The Mendoza Elementary B.R.I.C.K. Academy

School Year Ends With a Whirlwind of Activities

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As we say goodbye to the BRICKsters of the 2013-2014 school year, we also remember the good times that we had. To end the year, we had an incredible amount of activities. We went to Las Vegas Academy one more time, traveled to the Wetlands, went to a baseball game, competed in academic events, launched rockets, read Huck Finn, made masks, and so much more. Click on picture to see more! We wish all BRICKstersa nd their families a safe summer and thank them for an incredible year!

Noises Off

Noises Off

Wetlands Park

Wetlands Park

Las Vegas 51s

Las Vegas 51s

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BRICK Takes Over Red Rock, Then Dines at Container Park Before “The Dining Room”

Red Rock 2014

Red Rock 2014

After studying the geology of the earth and the Las Vegas area, the BRICKsters went to see some geology in action. We climbed the limestone and sandstone washes of Red Rock Canyon and relaxed with a wonderful view of the entire valley. Thanks to all the families and parents who helped make this happen!

Dinner before the Dining Room

Dinner before the Dining Room

A few days later, we visited downtown and had dinner at the new Container Park before we went to see the student-directed “Dining Room” at the Las Vegas Academy Black Box theater. A night full of adventure, laughs and so much fun, we cannot wait to get back to LVA.

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Springs Preserve…What a Day!

WP_20140308_144After studying rocks, reading about Leonardo da Vinci, and beginning a journey about biomes, the BRICKsters went to Springs Preserve to apply their knowledge and discover more. We saw the da Vinci machines come to life, took a trip through Nevada’s history and so much more. Check out more in the events tab!

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Mind-Bending Discoveries @ Children’s Museum

Mind-Bender Mansion

Mind-Bender Mansion

Our February field trip featured fun and exploration at the Discovery Children’s Museum at the Smith Center. Students climbed the stairs to the top while having a blast learning. We then spent an hour or so on the Mind-Bender Mansion as students were challenged with unique brain puzzles. There was also some time for play and some people even got a little wet!

Water World at the Museum

Water World at the Museum

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Arts, Science & Fun…It’s What BRICK is all About!

Mojave Max @ Mendoza

Mojave Max @ Mendoza

2014 is off to a fantastic start! The BRICKsters have traveled to the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, took a trip to Sky Zone to celebrate reading, and starting our Geology unit. The Smith Center treated us to the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and is one of two trips we will take there (we are going to the Discovery Museum real soon!). Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park, was a reward for students who completed the Las Vegas Reading Wranglers program. Finally, the geology unit was kicked off with the smashing of Geodes, and a visit from Mojave Max! We will soon be going to see the real one at Red Rock! Check out the events tab for all the exciting pictures!

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Holiday Season Hits BRICK!

During the Holidays, we have been busy studying and trying to help our community. We just finished the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol,” then ventured to UNLV to see it live! The BRICKsters and their families also gave up their first day of vacation to help the homeless and give away clothes at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission. After all the hard work, we will see you back in January! Happy Holidays!

4,700 articles of clothing on the way!

4,700 articles of clothing on the way!

 

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Cool at School: Program Aimed at Producing College Graduates – 8 News NOW

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Of Mice and Men @ Las Vegas Academy

BRICKsters with George, Lennie and Slim!

BRICKsters with George, Lennie and Slim!

After reading the classic novel by John Steinbeck, the BRICKsters saw the story come to life on the stage. After an incredible show from the wonderful students and staff of Las Vegas Academy, we were lucky enough to meet the crew and even got to be on stage…or in the brush. Check out the events tab to see and learn more.

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A BRICKster Streak is Celebrated with Ice Cream!

Coldstone

35 days of perfect attendance in a row is quite an accomplishment. To reward the BRICKsters for such an amazing feat, Coldstone Creamery was generous enough to let us come in and relax for an afternoon of ice cream. Thanks to our friends at Coldstone.

Some BRICKsters have also been giving up their lunch time each day to read “Ender’s Game.” As we wrapped up the book, we celebrated with a trip to the theater to see it come to life on the big screen.

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Neon, Natural History, The 1st Establishment in Vegas, the Hoover Dam…IN ONE WEEK!

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The BRICKsters have had one amazing November so far. In addition to learning Algebra, being introduced to John Steinbeck and learning Archery, we have been traveling around Southern Nevada. In one week, we went to the Hoover Dam to see one of Earth’s most amazing man-made structures. Five days later, we learned all day while traveling to three museums in one day! We started in the “cultural corridor” at the Neon Museum to learn about the history of Las Vegas through signage, then went to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, and finished off the day at the Old Mormon Fort, which is Las Vegas’ very first non-Native establishment. What a week!

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RESULTS ARE IN!

The final assessment results are in. Check back soon for a link to all the great information of the past school year.

Reading Week Winners!

Congratulations to Karla Carmona and Esmeralda Vazquez for their winning book reviews. Walker Furniture sponsored a district-wide contest during Nevada Reading Week, and we had both a 1st place winner with Karla and 2nd place with Esmeralda (from the entire district!!). Way to go
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