Third grade teacher Barb Tropf performs “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” at the Jordak Staff Lip Sync Battle. She won first prize for her performance.

Teacher lip sync battle

Jordak Elementary School students attended a staff lip sync battle prior to winter break. Students enjoyed five different performances from teachers. Third grade teacher Barb Tropf won the contest with her “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” performance. In addition to the lip sync battle, 12 teachers and staff members also performed a parody rendition of “The 12 Days of Christmas” for teachers. The JES choir also sang as students celebrated the last days of the year.

Students experience solar system

Jordak Elementary School second-grade students explored the solar system recently. The Geauga Park District brought their portable planetarium to the district to give students a solar system tour. After park district naturalists set up the inflatable dome in the Cardinal Community Learning Center, students sat inside the dome and watched as a projection system took them on a journey through the universe. Naturalists provided students with information as they saw images of the local sky, sun, moon and each of the eight planets with one extra stop at dwarf planet Pluto.

Newton’s law put into practice

Eighth-graders in Dave Bronson’s physical science classes recently participated in a contest to see whose newspaper structure could hold the most weight as part of a lesson on Newton’s second law of motion.

Students could only use a Sunday edition newspaper and as much tape as they wanted to create their structure. The more materials they used, the more weight their structure would need to hold. The idea was to build the lightest structure to hold the most weight. In the end, two students came out on top; their structure held 158 pounds of books and had a strength ratio of 743 times the structure’s own weight.

Students join honor society

Juniors and seniors from Cardinal High School were inducted into the National Honor Society during a special ceremony on Dec. 6, 2019 at the high school, where Geauga County Juvenile and Probate Court Judge Timothy Grendell served as the guest speaker.

The NHS is composed of students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in each of the four areas of scholarship, leadership, character and service. To be eligible, students must maintain an unweighted 3.5 grade point average through the end of the second semester of their sophomore or junior year and complete an application that lists examples and references to the areas.

After a student becomes eligible, their name is presented to the National Honor Society Committee for selection. Students must maintain good standing in all areas to retain their membership.

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