Sculptor, Kevin Reese, worked with Oakton Elementary students to design, create, and erect a beautiful sculpture this week. Mr. Reese met with our 6th graders to get ideas for the creation. After gathering their thoughts and creative drawings, he designed the sculpture. Each day this week, Mr. Reese worked with our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders to cut, nail, and paint each component of the sculpture. And on Friday, our school community gathered to dedicate the new structure and put the final pieces into place. Thank you to our wonderful PTA for bringing this great opportunity to our school. Our new sculpture is certainly a very special addition to our school!
Oakton Elementary held its annual Geography Bee Final on January 10, 2013. This nationwide contest is sponsored by the National Geographic Society which provides questions (and answers) dealing with cultural and physical regions of the world and physical phenomena. We’re proud of all of our student finalists who actively participated in this challenging competition: 4th: Wesley Kron, 5th: Andrew Stelts, Benjamin Abrahams, Matthew Hartzell, Noah Walker, 6th: Jason Dickson, Eleanor Newman, Devon Fink, Bobby Seal, Felipe Fonseca, and Alternate: Chris Bjornstad.
Our School Geography Bee had many difficult questions in several rounds before Felipe (on right) won with Bobby (center) as runner-up. The next level of the competition involves Felipe taking a written examination that will be submitted to the National Geographic Society which determines the finalists for the state and national bees. Thank you to Ms. Mulcahy (5th grade teacher) and the Geography Committee for organizing this event! -cg
Ms. Robinson, 4th grade teacher, challenged her students to design the “Farthest Flying and Longest Lasting Paper Airplane!” Students learned all about how airplanes are able to take off and fly (weight, drag, lift, thrust). A parent talked with the class about his flight on the Concorde and what made that plane able to fly so quickly. After introducing the concept of aerodynamics, Ms. Robinson asked students to build two airplanes. One paper airplane was designed to fly as far as possible, and the other was designed to stay in the air as long as possible. Students “distance” paper airplane was measured for distance in feet and inches. For the “hang-time” category, times were recorded in seconds and hundredths of a second. Next week, students are going to analyze the data collected from the fly-off, make graphs and figure out the range, maximum, minimum, etc. of the data.