We are participating in the Pennies for Patients program schoolwide until Monday, February 20th. Feel free to donate either in person, send money with your student, or even online! Our school is joining the fight against lukemia and lymphoma; this program funds research and the care of those with blood cancers. Please join us in this very worthy cause! Thanks in advance.
We’ve been switching things up with the “Kindergarten-Krew” since returning from winter break. Each week, we visit one of the four Kindergarten classrooms at Pillager Elementary School. For the first two sessions, we worked with Ms. Pettit’s class, helping the students during their reading time. Apparently the other teachers were getting jealous of Ms. Pettit hogging the “PACS PALS”, as Ms. Pettit refers to the group of kids who have been visiting her classroom. For the remainder of the year, we will be rotating through the four classrooms: Ms. Ivers, Mrs. Logelin, Mrs. Mielke, and Ms. Pettit. Today, we helped students in Mrs. Logelin’s “Krew” work on a writing assignment related to Martin Luther King Day. The students all began their assignment in the same way, “I will help others by…” The students finished the statement with a variety of things, such as: “being nice”, “asking them if they’re okay”, and “helping them get up when they fall”. These writing assignments will be attached to a dual handprint art piece they made previously, with two different colors of handprints to show togetherness. It was a fun change of pace to work with students in a different class and working with them in a different way.
By: Tracee Colgrove
The students arrived and happened to get lucky enough to have an unscheduled and unexcected tour guide. He initially led us through the Civil War Era exhibit.. The students learned how influential Minnesota was in the Civil War. Then they were able to venture through the museum and ask questions along the way. One of our students was in awe of a model airplane/drone used as target practice at Fort Ripley. There was a Vietnam War exhibit, featuring writings and letters from the soldiers during the war. An entire wall was devoted to these letters home. The Korean War exhibit was very interesting, where we learned of the politics involved in the war. A large weapons exhibit displayed the evolution of weaponry throughout the years. The weapons varied from small arms, including handheld pistols, to anti-tank guns, WWI weapons, etc. Technology has improved immensely since WWI. We were very fortunate to have been able to spend time wandering through the exhibits, learning about the history of the military in Minnesota.
By: Spencer Garness
The students at Pillager Area Charter School were given the opportunity to tour the Brainerd Dispatch on December 16, 2016. They arrived at the paper around 10:00, and they were given a guided tour of the facility. The students viewed the staff in action, working busily at their desks. The tour guide shared some of the colorful history of the newspaper. The highlight of their tour was the mass production machines for the newspaper. The students were flabbergasted at the size of the machines. They couldn’t believe the huge rolls of paper used for the production of the newspaper. There was one man in a booth above the production room overseeing the machines. It was fun for the students to watch the newsroom work, as some have an interest in a journalism career in the future.
By: Jessica Avila