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Articles from May 2017

4th Graders Explore Ecosystems and the American West Using Green Screen

4th Grade students have been visiting National Parks, the California coast and many different ecosystems this spring!  They have transported themselves there with the magic of green-screen videos.  Use the links below to check out their adventures!

4H – The West4th Grade students use green screen videos to visit ecosystems and the American west

4H – National Monuments

4H – National Parks

4H – California

4L –Himalayan Mountains

4D – Oceans4th Graders explore ecosystems and the American west using green screen

4L – African Savanna

4L – Rainforest

4L – Wetlands

4L – Ocean Ecosystem

4L – Desert Ecosystem4th Graders explore ecosystems and the American west using green screen

4D – Ecosystems

4D – The Rainforest

4L – Artic Ecosystem

Kindergarten Students Celebrate Special Moms!

Kindergarten students had many special guests at school last week for their Mother’s Day Tea!  Each student contributed to a classroom video to tell their mom why they are special. The kids loved making the videos and couldn’t wait to share them with their moms!
Please take a look at our videos below.

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Mrs. Block’s Mother’s Day Video

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Mrs. David’s Mother’s Day Video


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Mrs. Kremer’s Mother’s Day Video


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Mrs. Weber’s Mother’s Day Video

Eisenhower Students Full STEAM Ahead

Eisenhower has a new Maker Space in the library!

Magnetic Marble Run is a very popular activity these days in the Eisenhower library! When students have finished their work, you might see them:

  • learning how to code with our Coding Mouse
  • expressing their creativity at a crafting table
  • creating works of art on the Buddha Board
  • experimenting with electric circuitry with our snap circuit sets
  • learning about physics with a balancing game
  • engineering a bridge with a K’Nex set
  • testing their logic and spatial skills with Logic Dots or Cat Stax
  • planning a path through the Gravity Maze

Kids love coming to the Maker Space, an area where STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathmatics) activities are set up and changed daily in the library. They spend a few minutes experimenting and igniting their creativity and curiosity before heading back to class.

We’d like to thank our very supportive Eisenhower PTO for providing start-up funding for this initiative that we intend to continue expanding and improving in the coming years!  We hope to build our crafting supplies next year, as well as add some additional digital creation opportunities.

Please watch our short video thanking the PTO for their support
Knitting activity in the Eisenhower Maker Space

Amazing Readers Battle it Out!

2017 Eisenhower Battle of the Books

Fifth grade students have been reading and studying the Iowa Children’s Choice Award nominee books since January. Six teams of five students competed in the Eisenhower Battle of the Books on Friday, April 28 in Eisenhower’s small gym to show what they had learned. The kids worked together with their teammates to make sure that all of the books had been read by someone on their team. During the Battle, they could work together as a team to answer each question. The Battle was very close with the final three teams tied up until the very end!

Congratulations to our wonderful readers!  They ALL did a remarkable job!

A big THANK YOU to Mark Schmitt and Happy Joe’s on University for sponsoring trophies for our winning team and donating a luncheon pizza certificate to ALL participants! Our winning team, shown below, will be representing Eisenhower at the District Battle of the Books at Bryant Elementary School on Friday, May 12 at 1:30.  We wish them good luck!

The Eisenhower team had a very strong showing at the District Battle of the Books on May 12. They tied with Kennedy School for second place in the District Battle. Great job team!

Watch a video about the Eisenhower Battle

Eisenhower Winning Team from Battle of the Books 2017






Family Group Service Projects

Family groups at Eisenhower met to talk about what responsibility means and how they could help to take care of their school. Each group was responsible for cleaning up an area of the school, grounds or neighborhood. Students and staff all pitched in the make the Eisenhower community cleaner and brighter!

Watch a slidFamilyGroupCleanupeshow of the service projects at Eisenhower

Video: What are You Responsible For?
from Mrs. Dostal’s family group

Video: Eisenhower and Lincoln Celebrate Earth Day