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Hillside Honors Hispanic Heritage Month Through Music

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Hillside Grade School students have been celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in their music classes.

Second graders learned the Mexican song, “Colas,” and practiced zapateado dance steps. Third and fourth grade students learned about Plena music from Puerto Rico, studying special Plena rhythms on percussion instruments. They also spent time in class comparing and contrasting Plena music with Puerto Rico’s other music style, Bomba.

Classroom lessons inspired by Hispanic Heritage Month support the district’s goal to “ensure a focus on inclusive and culturally proficient practices that improve learning and school cultures.”

Hillside Grade School Fifth Graders Learn with Google Jamboard

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Fifth graders in Peter Halligan’s class at Hillside Grade School have been using Google Jamboard, a digital interactive whiteboard app, for their HMH Science Dimensions unit.

Using the app on their district-provided Chromebooks, students identified how and when scientists and engineers work together to make discoveries and solve problems. They also utilized the new Newline Board in the classroom for the lesson.

Growth Mindset for Fourth Graders

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The fourth grade team is focusing on building a classroom community of creative learners with a growth mindset! They are creating a class logo and name, and have been playing lots of “getting to know you” games. They also celebrated International Dot Day by reading the book, “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds, creating their own dot masterpieces and listening to Reynolds explain the meaning behind his book through a video on YouTube. This was a great segway into teaching about growth mindset and the power of "yet!"