Monday, May 1, 2017

5th Graders offer solutions to Ecosystems problems

As the culminating activity to their unit of the world's ecosystems,
Content (Science)
5.L.2 Understand the interdependence of plants and animals with their ecosystem.


  • 5.L.2.1 Compare the characteristics of several common ecosystems, including estuaries and salt marshes, oceans, lakes and ponds, forests, and grasslands.
  • 5.L.2.2 Classify the organisms within an ecosystem according to the function they serve: producers, consumers, or decomposers (biotic factors)
  • 5.L.2.3 Infer the effects that may result from the interconnected relationship of plants and animals to their ecosystem,

and, incorporating Reading, Writing, Language, Technology, Speaking and Listening curriculum goals as well, Ms. Gay's students took on a challenge to find a way they could positively impact their assigned ecosystem. While some students made advocacy videos, others created 3D models of products that could greatly improve their ecosystem

Below, you may click on each of the links to give you access to the students' videos, reports and documentation they created as a portion of their demonstration of knowledge.


Ocean Project

Oceans



Ganges River Project

                                          Rivers            
                                                      Grant Request link




                   
Save the Savanna Project

  Savanna
   Promotional video





Rain Forest Project
                                         Rain Forest  






Boreal Forest Biome Project
 Tiga






                                  
Wetlands Project
                                             Wetlands




Monday, April 24, 2017

Mark your calendar! Northside Festival is on Saturday, April 29!




     The Northside Festival, which celebrates the history and diversity of this great neighborhood is scheduled for this Saturday, April 29 from 11:30 to 3:30 p.m. This awesome celebration is hosted by the Jackson Center and will be held on Rosemary Street between Roberson and N. Graham.  
    There will be lots of things for families and kids to enjoy, like face painting, games, food, performances, gardening, and much more! Please come out to celebrate the history and diversity of our school's great neighborhood, and to enjoy some family fun.

Click here for more information. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

I Am Me.


Charles R. Smith, 

2017 Steinfirst Author-in-Residence will be spending the week with us here at Northside Elementary beginning April 17th. 

Charles R. Smith Jr., award-winning, best selling children’s author, photographer, and poet is the author of many critically acclaimed titles including Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration title My People, Coretta Scott King Honor Author Award title Twelve Rounds to Glory, 28 Days, and Brick by Brick. You may read more at this website. http://steinfirstartistinresidency.web.unc.edu/2017-residency-program/
Our students have been busy anticipating for his arrival under the guidance of our librarian Kathryn Cole, who has curated photo sessions of our student population using green screen technology to support Mr. Smith's "I am Me"  project. She and UNC SILS persons have also supported unique 4th and 5th grade book study sessions giving opportunities to small groups of our students to enrich their understanding and experience in advance of the author's arrival.  One especially lively 5th grade session was enjoyed when CJ Suitt spent time with our students as seen in the video clip on Twitter,
(Click on photo)

Students will benefit from Charles' time at Northside by creating written works describing themselves and their identities. The writing along with the photos of themselves will give them opportunity to build forms of identity and awareness of their own personas and those of others. 
Also, Charles will be giving two school presentations while he's on our campus: one to students in grades K-2 and one to students in grades 3-5. He will also spend some time meeting with UNC SILS youth services students discussing his work.





Sunday, March 12, 2017

4th Grade Carolina Ocean Studies Field Trip - Your Support is Needed!

Gofundme.com/p/nbnn
Help give our Northside students the opportunity to experience firsthand the Science wonders of our NC coastal region.
As a culmination of our Ocean Life and Animal Habitat unit, our Northside Elementary 4th grade students are headed to explore the coastal region of North Carolina. 
Our Students will have the opportunity to bring to life our study of the NC coastal region via island and sound exploration. Imagine a hands-on experience to study this area's ecology! There is nothing like running your hands through the water as you study the fascinating inhabitants of the estuary.

Our students are very curious. Regardless of a student's academic strength in the classroom, hands-on activities in science lead to greater student learning. During this field trip to the coast, they will become ecologists of our Coastal Region. They LOVE science! They LOVE experimenting and using the scientific method. There are children from impoverished home environments and children who are not. We represent a diverse ethnic and racial group of children and collectively enrich the lives of our school and greater community. Our goal is to increase student achievement through access to hand-on science activities, decreasing the gap in student achievement.
Our 4th grade field trip will begin at Carolina Beach marina. We will cruise to Myrtle Grove Sound, Snow's Cut and the Intracoastal Waterway and Carolina Beach Inlet. During this trip, we will learn about the ecology of our estuary. We will study the life cycle of live blue crabs, discuss their diet, and learn about their adaptations. On Masonboro Island, we will have a scavenger hunt at the marsh which will include clamming. Students will catch blue crabs on baited lines and study their behavior as they scavenge upon a chunk of fish. We will study the predator/prey relationships and food chains. At the beach, students will learn about fascinating adaptations found in the animals and plants that live in this harsh desert-like environment. Afterword, we will travel through the estuary and examine the feeding behaviors of egrets, herons, cormorants, and osprey. Finally, we will visit the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher where our students will dive into a world of wonder and water, studying a wide array of educational exhibits.
Some students cannot afford an experience like this. Without this field trip, they might never hold a blue crab or go clamming or travel through our estuary. Can you imagine anything more wonderful than studying animal habitats and ocean life through books and videos and then traveling to immerse yourself, first-hand, in the ecology of a coastal habitat? Making a donation means all of our students will be able to join in on a fabulous learning experience and do so with a great sense of dignity.
Our Appreciation. Due to the nature of the field trip with bus reservation and Carolina Ocean Studies timeline, all funds need to be available to us by April 24th 2017. Your help with this project is priceless. If you could see the faces of these children having the field trip of a life time, you would know how grateful we are for your assistance.

Help spread the word! Donate today!  Gofundme.com/p/nbnn

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Recognizing Black History Month with a very powerful video.

Please appreciate this very well done, thought provoking video performed by some of our 4th grade students in honor of Black History Month. Click on the title below the video pic.






2016-2017 Northside NAVIGATORS Yearbook on SALE Now!

It's time to buy those memories to save for years to come!  This year's Northside Navigators' yearbook is on sale now.  One quick way to buy your child's today is to locate the picture below on our website, click and complete the form. See the link circled on the pic below!


Here's the link: www.schoolannual.com

Here's a sneak peak of the great offerings you'll find in our 2016-2017 Northside Navigators' Yearbook.














Sunday, February 19, 2017

Order Your Free Energy Kit!


We only need ten more kits ordered and we will receive $250.00 for our school. So….if you have not ordered your free energy kit offered by Duke Energy, please don’t delay. Energy kits include LED light bulbs, LED night lights, energy efficient shower head, faucet aerators and more. You can go to www.myenergykit.org or call 1-855-386-9548 to order your kit.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Props to Samone Oates-Bullock!



Samone Oates-Bullock is a full-time student at UNC-Chapel Hill who, with her sorority sisters, weekly comes to Northside Elementary School to coach our NOTM step team.  She was recently spotlighted on WRAL as one of four outstanding young people who making a difference in our community. We are very fortunate to have Samone, and others like her, who support our school community. Please take the opportunity to watch the article by clicking on the photo.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Inspiring Marathon by Ms. Athey - Running in Honor of Those Who Can't.




On Sunday, January 8 2017, Ms. Sandy Athey, one of our amazing Northside Elementary staff, ran her very first full marathon.. in Disney World!  After attempting this same race last year and having to drop out halfway through due to an ankle injury, the finish this year would prove to be even more special and inspiring.  

Ms. Athey realized quickly after last year's attempt that she would ultimately try again, "When I was being shuttled to the finish line after my injury last year, I met a woman sitting next to me who told me she was proud of how far she got because she knew she wouldn't finish the race anyway.  When I asked her why her reply was "Well, cancer'll do that to you."  At that point I decided I would run this race again and finish it in honor of those who can't or may never get the chance to."   


After raising hundreds of dollars for children with cancer, Ms. Athey ran the marathon as a member of Kellsie's Krew, within a charity organization called Kellsie's Hope Foundation through RunDisney  Click on this link, http://kellsieshopefoundation.com/, to donate and/or learn more about Kellsie and Kellsie's Hope Foundation, Inc. 



This year's attempt was not without anxiety or doubt.  Race morning dawned windy and COLD!!!  The wind chills were as low as 20 and the actual temperature was barely over freezing. As she passed the the halfway point of the marathon, she came to the point where she had had to drop out last year due her ankle injury. She ran past the medical tent where she had stopped and thanked God that she was still running this time even though her left ankle and right knee were starting to complain a bit.  However, it was with 8 miles left, with her ankle starting to really scream at her, she seriously questioned if she was destined to fail yet again.  


Ms. Athey shares her final push to the finish line, "At mile 18, I told myself "If (co-worker) can come to work each day with a pretty head wrap on her head and a smile on her face, then I can run one more mile".  At mile 19, "If (4 yr old child) can continue smiling and fighting until the day he passed away, then I can run one more mile".  At mile 20 "If (new friend) can run this marathon after getting a cancer treatment 6 days ago, then I can run one more mile!".  This continued for each remaining mile and gave me the strength I needed to keep going despite the pain and exhaustion I was feeling."


For a better account of Ms. Athey's memorable trip and accomplishment as well as to enjoy the great photos of her experience of a lifetime, you may read her blog, Running in the Autumn Rain,  http://runningintheautumnrain.blogspot.com/.


Ms. Athey is an inspiration to all her know her. We are grateful for her altruism and dedication. She leaves us with one final reflection, "Will I ever run another full marathon?  I'm not sure yet, but I do know that this event was life altering for me and that I will cherish the entire experience forever.  And I will never stop running, racing, fundraising, and fighting for those who need it!" Thank you, Ms. Athey!














Monday, January 9, 2017

Northside Kindergarten Teacher Nominated as a Lifechanger of the Year!

Congratulations to Ms. Kimberly Fearrington, one of our amazing Kindergarten teachers. She is a 2016-2017 Life Changer of the Year Nominee. Ms. Fearrington has served our school community since Northside opened. She has demonstrated dedication, commitment and passion to our district for over twenty years. To all her know her, her love for her students, peers, and community is evident and admired. She serves as a model and mentor to many.

From the LifeChanger profile, "Ms. Fearrington is a native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She graduated from North Carolina Central University. A few years ago, Ms. Fearrington was voted Teacher of the Year by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School System. As a kindergarten teacher at Northside Elementary, she has the opportunity to mold the education that every student deserves.

Ms. Fearrington has devoted her life to helping educate all students, not only in her classroom, but in the community. You can often find her working at community events, tutoring students in the community or donating her time and personal funds to help a child in need.

Ms. Fearrington has always been known for helping students in any way she can. She is a beautiful, kind and honest person. She is a LifeChanger because of her continued dedication to educating students. Northside Elementary and the Chapel Hill Carrboro School System is very lucky to have such a committed educator who continually gives 100% to the students, staff and community."

For more information regarding this nomination, please go to www.LifeChangeroftheYear.com. For our families who have had the pleasure of working directly with Ms. Fearrington, please join us in celebrating her by sharing your comments while at the site. https://lifechangeroftheyear.com/kimberly-fearrington/.