Archive for August, 2015

Database Review: Britannica School & ImageQuest

Britannica School is an award-winning online resource with differentiated, reliable information for students in Kindergarten-12th grade.

Students can move up or down a reading level as needed, using one of the three portals — Elementary, Middle School, and High School — to access information via a tablet, laptop, iPad, or other Internet-enabled device.

ImageQuest is a companion resource from Encyclopedia Britannica — and an award-winning image database for students in Kindergarten-12th grade.

With almost THREE million rights-cleared images, it is an excellent resource for students’ homework assignments.

Access to high-quality images on all topics, free of advertising, and from trustworthy sources, in one location makes ImageQuest a valuable resource for schools.

For more information, see Britannica School (school.eb.com) and ImageQuest  (quest.eb.com).

For password and login information, visit your GRACE library!  

Technology News Grades 3-6

Welcome Back Eagles!  I am Mrs. Hartsfield and I am so excited to be teaching at GRACE this year.  I have a lot of fun and exciting things planned this year in the technology classes and I can’t wait to get to know all of my students.

3rd-Keyboarding
This quarter we will be getting acquainted with the Chrome books.  We will learn the parts of the Chrome book, how to log in, and simple trouble shooting techniques.  Also, our 3rd grade students will have the opportunity to learn responsibility. They have to assemble themselves in an orderly fashion to retrieve and return the Chrome books.  They are learning proper typing technique and how to effectively use the Home Row keys.  We are on our way to building competent 21st century skills!

4th/5th – Technology/Media
 This quarter Mrs. Gehringer and I will be working together in the 4th and 5th grade classes.  We will be collaborating with classroom teachers and integrating technology with their lessons.  We will start the quarter with Mac basics, Web Browsers, and Pages.

6th-Multimedia
 This quarter we will start with Photo Booth and iPhoto to create our first project “All About Me”.  We will also explore the digital camera parts and use and upload pictures to iPhoto to create another project.

GRACE Football in the News

The first varsity football game in GRACE history was attended by a representative from the News & Observer who interviewed Coach Boutwell and senior Ryan Dempsey to get their perspective on the game. See what they had to say about our first varsity football game in this article.

Apex Wings and GRACE

Apex Wings is a GRACE-family-owned neighborhood bar and restaurant established in Apex 20 years ago. The charm of the building and the familiarity of the regular customers is partially what makes Apex Wings so unique. The other thing that sets it apart is that they have been serving the best wings in the Triangle since 1993.

As part of their support of GRACE, Apex Wings will contribute 15% of every GRACE family purchase to the GRACE Eagles Club.  All you have to do is tell the server you are from GRACE or write GRACE on your receipt.  It’s that easy.  Your Apex Wings server will take are of the rest.

GRACE Skill Survey

Volunteers are essential to a large number of events at GRACE.  We are thankful to every GRACE parent and grandparent who has given of their time and talent to help make GRACE a better place for our children.  As GRACE has grown, it has become harder to keep up with all the talents of our amazing community. We have designed a skill survey that we invite every GRACE parent and grandparent to fill out to let us about the skills that you have that might benefit our school in the future.

Our students and teachers are always looking for real-world experts who can help them see the connection between academic information and the world.  Additionally, we are always in need of people to help out in the office, classroom and extra-curricular activities. Please take a moment to fill out the GRACE Skill Survey and let us know the ways that you are available to help. Do not underestimate your knowledge or your skills. You might have exactly what is needed to help a student, teacher or member of our staff.