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Hemby Bridge Students Learned Computer Science During Hour of Code On Tuesday, December 6, Hemby Bridge students in every grade level participated in the Hour of Code, a worldwide event that has been called “the largest worldwide learning event in history”. Students were introduced to the world of coding and learned about the importance of technology careers in our society. They then worked in a variety of programs provided by Code.org to learn how programmers use coding in creating computer applications. Even Kindergarten students were able to help fuzzy Smeeborg navigate a labyrinth in Kodable, one of the options on the site designed for pre-readers. The students were excited to be called programmers for a day and many students are now interested in exploring computer science further.
Hemby Bridge Elementary students welcomed veterans Jim Hood, Jack Campbell and 91 year old veteran James Crump from Indian Trail VFW Post #2423 in honor of Veteran’s Day. After learning in class about this special holiday, students listened to stories of their military experiences and the importance and meaning of the American Flag. After discovering the contributions of these heroes, students practiced the responsibilities of flag raising and proper handling of the American flag. These students will have the responsibility of raising and lowering the nation’s flag in front of the school. “It has been such a privilege to meet these men and convey our appreciation for their sacrificial service,” stated Mrs. Brianna Anderson. While at Hemby Bridge, veterans met and spoke to Hemby Bridge third grade teacher and Desert Storm veteran Sharon Patrick. As fellow veterans, they each shared their own service and military experiences.
First grade students began science discussing what they knew and what they thought they knew about fall in North Carolina. After discussing and making predictions they watched a video on the changing season patterns in the United States. Students then went on a scavenger hunt around Hemby Bridge Elementary observing and collecting evidence of the change from summer to fall. After they collected items they brought their items inside and compared what fall looks like in North Carolina to the current season of spring in Australia. Students were interested to learn that Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere and the United States is in the Northern Hemisphere and that we have opposite seasons.