Our Year in a Picture

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I still can’t believe the year is over. I will be forever grateful for the overwhelming generosity of ORAU. The students next year better be ready because it is going to be hard to top what these kids did this year. The picture above shows the connections we made over the year:

Weekly Epals Letters (France, Germany, Australia, Brazil, California, Kansas, South Africa, Kenya, and South Wales)

Videos to Australia and Japan

Skype with France and Georgia

Letters from the Philippines, Montana, and South Korea

Story Writing with Turkey and Kansas

In Three Words

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Every week, Good Morning America does a segment called “In Three Words” and like last year the students and I made a similar video. The students got three words to tell what they were going to miss about Rocky Hill. Take a look:

In Three Words from Jordan Haney on Vimeo.

Bully Videos

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Bullying is a problem at every school. The students decided to make videos to show kids how to handle different situations. I was really proud of their effort. Take a look:

Green Group Bully Video from Jordan Haney on Vimeo.

Yellow Group Bully from Jordan Haney on Vimeo.

Blue Group Bully Video from Jordan Haney on Vimeo.

Orange Group Bully Video from Jordan Haney on Vimeo.

Red Group Bully Video from Jordan Haney on Vimeo.

Field Day

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The kids had a blast helping the kindergarteners with their field day and competing in theirs.

Field Day from Jordan Haney on Vimeo.

DVD Intro

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Take a look at 125 students walking into school as one person. This was the intro we made for their “End of the Year” DVD.

Intro 5th Grade DVD – Stopmotion from Jordan Haney on Vimeo.

Skyping with France

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The students have been Epaling (pen pals on the internet) with a class from Lyon, France since the beginning of the year. The students write to their friends once a week but they have never  met face to face. Today, the students got to finally meet their 4,000 miles away friends. The conversations were short because their French friends have only been speaking English for 2 years. I hope the students remember this day for a long time. I know I will!

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A Real Survivor

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We had the honor of having a Mr. Pace. speak to our students this week. Mr. Pace spent 4 years in a concentration camp at the age of 14. His story was not only eye-opening but inspiring. I cannot even image what this man has seen and heard. Mr. Pace considers himself blessed and lucky to be alive. After years of being confined and tortured, Mr. Pace has gone on to live an amazing life. He has raised four children, three of them have become doctors. He started his own business from scratch and eventually had over 400 employees. But best of all, he spends his retired years speaking to schools. I am almost 30 years old and this was the first time I have ever met a Holocaust survivor, and it is a story I will never forget.

Tuckaleechee Caverns

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Each year we go to the Tuckaleechee Caverns. Here is a quick video of the trip.

Tuckaleechee Caverns from Jordan Haney on Vimeo.

Track and Field Day 2011

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Take a look at this year’s track and field day. Four of my students helped by taking pictures and videoing. Here are the highlights of the day.

Track and Field 2011 from Jordan Haney on Vimeo.

Buddy Bands Sale

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Every year the K-Kids have a fundraiser. This year we had planned on raising money to help people in Africa make clean water. But with the recent tornado disasters in our state and Alabama, the K-Kids decided to donate the money to the American Red Cross. Last year, we raised over 700 dollars by selling 25 cent plastic bracelets that we named buddy bands. We are hoping to break that mark this year. Here are the commercials our K-Kids club made to promote the sale. Our school news plays them during their morning show.

K-Kids Opening Commercial from Jordan Haney on Vimeo.

K-Kids Commercial 1 from Jordan Haney on Vimeo.

K-Kids Commercial 2 from Jordan Haney on Vimeo.

K-Kids Commercial 3 from Jordan Haney on Vimeo.

K-Kids Commercial 4 from Jordan Haney on Vimeo.

K-Kids Commercial 5 from Jordan Haney on Vimeo.

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