The Taylor middle school students won Best Storyboard and Judges' Choice Award at the Kids CAN Build competition! 

Kids Can Build is an exciting competition run by the Shalom Food Pantry in the Capital Region. This program educates children to give back to their community and brings awareness to food insecurity. The project benefits the student body, the community, and recipients of local food pantries.

Students from local middle schools compete by building life-size structures out of donated food items. The structures are then on exhibit at Crossgates Mall for one week.

This competition "brings to life" all of the valuable STEAM educational methods that the students learn in the classroom. The students are incorporating this project into their curriculum to design and build their structures using science, math, engineering, technology and art.

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Teamwork makes the dreamwork! Our kindgeraen class turned recess into a construction zone, collaborating to build the coolest bridge for our toy trucks to conquer the sandpit!

Turkey math! Before the break, the 3/4 class made fact family turkeys 
These hands-on experiences help them solidify the concepts of multiplication and division while also having fun and being creative! 

The sensory table in PreK may look simple with cranberries and water... Howver, children are learning how to observe, weigh and measure. They are experimenting and discovering about capacity, volume, and buoyancy. 

Toy Company—a simulation where creativity meets communication! Students develop, market, and hone their skills in writing and speaking.  Here's innovation and learning!  

The middle school students are having a blast with the Kids CAN Build project! This year, they have designed a globe with a rainbow over it- and are building this curved desigh out of only cans! We can't wait to see the final product, but the process of developing their idea from a sketch into a form has been exciting! 

The 5/6 students started a novel study of Wonder by R. J. Palacio. It is a beautiful story about kindness and how stepping out of our comfort zones is so worth it, even if it isn't easy.

Along with kindness, the book is rich with other themes, such as anti-bullying, compassion, acceptance, and empathy for others. We are excited to share this inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman with the students.

First and second grade has been reviewing so many topics this fall. We have enjoyed working together as a team and spending time at our hands on centers. Second grade has enjoyed breaking apart numbers, working with shapes, and mastering those addition facts. First grade just finished up sorting, creating equal groups, and graphing data.