The Hour of Code is coming to Beeman!

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Say Goodbye to the Math Myth: Math Brain

Written by: Annsunee Swift, Beeman Math Coach

Getting through school was not an easy task for someone who had to learn English as a second language at age 16. One class I felt confident in was Algebra. It wasn’t easy but there were no language barriers in that class. I could do the work, follow formula and done! Later on,  I persevered and worked hard through all the other math classes which were much harder and I had to do a lot to decipher in terms of English and math language. Often times, I questioned my intelligence especially during the graduate courses, such as Calculus and Function and Algebra. I felt equal to my peers but you know, it was hard to keep up especially when other people seemed to get the work done quickly and had interesting ways to solve problems.  My anxiety rose, self-doubts and negative thoughts poisoned my brain, and I quickly reverted to this old myth, “maybe I don’t have the math brain!”

The self-doubt times were hard to shake even though I don’t believe this myth for my students. I was so excited to learn there is real research which supports the belief that hard work does pay off and mistakes help grow the brain. The self-doubt days were over for me after I watched Dr. Jo Boaler, a professor from Stanford University, dispel the “math brain” myth.  I want to share with you my new math guru, Dr. Jo Boaler. She confirms my belief in hard work and perseverance and that everyone can learn new skills and that mistakes help grow your brain!  Please watch this video to dispel any math myths you may have believed and begin to make the mindshift. Help your children believe in themselves and their ability to learn and grow their brains. Teach them to have a growth mindset and foster the love of math learning in your home.

Also see some Dos and Don’ts Dr. Boaler suggested in this article.

Highly Recommended Math Games:


Num Tanga


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The Power of Words


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Young Writers
“It was a thing of beauty and was sent
To live its life out as an ornament.” -Robert Frost in Young Birch


Written by: Annette Carter, 5/6 Teacher

Are you good at unscrambling words? Try this one: aceeegmnnortu

Every year one of the favorite assignments for the ⅚ classes is our “BIG” word contest. Students are given a scrambled word and try to make as many words from that word to finally figure out what the word is when using all the letters. It is so popular many parents do it, too. I once had an email from a high school student telling me she had figured out the word that she had seen being passed about on a paper at Mt. Abe!


They have a lot of power.

We have been busy upstairs preparing for our Shakespeare production of the “Twelfth Night”. Students are using words and expressions they have never heard before. Words that speak of jealousy, love, anger, confusion, and revenge! We’ve been amazed as we find out words and phrases that Shakespeare coined like “Refuse to budge an inch” or “Wear my heart upon my sleeve” or “Milk of human kindness”.

Our focus this fall has been on words and their meanings. We have played with suffixes, prefixes and root words and made up some pretty fabulous words. Can you figure out what antianthrop means?

All the students in the 4th and 5th grade read the book “Frindle” about 5th grade Nick who gets assigned a report on the history of the dictionary which sparks an idea to invent a new word: “frindle”. We tried our hand at making up our own new word. Have you ever heard of a flagle(book)or an aniclotch(pencil box) or a cronnit(fan)?

We’ve traveled to Robert Frost country and read selected words and phrases that the poet penned in our own state. We used phrases and vivid verbs to try our own poetry in a field of beauty on a special fall morning.

Most of all, we have noted that words have the power to tear down, and the power to build up. As I was walking in the hall one day after student council announcements, I saw a student obviously distressed that he didn’t get the votes needed to be on the council. He was crying and probably feeling like most of us do when we don’t make the cut. We were coming in from recess and many of the students walked by. I saw one stop. He looked at this student and offered him “the milk of human kindness”.

“Don’t worry, you can try again next year. Besides, I voted for you!”


Words that have the power to turn our insecurities into confidence, our tears in smiles, and our doubt into hope.

Can you figure out the “BIG WORD” ? Write “yes” if you figured out the word!

Beeman Soccer

This fall, Beeman’s 1/2 Soccer team had a ball!  We had great participation!  After coaching the same crew for the third year, we were able to measure how much this group has  grown as soccer players and team mates!  The group enjoyed playing soccer games like “Red Light Green Light” and “Stuck in the Mud.”  A big highlight was our scrimmage with the 3/4 Boys.  The big boys showed us how the game can move at a quicker pace and how to spread out over the field.  We also really enjoyed our parent scrimmage on the very last day!  It was super cold out but so much fun!
Thanks to all the families that shared their children and worked hard to get them to games and practices!
Coach Erin and Coach Ashley

Health and Wellness at Beeman

Hello Beeman Community!
My name is Rachel Elliott and I am the new Health and Wellness Teacher at Beeman! This year has been a busy year already for Health and Wellness as we have already learned many important things!
To start the year in Physical Education we started with Adventure Physical Education. In this unit we focused on working together, challenging ourselves, problem solving, and building our classroom community. We also worked on following expectations and how to help ourselves, others, and helping our school and community within Wellness!
Our first unit in Health was centered around building important health skills. Some of these include affective communication, decision making, goal setting, and stress management.
In Physical Education we have just finished up our soccer unit and we are getting ready to move onto our floor hockey and striking unit. In soccer we worked on dribbling, passing, and shooting fundamentals as well as group work and some basic zone positioning games. Transferring the cooperative skills we built in the prior unit was very important when it came to being successful in our first team sport unit! Some groups have been practicing meditation at the beginning and end of class as well to help us be more aware of our bodies.
Our current unit in Health is our nutrition unit. In this unit we are learning about food groups, food labels, comparing healthy and unhealthy foods, and learning about fueling our body in a healthy way.
I have enjoyed working with all the students at Beeman and I am so excited for the rest of the year!

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Beeman Teacher Food Drive

Here are a few shots from the Beeman staff items collected to be donated to the Have-a -Heart food shelf.  A little healthy competition is always a great way to get those donations rolling in.

Beeman staff was divided into 6 teams in hopes that their team’s total donation would outweigh the other team’s.  Success! Beeman is proud to donate 518 lbs to the Annual Fill The Firehouse food drive, which will then be donated to the Have-A -Heart food shelf.

Sheryl Kimball

Puerto Rico – Beeman Art Studio

The culture of Puerto Rico is alive and well in the Beeman Art Studio! Excitement is in the air as the Fifth and Sixth Graders have kicked off their Art Service Learning Project to benefit Puerto Rico! Students will be transforming old, unused furniture that has been in storage at Beeman, and turning it into “Art Furniture”. The transformed chairs and desks will feature cultural aspects of Puerto Rico – like food, music, endangered animals and sports. The beautified furniture will be exhibited and then auctioned off in an online silent auction. Anyone and everyone may bid on the furniture! All funds will go to Puerto Rico for disaster relief!

So far, the Art classes have come up with ideas and created preliminary sketches in Ms. Gombosi’s art class. They are also studying the culture and doing some very creative work with Mrs. Carter in Social Studies, so it’s very cool that Art and the classroom are working together and supporting each other!

This week, eager 5 & 6 artists sanded rough surfaces and applied a base coat of gesso to the old wood.