have learned, things they still need help on and what kind of learning helps them most. In addition, they shared their Kids at Hope destinations and goals for this year and the future with their caring adults.

Pictured:  Mrs. Bowen and Abishai Ambrose