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A newspaper written by elementary students, mentored by university students

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SNELLING CONNECTION Newsletter for the Hamline to Hamline Collaboration Fall Issue 2013

Volume 17, Issue 1

The Important Decisions A look into the advisory board By Phoebe Pryor Journalist

[Photo by: Darrian Smith] Hamline Elementary students take part in gymnastics activities under the guidance of Hamline University gymnasts.

Tumbles, Flips, and Tricks

Kindergartners, college students share gymnastics class By Jaycie Last Name, Arianna Last Name Journalists In a noisy, chalk powder filled gymnasium, happy (and overly excited) kindergartners explore the fun of gymnastics for their first time. Children run, skip, and walk across a bouncy floor; the bouncy floor makes it a safe place so they won’t get hurt. Gymnastics for kindergartners turned out to be an awesome experience. Fifty smiling students jumped, rolled, and balanced their way from station to station. Students were escorted by gymnastics team members from Hamline University and taught on different pieces of equipment such as the balance beam, vault, tumble track, bars, and the trampoline. In case of accidents, the sponge-like blue floor cushioned the students the event one happened

to take a spill. Safety was a main concern for those supervising this event. Stations were supervised by twelve volunteers from the university gymnastics team. The university students played the role of instructor and taught the proper technique for each piece of equipment. After the students were allowed to try each station, the university girls wanted to show moves of their own. They had the elementary students watch them from the floor. The students cheered them on while the acrobatic stunts were in motion. Some of the women did back flips on the trampoline, others did splits in the air and hand stands that made the crowd go wild. After the university students finished showing off their moves, the students were safely escorted back to the elementary school in a single-file line where they continued their day.

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Do you know what the Hamline-To-Hamline Advisory Board is? The advisory board is a body consisting of faculty and staff from both schools, in addition to several university students who work in leadership roles on varying programs the collaboration oversees. The advisory board meets with the two schools – Hamline University and Hamline Elementary – once a month to discuss issues affecting the two schools. As a constant reminder of the cooperative value the collaboration holds, the schools take turns hosting the meetings on their respective campus. During the meetings board members talk in a conference style setting and have refreshments that are often made by teachers or catered by the university. The advisory board does more than the average community member probably realizes. The board puts together things like mini-grants for programming, and it helps monitor policies which affect both schools. Examples of programs overseen by the board are the Snelling Connection (which you wouldn’t otherwise be reading), swimming, and fundraisers such as the Hike for the Health of the Hamline-To-Hamline Collaboration. For further information on the happenings of the advisory board, as well as a chance to dig further into the program offerings, visit our web page at hancock. You can contact the advisory board by emailing hhcollaboration@

The Snelling Connection NEWS

Snelling Connection to Hire Soon

Co-Editor, Isaac Mullin, to graduate. Paper soon to seek new hire By Jaelen Thomas Journalist

Snelling Connection is a group of fourth and fifth graders who come together to write the school newspaper. A group of student reporters meet every Tuesday and Thursday in the gifted and talented classroom. Overseen by the supervising instructor, two Hamline University students, Isaac Mullin and Darrian Smith, instruct the group of students in journalism. The class teaches interview skills as well as research methods which are both used to learn more about each article’s topic. We collect

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information through old newspapers and go to events to interview people in person. Additionally, we use the Hamline University website to gather information. This semester, we even went on a field trip to the university’s gymnastics room where we did further research, interviews, and took a lot of pictures. The Snelling Connection was created to inform you about what’s going on at Hamline elementary and Hamline University. The goal is to get the word out about all the cooperation between the

university and the elementary school. At the same time, it is intended to keep students motivated to learn and develop their writing skills. This spring, the Snelling Connection will begin looking for a new Co-Editor as Mullin prepares to graduate from Hamline University. Smith will continue on with the program and will serve as a mentor to the new Co-Editor. We can’t wait to see who is granted this wonderful opportunity to work with the young reporters of Hamline Elementary. If you’re interested in applying for the position of Co-Editor, keep an eye out around campus for the application process to be announced. As the application process is opened up, information can be found at snellingconnection/ or by emailing Margot Howard, mhoward03@

[Photo by: Isaac Mullin] Immediate Right: Snelling Connection class poses for photo in fall of 2013. Far Right (Water Image) Retrieved from Creative Commons: http://www. meesho/33711595/sizes/o/ Far Right (Michael Phelps Image) Retrieved from Creative Commons: http:// torridrocks/2761045281/

Bonus! Hike Will Happen Twice

[Photo by: Jenn Hamilton] Hamline University Provost, Eric Jensen, addresses those attending the Hike for the Health of the Hamline-To-Hamline Collaboration on Old Main Lawn at Hamline University. Additional pictures from the hike can be seen on Page 4.

Changes to fundraiser’s timing will result in two hikes in year of the initial transition By Jonathan Kieser Journalist

Minnesota isn’t known for its predictable weather, especially during the fall. This is why the annual fundraiser, The Hike for the Health of the Hamline-To-Hamline Collaboration, is now being moved to the spring. Rather than allowing an entire calendar year to pass by without having a hike, the Hamline-To-Hamline Advisory Board opted to perform two hikes this academic year as a part of the transition

into the annual spring hike. While it was an option to skip a calendar year without having a hike, missing this opportunity would slow the growth of important programs which are funded, in part, by the hike. The advisory board wasn’t willing to sacrifice the integrity of these programs when having a second hike this academic year was a feasible option. Jennifer Hamilton, Assistant to the Hamline-To-Hamline Collaboration, told the Snelling Connection, “The hike [serves as a] fundraiser for the mini-grants, the [academic]

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pairings, and the printing of the Snelling Connection,” Without the revenue the hike provides, fewer students would be able to participate in collaboration activities. For this reason, we encourage you to participate in the hike this spring. Help support this unique hike with your participation, and encourage friends and family to walk through the neighboring area to support your students and community. If you’d like to contribute, but you’re unable to attend the hike, you can visit

The Snelling Connection NEWS

What’s What With Swimming

Swimming pairing between elementary, university classes explained By Shayd Young Journalist

Do you like swimming and live in the St. Paul area? If so you should try swimming at the Hamline University swimming pool. Students in grades four and five from Hamline Elementary swim at the university’s pool as part of the collaboration’s academic pairings. Swimming is a sport that also competes on a collegiate level at Hamline. Mr. Johnson’s fourth grade class, Mrs. Hvidhyld, Mr.

Opinion: Swimming Rocks Our Socks Off

Gjerde, and Ms. Smith’s fifth grade classes are examples of classes that go swimming at Hamline University once a month. Children and students can learn swimming techniques like floating, paddling, or playing games like Marco polo. Hamline teachers instruct students in swimming while going over the rules of the pool. Shortly after, students

have a chance to ask questions. Students usually are happy to swim at the Hamline pool, and very few students want to leave this opportunity. Not many teachers swim at the university, but teachers do take pictures of students swimming while having fun. Teachers push their students to have fun and use the pool as a good way to exercise.

Swimming is a good sport because it is a very active experience that allows you move a lot and lose weight. Also, you can build muscle mass. Did you know swimming regulates actins and myosin in the fiber of the muscle spindles? Just ask Olympic swimmers that train for years at a time. This rigorous training earns them the chance to compete every four years in the Olympics.

Snelling Connection journalists give their take on swimming below and right

By Sutthinee Her (Below), Isaiah Cooper (Right) Journalist

Some say swimming is the best sport for exercising. Swimming makes people stronger because of the endurance factor when performing. When people feel stronger, they tend to be happier because their overall health is better. People also swim because it keeps hot weather at bay. When it’s really hot, people want to cool down. So next time heat strikes, relax, and take a dip.

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The Snelling Connection NEWS

Mini-Grants Make Music

Hamline professor keeps music program thriving at Hamline Elementary

– our bodies and voices,” said teacher of the program, Kathy Thomsen, in an email answering the Snelling Connection’s questions. If you could walk Thomsen says they also use other by room 2204 on instruments such as the second floor of drums, tambourines, Hamline Elementary, woodblocks, claves, you might be lucky finger cymbals, and Music makes us enough to hear the Thomsen sometimes human.” sound of the second will even play the grade music program. piano. -Kathy Thomsen Singing, the rattling When asked what of maracas, chiming value music plays n from xylophones, and a child’s education, many other musical Thomsen replied that, sounds can all be “Music allows us heard echoing in the halls. to be creative, expressive, and “We use our main instruments precise all at the same time.” By By Mazzy Taylor Journalist

participating in musical activities we learn to be careful listeners. “Music makes us human,” she says. Of course, none of this would be possible without mini-grants from the Hamline-To-Hamline Collaboration. The mini-grants have provided the funding to buy percussion instruments, an alto xylophone, and other music writing tools, such as an erasable board with staff lines. The purchase of such instruments has helped ensure music will always be a part of the Hamline Elementary learning experience.

More Photos from the Hike

[Photos by: Jennifer Hamilton]


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Snelling Connection Updates The new academic year brought about a new beginning for Hamline Elementary as it transitioned from a magnet school to a community school. The building welcomed a large number of new students who live in the neighborhood immediately surrounding Hamline Elementary. The large transition was not without challenges, but with the first half of the year well underway, the school is once again returning a state of normalcy and well oiled routines -- aside from the recently fallen snow which is currently freezing everything in place! As our two schools continue our journey of over 125 years together, we invite everyone, new and old, to be an active part in shaping where we go next. — Isaac Mullin & Darrian Smith Snelling Connection Co-Editors

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Snelling Connection Staff Journalists Arianna Last Name | Grade 5 Jaycee Last Name | Grade 5 Isaiah Cooper | Grade 4 Emma Hedin | Grade 5 Sutthinee Her | Grade 5 Jonathan Kieser | Grade 5 Phoebe Pryor | Grade 5 Mazzy Taylor | Grade 5 Shayd Young | Grade 5

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Hancock Student Advisor Glynis Grostephan | Gifted Services Hamline Student Advisor Letitia Basford | Education Dept. H-H Collaboration Coordinator Margot Howard | Wesley Center

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Snelling Connection Fall 2013  

A newspaper written by elementary students, mentored by university students.