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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

The quote by Benjamin Franklin, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn,” can speak to many facets of our education system. Allowing students to have a real voice in their education and bringing it to life can help spark a student’s interest in ways that we as teachers might not have thought. In class, we work on making the lessons fun and engaging, but having the privilege to take students on field trips and allowing them to gain first hand experience on a topic can prove invaluable to the learning and retention process.

Fifth grade recently put this...Read more

Students at Rossman School placed first among sixth graders and second among fifth graders in the National Geography Challenge this spring.

In the nationwide challenge, the scores of the top 10 students are combined to determine the team score. Rossman’s sixth grade class won its division, recording a team average of 88%. Also averaging 88%, the fifth grade team finished just 21 points behind the national champions. 

The National Geography Challenge is sponsored by the National Council for Geographic Education. The written exam tests general knowledge of geography, map skills...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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Rossman School fifth grader Logan D. was among 100 students to compete in the Missouri Geographic Bee on April 1 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The contest was part of the National Geographic Society’s National Geographic Bee. It is the 28th year students from thousands of schools across the United States and its territories have participated in the challenging oral test of geographic knowledge.

Competing alongside students in grades 4 through 8, Logan answered dozens of difficult questions during the state bee,...Read more

John Dewey, an influential American educator and philosopher, supported that “we learn from reflecting on experience.” Field trips are an integral part of the learning process, providing relevance through real-life connections. They offer students the perfect opportunity to build on their prior knowledge and think deeply about their experiences. We are fortunate at Rossman School to take wonderful field trips with our students for their educational benefit, and I encourage you to do the same as a family.

As part of our classroom routine in social studies, students are challenged, in...Read more

Shiver me timbers! There are pirates in the library!

Aye matey! You heard it correctly. Reading pirates have invaded the library! JK, SK and first grade enjoyed dressing like pirates last week to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day. It was a mighty day filled with pirate stories, walking the plank, sea songs, hunting for treasure and munching on goldfish. Libraries aren’t the quiet places they once were. Arrgh!

Aside from our pirate adventures, the library year has started full speed ahead. Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students are encouraged to read a new set of books each...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

As part of our focus on America, fifth grade social studies journeyed to 1861 to study the Civil War in depth. Students built a background of knowledge by reading, discussing, watching and collaborating. They became experts on the differences between the North and South, the Underground Railroad, secession, the Confederacy, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant, significant battles, the Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address, Sherman’s March to the Sea, Abraham Lincoln as President, and much more.

After a comprehensive exam, students embarked on a journey through President...Read more

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