Advanced Learners and Technology Integration
Math 24 Game - This mental math game continues to push students to memorize their basic facts and be creative by arranging them to equal 24. Our district took 18 students to the regional competition in Reedsburg. This year's winners were Perry W who earned 2nd place in 5th grade and Riley W, Dominic G, and Michael C, fourth graders who earned 4th , 5th, and 6th place. Proctors included Mrs. Tofson, Mrs. Altmann, Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Kaluzny and Mr. & Mrs. Jacobson.
Math Matters - This was our second year to attend this event in Wisconsin Dells. Eighth grade was included this year, giving us a full bus load of students to compete both individually and as a team. Portage took two teams from grades 5-8. Portage brought home MANY medals! Second place for high individual score went to: Nathan E (grade 5), Olivia G (grade 6) and Jonathan A (grade 8). A grade 5 team took second place: Eliana C, Brody K, Ava B, Kaden K & Nathan E. Grade 6 took both first place: Michael V, David N, Ally S, Olivia G & Emmy P , and second place : Natalie B, Samantha N, Max K, Ethan M & Amira K. Grade 8 brought home second place: Mason B, Alex S, Kimberly H, and Kai S.
Spelling Bee - local and regional Portage has become the host for both the CWTAG and SCRIPPS spelling bees on the same date. This year two students from each elementary school were able to represent Portage on stage among over 50 CWTAG competitors. Emmett C and Violet Z - Lewiston; Isaac M & Alaina S - Endeavor; Aliyah R & Nathan E - Muir; and Nora E & Perry W - Rusch. Congratulations to Nathan E who won 2nd place!
Creative Arts Festival - regional Fourteen students in grades 5 and 6 attended this amazing event in Wautoma this spring. Students chose an all day art, music, or drama class to participate in. In the afternoon their work was either displayed or performed for an audience.
Creative Arts Festival - local Close to 40 students participated in our annual CAF for grades 3 and 4 in Portage. The day culminated in presentations and displays by the students. Classes were taught by staff and volunteers in the community. A huge thank you to Jen Martens. Without her this event would not happen!
Young Authors Conference - Twenty four student authors from grades 3-5 attended this conference at UW-Platteville/Sauk County. Their work from our local contest was published in an anthology which they shared with students from around the south central part of Wisconsin. A storyteller, Kay Weeden, provided entertainment and they spent time making new friends and trying new writing techniques. Thanks to Eileen Marshall and Dave Carpenter for teaching one of the writing sessions.
Small Group Projects - Advanced Learner groups met with me for a variety of special projects this year. Projects studying archaeology in Egypt or erosion/weathering at the Grand Canyon and around the school. Other students used higher level thinking skills to solve mysteries, or learned advanced algebra concepts. Most of the groups I worked with also solved an extra Breakout EDU box!
Technology Lessons & Assessments
Maker Spaces - The Rusch Think lab continues to have activities available to classes and during recess times. Other maker space challenges have become part of the Technology curriculum which include inventions and robotics. Any of the materials can be checked out by teachers.
Google Expeditions - Virtual field trips were expanded from third grade to fourth and fifth grade curriculum. Teachers continue to check out our NEW set of phones and goggles when an expedition matches their curriculum. Students love using this technology!
BreakoutEDU Boxes - We added a second BreakoutEDU activity for each class in grades 3-5 this year as part of the technology curriculum. Students look forward to solving the clues and are becoming better at critical thinking and working together. Several 2nd grade classrooms also had the experience.
Coding & Bots! - Grades 3-5 have at least two opportunities during technology class to practice their coding skills. They also learn to program robots including Beebots, Ozobots, MIPs, Spheros, and Dots & Dashes .
LEGO Clubs - There were seven Lego Clubs this year at Rusch and Muir using three of our four kits. Many students were unable to participate as we needed more adult volunteers to facilitate. The robotic type kits continue to be favorites.
More photos and videos can be seen on the "Projects and Events" link at the top of the page.