Bigger and Better Than Ever Science Seekers
For an hour after school each Tuesday through November 8th, fifty students in third, fourth and fifth grade will meet in the Maker Space in the Media Center. The topic this season is “Playing Around.”
The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) hosts the program and provides all the supplies and training necessary for the program. Since its inception, the program has become so popular that this year MSI Science Seekers has provided the support to host two clubs at the school. The Club’s popularity resulted in over 60 students applying for the club and a lottery was held to select the final fifty.
Adding to the excitement of this year’s Science Seekers are two of Jane Ball’s brand new teachers. 5th grade teacher Dan LaMere and 4th grade teacher, Lexis Rolff will assist veteran Club sponsor, Gay Plants.
“This is a tremendous experience for our children,” said Mrs. Plants. Students will be engaged in fun, hands-on science activities that build curiosity and encourage teamwork across all aspects of science and engineering. The Club’s activities support and expand the learning opportunities that happen during the school day.
At the end of the Club session, MSI hosts a family day field trip for participating schools that allows the entire student body of Jane Ball and their families to benefit from the club by visiting MSI free of charge on a Family Day, with free bus transportation provided.
We'll be watching the Science Seekers and their activities. You can join the fun by liking the Jane Ball Facebook page where updates will be posted.
Deborah Snedden has been the Principal at Jane Ball Elementary School since the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year. Mrs. Snedden is a native of Crete, Illinois with a special tie to Cedar Lake. Her husband, Mark Snedden, is a former Hanover alumni. They are the parents of a blended family of seven and currently reside in Crown Point.
Prior to becoming the Principal of Jane Ball, Mrs. Snedden served as the Curriculum Director at Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, following fifteen years of teaching in the Crown Point schools. She is a graduate of Crete-Monee High School with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Purdue Calumet, a Master’s in Educational Administration from Ball State and is currently working on her PHD from Indiana State University. Mrs. Snedden has been a presenter at professional development workshops and has worked with the Mathematics Department at Purdue Calumet to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning to life at Jane Ball.
As she walks through the halls of Jane Ball the students smile and high five’s are the norm rather than the exception. “I’m here to make sure these kids are 21st century learners. What they’ll need to know to succeed in life starts right here,” said Snedden. “I have a passion for collaborating with students, teachers and parents.”
October Dates To Remember
October 7 - Popcorn Day
October 15th - PTSO Meeting @ 3:30
October 20-21 - Fall Break - No School
October 24-28 Red Ribbon Week:
Monday: Sports theme "Winners don't do drugs"
Tuesday: Favorite outfit "I love my drug free selfie" (will take selfies of students who are able to be photographed)
Wednesday: Rock stars "Band together to say no to drugs"
Thursday: Mismatched clothes/crazy hair "Are you crazy?? Drugs are SO not cool!"
Friday: Halloween costumes "I'm not scared to say no to drugs!"
October 25 - School Picture Retakes
Fidget or Focus..a Donor's Choose Project