Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Stop Motion Animation

Ms. Settemeyer's students have been very busy creating some really impressive stop motion animation projects! Check them out:

Life of Flower Stop motion project. Mrs.Settemeyers class Period 5

Next Gen Open House

The students in Mrs. Gregory's Next Gen classroom hosted a Holiday Open House. Parents were invited to come to their classroom to learn more about the Chromebook that their child has been using in class every day and to see how the device has shifted the classroom to a more student-centered environment.

RSA Animate

Students in Ms. Settemeyer's multimedia classes were challenged to create an RSA animate video as their final project for the fall semester. Students worked in groups on the project. They researched a topic of their choosing, researched their topic and synthesized the information gathered. The results were impressive!

Monday, December 8, 2014

7th Grade Student Book Trailers

Seventh grade Language Arts students have created book trailers to advertise some of their favorite books! They used Google Slides to create their trailers which were shared with their teacher who merged them all into one presentation. This group Google Slide show is now posted on the CeVMS library webpage in the scrolling section called 'Cedar Valley Reads.' Check it out at 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hanging Out!

Students from Ms. Settemeyer's yearbook class and Mrs. Thomas' 7th grade Texas History Class used Google Hangout yesterday to talk with a 4th grade class in New Braunfels. Students were able to ask each other questions about their town and its role in Texas History.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

CeVMS Is Now On Facebook!

Cedar Valley Middle School is now on Facebook! This page is just one more way we are communicating the wonderful things that students and teachers are doing at CeVMS. Like us to keep up to date on everything at Cedar Valley!

Citizenship Study Guide

Here is an example of the Citizenship Study Guide that students in Mrs. Collins's class created!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CeVMS Students Help Those Seeking Citizenship

Mrs. Collins' 8th Grade US History classes are partnering with Manos De Cristo to help people enrolled in their Citizenship Classes. The students are creating study materials that can be used to prepare for the citizenship test that must be passed to become a US citizen.
Learn more about Manos de Cristo's programs here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Next Gen Trailblazers Learn About Atomic Structure

Students in Mrs. Gregory's 8th grade science class are studying the structure of an atom. Students began with Google Classroom. On Day One, they watched a video on atomic structure and then created a Google Drawing illustrating all that they know (and learned) about atomic structure. On Day Two, students reviewed a Google Slides presentation on atomic structure and took Cornell notes using Google Documents. And on Day Three, students applied their knowledge by creating atomic models of the first seven elements found on the periodic table using M&Ms. So they could use this activity as a study guide, students took pictures of each element model and created a data table that included; elements, atomic numbers, atomic mass, an image of each model, and the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons of each element. All three days, students; 1) were highly engaged in their work, 2) asked many high-level questions, 3) created their own knowledge, and 4) had fun while learning.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Students Are LOVING Mrs. G's Interventions!

Mrs. Goldenberg has recently begun using iStation with her students during intervention time in her English/Language Arts classroom. Through the use of animation and game-like interactions, iStation blends direct, systematic instruction with pure fun!  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Morning Coding Party!

CeVMS students were invited to participate in's Hour of Code this morning. Why code? Check out these statistics:

The kids had a great time and, who knows, maybe they will be inspired to pursue a future in computer science!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cedar Valley Lunch: Everything A Jaguar Needs to Know!

Students at Cedar Valley have a new way to stay informed of the latest happenings at school. Each day during lunch, a scrolling slideshow of announcements plays on the screen in the cafeteria. The slide show is a shared Google document that any teacher or staff member in the school can edit to add information that needs to be shared with the students. Take a look!

Mrs. Collins' Classes Learn 'Smore History!

Today Mrs. Collins classes used a web-based creation tool called 'Smore to share information that they have gathered about the causes of the American Civil War. 'Smore allows users to create beautiful online flyers that include pictures, text, web links, audio and video files. Students were given the freedom to select and design the 'Smore as they liked, as long as they included the required information.

Gregory's Google Classroom

Mrs. Gregory has begun using the new Google Classroom an interactive site that a teacher can create to share assignments, documents, videos, and due dates with students. Google Classroom creates a folder for each assignment that can be shared with students to help keep everyone organized. With Google Classroom, students can keep track of when things are due on the Assignment page and teachers can see who has or has not completed work and provide feedback and grades on the spot!

Today, Mrs. Gregory's students were taking a quiz and creating graphic representations of weather around the United States.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hilker's Class: Working Together!

Students in Mrs. Hilker's 8th grade English class worked in cooperative groups to create a presentation to explain the use of the third person omniscient style of writing in Lois Lowry's book, The Giver. Each group was free to choose from a variety of multimedia presentation styles.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tech-Tac-Toe Winners!

The Cedar Valley Teachers were challenged to a game of Tech-Tac-Toe. They had to create video tutorials, find engaging apps, update or create a teacher webpage, become familiar with TechApps TEKS, and add a slide to our school Google Presentation. Of course, the Cedar Valley teachers were up to the challenge! The winners were rewarded with the SONIC drink of their choice.

Texas History PBL

Students in 7th Grade Texas History were challenged to create multi-media presentations to show what they have learned about the Regions of Texas. These students used a Flip Video camera to create a video to share their findings.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Getting I.T. Right! Art Students on the Prowl

Mrs. Stoner's students ventured out of the classroom in search of lines, shapes and colors. Using their BYOD, the students took pictures and shared them with their class.

Getting I.T. Right! Madame Macharia's Students Use Glogster

Students in Madame Macharia's 1B French classes are using  Glogster to create online autobiographical posters.  Glogster, an online tool that allows users to create virtual posters that combine text, audio, video, images, and hyperlinks and to share them with others electronically.  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Getting I.T. Right! Winn's Math Kids Have a Blast with KAHOOT!

Today, Ms. Winn's math classes enjoyed reviewing for their first math test of the year using KaHoot! KaHoot! is an online game-based classroom response system. Her 8th grade math students were engaged, challenged, and had a great time!

Getting I.T. Right! Texas History Classes Kick Off the Year With PBL

The 7th grade social studies classes are in the midst of their first Project Based Learning experience of the school year. The students are working in groups to learn about the the regions of Texas. Students are using books, databases and web searches to research their region. They will present their findings through various multi-media presentation devices. The students are working hard and I know their finished products will be amazing!!