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iPads in Music Class

Mrs. Dee Hodnett    A visitor to Irwin County Elementary School might notice that one classroom sounds a little different from some of the others.  The noises from Dee Hodnett’s classroom filter out into the hall; recorder music, classical tunes, and children singing or calling out excitedly are just some of the things that happen in the room.  Dee Hodnett, the music teacher at I.C.E.S., has added a new facet to her classroom instruction with a set of mini-iPads for student use.  These devices revolutionize the way Mrs. Hodnett can bring music into the lives of her students.
     Hodnett uses the iPads as a teaching tool in many different ways.  Her students can take interactive quizzes on music topics through a program called Kahoot, with their answers automatically posting on the board in a real-time trivia contest.  Students compete to see who can reach the top of the leader board and receive prizes for their musical knowledge.  Students in every grade use the Kahoot program.
     Mrs. Hodnett uses a program called Quaver throughout her music instruction.  Quaver is a performer who teaches children about music, interacts with children at each participating school in multiple ways, and provides an app and web tools for children to learn about music and even create their own sheet music.  Quaver even Skypes with students and answers their questions.  In the past, Hodnett had to put Quaver’s tools on the board and call the children up individually, but now each child has access to the program at the same time via the Quaver app on the iPad.Mrs. Hodnett's music class
     If any time is left in the class period after the group musical instruction, students may use their iPads to complete assigned tasks or play musical games.  Every single app on the student iPads was downloaded for free and is music-related.  Students can help play classical music, identify musical notes, or watch pianists play complex pieces. 
     Mrs. Hodnett sees great potential for her iPads as a classroom tool, saying, “I am glad to have another way to show students that everyone has their own special musical gifts.  In the world of music, there is a place for everyone.  The students and I are so grateful for this new tool.”

Coming February 22 to Our School!

School Nutrition NewsLUNCHBOX BUDDIES!

Because our school participates in the Community Eligibility Program (all students may eat breakfast and lunch free of charge) we are thrilled to be able to offer this exciting option to students who choose to bring their lunch from home.  Introducing:  LUNCHBOX BUDDIES!

This lunch option will consist of:

  • 4 oz. yogurt
  • 1 oz. cheese stick
  • Individual bag of grain based chips
  • Their choice of fruit or vegetable
  • Choice of milk (not required)
All a student has to do is come through the lunch line carrying their lunchbox and they may receive a LUNCHBOX BUDDY at NO CHARGE!  All the parent has to do is pack a sandwich!

The Lunchbox Buddies program begins FEBRUARY 22!

First Graders Hatch Chicks

Mrs. Spell's classUsing the Irwin EMC Grant she received, Mrs. Haley Spell purchased an incubator and classroom supplies to hatch chicks in her grade 1 class. The students looked at the eggs daily using a candeler to see embryo development. The chicks hatched right after the Thanksgiving break and they had an exceptional hatch rate: 14 of 15 eggs hatched!! The students have learned so much from this experience. Way to go, Mrs. Spell!

Matt Seale Visits Kindergarten Class

Matt SealeChief Petty Officer Matt Seale visited Ms. Renea Taylor's class to talk with the students about being a veteran. Chief Petty Officer Seale served in the United States Navy and came to greet the students in his blue camouflage Navy uniform. He talked with the students about his experiences in the United States Navy and also discussed the five branches of the United States military: Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and the Coast Guard. He also answered questions that the students had about the United States military. Today Chief Petty Officers Matt Seale is a part of the Navy Reserves.

Matt SealeThe students wrote a thank you letter to Chief Seale to thank him for his service.

Ms. Renea Taylor’s and Ms. Susie Davis's Kindergarten class would like to thank Chief Petty Officer Matt Seale for his service and all veterans for their service in defending our country.

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