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last updated: Sat, Mar 15th, 2014

Dyed, sealed, delivered

Special education teacher Cathy Wilson and physical education teacher Mike Guli had it down to a science. In fact, the two could start their own tie-dyeing business on Etsy. 

With the help of parent volunteers, the teachers did the tie-dyeing for literally hundreds of kids. No spills, no messes, no colored hands, no stained clothes.

The tie-dyeing was a reward for students who are on schedule to meet Mountain View’s 25 book reading challenge that was established at the beginning of the school year. The kids, in grades K-5, had all read a minimum of 19 books on or above their lexile level and completed short book reports on them. 

On tie-dyeing day, the students first consulted instruction sheets showing various designs that could be achieved through the tie-dyeing process. After choosing a design, the kids used rubber bands to tie off portions of white tee-shirts according to the directions. (The tied off sections would remain white after being submerged in a bucket of clothes dye.)

When the tee-shirts were ready, Ms. Wilson and Mr. Guli gently submerged them, letting the shirts bathe in the buckets of color. The excess dye was rung from the shirts and the teachers popped them into zip-lock bags held opened by the students. No fuss, no muss.

The students took their shirts home in the sealed plastic bags and let them rest for so that the dye could continue to work. Twenty-four hours or so later, the shirts were washed and like magic, the kids had all become fashion designers. 

Heidi Klum and co. all make it look so difficult.

What does the fox actually say?

Soon-to-be-published author Drew Miller

Some writers go their whole lives without being published. And then there are writers like Mountain View’s Drew Miller. The fourth-grader recently learned that an informational article he wrote about fox calls will appear in a book published by Creative Communication. He entered his piece in the organization’s fall essay contest.

Drew was inspired by “What Does The Fox Say,” an electronic dance song parody by a Norwegian comedy duo that became a huge hit and viral video. (At the time of this writing, the video has almost 389 million hits on YouTube.)

The young writer researched what a fox really does say – it is not “Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding” or “Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow” – and learned that the fox has more than 40 different calls. In his soon-to-be-published essay, Drew described the most common ones including various barks, shrieks, and screams. 

“Drew is an excellent writer with an extensive vocabulary,” said his teacher, Anessa Goldkind. “He’s a very visual writer. He has an amazing talent for creating images with the written word that allow the reader to visualize whatever story he’s telling.”

Creative Communication's anthology of student essays will be published in late April.

To see the “What Does The Fox Say” video that inspired Drew, click on one of the links below: 



District to offer summer science camp

This summer, something bold and imaginative is coming to Mount Olive. The district will introduce Innovation Station, a two-week-long program that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Designed for students in grades 1–8, Innovation Station features hands-on learning in various topics ranging from CSI-style investigative technology and kite flying that teaches the fundamentals of flight, to rocketry and robotics.

“STEM isn’t the future, it’s the present,” said Dr. Larrie Reynolds, Superintendent of Schools. “Innovation Station will teach students the principles of STEM and also show how fun they are to apply. The goal is to inspire kids to explore their scientific interests and expand their curiosity. More and more careers will involve STEM and this program will help better prepare students for the world that they’ll live in as adults.”

The program will run from July 28 to August 8 at Mount Olive Middle School. Tuition is $200 per week and includes free transportation for Mount Olive students. Before and afterschool care will be available through the Mount Olive Child Care and Learning Center at an additional cost.

"STEM is the future for our economy and we need to encourage students to think, explore, and create within these subjects," said Peter Hughes, Director of Curriculum and Instruction. "I'd love to take all the workshops myself. Who doesn't want to fly a drone or launch a rocket?"

For more information and to register, go to http://www.mtoliveboe.org/summercamp.

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