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Cotton details student projects

Friday, February 8, 2013

Harry Potter would have been impressed.

Bassett High School 11th-grader Josh Amos recently completed a replica of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that he started working on two years ago, Henry County Schools Superintendent Jared Cotton told the county school board at its meeting Thursday.

The Hogwarts School is the major setting in J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series.

According to Cotton, Amos said: “Once the sketches were completed, I began constructing the castle. After the castle pieces were fired in the kiln, I used a Dremel rotary tool to sand the castle. Then I constructed the landscape by adding trees, grass, water and whomping willow (all made by hand). I finally finished Hogwarts in early January 2013, almost two years after starting the first piece of the castle. I’m happy it’s finished.”

Materials used included kiln-fired clay, cardboard, newspaper, plastic and tree-making kits, water kit, acrylic paint, toothpicks, card stock, florist wire, various types of reindeer moss, small gravel and sand, Cotton said.

That was just one of the items in Cotton’s superintendent’s report to the board. Others involved celebrations of the 100th day of school.

Sanville Elementary School kindergarten and fourth-grade “Reading Buddies” formed a human chain in the hallway that included 100 students. The Reading Buddies each read a story about the 100th day before the activity.

Sandra Wood’s first-grade class at Campbell Court Elementary sorted 100 pieces of food divided by 10s.

Carver Elementary School kindergarten students did such things as 100 exercises, walking 100 steps and being quiet for 100 seconds. Books about 100 days were shared in class along with collections of 100 items brought in by students. Teachers joined in the celebration by dressing as 100-year-old women.

Stanleytown Elementary students collected 100 bottles each of lotion, shampoo, toothpaste, soap, combs, deodorant and tissues to donate to a local nursing home.

Some of the other activities Cotton reported on were:

Students at Collinsville Primary School are continuing to try new activities that will help them be fit. One example is an energetic workout that uses elements of dance, sports drills, yoga and stretching. The workouts allow students to express energy in a positive way, focusing on self-esteem and self-confidence.

Bassett High School students in Jerry Byrd’s HVAC/refrigeration class recently visited Carver Elementary School and Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School to perform efficiency tests on the schools’ heating systems. Students noted that both efficiency measurements contained similar results compared with the same tests performed by Boiler System Specialties Inc.

Stanleytown Elementary School first-graders participated in an Economics Fair. Students designed a business to promote either products or services during the fair. Students and staff spent “play money” they earned at the fair.

Axton Elementary School’s first-graders recently invited their families to the “Axton Mall.” Students worked together and facilitated different areas of the “mall” while families used play money to shop. The event highlighted concepts the students learned as part of an economics lesson.

Second-graders at Collinsville Primary School attended a special presentation by Henry County School Resource Officer Deputy Brian Punturi and a federal police dog. The students read the story “Officer Buckle and Gloria” and have been researching facts about police dogs and their jobs. Punturi talked to students about how his dog, Webster, was trained, what special jobs he can do, gun safety and how to take care of police dogs.

Principals were recognized for Principal Appreciation Week in a variety of ways, including receiving potted plants from school board members and school officials. The Magna Vista High School horticultural department grew the plants.


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