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NOW ENROLLING FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR!

Do you have a child who will be starting Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten in the fall of 2018? Is your family new to the area and want more information about your local neighborhood school? Click on Read Full Story to learn about enrollment in Franklin-McKinley School District or to request more information about our schools.
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Shirakawa Alumni Receives Collage Scholarship

Former Shirakawa student, Amanda Doan, is a senior at Yerba Buena High School. Last week, this 17 year old student was surprised in class when she was awarded $40,000 as the first recipient of a new San Jose Police Department college scholarship to be used for four years of tuition and academic expenses. Amanda visited Shirakawa School and spoke with former teachers about her plans for the future, as well as her process to get to where she is right now.
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Shirakawa's Open House 2018

Shirakawa School held their annual Open House on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Students and their families came by to see all of the wonderful work and projects that have been taking place throughout the year. Students and families also had the opportunity to visit their grade level classes for next year in preparation for the exciting new school year. 8th grade students took advantage of the community event and set up shop to sell snacks to students, families and staff. The students have been working hard all year to raise money to cover the costs of their 8th grade promotion ceremony and activities.
Go to Our School> Photo Albums to see more photos.
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History Comes to Life

Shirakawa students got a chance to experience Roman History first hand thanks to our seventh grade History teacher, Mrs. Beckham. Mrs. Beckham and Gaesatae, an experimental /experiential archeology living History group,  brought History alive to Shirakawa School.
 
Students had a chance to experience hands on activities in order to better understand life in the Roman Legion. Students signed the Codex with the stylus and ink well and they were enrolled in the legion!. Then, they had inspection and formed ranks at which point they swore the oath of service in front of the vexillum. They received training in pilum throwing and shooting the scorpio. Students were taught about the equipment of the legionaries and got to try it! What a wonderful experience!
Visit Our School tab> Photo Albums to see more photos!
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Active Parenting Seminar

The Active Parenting is a parent workshop led by parents with the support of the Santa Clara County of Education . During the 8 sessions the presenters will help you understand the behavior goals of the adolescent, establish effective communication with your teenager or learn about cyberbullying among other things.
All interested parents must commit to attend the 8 sessions, once a week for 2 hours each session. The workshops will start Tuesday, March 6th and end Tuesday,May 1st from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Shirakawa School , room 109.
Please, if interested RSPV at (408) 938-3200
Childcare and light refreshments will be provided.
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Science Workshops

Thank you to Synopsis Outreach Foundation for providing Shirakawa students and families awesome assemblies from Schmahl Science Workshops. The first assembly was for parents and families called Science Fair 101 and everyone enjoyed learning how to make successful science fair projects. Third, fifth and seventh grade students also enjoyed a presentation on liquid nitrogen and how to ask questions about our observations. Both assemblies were enjoyed by students and parents alike.Thanks to a grant from IBM, Schmahl Science Workshops also came to seventh grade science classes and taught observation skills using microscopes and pond water. Students enjoyed looking at plants and microscopic organisms. Savannah Rivas Cabuena used her Ipad and took a fantastic picture of plant cells showing the cell walls and chloroplasts. (Picture above)
The Synopsis Outreach Foundation has been a fantastic supporter of our school Science Fair for years by providing students with their boards and trainings for teachers, students, and parents. Thank you to everyone working to make our Science Fair successful and fun events! See more photos in our Photo Albums.
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New Art Program for All Students!

All students in grades K-8 are about to enjoy the benefits of a new Art program, The Art in Action Program. The Art in Action Program provides a high quality, comprehensive K–8 visual arts curriculum. Students learn about works of art from cultures around the world, how to look at art using art vocabulary and concepts, and how to express themselves by creating their own unique masterpieces. Supported by training classes and online resources, the unique spiral curriculum—introducing and reinforcing concepts through the 9 program levels—gives students a solid foundation in drawing, painting, and sculpture techniques.
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Project Based Learning Presentations

On December 7th, students from 2nd to 8th grade presented to parents and fellow classmates. Their Project Based Learning projects used the most updated technology to demonstrate the integration of technology to support learning in the classroom. A group representative from each grade level introduced their public product on their topic to the audience, answered questions, and overviewed the process they followed to reach their final product. After the oral presentation, parents and students had the opportunity to go on a gallery walk to different grade level booths to view what students had been learning in the classroom. Research projects ranged from topics such as California Regions, the total value of a trip to a city in another country, information about other states and countries, or how to help Monarch butterflies. Students used apps such as Comic Book or Google Slides. For those who missed this opportunity, there will be another round of presentations next trimester.
See more photos in our Photo Albums.
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8th Graders Excel in Math!

Students in Ms. Perry's 8th grade Math class work with Scribble Bots. A Scribble Bot is a motorized device that moves in unique ways and leaves a mark to trace its path. Students assembled their robots using various materials including a motor and AA battery. The challenge was to make the Scribble Bot leave a mark on paper. Everyone had fun collaborating, designing, and creating their Scribble Bo.

Click on the "Show All" option to see Ms. Perry’s 8th grade Math students designing and operating their Scribble Bots.
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‘Tis the Season of Giving

One more year Shirakawa School is working in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank.

Please consider donating to those in need.
Now until December 1st
Donation boxes located at the Front Office and school Cafeteria
Food items must be non-perishable. All foods must contain an
expiration date. No glass, please.
Most needed items are : peanut butter, canned soup, canned meats, canned fruit, macaroni and cheese & cereal.
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