Monster Math Night
As soon as you entered the large space, you could find Abigail and Katelyn Wornhoff playing a ‘Guess the Volume’ game with teacher Danielle Peceny. New this year was a number of ‘Twister’ games for kids of all ages. Kindergartner Caleb Cornett was busy tying himself in knots on the giant Twister board that required him to match his movements to the math symbols on the spinner. On hand to help Caleb were sixth grader, Maria Davenport and Kindergarten teacher, Lisa Buchnowski. Across the room 4th grade teachers Caryn Morales and Haley Mandernach were playing, “Around The Solar System” and “Baseball,” both multiplication games.
From matching patterns to guessing games the cafeteria was transformed into one giant math playground for visitors to show off their math skills or learn something new.
Down the hall and around the corner, the Library was packed with parents and students buying books at the book fair. Nearby students and parents were enjoying some ‘monster crafts’ creating everything from 80’s monster art to big purple people eaters. As glitter and glue were spread and books were bought, families joined together to enjoy a night at school where there were no grades or tests to worry about, just smiles and some monster sized fun.
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 and a Master’s in Educational Administration from Ball State. Mrs. Snedden has been a presenter at professional development workshops and has worked with the Education 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.”
Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 27
Thanksgiving Break - Have a good holiday.
Science Seekers will start this Week in the Research Lab (library). The dates are Oct. 27th, Nov. 3, 10,17 and 24 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.