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5th grade Students Design and Build Alternative Energy Models

Students chose groups to work in and were assigned a geographic region (Pacific NW, California Coast, Great Plains, Northeast, Texas, South Florida) of the United States. The group had to research what types of alternative energy (solar, wind, geo-thermal, biofuel, hydro/tidal, etc.) were already being used in their region, and the benefits/drawbacks of each system. The group then chose two types of systems to integrate into a hybrid model, with the goal of correcting for drawbacks/inefficiencies of a single system. One group combined a Geo-Thermal System with combined with algae farms to regulate growth bed water temperatures. Another group designed a concentrating solar collector to heat algae beds and increase photosynthesis in the northern plains. And another group designed a septic methane system with pumps and compressors run by a wind turbine. Each region posed its own challenges for students to consider, but EVERYONE rose to the challenge! After designing their hybrid systems, each group built a model from their design and labeled component parts.

4th Grade NOVEL Pie Sale is a SWEET success!

Cater's 4th grade class and teachers showing off the new books they received by selling pies.

The 4th grade was able to purchase three different class sets of novels with the proceeds from last month's pie sale! The titles purchased are Holes by Louis Sachar, Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing by Judy Blume, and Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. They would like to thank everyone who bought pies to help them purchase these novels!

Blanket and Book Giveaway

Each student at Cater will be given a book and blanket of their own the week of 12/12/16 through a collaborative effort of Jennifer Murphy, Cater Librarian, Jana Lippe, Cater Counselor, and the First United Methodist Church of Temple. The ladies of the Church have worked for several months to make blankets for every child in the school and the books were ordered by Miss Murphy and distributed by Mrs. Lippe and volunteers from the FUMC. The students of Cater would like to say a huge THANK YOU for the thoughtful gifts!!

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Calendar

4th Grading Period Ends

Date: 2/17/2017
Student Holiday - Staff Professional Development Day
Date: 2/20/2017
Spring Break
Date: 3/13/2017
Spring Break
Date: 3/14/2017
Spring Break
Date: 3/15/2017
Spring Break
Date: 3/16/2017
Spring Break
Date: 3/17/2017
5th Grading Period Ends

Date: 4/13/2017
Good Friday - NO SCHOOL
Date: 4/14/2017
Bad Weather Day - NO SCHOOL
Date: 4/17/2017