The latest edition of the Digital Citizenship Parent Newsletter is now online (PDF File).
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, Hammond Eastside Principal Maureen Terese received the following message from the Director General of the International Baccalaureate: On behalf of the International Baccalaureate (IB), it is my privilege to inform you that Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School is to become an authorized IB World School, Primary Years Programme (PYP). Congratulations on your considerable accomplishment. – Siva Kumari, IB Director General.
We commend Hammond Eastside’s educators, students, families, and community members for their active roles in helping our school become an authorized IB World School, Primary Years Programme (PYP). As an IB World School, we are part of a global community of schools committed to developing knowledgeable, caring young people who will be ready to negotiate their futures successfully and make contributions resulting in a more harmonious and peaceful world. The positive results of the PYP will become evident in our Hammond community as classes of PYP students graduate and undertake activities that enhance social, cultural and economic environments locally, nationally and, perhaps, internationally.
Hammond Eastside Kindergarteners have been hard at work learning about a variety of occupations and the skills needed to perform the duties and responsibilities well. Teacher Jennifer Perricone invited parents and community members into her classroom to share their occupations. Students were so excited and welcomed their family and friends into their classrooms. Hammond Eastside teacher, Rita Parish, even took a day off of work to contribute to the Kindergarteners learning by volunteering to be the subject of a makeover by Julie Guzzardo, hairdresser. Lily’s mom and dad provided special permission for Lily to receive a new haircut and style by Taylor McDonald, hairdresser. They were also visited by a civil engineer, a speech pathologist, and an electrical engineer’s wife who works for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Mrs. Kim Algero even brought each child and each teacher a Mickey Mouse hat with their own name inscribed on the back!
Mr. Michael Martin’s life science class has a new classmate today, in the form of a baby chick! Mr. Martin’s students researched information on incubating and hatching the chicken eggs. Technology Specialist, Linda Joiner, who acquired the incubator through DonorsChoose.org when she was teaching life science, donated it and the fertile eggs to the class. Students will be taking care of the new chicks in the classroom until they all hatch. Then they will be adopted by several of the students.
The 5th graders at Hammond Eastside had quite a life changing learning experience when Donna Landry with the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center brought the Germ Cave to the school on Friday, October 24. Mrs. Meredith Mull, 5th grade teacher, arranged this experience to reinforce the 5th grade science lesson on how the body defends itself – our immune system. Purple powder was used to simulate germs and how easily germs can spread. Students were amazed how quickly the purple powder spread to their faces and hair. Thorough hand washing practices were emphasized throughout the experience.
All fourth graders at Hammond Eastside are studying a unit of inquiry on “How the World Works.” They are investigating how scientific principles help influence the way we live as humans. More specifically, Mrs. Stacy Lindsey’s fourth grade students are analyzing how the use of a ramp affects the speed of a car. They are gathering information regarding gravity and how it affects our daily lives. The best part is that HEEM students are so engaged in their learning.