Summer Series: Student Art Sample [5th Grade]

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Over the course of our summer we will feature various artists and art pieces from each Jenison elementary school as well as the Junior High and High School. Each piece was carefully chosen by our art teachers and we hope you will enjoy the talents and hard work of our students while you also enjoy a beautiful and relaxing summer!

“Optical Illusion”
By Aurora Sorrelle
Pinewood Elementary

During this unit on “Op Art” students studied various artworks which displayed an optical illusion. We discovered that creating the look of a 3 dimensional object on 2 dimensional paper is in fact an optical illusion. Aurora divided her square paper into 8 sections. The first part of the illusion occurred when Aurora created curved lines within each section, giving them shape. These stripes were then colored with colored pencil in an alternating pattern. Aurora then used a shading technique which gives the artwork the appearance of being 3 dimensional.

Aurora was patient and careful with her pencil strokes as well as the varying pressure necessary to create the illusion. This project was tedious at times, and Aurora’s persistence paid off with a beautiful result in this artwork.

Aurora and her artwork were selected by her Pinewood Elementary art teacher, Ginger Brown.

Summer Series: Student Art Sample [2nd Grade]

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Over the course of our summer we will feature various artists and art pieces from each Jenison elementary school as well as the Junior High and High School. Each piece was carefully chosen by our art teachers and we hope you will enjoy the talents and hard work of our students while you also enjoy a beautiful and relaxing summer!

“My Community”
By Dylan Nichols
Pinewood Elementary

For this project the students learned about the the three different types of communities.  The students examined the similarities and differences between the different types of communities.  Then they went on to design their own mixed media community!

First Dylan drew his imaginative community in pencil then he outlined his drawing with sharpie.  Then went on to complete his community by painting it with watercolor.

The students also learned about Vincent Van Gogh and color theory while creating this project.  The students demonstrated their understanding of color theory by creating a background with a color scheme of their choice.  Dylan used warm colors and white to create in Starry Night inspired background.  His community painting was then collaged on top of his Starry Night background to create a beautiful masterpiece!

Dylan is a very creative and talented young artist whose artwork always stands out.  I love his imagination and his ability to think outside the box.  Dylan said his favorite part of this project was designing his city and using the metallic paint on the stars.  Dylan is a very hard worker and I cannot wait to see his future creations!

Dylan and his artwork were chosen by his Pinewood Elementary art teacher, Ashley Hankamp.

Pinewood Sponsors “Donuts with Dads”

Jenison Public Schools, Pinewood Elementary

Donuts from Jenison Donuts

Last Friday morning, the Pinewood gym buzzed with the kind of excitement that only comes when dads give two thumbs up to sugar in the morning.

Because at 8 a.m., dads and sons and dads and daughters filed into school, ready for a little extra time together before classes began. With twenty-two dozen donuts ordered and over 275 RSVP’s, Amy Perrien, coordinator of the event, prepared herself for another year of smiles and laughter.

“Donuts with Dads is a great time to hang out with your child and enjoy the fall — and it’s the right time of year for donuts. We love providing the opportunity to do something fun with your child at school!” Amy said.

Aside from offering breakfast and setting the stage for extra time together, Amy created table tents containing conversation starters — not only for dads and children, but as an opportunity for dads to meet other dads. The air was filled with voices asking and answering these questions:

  • What do you worry about the most?
  • Donuts or bagels?
  • If you were invisible where would you go and what would you do?
  • Michigan or MSU?
  • How ‘bout those Lions?

With full bellies, packed tables and lots to discuss, it was obvious that the event was a hit. As dads settled in with coffee donated by Bigby of Jenison, we heard comments like:

  • “It’s great to have more time to hang out with your kids.”
  • “What I like is seeing your kids’ friends. It’s good to get to know them, too.”
  • “It seems like it’s the moms who usually get to do everything. This is a good opportunity for dads. We appreciate it.”
  • “I love having the one on one time with my daughter.”
  • “It’s a good opportunity to see the morning routine and see how stuff is done at school outside of conferences. It keeps me involved.”

Jenison Public School, Pinewood ElementaryAs for the kids, they were all smiles. In between slurps of apple juice and gobbles of donuts, they said things like:

  • “I’m so excited for free donuts!”
  • “I like to eat donuts with my dad because we usually don’t eat a lot of donuts. This is special.”
  • “The best part of today is that I get to spend time with my dad!”

With family members snuggled close, we knew that the donuts weren’t the only sweet thing in the gym that day. Sweeter yet were the relationships being strengthened by the simple act of sharing breakfast.

Jenison Public School, Pinewood Elementary

Jenison Public School, Pinewood Elementary

Jenison Public School, Pinewood Elementary

Jenison Public School, Pinewood Elementary

Pinewood Offers Terrific After-School Options for Students

It may have been the bananas and apples that got them going after school, but it was certainly the encouragement they received from Principal Rachael Postle-Brown that kept them moving forward. That’s because these students are staying after school with a goal: to increase reading fluency and mathematical know-how. And they’re doing it with the help of dedicated volunteers from  Grand Valley State University, parents, and their principal.

Jenison Public Schools, Pinewood Elementary, After School Support

Pinewood Elementary School’s math and reading support groups offer the additional academic practice some students need to hone skills and solidify new concepts. They explore strategies covered in class but approach them in new ways to increase their staying power. Using dice to conceptualize mixed numbers and working with number cubes to reinforce the significance of numerators and denominators were just two of the activities planned for this session.

Jenison Public Schools, Pinewood Elementary, After-School support

Principal Rachael Postel-Brown works with math students after-school.

While students whose learning styles are more tactical and hands-on appreciate the a more creative take on math, Mrs. Postel-Brown says it’s not just the techniques employed that help make the math stick — it’s the fact that parents are involved in supporting the process.

“Our parents are fantastic and so encouraging! We do our best to keep the lines of communication open and work together.”

The other component of the academic after-school program is focused on reading fluency. Mark Boersma, a Master’s Student at GVSU, uses the Read Naturally curriculum to help strengthen comprehension and reinforce the use of expression in reading.

“I’ve noticed a definite change,” Mr. Boersma says. Right now we’re working on writing summary responses and are focusing on punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. We’re monitoring their progress, and by using a lot of repetition and reading interesting stories, we’re making advances.” 

Mr. Boersma works with a student on reading fluency.

Mr. Boersma works with a student on reading fluency.

Over in the Pinewood gym, Dee Perry is providing care and individualized attention to kids in the before- and after-school program.  Affectionately called “Mrs. D” by her students, this beloved woman spends her energies not on academics (although they do read many books!), but on  childcare.

With hours of care from 6:45- 9 in the morning and again from 3:45 – 6 after school, Mrs. Perry has spent the last decade loving kids by providing them with a quiet reading space, help with homework, a snack to munch on, and playtime right at Pinewood Elementary. Currently there are forty-two students registered and thirty-eight actively attending. “Mrs. D” says she can’t wait to be with her group each and every day; they have truly become “her kids.”

“I just love interacting with and working with the kids! They make me laugh. I love seeing them grow and advance as people. It’s a great job!”

Jenison Public Schools, Pinewood Elementary, After-School supportWe applaud the dedicated time and effort that these adults invest in the lives of our students! They are indeed helping to shape our future!