October ACE Week Sparks Creativity
October 23-27 was the Fall Arts and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) week. The theme was Autumn Harvest Adventures: Exploring Nature’s Bounty and Wildlife Wonders.
Participants in TPS through fifth grade created fall-themed crafts including some using colorful leaves from the French International forest. Students went on nature walks and inquired about why the environment is changing with the seasons. There were various degrees of pumpkin carving, painting, or decorating and some groups even made fall treats.
Fourth and fifth graders had an opportunity to learn from guest teachers from Engineering for Kids in the mornings. Students built their own Lego robots to compete in different challenges and games.
Middle schoolers created multimedia productions like videos and podcasts centered around the sights and sounds of fall. They also used a coding program called Scratch to create their games. Middle school students participated in the pumpkin fun by building a catapult to launch pumpkins.
ACE Weeks happen in October and February. They are week-long breaks from school, but the Extended Learning Department offers special programming and activities for interested participants.