Lower School News: November 27 – December 1, 2017


4th grade FUSE students created family totem poles as a conclusion to their Native American unit.  Their creations are currently on display in the Lower School library room.

FUSE writing students peer edited their current writing projects, as they worked through the steps of the writing process.

This year, FUSE students are working on a book challenge. So far, 5th-grade students have read 317 books, and 4th-grade students have read 168 books. Way to go FUSE students! Keeping reading, keep reading, keep reading!

4th grade FUSE students worked on teams to create a mini Mayflower ship.  Students were given materials, and tasked with creating a ship that would float and bear weight.


Lower School students loved playing Turkey Tag!

Food Drive

A harvest of good work and generous giving.  As a service project, Lower School students collected items for the Jingle Bell Food Drive for Loaves and Fishes. Thank you to all who gave nonperishable food items and canned goods.

2nd Grade

During homecoming, second grade students raised $463.45 for the American Red Cross. This past week, representatives from the Clarksville-Mongomery County Chapter of the American Red Cross visited the classroom to accept the donation and speak with the students about the help and support the charity gives.

Second grade students made Stone Soup! Throughout the week, the students read different versions of the folktale “Stone Soup.” The students brought in a variety of ingredients including corn, beans, carrots, potatoes, and peas. We mixed them together to make the soup. The students enjoyed getting to taste the soup!



Mrs. Samuels class made thanksgiving glyphs. It tells about what we enjoy about thanksgiving.

1st Grade

The 1st grade STEM challenge was to build a structure using toothpicks and marshmallows.

Science News

Third graders continue their study of Ecosystems. We discussed the effects of natural disasters on ecosystems and inhabitants.  We observed fossil examples, made fossil rubbings, and shell imprints.  We reviewed vocabulary: extinction, endangered, perish, and relocate.

Second graders compare different animal groups-Insects and Fish.  Students recorded, in their lab data books, contrasting body types.  We examined multiple insects and noted gills and fins on our fish examples.

First graders continue their study of Natural Resources.  They identified different types of soils based on characteristics associated with each one.  They used balance scales to compare weights of soils, and magnifying glasses to examine textures.


Cooking with Karen

Mrs. Dirksen is excited to announce a new offering in the Cafeteria!  She will host a “Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen” after school enrichment course from December 4-December 8.  Students will report to the kitchen from 3:00-5:00 PM.  All ingredients and supplies will be provided and students will make 10 Christmas gifts in a jar!  This fun-filled activity will provide you with great gifts for your loved ones!   Students will get to taste test each day’s project.  They will receive a recipe book and bag for all their goodies!  This class is open to 4th-7th graders and is available to only 20 students.  The cost is $100.

If you would like to register for this class visit: https://clarksvilleacademy.com/ca-events/afterschool-enrichment/



Clarksville Academy Association (CAA) is the parent volunteer association of Clarksville Academy. There are many opportunities throughout the school year for parents, guardians, and grandparents to get involved by volunteering your time and/or contributions. We certainly hope you will join us in making CA an even greater place for our children, faculty and staff!  Please contact Beth Mabry on how to get involved. bethfmabry@gmail.com


Teacher Treats

Each grade level will have the opportunity one time during the school year to provide Teacher Treats. You may contribute snacks, treats, drinks or a monetary donation to help purchase treats. Please watch for your grade’s week and contact your representative.

Upcoming Teacher Treat weeks: 

 2nd grade   Dec. 7     Doug Skaggs   adds06@verizon.net  or 757-268-5172


Box Top Contest

The CAA invites everyone to participate in our Box Tops Contest this year! When you turn in your Box Tops please label the baggie with your student’s name, grade and teacher (Lower School). A tally will be kept of all box top returns and a Pizza party will be awarded to the class with the most labels returned!

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