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. Portage came home with several medals. Congrats to Gracie T, Max Z, Ryker R, Jaleel K and Carsten K. The competition would not be possible without the staff, admin, and community volunteers!
Math Matters - This new event was sponsored by Wis. Dells and invited students to solve problems both individually and as a team. Portage took two teams from each grade 5-7. Michael V won 2nd place over all for grade 5 and Ezra L won 2nd place over all for grade 6.
Spelling Bee - local and regional Portage hosted this regional event on the PHS stage. One student from each elementary school represented Portage amongst about 50 competitors. Cooper S - Lewiston, Natalie B - Endeavor, Ally S - Muir, & Sammie N - Rusch. Congratulations to Ally S who won 3rd place!
Creative Arts Festival - regional Fourteen students in grades 5 and 6 planned to attend this event that honors students with advanced abilities in art, music, and drama. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and the event was cancelled. Jen Martens, Ciera Adams, and myself held a smaller version of the event in Portage after school one night so students still had some creative time.
Creative Arts Festival - local Over 30 students participated in our second 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 - This event has been held for more years than I can remember at UW- Sauk County. Portage took 24 authors who won a local writing contest to a day filled with learning about writing and illustrating. Thanks to Eileen Marshall and Dave Carpenter for assisting with the writing sessions.
Small Group Projects - This year I was able to meet with 11 small groups of Advanced Learners for special projects. Students used their higher level thinking skills to solve mysteries, create house blueprints, figure out logic problems, and understand people's behavior (among other things!) Students enjoyed time working with like minded peers and participating in enriched curriculum.
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 are part of the third grade technology curriculum. Teachers continue to check out our set of phones and goggles when an expedition matches their curriculum. Students love using this technology!
BreakoutEDU Boxes - A BreakoutEDU activity was scheduled for every student 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.
Bots! - Each grade level has an opportunity during technology lessons to play with and program robots . Beebots, Ozobots, MIPs, Spheros, Dots & Dashe , along with Makey Makey boards are student favorites.
LEGO Clubs - Students once again had the opportunity to build and program robots this year as part of a LEGO club thanks to parent volunteers. There continue to be four kits available to use in clubs or the classrooms.
More photos and videos can be seen on the "Projects and Events" link at the top of the page.