co·op·er·a·tion /kōˌäpəˈrāSH(ə)n/ noun
: the process of working together to the same end.
After a long Winter Break, we feel the need to start the New Year off with an activity that brings the students back into the CTS mindset.
The staff decided to make an UNO competition for the Dazzling Facts students with a few goals in mind:
Sharpen math skills with a game that most of our students simply don't know how to play.
Introduce the concept of strategy.
Help create the sense of community between across the four grade levels.
To give the older students the opportunity to develop leadership skills.
Salty, not sweet, is the choice. Cheetos continue to be the staple in each classroom's party. Thanks to donations, each student is provided with enough Valentines to give to each classmate.
6th-8th Classroom - The Halloween party was planned by the 8th graders, so the Valentine's party falls to the 7th graders. They'll be responsible for organizing the games, the snacks and the decorations.
3rd-5th Classroom - After the passing out of their Valentines and eating the treats, the kids play Sight Word Bingo. They play two standard rounds of Bingo before graduating to the final blackout Bingo.
Pre-K-2nd Classrooms - Each student is paired with an adult to share and read their Valentines.
Smoke or Fire? Instead of a basketball tournament our Big Dance is our 9th annual checkers tournament. This year the tournament will see our 4th-8th graders competing all the way from the opening round to the Sweet Sixteen, to the Elite Eight, to the Final Four and, ultimately, to the Championship.
But before a champion can be crowned, the game must be mastered. Most of our new students at CTS have never played checkers or even participated in organized competition. In the weeks leading up to the tournament, every student will have the opportunity to play against each student while Cheryl and Jennipher teach the importance of good sportsmanship.