Friday, December 20, 2013

Joe McDermott and Students Make Music

Musician Joe McDermott worked with 5th grade to create and original song and video.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Students Win in Writing Contest

4th Grade Student, Andrew and Abhinu, won the Austin Family Magazine writing contest. Each student was awarded a Kindle e-reader device.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Skype to Alaska

Ms. Derrington's 3rd grade class connects with Steve Wolf and son in Alaska. Steve Wolf is the owner of Stunt Ranch in Austin. Our 3rd graders visited Stunt Ranch to learn science through stunts and special FX.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Cactus Ranch Teacher Participates in Nasa Ladee Launch

Stacy Vernon, a teacher and fan of NASA,  registered and was selected to attend a Nasa Social Event for the launch of the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) on September 5th and 6th. She found out she was selected as one of only 50 participants from across the US. Selected participants were taken on exclusive tours of the Nasa Wallops Flight Facility, attended press conferences, and enjoyed taking part in a special introductory briefing broadcast live on Nasa's Educational Channel. Speakers including astronaut John M. Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, and Charles Bolden, current administrator of NASA and former NASA astronaut, who visited with the Nasa Social Participants repeatedly and spoke of his appreciation for teachers and the importance of teachers sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for space exploration and science with their students. The Nasa Social group attended a "front row" special rocket launch viewing site for this exciting launch which was a first in many ways. The LADEE mission is the 
*first spacecraft launched into deep space from the NASA Wallops Facility
*first moon launch from Virginia
*first payload to launch on a U.S. Air Force Minataur V rocket integrated by Orbital Sci. Corp.
Currently, Stacy is a kindergarten teacher at Cactus Ranch Elementary. She follows Nasa and many astronauts on Twitter and is active in Social Media. You can follow her on Twitter as @StacyVernon.  She is excited to bring back a variety of space science activities to her students.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Tech Music

Cactus Ranch students grades 3-5 discover music sequencing and looping by creating a composition with Click on the link below to hear a sample.

Monday, April 15, 2013

2nd Graders Take a Closer Look

Mrs. Fairman and Mrs. Bridge's students learn about the different parts of a plant with the use of the new digital microscopes.

Monday, April 8, 2013

CRE Robotics Club Meets the EV3

Students in the Cactus Ranch Robotics Club got a sneak peek of the new Lego robotics system, EV3. The EV3 project director from National Instruments demonstrated the new software and hardware that will be available for purchase in the fall of 2013.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Food Chain Discoveries

Ms. Avila-Gray, 5th grade teacher, teaches about the food chain by using a webcam and an avatar effect from Logitech software.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Preparing for Battle

Cactus Ranch students prepare for the Battle of the Bluebonnet's with our new Turning Point ResponseCard RF LCD devices.

Photo Fun

Students discover photo editing in Ms. Covington's art class using Photoshop Elements 11.

Monday, February 25, 2013

5th Graders Get a Lesson on Storms

Paul Yura,Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service, gave the 5th graders a presentation about weather and storms.

Kinder Team Creates Google Site

Cactus Ranch kindergarten teachers have created a Google Site that offers many resources for their students. CRE Kindergarten Team Website

Wednesday, January 16, 2013