PIQUA — Thursday was a busy day for students at Washington Primary School, beginning with a collaboration from the art, music, and gym teachers to give students engaging activities in connection with the recent Valentine’s Day.
“The art teacher, music teacher, and gym teacher got together and wanted to do kind of a special day for the kids, so instead of just their normal kind of class time, they’re doing a rotation,” Assistant Principal Shannon Pence said. “It’s just kind of a fun day for our Valentine’s week.”
For gym class, the students were playing a game of throwing balls at a large heart. In music class, they were playing their favorite songs on the “Just Dance” video game. In art class, they worked on a love mural by putting paint on one of their hands and stamping it on the mural.
“Each kid in the building is going to stamp their hand on the mural,” art teacher Jessica Reed said. They put painter’s tape down on the mural to spell “Love” that they will pull off once all of the students have stamped their hands on the mural to have that word be visible around the painted hands. Students from different grade levels also used different colors.
A volunteer helped give the students a healthy snack during art class as well.
“They’re excited about it,” Reed said about the students and the love mural. She added that it was a different type of project for them to do together.
“They like doing group projects,” Reed said.
Third-grade students Addyson Ford and Jaida Covault also said that they were having fun with the project after they got to add their handprints to the mural.
“I like art class. It’s fun,” Ford said. “I like to work with paint.”
Covault also said that she enjoyed art class and that coloring was her favorite.
Students from Piqua High School were also at Washington Primary to create a teaching tool for teachers with the help of kindergarten through third grade students. PHS students from teacher Damion Skeans’ marketing media class went to Washington Primary on Thursday morning to create a video highlighting the behavior expectations in the school building.
Kindergarten through third grade students participated by role-playing exceptional behaviors in the hallways, cafeteria, extended learning area, and so on, while the high school students acted out bad behavior. The high school students filmed these different skits and will be putting together the final product for teachers to use with their students as a teaching tool to reinforce what acceptable and respectful student behaviors look like at Washington Primary School.
“We wanted to put together something that our teachers can use as a teaching tool,” Pence said.
Pence explained that the teachers can show the video to students to reinforce what is good and bad behavior. The teachers will be able to ask the students to give a thumbs up or a thumbs down to each situation as to whether or not the students in the videos are being kind, respectful, and responsible or if their actions are not acceptable.
“It’s more like a re-teaching tool as we go back over our expectations in our common areas like the hallway, the playground, the cafeteria,” Pence said.
Both the high school students and the Washington Primary students were excited to be working together on the project.
“The kids are cooperating really well,” PHS student Blake Wright said.
“It’s been good,” PHS student Morgan Ford said, adding that the students who participated in the video already knew the acceptable behavior that they were supposed to be modeling. Ford added that one of the Washington Primary students told her that it was “funnest” day she has had in school.
“They’re taking it serious, too,” PHS student Julia Karn said. “We haven’t done this before, and it was a really fun experience.”
The PHS students each agreed that they hoped they and other students could do more collaborations with the other school buildings like this in the future.
“We’re real happy to get to pair with the high school team, and we’re excited to see what they put together for us to use,” Pence said. “It was a great collaboration.”
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