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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.

International Dot Day 2018!

This year, Highland Drive celebrated International Dot Day 2018! Several classrooms got into the fun by completing the Dot Day activities provided to teachers at the beginning of the week.  Thanks to Mrs. French and Mrs. Mulac for sharing your photos! Also, thanks to inspiration from Mrs. O’Mara and art teacher Mr. Koutouras, we turned … Continue reading »

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Week 1 of the ’18-’19 School Year!

Welcome back to Makers’ Club!!! This year, we are welcoming Miss Chilcott (former first-grade teacher, now reading intervention teacher) to Makers’ Club! We will also have some regular volunteers this year.  Welcome to Mrs. Zetts, Mrs. Chopra, and Mrs. Schulz! In both the second-grade and third-grade clubs this week, we introduced the Rules of Makers’ … Continue reading »

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Last Day of 17-18 Makers’ Club!

On the last day of both second and third-grade Makers’ Club, we made some COLOR CHANGING SLIME!!! Check out the madness by clicking here.

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Last Free Making Day of 17-18

This year, students in second and third grade were given a B.O.Y. (Beginning of Year) survey and an E.O.Y. (End of Year) survey to evaluate the effectiveness of the STEAM Room and the Makers’ Club.  Overwhelmingly in both the B.O.Y and the E.O.Y, students asked for “more free-making days!” Click here to see our last … Continue reading »

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Intro. to Makey Makeys in 2018

Again this year, our students were introduced to the Makey Makey!  This “breadboard” with wires allows students to test items to determine if they are conductors or insulators.  They are then able to use the conductors to use a computer, play the piano, or even play bongos! Check out our photos of the Makey Makeys by … Continue reading »

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Earth Day Projects!

For Earth Day this year, we made some garbage-collecting robots!  Students were asked to create a prototype for a”robot” that would help clean up trash and place it in a dumpster.  The designs were incredible!  One student even create a working fishing pole to “hook” and pick up the trash from water! Click here to … Continue reading »

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Valentine’s Day Slime!

Another week of Makers’ Club and another request to do MORE SLIME! This time we made some Valentine’s Day slime!  If students followed the directions, they were able to leave today with a bag of pink slime with red glitter! Click here to see how crowded it was this week!

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Visiting the CWRU ThinkBox!

Thanks to the Highland Drive PSO, our entire third-grade class got to take an extra field trip this year!  We had an awesome time at Case Western Reserve University and their Sears’ Think[box].  We had so much fun AND learned about all of the amazing MAKING happening so close to home! Click here to see … Continue reading »

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MEET THE OZOBOTS!

  This year, thanks to a grant from the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Schools Foundation, students at Highland Drive in second and third grade got an introduction to the coding of mini-robots, the OZOBOTS! These mini-robots have been an incredible addition to our Makers’ Club and STEAM Room this year! Click here to see some photos of … Continue reading »

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2017 Second Quarter Free Making Days!

Students are always excited about our “Free Making Days” and we try to provide at least one each quarter.  This week, we encouraged students to use the free making time to use an attachment technique we’ve been working on.  We saw one student make a giant yo-yo using flanges.  Another student made his own “fidget … Continue reading »

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