FIND it Fast

Sierra Verde


FIND it Fast
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Dear Sierra Verde Community,

Greetings and Welcome Back!

As you know, Sierra Verde is committed to bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math learning opportunities into every classroom.  
December is not only a time for celebrations, but also for Computer
Education Week, both nationwide and around the world - a week in which industry professionals and educators around the globe showcase some of the most creative, problem-solving careers available. Steve Jobs once said, “Everybody in this country should learn how to program a
computer…because it teaches you how to think.”  This year the entire Sierra Verde community once again participated in an Hour of Code. From Kinder to 8th grade, our students were coding Star Wars, Moana, and more…and loving it! The thinking and
perseverance is incredible when they engage in critical thinking activities. Here is what three 4th grade students had to say:

-It’s so fun. You get to move around with new cool characters.

-It’s fun, but really complicated at the same time.

-Yea, the Java Script is really hard, but fun.

Sierra Verde has added a few new coding opportunities to our curriculum in the 2016-2016 school year, including the Dot and Dash Robot in 1st grade where our students program Dot (and Dash) to follow a path, pick up toys along the way, and return home. This year, we have also started using Code Combat with our 5th grade students during Enrichment time, and as an after school club for 4th grade students. Code Combat is a programming game that teaches students how to code. Students engage in a full year of a computer science class using real Python or JavaScript. When I asked one of our new 5th grade students what he thought about Code Combat, he said, “I really like it. I haven’t done this before, but I’ve done something that is easier. This is hard enough that it’s fun. You can get to places and attack and do stuff like that.” For more information on Code Combat, please see the following link: Grad
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Of course, our students are the experts and are teaching our teachers all along the way. A special thank you to Mr. Lane and Mrs. S. Smith for helping all grade levels join in on the fun once again this year.

Whether you traveled for the holidays or stayed close to home, we hope everyone enjoyed a safe and restful winter break with family and friends.  

Here’s to an amazing 2017!


Dr. Paula Tseunis