Spelling Bee
Adrienne Yanke

Congratulations are in order for all of our Spelling Bee contestants! Our 4th-9th graders all participated in classroom Spelling Bees, narrowing down to around a dozen that participated in our PACE Academy Spelling Bee. From there our top two from 4th-6th grade and our top two from 7th-9th grade competed in the Shasta County Spelling Bee at Millville Elementary this week!

Ethan Gorham and Jordan Ferreria represented PACE Academy for the younger students, and did great! They both made it through the third round. This was both of their first times representing PACE at the county level. Great job, boys!

Savion Wilson and Jordan Courtright represented PACE Academy for the older Spelling Bee. Savion spelled very well, progressing into the top half of participants. Competition was fierce, and our students did not disappoint! This was also Savion's first time representing PACE Academy.

Jordan was our only veteran from PACE. After participating last year and getting through a few rounds, Jordan was motivated this year. He has been studying hard for months, and it paid off! Jordan placed third in the Shasta County Spelling Bee, just shy of qualifying for State. He did a great job! Once it was down to the top three, these spellers went round after round without error.

What an amazing opportunity for all of our students, from the classroom level to our County-wide participants!

Congratulations. C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S. Congratulations!

Flexible Seating at PACE Academy
Adrienne Yanke

In Mrs. Murray's kindergarten and first grade class we are now working with a variety of differentiated seating. Each day as the students come in, they recite the goal they are working on for the week, and then they have the opportunity to pick out which seat they would like to use for the day. Currently we use six different seating options: stools, yoga ball chairs, wobble chairs, a spiky tactile seat cushion, scoop chairs, and regular chairs. These options provide the students with something other than the traditional chair and allows them the opportunity to wiggle, bounce, or move in whatever way helps them to focus while they are doing their work! 

In Mrs. Richardson's second and third grade room, we also utilize flexible seating options throughout the day. From yoga balls to seat cushions, students are provided the opportunity of a differentiated seating choice in addition to their normal chairs used throughout the day. All students utilize our lowered table for centers, which provides them the opportunity to sit on the floor and have a break from a typical desk. We have found the flexible seating to greatly improve focus in the classroom!