Holiday artwork by students from several local schools can be seen these days in store windows throughout downtown Towson.
At the invitation of the Towson Chamber of Commerce, students from the schools created seasonal murals on display in storefronts on Pennsylvania and Chesapeake avenues:
Local schools involved with the project included Stoneleigh Elementary School, Cockeysville and Dumbarton middle schools and the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology.
Other schools across the county that pitched in included Baltimore Highlands, Deep Creek, Essex, Wellwood International and Woodholme elementary schools; Milford Mill Academy; Hereford, Old Court, Pine Grove and Sparrows Point middle schools; Western School of Technology and Environmental Science; and Chesapeake and Parkville high schools.
Calling students half a world away from Cromwell Valley
Thanks to Skype technology, fifth-grade students at Cromwell Valley Elementary Regional Magnet School of Technology are making connections this year across the northern hemisphere.
The class' with their furthest exploration yet – Hawaii – is scheduled for a special video conference on Dec. 15, at 1:40 p.m.
Students from Cromwell Valley will talk with Hawaiian counterparts via Skype during the hour-long teleconference, part of a year-long "partner class" in which every class at Cromwell has a partner class in another state or country. Each of those classes will "Skype" with their counterparts sometime during the school year.
Skype sessions have occurred or are planned with students in Alabama, New Jersey, Iowa, Texas, Canada, North Carolina, Oregon and, this week, Hawaii.
Classes are using Edmodo, VoiceThread and Skype to communicate and collaborate with their partner classes on projects pertaining to cultural or content curriculum. To date, students at the school have established 23 partner classes in 11 different states.
During the Hawaii Skype session, fifth-graders in Flo Falatko's class will work with the partner class in Hawaii to write poems. If time allows, both classes also will share student-created movies about each school.
For more details on the program, contact Anne Groth or Darlene Morrison, at 410-887-4888.
National Aquarium brings 'Squid Lab' to Pinewood Elementary
The National Aquarium in Baltimore is bringing its traveling outreach program "Squid Lab" to fifth-grade classes at Pinewood Elementary School, Timonium, on Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
During the program's four, hour-long sessions, students will be guided through a hands-on dissection of squid while learning about the creature's body parts and functions.
The program supports the fifth-grade science unit, "Wee Beasties," which studies organisms and cells, as well as the school's "Eco-Trekkers" unit, which studies animal and plant life and their eco-systems.
Food, dancing and crafts at Pleasant Plains PTA Winterfest
The Pleasant Plains PTA will host its Winterfest event Friday, Dec. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the school, 8300 Pleasant Plains Road. Admission is free.
The celebration includes food, dancing, face painting, crafts, silent auction and a "craft-a-rama." Proceeds will go to PTA efforts to aid students.
For more information, call 410-887-3549.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun