Our first Walk/Bike to school day will be on September 22nd. Starting the day by exercising your way to school is the best way to wake up, get your brain ready for learning, and lock in that great mood to last your whole day.
I'll be riding my bike to school, and would love for you to join me! Bikes will meet in the YMCA parking lot at 6:45, and we'll take off at 6:50. You must wear a helmet to join our group. Riders of all abilities are welcome!
Looking for more opportunities to get on your bike? Check out the Little Bellas mountain biking program! The 5-week Fall session starts September 10th and meets every Sunday at Blanket Creek Park in Woodstock. This program encourages girls between the ages of 7 and 13 to get outside, get dirty, and have fun on bikes. We'll play games on and off our bikes, make friends, work on biking skills, and enjoy the outdoors! Register here: littlebellas.regfox.com/woodstock-ga-sunday-program-session-2-spring-2017
It's the beginning of a new school year, and the halls are filled with excited students once again (and excited teachers too)! I can't wait to see what this year has in store for our Tritt Tigers.
Our administration gave me the opportunity to become the first Innovation Specialist in the county 3 years ago. I have the ridiculously cool responsibility of increasing 21st century skills, exposing students to innovative practices, and really enhancing classroom curriculum by integrating technology. After focusing on student success for the first two years, I now get to work with our teachers to help them better embed technology in their everyday instruction. I can't think of a better model to carry out our vision of One Team, One Goal, Student Success!
Throughout the year, I'll be in and out of classrooms from Kindergarten through 5th grade, working on product creation and coding and programming skills. Lessons focused on product creation will allow students to practice using apps, programs, and websites to create digital works that demonstrate their understanding of content standards. You may see Kindergarten students using Tellagami to share their phonetic understanding through their Animal Parade project. You may see our third graders using Spark Video to narrate their illustrations which show how they can use multiple strategies to solve a math problem. You'll be able to catch our 5th graders working in digital collaborative environments like Padlet to work together work towards a common goal. And that's just the tip of the iceberg!
Sphero programmable robots, Makey Makey kits, Osmo Kits, GoPros, 3D printers, drones, and more are all in our innovative arsenal, enhancing learning for our students. This year, we'll continue looking ahead in search of experiences we can provide for our students, which will push them ahead, as they prepare themselves for a future filled with endless opportunities.
If you are in the tech industry, you have a passion for gizmos and gadgets, you use coding and programming skills in your career, or you have a connection to hook us up with, please feel free to contact me any time!
Drop by the Annex, room 605, and say Hey!
We hope to see a lot of our Tritt parents at our next STEM Showcase! You know what STEM stands for, but do you know what STEM instruction, inquiry, and exploration looks like for your child? Do you know how our students tackle a challenge by working through the stages of the engineering design process? Do you understand how our teachers create their own lesson to meet the needs of their particular students, while providing relevant and purposeful challenges? Come see STEM at Tritt for yourself and you'll be amazed by our students and staff!
During my 10+ years here at Tritt I've watched an amazing transformation, and when you are passionate about the excellence you get to see from fellow staff and students you just HAVE to share it! I am grateful to have the opportunity to brag about how amazing our school is. It takes passion from administration, teachers, students, and our community.
Thanking my lucky stars that I get to be part of the Tritt Family. Click here to read about our awesome STEM journey over the last 6 years.
If you have any Apple lightning cables that have been roughed up but still work, feel free to send them in! Anytime you buy a new Apple phone or tablet, it comes with a new charging cable. If you have extras that aren't being used or the rubber coating is peeling away we'll happily accept them for our classroom iPads. Pic below shows lightning cable.
I have had a Raspberry Pi for a few years now, and the fact that it has only come out of it's box once is really bothering me. I want to utilize this resource, and I have even gathered some cool ways to use it, but I need a more comprehensive beginners tutorial. I'm hoping to reach out to our community and find a parent or high school student who would be willing to meet with me for a "here are the basics" session. Our Tritt students have the ability to do some pretty cool things, and we have the resources. We just need a little help to get going!
Please e-mail me at Alexa.Dean@cobbk12.org if you are willing to help us out!
We had an excellent time presenting and learning at this year's STEM Forum! For more information on Tritt's presentation, "Technology Integration in the K-5 Classroom" visit the links below.
Tritt STEM Journey:
Favorite Apps for Product Creation and Coding/Programming:
Tritt PTA is doing its annual fundraiser this year with a new “Ninja Warrior” type obstacle course. Each class will be competing as a whole against other classes in their grade for the fastest completion time! The students learned all about it today and can give you details. Please help us raise money for our PTA so they can continue to support our students and staff.
There will be prizes for the classes with the fastest time in their grade, the kindest/most spirited class, and the class with the best class poster/name. Also, the class with the fastest time in each grade will be getting a Sno-Cone party!!!!
The school-wide goals are:
Count Days – Please send your child’s envelope in only on these days.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
Monday, October 24, 2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Tiger Dash Dash Schedule:
5th Grade - 8:30-9:15
4th Grade - 9:15-10:00
3rd Grade - 10:00-10:45
1st Grade - 10:45-11:30
Kindergarten - 11:30-12:15
2nd Grade - 12:15-1:00
Registration is open for The Cobb Regional Technology Competition (CRTC)! If you enjoy being a producer of technology, this competition will be perfect for you. Students in grades 3-12 are invited to participate and show off their unique talents. Students may work independently or in teams of two. Catergories include 3D Modeling, Animation, Audio Production, Device Modification, Digital Photo Production, Game Design, Graphic Design, Internet Applications, Mobile Apps, Mulitmedia applications, Non-Multimedia Applications, Project Programming, Robotics, Tech Literacy Challenge (an online exam for individuals only), Tech Programming Challenge (on-site event for 7th-12th graders only), and Video Production.
Visit www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/professionallearning/crtc/ for more information.
GSTA's STEMtalk 2016 is here! Do you have thoughts on how STEM is shaping your future? Are you interested in making a 5 minute (or less) video to express your ideas? Have you been hoping for an opportunity to captivate an audience? Are you terrified of public speaking, but maybe this is the push you need to conquer your fears and find a new talent? If you said YES to any of these questions, the GSTA STEMtalk competition might be perfect for you!
Click the link for more info: www.georgiascienceteacher.org/STEMTalk#step1
And come see Mrs. Dean on the 400 hall to get started!
Submissions are due September 16th. Don't miss out on this opportunity!