Yates Primary students leave shadows with move to Ross

By SARALYN NORKUS saralyn.norkus@clevelandbanner.com
Posted 5/19/17

Soon, the second-graders at Yates Primary will become third-graders at E.L. Ross Elementary.

Before they make the transition from one building to the next, second-grade teacher Ronda Phillips took …

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Yates Primary students leave shadows with move to Ross

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Soon, the second-graders at Yates Primary will become third-graders at E.L. Ross Elementary.

Before they make the transition from one building to the next, second-grade teacher Ronda Phillips took some time to work on the special project with them.

This project encompasses their time at the primary school with an idea as simple as a shadow.

“Every year at Yates Primary our second-graders move on to Ross Elementary, which is across the street. We don’t get to see them much (after) passing in the hallway like other schools do, so it’s pretty much their farewell to Yates Primary,” Phillips explained.

For the past month, Phillips traced the students’ shadows in front of the Active Board, with each student posing in a way that was significant for their time at Yates.

“They are leaving and going to a new school, so every year I trace the students’ (shadows). They get to choose their pose of something that they’re interested in, and on the last day of school we roll them up and they get to take them home,” she detailed.

Some posed with their favorite sports gear, one student even chose to be traced doing a back bend.

The art now hung up on the walls of the primary school, the students are ready to ‘leave shadows of Yates behind.’

It is not only the students who will be leaving something behind, but Phillips herself. The second-grade teacher will be transitioning to a new position at Yates, and has accepted a new role as a technology teacher for the school.

“We’re working to start (technology) foundations early,” she said.

Beginning next year, Phillips will be available to work on technology education with both students and Yates faculty.

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