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PCRS hosts Native American Fall Festival event

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington On November 13, the school was filled with sounds of native American music, the beat of drums and the smell of Native American food as the Panama City Renaissance School participated in a Native American Fall Festival event. The event was organized by Kate Estes, the English/History teacher, who grew up on the outskirts of an Indian reservation. The second grade students presented plays they had written. The other children enjoyed watching the presentation and then participated in a Native American dance. After the dance, parents, teachers and children enjoyed a feast of meats, soups and...

Zoo visit helps PCRS children with Chinese

News Herald – Juliann Talkington On Friday November 16, a beautiful fall day, Ms. Yao’s Kindergarten class at the Panama City Renaissance School visited Zoo World in Panama City Beach. In addition to having a lot of fun, the children also reinforced science concepts and practiced their Chinese. The bears, giraffes and llamas were some of the favorite exhibits. There is nothing better than “real world” experience to reinforce what is learned in the classroom.  ...

Second graders and artist in residence street paint

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington On Friday November 2 and Saturday November 3rd, the PCRS Artist in Residence, Kim Griffin, and her second grade students created a street painting for the Madonnaro Emerald Coast Street Painting Festival in Panama City. During class, the children learned about color and shading. The street painting project was the perfect place to practice shading skills and learn about working with chalk on an uneven surface. Everyone had a great time and the final product was admired by many people who attended the festival....

Students bring international holiday cheer to retirement home

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington Panama City Renaissance School students kicked off the holiday season with a visit to the Sea Breeze Health Care retirement home on November 23. They sang holiday songs in English, Spanish and Chinese; presented handmade cards and handed out cookies. The children spent about an hour talking with the residents who came to the common room, visiting residents in their rooms and greeting people in the...

CDM engineer teaches second graders about leverage and simple machines

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington On Monday, November 19, David Kozan, Senior Project Engineer with CDM, spent his lunch hour at the St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club. But instead of hopping on a sailboat for a spin around the bay, he reinforced the science and engineering principles of levers and pulleys for Ms. Wu’s second grade class at the Panama City Renaissance School. Mr. Kozan designed a number of hands-on experiments and demonstrations to reinforce the concepts the children learned in the classroom . The demonstrations and experiments included lifting a heavy bucket by hand and with a pulley, by hand and in a wheelbarrow, and by hand and with 4×4 fence post that was used as a lever. The children learned first hand how leverage makes it possible to lift heavier items more easily and also observed how a set-up of pulleys could make it relatively easy to move a heavy load. Hands-on activities like the ones Mr. Kozan designed help PCRS children learn about “real world” applications for science and technology and make learning about how the world works...
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