Math, language, society, and art give Peabody students a happy start
By Jenifer Eoff
The University of Memphis Inspires Peabody Students to Excel in Math
On Saturday, November 7th, the University of Memphis hosted a math-based workshop for girls in the fifth grade, “Girls Rule.” Peabody fifth graders, Makayla Jackson, Maliah Mayweather, and Kourtni McNeil, were three of only twenty area students that attended the program. The girls were very excited about everything they learned, which included patterns, geometry, and Egyptian numbers. They also gave an engaging presentation about what they learned to the students in Ms. Eoff’s math class.
Fall Exhibition = Impressive
Students in each grade participated in the Fall Exhibition again this year. The first Student Exhibition for this school year was scheduled for Thursday, November 12th, 2009. Creation of student projects for the exhibitions allowed students to apply their knowledge and talents beyond the classroom. With support from the community, parents, and teachers, students will plan, research, create, and display their products in an Exhibition of Student Work at all MCS sites, including Peabody Elementary. Thank you to all of the jurors who took time to volunteer and score each project!
Fifth Graders Take Over City
On December 11th, the fifth grade students participated in a field trip with a focus on financial literacy. Students spent weeks learning what it takes to run a business, to manage checking, and savings accounts, and how people and businesses form a community. Students also were involved in the employment process, which included creating a resumé, filling out a job application, and attending a job interview. They even held an election where they elected a mayor for the city. The program, JA Biztown, combines this in-class learning with a day-long visit to this fully-interactive simulated town facility. The program helps students make connections between what they learn in school and the real world.
Through daily lessons, hands-on activities, and active participation in this simulated community designed to support differentiated learning styles, students develop a strong understanding of the relationship between what they learn in school and their successful participation in a worldwide economy (www.ja.org).
Hot Off the Peabody Press
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The staff of the Peabody Press, the school newspaper, has just produced its first issue for the year. The newspaper staff meets after school on Wednesdays and consists of five student members and two sponsors. The 2009–2010 staff includes: Olivia Asemota (4th grade), Malachi Rosemond (4th grade), Riccquel Lofton (5th grade), Kyrrith Jones (4th grade), and Jerestina McNeal (4th grade) pictured here.
The Peabody Press is in its third year of publication and was started with a grant from the Junior League of Memphis. The newspaper is created by the students and features articles, a comic strip, and even an advice column!
On Tuesday, December 15th, you could feel the tension in the school cafeteria. This was the day of the annual, school-wide Spelling Bee. After an hour and a half and a heated battle of words all the way to the high school level, fifth grader Kourtni McNeil was declared the Peabody spelling champ. Dellani Wright came in second with Aaron Middleton placing third. Congratulations to all of these students on a job well done!