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Cody Students and Staff Move in to New Addition

Posted December 19th, 2016

The excitement bounced off the walls at Cody Elementary on Friday, December 16, 2016.  It may be that they were just one week away from Winter break – or it could be seeing the brand new addition for the first time, and then getting to MOVE IN!

Fourth through Sixth Grade students spent the day moving from their old classrooms to new classrooms in the much-awaited addition.  Construction crews have been pounding, drilling and sawing since spring of last year, and curiosity has grown and grown.  The addition houses six new classrooms, new lockers, and new bathrooms.

As the students move in to the new space, construction crews will renovate the old classrooms and the library – adding extra space, which will allow for PV’s growing enrollment.

Check out pictures below and get a real feel of what the day was like from this story from WQAD.

Cody Presents “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays”

Posted December 12th, 2016

Cody students took the stage with pride to entertain friends and family in the annual Winter Program.  This year, Ms. Gray produced a program called “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays,” which took Dorothy of Wizard of Oz fame through the North Pole, meeting Angel Noel, the Grinch, and the Abominable Snowman on the way to meet the Blizzard and find her way home.  The 6th grade actors weaved a narrative through the performances of each class. Creativity ran through the students’ acting, singing and playing!

The program kicked off with a growing 6th Grade band under the direction of Brian Gartner.  The Glissandos, the 4th and 5th Grade choir, set the scene with “Sing a Rainbow.”  The Kindergarten showed their hip hop skills, and the 5th Grade counted their blessings.  The 4th Grade sang the classic Grinch theme and used sign language while singing “Chirstmas Comes from the Heart.”  Both the 2nd and 3rd Grades rocked out with their performances and the 1st Grade focused on snow.  The 6th Grade brought it home, singing two beautiful songs about family.

As always, the entire school circles the audience to end the concert (always a special and emotional moment.)  Thank you to Ms. Gray for writing this wonderful concert, and Mr. Gartner teaching our students the love of music.

Using Technology to Tell Their Story at Cody

Posted November 22nd, 2016

What’s the best way to tell a story? At Cody Elementary, the 4th graders found a new and fun way to share a story. It allows the kids to use pictures and slides along with their voice telling the story in the background. In this case, students are telling  spooky stories. To help the students start thinking about how a scary story is made, a representative of Bettendorf Library came out to Cody to read them a few. Not only did they learn about the fluency of a story, but they saw and heard how a story should be read.

Each student started their story with the same prompt, “I used to be afraid of the old house at the end of the block…” and then let their imaginations run wild.  Not only were the stories different, but the presentations were different as well. Adobe Spark is helping teach presentation skills they will use throughout their education and career. Being able to combine their writing, reading, and presentation skills all at once will help the students grow immensely.

Thank You, Grandparents and VIPs!

Posted October 17th, 2016

Thank you to all the Grandparents and VIPs who came to visit on October 7, 2016!

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