COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES

 

Mock Trial in 8th Grade Social Studies

The Keys School annual tradition of a grade-wide mock trial/moot court was held last week, with 8th graders in Mr. Chiang’s Social Studies class participating. It was a virtual civil rights/civil liberties moot court. The cases the students argued were Obergefell v Hodges and Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The students…

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Resistance for Justice in 5th Grade Social Studies

In 5th-grade Social Studies, students studied about resistance for justice in America. Ms. Simpsons shared: As we continue to learn about Colonial America’s restrictive social structures, we have also begun to talk about types of resistance. Students read through a variety of examples of historical figures/groups/events that resisted the social structures in place while on-campus…

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Visit from a Dreamworks Character Designer

We welcomed Character Designer, Jordan McCracken-Foster @jo.mc.fo, working at Dreamworks TV as our guest speaker on Zoom during 7th-grade Art class. Jordan is a former student of Mr. Birdsong and shared his process for creating characters and tips for growing as an artist. He answered student’s questions and talked about what it’s like working in…

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Our 5th and 6th Graders Back on Campus

The 5th and 6th-grade students are back on campus now, and it’s starting to feel like a real middle school again. Our students are excited about seeing their friends and having P.E. class in the gym with a virtual Ms. Gunn.

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California Artist Michael Kershnar Visits with Second Grade

Our second grade students had a surprise virtual visit from California based artist Michael Kershnar. Michael, who is working on a large mural at the home of one of our second grade families, zoomed in to share an in depth look at the how and why behind the mural he is creating. Michael is a…

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The Helping Hands Club Reads to Second Grade

Students in the Helping Hands Club at the middle school read to 2nd-graders in Ms. Wyant’s class over Zoom last week. Social Studies teacher and club leader, Ms. Simpson, said, “Not a traditional-looking read aloud on the carpet, but a new-aged, pandemic-conscious read aloud. We ended the read aloud with questions from our 2nd-grade friends…

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Egyptology Virtual Museum

Our 6th-grade students are proud to present the Egyptology Virtual Museum! This museum allowed students to choose a category of interest to focus their research—as can be seen by the galleries—and a medium of teaching others about their learning—which vary from virtual building to painting to baking and many more. This museum teaches about life…

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A Tubular 80th Day of School!

To celebrate the 80th day of school, Kindergarten faculty and students dressed in 80s themed attire! How totally tubular! “In Kindergarten, the 100th day of school is significant in their learning for a few reasons… by the 100th day, students have extended the counting sequence to this “number of days” in school, it marks the…

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NASA Virtual Field Trip: Ames Exploration Encounter

What does it take to explore beyond our planet? Last month, Ms. Zerga took our 5th and 6th Grade students on a NASA virtual field trip with the Ames Exploration Encounter to find out. This program allows students to learn about various physics concepts, aeronautics, past space missions, and the International Space Station, or ISS. …

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A Virtual Visit from the Mountain View Madrigals Choir

Every year in December, Keys School welcomes the Mountain View High School Madrigals Choir to perform. It’s safe to say this is a tradition our community looks forward to and loves.  As we know, 2020 has made keeping traditions challenging. Due to the pandemic and distance learning, we weren’t sure if they would be able…

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