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It is a true blessing to bring classroom learning alive for students. Rossman School does this each spring with the sixth graders on a four-day, three-night field trip. This is often referred to as the “Space Camp Trip” as the bulk of our trip is spent in Huntsville, Alabama, but the reality is, we also experience a whole lot more!

This year the trip began on Tuesday, April 18. All students arrived at school, loaded their luggage and hopped on the bus. By Tuesday afternoon, we were at the Shiloh National Battlefield in Tennessee. When we arrived, Ranger Charlie greeted us. Ranger...Read more

Rossman strives to provide a traditional education with innovation. Woven throughout the school’s program are innovative projects such as the sixth grade symbolizing heroes through ceramic art pieces, the third grade building rotational symmetry with LEGOs in art, and the fifth grade experimenting in science with motorized Scribble Bot machines to name a few. Innovation occurs when teachers communicate and inspire each other with new ideas.

Summer is the perfect time to continue innovative projects for children. Passions can be captured, and there is time to “play”, create,...Read more

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You turn on the faucet and fresh, clean water comes gushing out. Have you ever stopped to think about how incredibly lucky we are to have that luxury? In fifth grade, we have been studying our watershed since the beginning of the year. We recently got the chance to see...Read more

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As the winter months approach and the seasons change, we tend to see more colds, coughs and flus going around the school. However, our second graders are prepared to fight the battle. In the Lower School science classroom we are learning defenses against germs and strategies to help prevent the spread. Before we could help prevent the...Read more

What do learning the nine steps required to fire a Civil War musket, Ivy Green, Space Shot, the Multi-Axis Trainer, IMAX movies, the march in Selma, Alabama, and a really, really, really long bus ride have in common? These were the thrills that we experienced on our sixth grade class trip to the Civil War Battlefield at Shiloh, Tennessee, to Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller, to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, and then to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis Tennessee. All together, we traveled through seven states.

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Junior Kindergarten naturally incorporates STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) throughout the school day. This solid foundation for a Rossman education is built through play and developmentally appropriate learning opportunities. As teachers, we provide the materials and initiate the activities, but it is important to know when to step back and allow a child’s natural curiosity, interest and problem solving skills to take over. Excitement for learning is evident as the...Read more

Rossman has always been strong in the science, technology, and math parts of STEM education. Integrating engineering into an elementary curriculum is a bit more challenging. After reading my NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) Science Scope journals this summer, I decided to introduce several engineering activities to fifth and sixth graders.

The sixth graders have just finished a unit on the water cycle and watersheds. They learned the specific components that make up watersheds and how watersheds work. They also know now where water treatment plants fit into the...Read more

STEM is a popular buzzword in the education world lately. It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Recently an “A,” for Art, has been added to the acronym, transforming it into STEAM. Most often, people think of STEM for middle and high school aged children, however it can be implemented in the elementary grade levels. Research studies have shown students who experience STEM early through hands on learning will be best equipped with a strong understanding of STEM concepts as they grow older.

STEM in the elementary classroom can be as simple as changing the types of...Read more

Traveling from 2015 back to 1862 and to outer space and back home in only four days was an exhilarating yet exhausting experience for Rossman sixth grade students. Weary travelers returned home last Friday evening after visiting Shiloh National Battlefield Park in Shiloh, Tennessee, Ivy Green, Helen Keller’s birthplace in Tuscumbia, Alabama, and then Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.

blog_spacecamp-5.jpgOur first stop was a tour of Shiloh where thousands of...Read more

Did you know that Rossman’s fourth grade students are official citizen scientists? Once again, our fourth graders are contributing to an international science experiment through Journey North.

Each fall, students across the northern hemisphere plant Red Emperor tulip bulbs in Journey North Test Gardens. When the plants emerge and bloom, test gardeners report their observations and data to Journey North. The organization keeps garden observations in a permanent database. Historical data enables Journey North and their...Read more

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