The JA BizTown program gives students a realistic opportunity to experience how basic economic concepts are applied in the real world. In the JA BizTown facility, students operate many businesses, including retail stores, manufacturing shops, media outlets, a utility service, a restaurant, a bank and City Hall. This allows them to experience the responsibilities and freedoms of citizens of a free enterprise system.
In November, Salt Creek 5th graders will be participating in this unique and fun learning opportunity. Students in the mods will attend on November 1st, and students in the main building will attend on November 3rd.
The Junior Naturalists Club students and teachers Lorrie Huysman and Empress Bethel have been busy transforming the Salt Creek garden into a pollinator-prairie. The Salt Creek Land Lab is visible from State Route 56 in front of the school.
The Land Lab has evolved over time and is part of Salt Creek's history. During the past two years, the garden has been slowly transformed as teachers and students have worked with Rural Action and the Boy Scouts to bring native plants and grasses to the Land Lab. Plans are even in the works for a sign, bird houses, and other visual displays.
Students have been learning about how bees pollinate native wildflowers and have had the opportunity to read in the Land Lab and enjoy lunch there, too. Recently, they observed monarch butterflies in the pollinator-prairie on the butterflies' annual migration from Canada to Mexico.
Interested students are encouraged to join! Meetings are held on the second Tuesdays of the month after school until 4:00 p.m. Parents should pick up their students by 4:00 at the school doors on the west end of the building.
The remaining dates of this year's Jr. Naturalist Club meetings are:
May (to be announced)
Members of the Salt Creek Book Club and teacher Mrs. Tonya Blubaugh have been enjoying some great reads since school started.
In September they read Gordon Korman's Schooled, a book about 13-year-old Cap, a boy who is sent to a traditional middle school after being homeschooled on a farm commune.
Our Book Club participants have also been preparing for Margaret Peterson Haddix's visit on November 9th. In October, they read Found, the first book in Mrs. Haddix's The Missing series. In this story, teenage adoptees Jonah and his friend Chip begin receiving ominous messages that they are among "the missing" and someone is coming to find them. Frightened but curious, the boys begin a search for their true identies.
Interested students may sign up for this club during Homeroom. It meets Mondays and Thursdays after school from 2:15-3:15. Meetings include a snack, as well as crafts, challenges, games, or other book-related activities. Students receive their own copies of the selected books, which are theirs to keep.
Students' grades and discipline reports will be available to parents this year with the online program, Jupiter Grades. Students will be bringing home directions on how to log on and view your child's progress. Each parent will have an individual logon and password which will allow direct access to grades.
Parents can set up email and/or text notifications for failing grades. Teachers can use Jupiter grades to notify parents of problems and successes in the classroom. This is a great tool for parents and teachers to work together to help Salt Creek students be successful.