For a recent professional development training, YESS teachers selected from three options that were offered based on their responses to survey. Sandy, teacher at YESS’s Transition Classroom at Connection High and TILT member, facilitated a session on creating one’s own Nearpod (an online resource with a vast database of lessons correlated to core standards). Brenda, teacher and Site Facilitator at Decker Lake Youth Center and TILT member, facilitated a session on editing a current Nearpod lesson. The third session, using google Slides to create a Nearpod, was taught by Michael Hakkarinen, a Professional Development Instructor from UEN (Utah Education Network). The three groups were small allowing for time to delve deeper into Nearpod and explore more of the possibilities for implementation in their classrooms to enhance learning for our YESS students.
Granite School District recognizes the importance of equipping parents and guardians with skills to meet the unique challenges of their children. Each year Granite provides an opportunity for parents to attend a district sponsored event to provide them with a variety of available resources. This year, it will be held at Taylorsville High School from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Monday, November 18, 2019. Whether you are a parent or someone who works closely with Youth in Care students, please consider attending and taking advantage of this valuable opportunity.
Students from DSI and Gemstone in Kath’s Science classes are exploring the topic of extinction and sharing that information by preparing a podcast. These pictures show part of the writing process.
Students at Gemstone and Day Skills Intervention at the Salt Lake Valley Youth Center are participating in a 10 day science program hosted through the University of Utah, STEMCAP (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Community Alliance Program). They will be exploring the topic of extinction and will create a podcast as the vehicle for sharing the information they gathered and learned regarding extinction.
The first few days consisted of identifying key elements of a quality podcast through listening to various types of public information podcasts.
More to come!
Halloween was celebrated through curriculum in numerous different ways throughout YESS. Here are some samples of what went on at DT this week.
Scientists from the University of Utah STEMCAP program came and talked about cyanography. We mixed chemicals and painted the paper in the dark and let them dry then placed different items on the paper and exposed to sunlight to turn the paper blue. Wherever the leaves, stencils, or items were placed stayed white when exposed to the sunlight. The girls experienced the wonders of science firsthand.
The students in Mrs. Hall’s class at the Christmas Box House (The Box) celebrated Halloween in true form with awesome costumes! Even Mrs. Hall donned a beautiful butterfly costume for the occasion. They visited Mrs. Horgan’s class in costume and did a Nearpod lesson learning about the Day of the Dead.
Each year at Halloween we read the classic Ozark folktale, “The Bloody Gruel,” which has its roots in Scotland and Ireland. Over the years it made its way to the states and it’s pretty creepy. It’s full of cultural and ethical morals that the main character, a teen girl, deftly navigates.
This is a tradition Sean, Reading Teacher, Salt Lake Valley Youth Center, does with his students each year.
Students did a group contribution art project for a study of Dia des los Muertos in Social Studies. Looking at the original we divided it into 6 equal parts – students needed to add at least two colors in addition to black.
Daria, Teacher, YESS Transition at Connection High
Students in Jodie’s class at Salt Lake County Youth Services recently explored the differences between shield and cone volcanoes. Ooey-gooey science!