Monday, March 27, 2017

2nd Grade Jam at the Orange Peel

Last week saw one of our favorite events of the year, the 2nd graders' Dr. Bob's Sound School performance at the Orange Peel.

The performance was the culmination of a unit of study on the science of sound. Our students explored the motion of different sound waves and how they affect our ear drums to produce different sounds—high, low, fast, slow. If that makes it sound like our 2nd graders are learning physics ... it's because they are!

Every Asheville City Schools elementary school participates in this amazing program sponsored by the Bob Moog Foundation. Of course, Claxton, with its arts-integration theme, musical chops, and incredible second grade teaching team supported by Mr. Butler, always puts on the best show (in our biased opinion). Take a look at it here:



Great thanks to all who guided our kids through this terrific learning experience. Special thanks to the Bob Moog Foundation for making it possible!

Learn more about Dr. Bob's Sound School (and see CLX teachers Mr. Butler and Ms. Wertheim represent!) here:







Monday, March 20, 2017

Dear Edwina, Tell Us How Claxton Kids Pulled Off Such an Amazing Show!

Before the beginning of each performance of Dear Edwina, Jr. this weekend, the audience learned that the fourth and fifth graders in the play put the whole thing on themselves. They blocked it, they choreographed it (big shout-out to Maddie Peeples, who took the lead and showed her talent), they put together the set and their costumes.






The result?





 An amazing show!






The incredible leadership of Ms. Rigsby and Mr. Butler showed in the kids on stage as they sang, danced, made us laugh, and told a story about shining in whatever it is that makes you you. 


We can't imagine a better theme or a better showcase of our students' many talents, on display through the magic of arts-integrated education.






Many thanks to everyone who helped make this production happen!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Author C.M. Surrisi Keeps 4th Graders on the Edge of Their Seats

Claxton was very lucky to get a visit from author C.M. Surrisi on Friday!






Ms. Surrisi told our fourth graders about how she became a writer—starting with reading lots and lots of books when she was their age.







Then she read from her first middle-grade mystery, The Maypop Kidnapping ... and our kids were entranced. When she stopped at a particularly tense moment, the cries were likely heard throughout the building!


As a bonus treat, she also read from her new mystery, Vampires on the Run. It was a huge hit as well.




Both books are available at Spellbound Children's Books and Malaprop's. And we'll be getting several copies for the Claxton library. Demand is high!


Many thanks to Ms Surrisi for sharing her time and talents with our kids, to Spellbound Children's Books for bringing Ms. Surrisi to us, and to Ms. Brown for organizing this opportunity to remind kids that writing is an art too!