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Author Archives: Morgan Kolis

About Morgan Kolis

My name is Morgan and I have been teaching for 7 complete years. I graduated with a Masters in Education in 2008 from Baldwin Wallace College. I chose to study Educational Technology there. In 2003, I graduated from Heidelberg College with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. I currently maintain 2 teaching licenses (Intervention Specialist and Early Childhood Education) and one endorsement (Reading). In 1999, I graduated from Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. I've spent the last 6 years teaching at Hilton School is Brecksville, Ohio. I've taught a wide variety of students each with unique and defining characteristics. I've had the pleasure of learning about and working with students with autism, Down syndrome, 2q37 Deletion Syndrome, cerebral palsy, hearing impairments, speech and language impairments, learning disabilities, Asperger's syndrome, ODD, and ADHD (inattentive, hyperactive, and combined types). I currently work with students with moderate to intensive special needs.

STEAM Station at the Jr. Olympics!

Because our Jr. Olympic day is under new leadership this year (Thanks Mr. Thacker), Mrs. Wiesler and I suggested that we have a “STEAM event” at the Jr. Olympics! After students were divided into 4 groups, each group was given a bag of materials and asked to build a launch pad or platform to hold … Continue reading »

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Last Day of Makers’ Club 2016-2017!

For the last day of Makers’ Club, we wanted to go out with a BANG!  And BANG, we did!  We took apart clocks, calculators, a blender, a printer, and even a tv!

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Makey Makeys!

This week, we introduced the second and third grade students to Makey Makeys!  Don’t know what a Makey Makey is?  Just check out these awesome photos of our students determining if items are “conductors” or “insulators.”  Spoiler: Did you know a human is a conductor?!?!

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Free Making Day of the Fourth Quarter!

Students love their free making days!  

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More New Friends!

We’ve added two more new friends to the Highland Drive STEAM Room this week, thanks to our PSO “Gifts and Goals” Committee! A tree frog and a fire-bellied toad now call the STEAM Room their home!  Their names are now OFFICIALLY “Frog and Toad.”  As we know, Frog and Toad are friends! Thanks to the … Continue reading »

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Sink or Float Boats

Students in first grade had a chance to use the STEAM Room to complete an experiment called “Sink or Float Boats.” From Mrs. French- “To go along with our unit ‘How do things get built?’, we designed and built aluminum foil boats.  Then we predicted and experimented how many pennies our boats would hold before … Continue reading »

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Spaghetti Tower Challenge

In the first week of April, students in second and third grades completed the Spaghetti Tower Challenge with the help of Mrs. Adams, Mr. Cervenka, and Mrs. Wiesler. Students worked in groups and were provided with a box of uncooked noodles, one large marshmallow, and a roll of masking tape.  The challenge was to build … Continue reading »

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A Visit from the Nature Center!

On March 13th, Ms. Kelly from the Brecksville Nature Center visited our STEAM Room to conduct the program “Form Fits Function!” for our students.  Students learned about the different types of bird beaks and the adaptations birds make to find food and eat.  From the photos below, you can see this was a huge hit!  Thanks … Continue reading »

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Welcome Our New Friend, Axle the Axolotl!

We got a pet!  The STEAM Room got a pet!   Welcome to our new friend, Axle the Axolotl! Check out 14 Fun Facts About Axolotls! Thanks to the BBH STEM coach, Mrs. Leizman, for sharing him with us!

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Chinese Dragons!

At Highland Drive, along with the other elementaries in the district, are participating in the One District, One Book initiative.  This year we are reading the book In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lorde.  The main character in the book is emigrating from China and in her honor, we … Continue reading »

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