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Makerspace at Gilbert Elementary

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The elementary received a STEM grant through the Governor’s STEM Initiative for the creation of a Makerspace. A Makerspace is a place where students can invent, create, and explore. They are able to learn problem solving skills through hands-on creations. In addition to the $5000 grant, Gilbert PTO generously provided funds for a LEGO section including WeDo 2.0 sets that teach coding.

Because students are creating projects and prototypes, there is a need for lots of consumable materials. Below is a list of items that we would take as donations at any time. If you are in the elementary, please come and check out the Makerspace which is located just off the library.

– Duct tape/masking tape/painter’s tape/washi tape

– Scrapbook Paper, cardstock, construction paper

– Beads (perler beads, pony beads, etc.)

– Small (<12”) cardboard boxes (eg. cereal boxes, gift boxes,

– Drinking Straws (not the bendable kind)

– Different shaped paper punches (stars, hearts, circles, etc.)

– Hot glue sticks

– Zip ties

– Corks

– Paper towel and toilet paper rolls

– Tissue Paper

– Clean plastic containers (e.g. Clorox wipes, sour cream, cool whip, butter, etc. NO PEANUT BUTTER JARS)

– Fabric, ribbon and other sewing notions

– Buttons

– Popsicle sticks, tongue depressors, clothes pins

– Pipecleaners

– Stickers

– Craft paint

– Tin Foil, plastic wrap, waxed paper

*If you have a question about an item that you would like to donate that is not on this list, please call Mrs. Edwards

at 232-3744.

Gilbert Jazz One wins Jim Coffin Jazz Festival

Gilbert Jazz One, the High School’s top jazz band, took the 3A championship at Jim Coffin Jazz Festival on Saturday, February 24th.  Sarah Farwell, a senior saxophonist, was named outstanding musician in the 3A class.  The band will find out next week if it receives an invitation to Iowa Jazz Championships for the second consecutive year.

Jazz One roster:
Sarah Farwell, 12
Sura Smadi, 12
Seema Smadi, 10
Lydia Berns-Schweingruber, 10
Emma Mostek, 9
Sam Royer, 12
Luke Haverdink, 10
Matt Laws, 11
Will Johnston, 11
Jonah Ordal, 9
Kyle Grossnickle, 11
Sam DeMoss, 12
Lydia Papiboune, 9
Eva Anderson, 10
CJ Lundvall, 9
Elizabeth Delaney, 10
Ryan Meehan, 11
Gage Christenson, 11
Jaxon Lehman, 11
Durga Sritharan, 11
Beau Henson, 11
Elaina Borg, 12
Alex Rico-Gomez, 11
Naomi White, 11

Gilbert FFA members advance to District Events

Congratulations to the Gilbert FFA members advancing to District Events this Saturday at Buffalo Center.  All of Gilbert’s events passed on to the next level for the first time ever!

Mason Tharp – Ag Broadcasting

Alexander Delaney – Ag Sales

Owen Blumhagen – Creed Speaking

Jacob Torresi – Extemporaneous Speaking

Mark Steffen – Public Speaking

Anna Babcock – Job Interview

Parliamentary Procedure:
Callie Folkman, Carson Folkman, CJ Buss, Ethan Clewell, Nate Vander Werff, Lexy Risdall

Conduct of Meetings:

Jordyn Rydl, Andrew Babcock, Emma Bulman, Katie Currans, Joe Drzycimski, Tanner Henningsen, Austin Clewell, and Hannah Thielen

Anna Babocck has also been slated to run as North-Central District Vice-President.

10 senior Gilbert FFA members will be recognized for Academic Achievement.

District speech competition

Congratulations to the following students for advancing to state-level individual speech competition on Saturday, March 10th in Nevada.

We had a great day at districts today, with 18 out of 30 performances moving on!
Elizabeth Delaney (Literary Program)
Sarah Farwell (Radio News Announcing)
Olivia Fink (Poetry)
Kyle Grossnickle (Storytelling)
Matilda Hogan (Storytelling)
Allie Houseman (Poetry)
Natalie Lawrence (Acting AND Improv)
Zach Rastetter (Reviewing)
Sam Royer (Radio News Announcing)
Ben Siegel (Musical Theatre AND Storytelling)
Durga Sritharan (Musical Theatre)
Mason Tharp (Radio News Announcing)
Izzy Thomas (Poetry)
Ryan Weber (Musical Theatre)
Rebecca Wickert (Prose AND Musical Theatre)
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