• HS Spanish Classes Perform for Pre-K Classes

    Posted November 19, 2015

    Spanish 3 Honors classes put on plays in Spanish for our pre-K students--Caperucita Roja (Little Red Riding Hood), Los Tres Cerditos (The Three Little Pigs) and Ricitos de Oro (Goldilocks). The best way to encourage use of the target language is to have students present familiar stories. The pre-K classes loved the plays and enjoyed discussing them with the high school students!

  • 8th-Grade Students Work on STEM Design Project

    Posted November 19, 2015

    Our 8th-grade students have been working on their first STEM design project of the year--roller coaster design. Students were asked to design and build a roller coaster using three foam tubes, tape and a marble as the passenger car. During the design of the model roller coasters, students encountered many of the same issues that real-world roller coaster engineers address.

  • Science Simulation

    Posted November 19, 2015

    Our 4th-grade students did a simulation science experiment to introduce them to the concept of carrying capacity. Carrying capacity is the greatest number of consumers that can be supported by the food in an area without damaging the food source. Students simulated themselves as a population of deer foraging for food in its home range. This helped review the concepts of consumers and producers and provided a better understanding of the importance of a food supply in a food chain. Science is always fun at AHN!

  • Elementary Community Service Day Teaches Lesson of Giving Back

    Posted November 6, 2015

    Students in grades pre-K through 8 spent Wednesday, November 4th, participating in AHN's annual Elementary School Community Service Day. In total, the students served more than 20 organizations.

  • 5th-Grade Students Learn 123D Design

    Posted November 3, 2015

    Mrs. Lee and Mr. Tucker introduced 5th-grade students to 123D Design to show them the design process for the 3-D printer. They learned some CAD basics and will be printing three types of catapults using the 3-D printer. The students will conduct multiple trials to test the catapults to see which type will launch an object the farthest. They will also graph the data on a coordinate plane.

  • Students Learn About Life Cycles, Release Butterflies After Hatching

    Posted November 2, 2015

    Mrs. Perez's 3rd-grade class is learning about life cycles in science. The students followed an organism from the first stage of life to adulthood. They had a milkwood plant with three eggs, two of which became larva (caterpillars). The class observed their change into pupas inside the chrysalis until they became butterflies and flew away to begin the life cycle again. The butterflies hatched and were released this morning.

  • 7th-and 8th-Grade Art Elective Classes Create Tape Murals

    Posted October 27, 2015

    Students designed and created tape murals to promote this year’s art show with the theme “Follow Your Passion." In groups, students experimented with tape to show several drawing techniques such as hatching, cross-hatching, stippling and blending. These drawing techniques were used to create line, texture and value in each mural design. These amazing murals can be viewed for the next two weeks in the middle school hallways of AHN, each mural with its own artist statement explaining the concept and meaning of the design.

  • Mrs. Oakhill's Class Participates in Mystery Skype

    Posted October 22, 2015

    Mystery Skype is an activity when two or more classes call each other via video chat and try to guess where the other classroom is located in the world. Students take part in creating yes/no questions, answering questions from the other class and providing clues when necessary. This allows the students to work together as a class and practice their map skills. Mrs. Oakhill's class "Mystery Skyped" with a 4th-grade class from Bowman Woods Elementary in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. How cool!

  • Quarter 1 Esse Quam Videri Recipients

    Posted October 19, 2015

    Freshmen (pictured left to right above) Juliana Ferrie, Myah Rhines and Dayzha Cartwright were announced as the Esse Quam Videri award recipients for the 1st quarter. The highly regarded award is presented each quarter to three freshmen who exhibit the traits of Blessed Marie Rose, founder of the Sisters of the Holy Names, and serve as representations of our school motto, "To be, rather than to seem."

  • Sustainable Garden Growing Strong!

    Posted October 13, 2015

    Last year, AHN 5th-grade students built a sustainable garden as a class. The garden is still growing strong! The current 6th-graders are responsible for maintaining the garden up to their 8th-grade graduation. They helped our 3rd-grade students plant peas, bush beans and popping corn.

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