October 29, 2021
Halloween Cars on Parade
Doherty students and families both had a chance to dress up for the Halloween car parade. Doherty students, dressed in their costumes, lined the roads around the Doherty Campus as Doherty families had to the chance to drive by in their decorated cars to kick off a day of Halloween events. Families and students alike were able to admire their Halloween costumes and decorations. There were Halloween festivities throughout the day, which culminated in the Doherty Spooktacular on Friday evening. Happy Halloween!
Live from Doherty!
Broadcasting live from the Doherty library every Friday, fifth-graders have been delivering weekly news to all Doherty students. In lieu of the weekly assembly, which the school has transitioned to virtual for safety reasons, the fifth-grade class is presenting the information as a news broadcast over Zoom. The students sign up to be part of the news crew, attend a brainstorming session, and work on and practice the script with Doherty counselor Angie Bielecki, art teacher Kacey Watkins, and librarian Jo Schnirring. The broadcasts include school news, weather, sports, the lunch menu, a weekly joke, and special reports, like an exclusive interview with new world language teacher Kristen Diersing and an explanatory report on the upcoming Diwali festival. The student broadcasters also read appreciation shout outs. All students can write down people they appreciate and submit them at appreciation stations in Haile and Jones Halls.
Unit III Students Run Biochar Experiment
Dr. Eric Gruenstein, a professor-emeritus at the University of Cincinnati, has been teaching Tracy Hickenlooper’s Unit III class about biochar, a black carbon produced from biomass sources. “We are exploring the possibility of slowing down climate change through plant growth,” Hickenlooper said. The experiment is based on the hypothesis that biochar can make plants grow faster, thus reducing the pace of climate change. As part of their biochar experiment, the students mixed top soil with biochar and will eventually plant seeds in the soil mixture to see if it grows faster than in regular soil. Students applied their lessons on the scientific method and recorded each step they completed. Gruenstein explained the importance of being able to determine an average within their data.
Calm Down Corner Helping preK, K Students Express Feelings
Doherty Encore pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are learning to understand and express their feelings with the calm down corner and kit. “Often the younger students cannot get the words out for how they feel but this kit and set up allows them to communicate and be aware of their feelings,” said After the Bell lead teacher Tori Jansing, who learned about the program and modified it to best fit her classroom. The corner is a welcoming and peaceful space where students can go when they feel any type of emotion or want alone time. The kit has tools for students to identify their emotions, walk through a breathing exercise, and decide what would make them feel better. “The calm down corner gives students a small private area to relax, breathe, and be alone. I have already seen such an improvement in interactions with peers, knowledge of feelings, and just communication in general,” Jansing said.
The Farm Comes to Doherty
Harvest Day gave Doherty kindergarteners a farm experience while only travelling as far as the soccer field. Good Green Earth Farm brought farm animals, like goats, sheep, rabbits, ducks, and chickens, for a visit with Doherty students. At various stations, the kindergarteners solved math problems using eggs, used their STEAM skills to build barns and catapults, and practiced reading skills by reading aloud to farm animals. They celebrated fall by dressing scarecrows for the cooler weather and visiting a miniature pumpkin patch.