Have a safe summer full of reading, discovery and fun!
School resumes Wednesday, August 21, 2013.
Despite some exciting winds and threats of stormy weather, this year's spring picnic was a blast! Thanks to parent organizer, Doris Simpson, volunteers and to those who brought in dishes to share.
PTO President, Adrienne Dent took some great photos at the picnic.
See all of Adrienne's picnic photos on Flickr.
In April, students from the Charlottesville High School Orchestra introduced Johnson 4th graders to string instruments and gave them some pointers on how to play. In fifth grade, students will have the opportunity to learn how to play a musical instrument as part of the fine arts curriculum at Walker.
Second Grade Moving Creatures Field Trip
On April 11, second grade students visited UVa artists and creative engineers who made representations of animals for the Stan Winston Moving Creature Festival.
Reading Under the Stars
On the evening of March 15, students and families came to Johnson for Reading Under the Stars. Everyone gathered in the cafeteria to enjoy book-themed snacks and to create their own bookmarks. Then the crowd headed to the auditorium to hear student star poetry winners read their poems. After the poetry, all the students made their way to the stage to listen to a guest storyteller share Appalachian and Irish folk tales. The event concluded with students choosing a free book to take home.
African American Heritage Night
At the end of February, Johnson celebrated African American Heritage Night. Students sang songs before a presentation from Mr. Alex Zan, a guest speaker who was part of the Charlottesville 12 - the first twelve African American students to attend an intergrated Charlottesville City school. The theme of his engaging presentation was "all people matter." Following Mr. Zan, fourth grade dancers gave a preview performance of parts of their Minds in Motion routine. The show ended with everyone in the auditorium singing We Are The World. Dinner was served in the cafeteria following the presentations with many staff members helping dish out the food.
Students Tell School Board About Johnson Cooking Classes
At the February 7 Board Meeting, Johnson Elementary School Principal Peter Stern and several students presented an overview of the Johnson Cooking Class. The program began in Deb McKeon's second grade classroom two years ago. Through the incredible efforts of parents and a grant from the PB & J Fund, the Johnson Cooking Class has blossomed into an eight classroom program encompassing 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades. Students use math and science skills to prepare and cook many different dishes. Students are also exposed to cuisine from different cultures and the benefits of eating foods prepared with fresh and natural ingredients. The class is planned and taught entirely by a network of parent volunteers. All lessons support SOLs for each grade level.
Johnson Fall Festival October 11
A good time was had by all at this year's Fall Festival. Thanks to all the volunteers and participants for coming together to make it a great evening.
Congratulations to our Chili and Mac and Cheese Cook-off Winners.
1) Molly Yates 2) Melissa Henrikson 3) Eric Bricker
Mac and Cheese
1) Robyn Staffan 2) Johnson mom - contact us if you remember who. 3) Summer Thompson
"We are family"