Posted on September 11th, 2017
After watching CNN student news and the coverage on Hurricane Harvey, fourth graders in Ms. Christina Powers’ class at Davis asked their teacher what they could do to help.
The class discussed some options and the students decided to organize a casual dress day to raise money.
They drafted an email to Principal Sweitzer and Assistant Principal Wolfgang asking for permission to hold a fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey victims. When they got the OK from their principals, students created flyers, counted them and handed them out to classrooms.
On Wednesday, they collected the money and helped to count the donations. They were super excited to take this picture and send it out to the Davis staff. The school raised $372.66!
Posted on September 11th, 2017
First and second grade students at Davis have been learning about building stamina in reading and math. In reading, students are reading to themselves for longer periods of time. We have discussed and modeled the three ways to read and the difference between “real” reading and “fake” reading.
In math, students are working in cooperative learning groups and applying new skills, through games and manipulatives. In writing, students are learning to increase their stamina by writing for longer periods of time. They are also learning new writing strategies to increase the details in their writing.
— Davis 1st/2nd grade team
Posted on August 28th, 2017
Davis K-8 kicked off the 2017-18 school year with a Luau Week in celebration of the Aloha Spirit!
“Aloha” is a Hawaiian word that means hello and goodbye. It also describes an attitude or a way of life — the Aloha Spirit:
Be in unity and harmony with your real self. Be honest, truthful, patient, kind to all life forms and humble.
Students started the week with the creation of an individual Tiki-making activity.
Tuesday was Bring a Beach Towel Day.
On Wednesday, students made lanterns to light the path to a positive school year.
Thursday, they created palm trees using their handprints representing working collaboratively and cooperatively to achieve their goals.
The theme was carried through to our Open House, and on Friday the students participated in a PRIDE assembly to review the PRIDE behavior matrix and learn about our Davis Dollars rewards program.
Posted on June 8th, 2017
Ms. Beth Dietz, head cook at Davis K-8, wanted to reward students for showing PRIDE and conducting themselves in an appropriate manner. Ms. Dietz created three large baskets full of goodies for three deserving students:
Queen Cole, 7th grade
Xavier Bruno, 6th grade
Jonatan Roman Sanchez, 4th grade
Ms. Dietz also attached a nice write-up to each basket that Principal Mindy Sweitzer read on the afternoon announcements.
“Thank you for letting us hear your voice every morning on the announcements. Queen, you did a great job!”
“Thank you for all you did in the cafeteria during your lunch time. I really appreciated all your hard work.”
Jonatan Roman Sanchez:
“Thank you for your nice manners you gave to us in the cafeteria every day. Hearing ‘Have a Nice Day’ some days put a smile on our faces.”
Phineas Davis K – 8 is lucky to have staff members like Mrs. Dietz!
Posted on May 24th, 2017
The students of the Davis after-school program in grades 3-8 were awarded with a trip to Hershey Park for positive behavior, consistency and commitment.
Students participated in fundraisers and made donations to support the field trip. They had a great time and were very appreciative.
— Diaz Woodard, program coordinator
Posted on May 16th, 2017
Second graders at Davis K-8 recently visited Indian Echo Caverns to see the power of water while reading about Earth’s Changes in ELA.
Students were able to see erosion first hand. They toured the cavern, which has many rooms and lots of interesting stories. The students saw for themselves just how dark it is deep in a cave. They also conducted a gem hunt using water and sieves.
The cavern also has a petting zoo so the children were able to visit with the goats, chickens and rabbits. They were lucky to have beautiful weather and spent a lovely day in the outdoors.
Posted on May 8th, 2017
In addition to gaining proficiency in the English language, students in our ELL classes at Davis are learning to celebrate diversity and each student’s unique cultural heritage. As former President Barack Obama said, “We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from the ends of the Earth. For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness.”
These words are posted on Ms. Hoover’s classroom wall, surrounded by hand-painted flags from countries all over the world to which students can trace their families’ heritage. Our 2nd and 3rd grade Heritage Celebration Wall helps to cultivate an attitude of respect and appreciation for each other’s differences. Students also have the opportunity to learn about each other’s cultural heritage. Each Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade class begins by singing a Welcome Song in English and, then, in each student’s first language. Right now, we can sing our Welcome Song in English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Lao, and Spanish.
The students, especially newcomers to the United States, love hearing the Welcome Song sung in their first language. These are just some of the ways that we foster a learning community characterized by mutual respect and acceptance.
Davis ELL teachers,
Ms. Hoover, Ms. O’Rourke, Ms. Bowman
Posted on February 25th, 2017
Ms. Powers and her 3rd grade class selected to learn about George Washington Carver for Black History Month. The students have read about George Washington Carver’s life and his many contributions to science and agriculture. As a reward for their research, they were able to taste one of the delicious inventions of George Washington Carver … peanut butter.
Did you know Carver figured out how to separate the peanut’s fats, oils, gums, resins and sugars, and is said to have come up with more than 300 uses for peanuts and hundreds more for soybeans, pecans and sweet potatoes, all in an effort to help Southern farmers maximize their crop profits?
The students absolutely loved learning about George Washington Carver and his experiments with “goobers” (peanuts). They were appalled that he was denied his education at many schools because he was black.
They were very thankful times have changed because they realized we wouldn’t be together if segregation was still a part of our everyday lives.
We read a list of foods made with peanuts, and they wanted to try and make them all. They did agree that some would certainly taste better than others.
They would like to try and make peanut butter in our classroom, so that will be an upcoming lesson/treat.
Posted on February 21st, 2017
Students at Davis participated in an American Heart Association fundraiser this February. K-5 children were treated to an assembly presented by the American Heart Association with the added fun of watching their teachers compete in a jump-off. Rory McFiercely also made a surprise appearance to the delight of the students.
Additionally, the entire school and staff celebrated heart health on Valentine’s Day by taking part in a Red-OUT. A $1 donation earned the privilege of dressing in red. We know that happy, healthy hearts are the key to a great life!
Posted on February 13th, 2017
Davis K-8 held a “Day of Remembrance” during the month of January in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy.
We met with students during their lunch schedule to give them an opportunity to participate in the activity. The students had a choice to make a handprint or a write something that they would like to see change in the world in the silhouette of a child.
The students expressed their thoughts and ideas with sincere conviction and were very proud of themselves in how they expressed themselves in hopes of a change. The final project was posted on a bulletin board in the main hallway of Davis K-8 where students, teachers, and parents could view the board for enjoyment.