Tritt Summer Camp Registration Open!

TRITT SUMMER CAMP 2018! Specials teachers will once again be offering the best of Visual & Performing Arts, Computer Lab & Technology, Indoor & Outside Games, and Science & Gardening in a summer camp for rising 1st-5th grade Tritt students. Camp will run from June 4th -7th, from 9AM-3PM each day, for $175. Make checks payable to "Tritt Elementary" with "Summer Camp" in the notes. Students can enroll from 3pm-5pm for an additional $50. Price increases on April 9th to $225. Spaces are limited, REGISTER NOW!

Don't Panic!

In 4th grade we've been studying the geology of planets/moons/asteroids, and used what we learned to create our own planetary bodies with oil pastels. 

Next up we are designing our own mission to mars. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory developed a card game that requires the kids to choose their own rockets/communication devices/machinery/scientific tools, keeping in mind cost ($250 million) / weight / power constraints. You can play the game yourself at home using this link:

This isn't rocket science... oh wait, IT IS!!!

“Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.” ― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Elon Musk.jpg

Elon Musk started his company Space X because he knew it would be too expensive using current rocket science technology to send people to Mars. I just finished Elon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Young Readers' Edition, a biography of Elon Musk's work on early versions of PayPal and Mapquest, and his current companies, Tesla, and of course, Space X. It detailed the hard work he and his engineers had to put in to successfully build their own rockets, the first of which were more like to fail than fly, leaving a roomful of dejected scientists observing from mission control. On Tuesday, February 6th, Elon Musk's Space X company launched their Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time. This rocket has 27 of the Falcon engines designed by Space X and built here in America. It passed its test launch with flying colors, leaving its payload, a cherry red Tesla Roadster with video feed out to orbit the sun. It was amazing to hear the cheers of all of the engineers watching the launch who, despite failing over and over again, didn't give up on their goals and were ultimately rewarded with success. 

Not the flu!!!

I hope with all this extra time off from school that everyone is getting lots of rest and eating healthy! If you are sick, I hope you feel better soon! This video from SciShow Kids will give you some more information about what exactly you are dealing with! 

2018 Science Fair Winners

Congratulations 5th Graders on incredible projects all around! The following seven projects  represented Tritt Elementary at the Cobb-Paulding District Science Fair on February 10th. (Final Placing in parenthesis).

Lily Meyers, Dino - "Nail Polish Durability" (White Ribbon)

Henry Schlichting, Gardner - "When You Play Into Space, Take Off A Little Pace"

Nila Kalava, Lupiani - "Jump Start A Healthy Lifestyle - Just Chew More!!!" (Blue Ribbon)

Luke Mikkelsen, Lupiani - "Engineering a Nerf Super Stryfe Blaster" (Red Ribbon)

Viveka Chhiba, Lupiani - "Hot Meals" (Blue Ribbon)

Anna Tekenbroek, Stone - "Which Hand Sanitizer & Disinfectant Works the Best?" (White Ribbon)

Adele Ballantyne, Stone - "Radiation Rocks" (Blue Ribbon)

California Dreamin'...

I moonlight with Project Lead The Way in the summer and on some weekends, and yesterday (Monday) they had me and some other teachers fly out to Oakland to work with Zendaya (of Disney/Spider-Man/The Greatest Showman fame) at Fruitvale Elementary, her alma mater and where her mom taught for 20 years. 

We brought in tablets/virtual reality headsets, and laptops for a full day of tech and learning with students who just don't have that equipment on a regular basis. It was an incredible day and reminded me of how great it is to be at Tritt Elementary. 

"Give Wildlife A Chance" Poster Contest

Before our 3rd grades dive into their next PLTW challenge we are investing plants and animals of Georgia by diving into the "Give Wildlife a Chance" Poster Contest. 

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), The State Botanical Garden of Georgia and The Environmental Resources Network, Inc. (TERN) encourage you and your students to participate in the 28th annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest! As part of DNR and TERN’s “Kids For Conservation” initiative, this art contest provides a unique opportunity for kindergarten through fifth-grade students to explore the wonders of Georgia’s native plant and nongame animal species through the 2017–2018 theme: Nature at Night!

Native species are those that naturally occur in Georgia, unlike exotic species that were introduced from other places. Georgia’s native plants and animals come in all shapes and sizes—from the large, moss-covered live oak (our state tree) to the little grass frog, the smallest frog species in North America. About 95% of Georgia’s native wildlife species are nongame (those which are not legally fished for or hunted) and include rare, threatened or endangered animals and plants such as Barbour’s map turtle and dwarf trillium. Our state is home to approximately 3,600 species of native plants, 950 nongame vertebrate species and countless invertebrate species and non-vascular plants. While game species are important, this art contest focuses on nongame wildlife.

Nongame wildlife can be found in your schoolyard, backyard or community greenspace. Some of the nongame wildlife that your students may want to depict in their artwork are bats, chipmunks, darters, frogs, hawks, songbirds, sea turtles, snakes, insects and many species of native plants. Take your students outside your school or on a field trip to a nearby state park, botanical garden or wildlife management area, and discover Georgia’s wildlife!

Poster Contest Rules & Guidelines

Size & Format

  1. Outside dimensions cannot exceed 17" x 22" (vertically or horizontally).
  2. Collages and other three-dimensional artwork are not suitable for this contest.
  3. Posters should be submitted on white tagboard or on white art paper (no matting).
  4. DO NOT FOLD. Submit art flat in a package or roll into a mailing tube.
  5. If you want the students’ entries returned, you MUST include exact postage (stamps only—no metered tapes) and mailing label or the entries will not be returned.

Contest Rules

  1. While following the Poster Contest Rules and Guidelines, instruct your students to create their own artwork based on this year's theme, and arrange for a local competition at your school.
  2. Each entry should depict at least one native nongame plant and/or animal of Georgia. Please include the Artwork Description information on the Poster Contest Entry Form. This demonstrates to the judges the student researched their subject.
  3. First-, second- and third-place winners should be chosen at the local level (refer to Contest Awards section).
  4. All participating students can receive place award ribbons and a Give Wildlife a Chance certificate (refer to Contest Awards section).
  5. Only ONE school-wide winner from each division can be chosen to compete in the state-level contest at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia (refer to Eligibility section). State-level entries are normally the artwork of the first-place school winners.
  6. All contest entries must adhere to the contest theme: Nature at Night
  7. Avoid focusing on game species (those legally hunted or fished). Examples include white-tailed deer, wild turkey, gray squirrel, bear, bobcat, Canada geese, mourning dove, bobwhite quail, alligator, and largemouth bass. For a full list of game species, see the 2016–2017 Hunting Seasons and Fishing Regulations as well as the Migratory Bird Seasons. While these animals are important, this competition emphasizes Georgia's nongame animals and native plants.
  8. Do not include pictures of exotic zoo animals. This art contest focuses on Georgia’s native plants and animals.

150 Projects. 42 Judges. 6 Days. This is Science Fair.

The 5th Grade students have been working very hard in the lab to learn the scientific method, apply to an interest of theirs, and present their findings in our 3rd Annual Science Fair. 

Each student was able to present their work to 2 or more guest judges from different fields. Judges came from Rose Animal Hospital, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Kennesaw State University, Chattahoochee Riverkeepper, Red Door Playhouse, Cobb County School District, and various medical, engineering and architectural backgrounds. 

Gardner: 1st Place: Henry – “When you play into space…”
2nd Place: Kaylyn – “Watering Plants Faster”
3rd Place: Gregory – “Cichlid v Cichlid

Stone: 1st Place: Anna – “Which Hand Sanitizer Works the Best?”
2nd Place: Adele – “Radiation Rocks”
3rd Place: Shayon – “Color me Blue!!!”

Pirlot: 1st Place: Emma – “Carnation Coloring”
2nd Place: Charlie – “Video Game Programming”
3rd Place: Lauren – “Memory Mnemonics"

Dino: 1st Place: Lily – “Nail Polish Durability”
2nd Place: Cameron – “Gummy Bear Lab”
3rd Place: Ava – “Let's Namaste Calm”

Pizzuto: 1st Place: Kaushik – “Minty Madness”
2nd Place: Camden – “What is the best temperature for popcorn storage?”
3rd Place: Robbie – “Slapshot Science”

Lupiani: 1st Place: Nila – “Could Chewing Slowly Improve Your Health”
2nd Place: Luke – “Engineering a Nerf ‘Superblaster’”
3rd Place: Viveka – “Hot Meals”

Oh. Christmas Trees!

What a fun time of year! I love the Holiday Season: Halloween and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. I love the celebrations, decorations, food and time with family. I also love the change of season, the Winter Solstice is cause for celebration at my house, and I look forward to the cooler weather. One of my favorite books is Winter World by Bernd Heinrich, and he talks about how plants and animals survive during the winter. This fun video is all about a plant we often think of in the winter: the "Christmas Trees"!

Registration is OPEN for Spring F.A.S.T classes!

This Spring I will be offering THREE F.A.S.T. classes, including the brand new "Steady Paws MD" for fourth and fifth graders! All classes are from 2:30 - 3:30. Learn more and register at the links below!

Mondays: Steady Paws MD. This new class is open to 4th and 5th graders only. We'll investigate biomedical sciences by tracking the spread of an "infection", coding apps to test reflexes, printing 3D models, making fake blood and more! Download the registration form here.

Thursdays: Green Paws. Open to 2nd and 3rd grade students, this popular class digs deep into gardening and nature study. Students use the Nature Nook for additional gardening opportunities , and crafts and games teach about the environment. Download the registration form here

Fridays: Green Paws Junior. This introductory course is for Kindergarten - 2nd Grades. We'll do most of what the older students are doing, but with less of the heavy lifting :-). Download the registration form here

All classes are $200, which includes supplies. Checks should be made payable to Blue Jay Education LLC. Thursday and Friday classes are likely to sell out. 

Brain Freeze!

Earlier this semester the 2nd graders tested the temperatures of different materials around the Science Lab trying to find out which made the best insulators or conductors. They used that knowledge to create homemade coolers that had to keep ice pops frozen for 40 minutes. If they succeeded, then they got to eat the ice pop! 








This STEM challenge is in the (book)bag.

No one has been working harder in the Science Lab than the 1st graders this semester! We are wrapping our Project Lead The Way unit on light and sound by creating devices that can communicate over distances through the forest. All that they can use to create vibrations and reflections is what was packed for a day hike on the nature trail. 








Molding young minds.

In 3rd Grade we are wrapping up the semester with a study of skills related to fossils. We made plaster casts of tracks from mammals in Piedmont region, and now are making molds of seashells from the Georgia coast. Mrs. Herman's class demonstrates below!

Structure & Function in Kindergarten

All year in Kindergarten we've been using fairy tales to learn how to be engineers. In our final big project of the semester we got to make our own story! Using the engineering design process we created our own paintbrushes (our structure) that could paint in many different ways (its function). Take a look at the results below!







No Bones About It.

3rd Grade continues their exploration of earth sciences with a look into how scientists can observe an animals skull to learn about how they lived. Here Mrs. Adams' and Benson's classes demonstrate: 

Cervi-ng up Legumes: #farmtoschool

Mrs. Cervi's 2nd graders recently harvested green beans from our gardens on Post Oak Tritt Road. Not only did they plant these beans 2 months ago, they've been caring for them with the rest of the 2nd grade team every since! The students helped wash and prep the beans, while Mrs. Cervi did all the cooking on our Mobile Cooking Cart from the Captain Planet Foundation. The beans were flavored with chives (also from the gardens) and salt & pepper. The lemonade was flavored by spearmint from the garden.