Our Lego League team is part of the First Lego League organization, which promotes teamwork, learning, and camaraderie among its members. Team members use NXT and EV3 software to design, build, and program their own robot to navigate an obstacle course related to each year's theme. Team members research and formulate their own solution to each years' problem, then reach out to share their solution with the community. Community members involved in the past five years have included Meteorologist John Gumm from Channel 12 news, engineers from ZF Steering Systems, regional managers from Kroger's, engineers from Celanese, Inc. and an occupational therapist from Louisville's Kelinert & Kutz Hand Surgeons, who performed the world's first hand transplant. Sponsor is Lori McQueary.
The Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP™)
STLP is a project-based learning program that empowers students in all grade levels to use technology to learn and achieve. It was established in 1994 by the STLP State Advisory Council, which is composed of teachers, students and community leaders. Student-designed projects, products and services are created to help the school and community. Sponsor is Jessica Wolsing.
WPNR is a club that produces the school wide news program each morning. It is comprised of fourth and fifth graders who show excellent leadership skills as well as Piner pride on a consistent basis. These students help write scripts for the news, run the technology equipment, design the backdrops and are live on air broadcasters! If this sounds good to you come try out for the WPNR news team!. Sponsors are Mary Teegarden and Lori McQueary.n an Sponsors are Lori McQueary and Carol Jo Taylor.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is an after school program that uses the power of running to help prepare girls in grades 3-5 for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Through interactive activities such as running, playing games, and discussing important issues, participants learn how to celebrate being girls.
The program focuses on building self-esteem and improving emotional and physical health. During the 10-week program, girls are empowered with greater self-awareness, a sense of achievement and a foundation in team building to help them become strong, contented and self-confident young women.
Each session is led by trained female coaches that guide and mentor girls through a fun and uplifting curriculum. Coaches teach specific life lessons such as dealing with body image and the media, resisting peer-pressure, making healthy decisions, and contributing to the community. Along the way, the girls train together to walk or run in a 5K (3.1 mile) event.
Students who choose to participate on the Academic Team can choose to compete on the quick recall team, the future problem solving team, a test taking event or a writing competition. Quick recall is a game that tests your knowledge. Student teams of four are asked content knowledge questions in the areas of math, language, social studies, science and arts. Students are given ten seconds to buzz in with their answer. We compete with schools all over Kenton County as well as in our Northern Kentucky Academic League Region. Matches occur once a week from January until March with two Governor’s Cup Competitions. Practice will be once a week from November to March. Sponsors are Jessica Wolsing and Ellen Crum.
Future Problem Solving
FPS, Future Problem Solving, is an internationally recognized, award winning program that encourages criticial thinking. FPS fosters investigation, ingenunity, creativitiy, and cooperative learning. The sponsor is Kara Gilvin.
Energy Wise Club
Energy Wise Club is designed for Grades 4th & 5th. We learn about what we can do at school and in the community to make an impact on how we use our energy. We look at renewable and nonrenewable sources to help us understand what we do, can effect our community and the world. We also patrol and teach our school to use good habits with recycling and energy usage. Sponsor is Gerri Holbrook.
The Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) trains students to become increasingly fluent with using various types of technology. In STLP, students will develop multimedia projects for programs at Piner Elementary and even lead a training session on the latest updates for some of the technology available to the classroom teachers. This year, STLP will be led by Ms. Wolsing and will be open to fourth and fifth grade students.
The Piner Elementary School Chorus is open to all 4th and 5th grade students who have a desire to sing in an after school ensemble. Directed by Mrs. Morrison, the music teacher this group usually performs at school functions and an occasional community event. The chorus meets from 3:45 – 4:45 in the music room after school on Mondays for the first half of the school year. Look for information to be sent home with interested students by the middle of September.
Healthy Heroes to the rescue! Our team is here to help the students of Piner become more physically fit through exercise and good nutrition. We meet twice a month to plan fitness activities and to create fun ways to eat healthy foods. On the second Thursday of each month, an activity will be held in the gym after school from 4-5pm. Besides the Thursday activity, different activities will be set up during recess time. We will also be offering nutritious “taste tests” throughout the year