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Wamsley on trail of ancient ones

When Wamsley Elementary fourth-graders set out to investigate technology this week, there were no computers, Palm Pilots, or remote-controlled rockets in the lesson plans.Instead, Wamsley teachers Cathy Carlson and Barb Jansen wanted their students to view technology from the perspective of the Ancient Puebloans, or Anasazi, of Utah and Colorado. The high-tech tools of the day included yucca, juniper bark, rocks and mud.”The objective of our activities was to help students understand in a firsthand way how technology has changed since the times of the early residents of southern Colorado, the Ancestral Puebloans,” said Carlson. “We have been reading a historical fiction book to learn about the lives, culture, religion, technology and economics of these early people. I felt that this kind of hands-on experience would help them to better understand and respect the differences and similarities between our cultures.”Through their social studies units, students learned how the pueblo (Spanish for towns) dwellers lived nearly 800 years ago. The students investigated what they used for food and tools, and where they got their needles to sew. They experienced the struggles that the Anasazi lived through as they tried to mill whole corn kernels into corn meal, and developed the proper consistency of mud to hold rocks together to build shelters.”Building the houses was cool because it is so different than how we build houses now,” said Kahlin Capwell. “It’s amazing how they built their houses out of rocks and mud.”Kahlin was a student instructor for the lesson, and taught his classmates about how different parts of a deer and elk could be used as tools and food. Through the process, he gained a new appreciation for the Anasazi.”It would have been hard (living back then),” said Kahlin. “You wouldn’t have grocery stores or cars. You would have to walk to get water out of the lakes and to find food.”But the Ancestral Puebloans left a trail for the Wamsley students and other curious minds to follow, and that has sparked an interest in Kahlin. “These people left artifacts behind. That is how we can learn about them and see what they were like,” he explained.For Carlson, she is love seeing her students having fun and learning at the same time.”The best part is seeing the kids totally engaged in the activities and having fun with it. That’s what CLSR (Garfield Re-2’s school reform model) is all about – giving the kids activities that make their learning real and relevant so they are engaged in learning.”•••••Exceptional bus students for the month of September are Highland Elementary student Wyatt Kinion from Herman Ashby’s Route 8 bus, Rifle Middle School student Abelardo Tarin from Gail Coombs’ Route 15 bus, and Rifle High School student Sioban Bohannon from Bill Tabor’s Route 32 bus. Also nominated this month were Highland Elementary students Sydney Gonzalez and Taylor Sandquist; Kathryn Senor Elementary students Maggie Bell, Kylie Flemming and Destany Walker; Rifle High School students Samantha Davis, Spencer Lucas, Liliana Rios-Loya and Juan Rodriguez; Rifle Middle School students Nateesha Berger, Paola Diaz, Dakota Harris and C.J. Phillips; Riverside Middle School students Kristin Barner, Kim Shaver and Jorden Shaw; and Roy Moore Elementary student Robbie Sjogren. ••••• Important dates to remember:Oct. 4 – JV football at Moffat CountyRMS volleyball vs AspenOct. 5 – RHS volleyball at Glenwood SpringsRHS softball vs. Eagle ValleyRHS soccer at Glenwood Springs, 4 p.m.School Board meeting at LOC, 7 p.m.Oct. 7 – KSE, The Art of Raising Readers, 6:30 p.m.RMS choir concert, 7 p.m.RHS soccer vs. Palisade, 4 p.m.RHS volleyball vs. Steamboat Springs, 6 p.m.RHS football at Palisade, 7 p.m. (Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction)Freshman football vs. Moffat CountyOct. 8 – End of the first quarterOct. 9 – PEG 8th Volleyball Tournament at Grand ValleyRHS softball vs. PalisadeRHS soccer at Eagle ValleyOct. 11-15 NO SCHOOL for studentsSchool resumes Oct. 18Theresa Hamilton is the public information officer for Garfield School District Re-2. She can be reached at 625-7621.


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