Last week our 1th-8th graders took the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS). The ITBS is a standardized test that our teachers use as a tool to ensure our students are reaching their full academic potential. Our students work really hard during testing and our kindergarteners stayed very quiet all week so there were no distractions. By the end of the day on Thursday, they were all in need of some fun. So, Friday our middle school students hosted our annual End-of-ITBS-Tournament! We love this event! It is a great way to celebrate the end of a long week of testing and it is a middle school fundraiser. It starts with picnic style pizza lunch. Then, our kiddos divided into dens and the competitions began!! There were a series of relays and then a huge dodgeball tournament! At the end of the afternoon, the scores were added up and the Green Den won! This was the perfect ending to a week of hard work.
Last week our Pre-k 3 and 4 year olds went on fun field trips around Waco! Pre-k 3 year olds went to Brazo’s Feed store where they got to hold baby chicks! The Pre-k 4 year olds explored the Arboretum. They saw amazing flowers and heard all about the gardens. We love that these kids are learning so much about the amazing wold God created!
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Yesterday, our 4th graders headed to Austin, Texas! They spent the day exploring the city and creating wonderful memories. It is so important to WCS for these kids to have academic experiences beyond the classroom where they can apply what they have learned and grow together as a class. Looks like a fun day 4th grade!
Last night our 1st-3rd graders and our choir/drama students in 4th-8th grade presented the musical Danny and the Shacks. It was an amazing, and fun, way to share the story of Daniel and his friends as they stood firm for God. Our students, led by our talented music teacher Laura Barlow, worked for months memorizing lines, songs and choreography. We are so proud of this production and their hard work!
This week our 2nd graders presented their Famous American biographies. They have spent the last few weeks researching their assigned American and creating a visual to go along with all they are learning. Then, they presented their information to the class and their visuals line the halls of our school. They were so excited to share all they learned! Way to go 2nd grade!
This morning our Kindergarteners celebrated the Q and U wedding! They have been studying Q in class all week and today Q was official joined to U. This is such a fun way for our students to study phonics! The WCS advanced orchestra played during the ceremony, then all the students enjoyed a cake reception and blew bubbles to congratulate the “happy couple”. This will be a day they do not forget and a spelling rule they remember!
Tuesday, March 5th, the 7th and 8th graders headed out of town for their 4 day field trip to San Antonio! We love when our students can leave the classroom and put into practice everything they have been learning. While in San Antonio, they visited the Guinness World Records Museum, The Alamo, Natural Bridge Caverns, The Witte Museum, The San Antonio Zoo and went on a boat tour of the Riverwalk. At night, they came together to discuss what they learned during the day, had a Bible devotion, pray, and talked about what they would be doing next. This was a special time for our students and they brought back wonderful memories.
Over the last few weeks 5th and 6th grade has been writing children’s books! The 5th graders used their creativity to write their own books and our 6th graders followed the example of the book “The Was An Old Woman Who Swallowed A Fly”. They wrote their stories, edited them, bound and illustrated them. Today, they went and shared their stories with our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes. We love seeing these young authors share their work with our little Wildcats!
This week our 1st graders and 8th graders learned about volcanos! It was so fun to see them explore how volcanos work and create islands. Our 1st graders got the chance to have an adventure up to the 3rd floor middle school to see our 8th graders create their model of a volcano. They had a great questions and discussion. We love seeing our big kids involved in the younger kids education! What a fun way to learn about God’s creation.