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Todd Students Participate in Hour of Code Event

Getting the dragon to the treasure. Creating artwork. Picking a soccer team and having its players kick the ball to score a goal.

These were just some of the activities Todd Elementary fourth graders in Lorraine McDermott’s class did during their Hour of Coding event in Amira Lahlouh’s STEAM class.

The entire Todd student body recently participated in this hour-long event, which takes place all across the globe and is designed to show that anyone can learn the basics of coding with no prior experience.

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Todd Art Teacher Creates Unique Art Project Based on Picture Book

It all started when Todd Elementary School Principal Jessica Michaelidis asked art teacher Paul Villanueva to read the picture book “Ish” to his students in art class, as part of December’s social emotional learning word, confidence.

After reading the book, Mr. Villanueva came up with “Ish Drawings – all about confidence,” an art project inspired directly by the book, written by Peter H. Reynolds.

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Students Play World Cup Soccer in Physical Education Class

“Welcome to Qatar!” Todd Elementary School physical education teacher Jamie Tranchida announced ceremoniously to students in his class. “We started with 32 countries competing for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and now we are down to eight countries left.”

Kindergartners in Michelle Kiger and Jeanne Dal Piaz’s classes were sitting on the gymnasium floor, looking excitedly at the set-up.

“There are eight goals: one for each country that is still in the World Cup,” Mr. Tranchida said. “We will continue our soccer adventure today.”

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