Ivan Trivia, Staff Style
During Monday Morning Meeting on November 2nd, some of the Central School staff played a game called Ivan Trivia, Staff Style! Orion and Hannah were the hosts of the game show, and Mr. Lawry, Mr. Ken, Mrs, Massucco, Mr. Sully, and Mrs. Steuwe were the contestants. Each contestant had to answer three trivia questions about The One and Only Ivan, and they each had one “Ask the Audience” lifeline. Mr. Lawry brought ties for all the contestants because he said, “When you look your best, you do your best.” Some of the questions were easy, and some were hard! If a contestant got a question wrong, he or she had to sit down. Mr. Sully had to sit down first! Mrs. Steuwe stayed standing until the end!! She was the winner! For playing, each contestant received one or more bananas. Mrs. Steuwe won a whole bunch of bananas!! The final question was, “What animals does Ivan see on his nature show?” Mrs. Steuwe had to use her “Ask the Audience” lifeline, and Jacob S helped her out by telling her that it was a manatee and a polar bear. Maybe Mrs. Steuwe shared her bananas with Jacob!
Mr. Lawry said that it was a lot of fun to play Ivan Trivia, Staff Style, but he wished that he remembered how much Stella weighed (because that was the question he got wrong)! Mr. Sully loved playing the game, and he said that it was a great experience. Mrs. Massucco really enjoyed everything related to The One and Only Ivan, which she said was a great book!
Skype with Jodi Carrigan
by Moriah and Hannah
Asking Jodi a question.
On November 3rd, Central School celebrated the completion of their all-school reading of The One and Only Ivan by Skyping with Jodi Carrigan of Zoo Atlanta! Jodi Carrigan was the caretaker for Ivan during his last ten years at Zoo Atlanta. Jodi showed pictures of Ivan and one of his paintings, and she answered 21 questions from the students! Some of the questions were about Ivan, some of them were about Jodi, and some of them were about gorillas in general. Jodi also told the students that she had named her daughter after Ivan. Ivan’s name was Ivan Lee, and Jodi named her daughter Alex Lee! Mr. Nemlich said, “I was nervous about the technology involved in having Jodi Carrigan visit our school, but everything worked the way we wanted it to and the Skype session was fabulous.”
Mrs. Kane explained, “Our school read the book The One and Only Ivan as part of our Year of the Book. We used a program called One School One Book, which was created by an organization called Read to Them. Our Parent Teacher Organization provided the funds for the program so that every student and staff member could receive a copy of the book, and we asked families to read it all together. Each day we had a trivia question about the section that had been read the night before, and a committee came up with other events related to the book. There was an excitement and an energy in the building as we read the book., and we reached out to Zoo Atlanta to see if we could Skype with Jodi Carrigan as a culminating event for our school community. I thought the all school reading was a great experience on every level, and I hope that we will do this again next year!”
Save the Gorillas Fundraiser
During the last two weeks of October, students at Central School held a coin drive to raise money to help save the gorillas. Students had done some research about how few gorillas are left in the world, and they learned that they could help the gorillas by raising money for Zoo Atlanta and the Dian Fossey International Fund. On October 19th, Emma K and Aubrey M led Monday Morning Meeting by presenting a slideshow about gorillas and how we could help to protect them. Then Mrs. Sellarole’s Skills Group coordinated the fund drive by placing collection containers in each classroom and counting the money each day. On October 26th, Hiya, Sarah, and Mrs. Sellarole gave a fundraising update at Monday Morning Meeting. At that point, we had raised $185, and we had $315 to go to reach our goal of $500. By the end of October, however, we had reached our goal…and PASSED it!! Overall, Central School raised $635.03 for the Save the Gorillas campaign! Zoo Atlanta expressed their gratitude to Central School for our fundraising, saying, “Thank you so much for raising money for the gorillas! This is very generous of you and your students, and we greatly appreciate you selecting Zoo Atlanta as the recipient.”