As part of the Adopt-a-Class program, New York Mills fifth graders have been paired with Perham Health New York Mills Clinic. This year, clinic staff Natasha Geiser, Jeannie Guck, Robb Reed and Heather Huwe will visit the fifth grade students to teach several health ideas. In the first meeting, the clinic provided fitPosters, fitGames books, fitBoost cards, fitFlow cards (yoga), kickballs and a fitSongs CD as part of the SanfordFit program (visit www.sanfordfit.org for more information).
As part of four-week study on the Holocaust, New York Mills eighth grade students in Rachel Dockter’s and Nikki Braaten’s classes spent Friday afternoon listening to a special presentation by a grandchild of a Holocaust survivor, Elisa Korentayer. Originally from New York City, Elisa moved to NY Mills several years ago when she married a NY Mills man. This is Elisa’s third time sharing her story of survival with NY Mills students. Her grandparents and father avoided the death camps by fleeing to Russia where they spent the war in a slightly better situation—in one of Josef Stalin’s labor camps. Elisa also shared the story of how her aunt and uncle survived the war right under the Germans’ noses by pretending to be Catholic. This special presentation wrapped up the Holocaust unit for eighth grade students. Throughout the past six weeks, NY Mills students read the “Diary of Anne Frank” and then completed an in-depth research project. Each student chose one survivor interview that have been recorded and stored on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website (ushmm.org). Following this research, students compiled a poster board sharing information they learned from the interview.
On March 15, 35 members of next year’s kindergarten class met at the school for Kindergarten Information Night. While parents filled out registration forms and attended an informational meeting in the auditorium, pre-kindergarten teachers Kendra Geiser and Dinee Dykhoff brought the future Eagles to the kindergarten classrooms for some special activities. They read a letter from current kindergarteners that explained some of the concepts they will learn next year, before enjoying some free time where they could play with building blocks and other toys. Future students also took a school tour, where they saw the computer lab, nurse’s office, music room and other places in the school they will utilize next year. If you have a future kindergarten student and you missed the information night, please contact Mary Hendrickx (email@example.com) in the elementary office for registration information.