Dellicker happy with ‘young voices’ saying the pledge at meeting
Several Northwestern Elementary students attended a recent school board meeting as some of their artwork was on display in the boardroom.
Board President Bill Dellicker said it was nice to hear the young voices join in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Superintendent Jennifer Holman said 32 students had their artwork chosen for the boardroom.
She then turned the event over to teacher Tracy Smoyer.
She said this was the 14th year for hanging student art in the boardroom and it is always difficult to choose which will be used, as there are hundreds from which to choose.
She brought along visual aids to show the work on a larger scale.
Kindergarten focused on collages. They were given several items they see around them. The youngsters made what they wanted.
Many chose things associated with family members, such as the flowers for Mother’s Day.
First graders learned to make ceramic owls using the pinch pot method.
Smoyer said the students liked putting the faces on their owls. A little clay was leftover and was used to make turtles.
Second graders did a nature study painting after a discovery trip outside where they could pick up stones and flowers. The paintings were in watercolor.
Another second grade class used Model Magic, a type of clay. They were given primary colors and had to produce others by blending to get secondary colors.
Third graders did weaving in the Indian tradition.
Another third grade class used Sketch Up, a three-dimensional computer program that is used by many architects.
For the first time it was available on Chromebook. They made doghouses, faces and cars.
Fourth graders made dinosaurs. Of course, they were big and it was a problem finding space to hang them all. They could be realistic or imaginary.
Smoyer thanked the board for its support of the arts, and the parents for providing some of the art materials. She said they have received sewing machines and will soon begin working with them.
Holman said since they were the last class, their work would be on display all summer. She handed out appreciation certificates.
In other matters, David Evans retired after 31 years as a science coach, mentor and leader who recognized the needs of the middle school students.
He began the orienteering program and provided support for the rest of the middle school on behalf of the district.
Chris Ascani spent 34 years as a special-education teacher. She created a laughter-filled room that went above success in school and outside. She had a professional love for her students.