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Activity Fridays – Shark Dissection

On Friday August 1, 2014 students from grades 4-6 participated in a fun, exciting, and educational science activity. SHARK DISSECTION! Students were given the opportunity to dissect a dogshark.  Dogsharks are the most abundant sharks in the ocean. Students learned about the anatomy and were able to recognize the different organs in the shark’s body. The activity was hands on and engaging. Perhaps one day, some of these students will be surgeons in the future!



Shark Dissection - Excelsius Academy
Students getting ready for the dissection.
Students are getting excited!
Waiting for the science teachers to instruct them on the next steps.
Mr. Son explaining the different areas  and then dissecting the shark for students to see.
Ms. Garcia joining in with her students to dissect a shark too!
Ms. Nguyen showing her students the different organ areas inside a shark.
Students pointing at the different organs of the shark.

ACTIVITY FRIDAYS – Germs / Bacteria Science Project

Everyone knows that you should always wash your hands. But why? And how often? Washing your hands is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. Through this science experiment, students explores which parts of the hand are the most difficult to wash germs off of. Student learned different hand washing techniques and concluded which one is the most effective. Using a special lotion, students can see their germs under an UV flashlight. Students could see the areas that were cleaned thoroughly, and areas that need to be cleaned. Our students had a lot of fun learning about bacteria/germs and learned the importance of washing their hands thoroughly to eliminate bacteria!

Activity: Friday, August 1, 2014

Before washing their hands, students applied special lotion and see their current bacteria.
The bacteria is glowing!
Students experimented with different hand washing techniques and discover that using warm water and soap is the best method!

Activity Fridays – Science of Baking

Science surrounds us everywhere, even in the food we eat! 

On Friday July 25, 2014, students participated in a cupcake activity. Students learned the process of baking, applied what they learned in their math class (ratios, proportions, fractions etc.), decorate their cupcake, and finally get to eat their masterpiece! The goal of this activity is not only to teach the science of baking but to open the student’s mind and guide them be as creative as possible.

The students had a great time making cupcakes and had a delicious snack afterwards! Take a look of our photos below!

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Students prepping their table with ingredients and supplies.
Cupcakes 6
Our students are so excited to make cupcakes!
Cupcake 1
After baking is complete, students decorate their cupcakes!
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Getting ready to start decorating!
Cupcake 5
Cupcake making is so much fun!
Cupcake 3
Students showing us their complete cupcake.
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Students have to wait and help each other finish decorating cupcakes before they can eat it.
Cupcakes 11
Students are split into teams from different classes to encourage new friendships.
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Students proudly showing us their cupcakes.
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Students look forward to every Activity Friday.
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Students showing their cupcake designs.
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“Can we make more cupcakes?”

Character Counts – SELF DISCIPLINE

Congratulations to our winners!

For each character trait taught throughout the summer, teachers select one student in their class who has most portrayed the characteristic of Self Discipline. We look forward to see the who will be chosen for the next character!

Thank you parents for your support.

Awarded: Friday, July 25, 2014

AM Session Award Recipients
AM Session Award Recipients
Our PM Session Award Recipients
Our PM Session Award Recipients


 1st AM2  1st AM  2nd AM
 Isabella Phan 

Isabella shows self-discipline by taking responsibility of her jobs in the classroom and also her actions. She uses great behavior in the classroom and with her friends. She listens in school and is eager to learn!

– Ms. Winger, 1st Grade

Landon Nguyen  

Landon always turns in his homework, completed and on time. In class, he follows directions quickly and completes his work by always trying his best. When he has finished an assignment he does not talk to others, but quietly works on something else. Thank you for your hard work, Landon! Congratulations!

– Ms. Kraai, 1st Grade

 Teresa Tran 

Teresa shows self discipline in class by making good choices. Despite distractions that may occur, Teresa remains focused on work and shows determination when it comes to solving difficult problems.

– Ms. Lam, 2nd Grade


 2nd AM2  3rd AM  3rd AM2
Kevin Nguyen 

Kevin lives in North Orange County. It takes about half an hour to get to school but he’s always on time. When he’s in class, he works hard and is focused. When Kevin doesn’t know how to do something, he looks for the answer on his own before asking me. I can always count on Kevin to be on his best behavior when I’m in or out of the class. Kevin is extremely mature and responsible. He respects his teacher and classmates.

– Mrs. Khuong, 2nd Grade

Jenny Phan 

Jenny shows great self-discipline. She is well organized, and is always prepared for class. She brings her supplies daily, and is a role model to other students in how she sets and achieves her goals. Through her self-discipline, Jenny continues to succeed in 3rd grade and has raised many of her assessment scores this past month. She even received a 100% on her English assessment! Well done Jenny! Your self-discipline is exemplary!

– Ms. Sagan, 3rd Grade

Michelle Nguyen 

Michelle always shows self-discipline by controlling herself in class. She never shouts or disturbs her neighbors when they are working. Also, Michelle always completes all homework assignments even though some of them can be difficult for her.

– Ms. Tran, 3rd Grade

 4th AM3  4th AMs  4th AM
Giana Nguyen 

Giana is consistently display self-discipline. She is a role model for other students.

– Ms. Rodriguez, 4th Grade

 Annie Tran 

She regularly exercises self-discipline in the classroom. She always has her homework completed and is ready to learn. She stays focused in class and strives to always improve. She is a pleasure to have in class and I believe is a wonderful, self-disciplined student.

– Mrs. Kim, 4th Grade

Michelle Lee 

Michelle makes positive choices that help her become a better student. Rather than talk to her peers, Michelle is productive and stays on task, choosing to complete activities that are assigned. Her work is always neat and completed on time. She has also asked for clarifications when she doesn’t understand something. 

– Ms. Chan, 4th Grade

 5th AM  5th AM2  6th AM
 Ethan VoTran 

Ethan is a very dedicated student and he works hard to make sure he gets all his work done. I am very proud knowing he has planned things out to make sure he gets things done. Even when he has to leave early, he takes the initiative to ask what the work will be for homework and completes it by taking the time on his own to learn the material. I know there are other things he could be doing over the summer but I really feel he puts in the effort to make sure he gets his work done. Ethan’s enthusiasm in the classroom makes me really enjoy him being in my class. Great job Ethan! Keep it up!

– Ms. Bertelson, 5th Grade

 Vy Tran 

Vy demonstrates self-discipline through willpower and self-control in all aspects of her studies.  She always completes all of her homework and assignments on time and with great detail, neatness, and impeccable organization.  Her time management skills and self-motivation will definitely result in the accomplishment of her scholarly goals.  Way to go, Vy!  I am very proud of you!  Two thumbs up!

– Mrs. Paternie, 5th Grade


 Charlene Le

– Mrs. Albaba

 1stPM  2ndPM

Hamilton Nguyen

I chose Hamilton for the Self-discipline award because he perseveres through difficult situations without complaint.  He also always does his homework and any other task without being asked.

– Ms. Garcia, 6th Grade

Ted Chen 

Ted is new to our class and speaks very little English. He is a model of self discipline. Since he speaks Chinese there is no one for him to even talk with. This situation could lead to day dreaming and playing around. Ted listens intensely, tries his best and, because of his self-discipline, is doing very well in a strange new place. 

– Mr. Eddy, 1st Grade

Anice Ho 

Anice is the youngest student in the class but she is always focused, hard working, and on her best behavior even when I’m not in the room. She is reliable, helpful, and seeks answers on her own before asking me. She knows what is expected of her and does it with pride and a smile on her face. I’m very proud of Anice.

– Mrs. Khuong, 2nd Grade

 3rd PM2  3rd PM  4th PM2
 Alexander Dao 

Alex has shown self-Discipline not only to me but towards other teachers as well. He had to take a test in another teacher’s classroom, instead of being a distraction he was polite and respectful to the class. 

– Mr. Montes, 3rd Grade

 Ysovie ThanTrong 

Ysovie showed self-discipline by completing her essay on time. The prompt was a bit difficult, but she worked through it. She also does a great job at controlling her actions in the classroom by never shouting.

– Ms. Tran, 3rd Grade

Sarah Van 

Sarah always comes into class prepared, with her homework complete and organized. She comes in early each day for additional help in areas that she struggles with. Sarah participates in class and follow directions quickly. Congratulations Sarah! 

– Ms. Kraai, 4th Grade

 4th PM1  5th PM  5th PM2
Sheena DinhSheena works hard and tries her best in what she does. She sometimes struggles with what we are doing in class, but she doesn’t get mad or frustrated or give up easily. If she doesn’t understand something, she comes to class early to ask for help so that she can well on her tests each week.

– Ms. Chan, 4th Grade

Brandon TranBrandon is creating new habits in order to improve his speech and social relationships while gaining confidence.  He is reaching his goals by engaging in positive actions that are sometimes uncomfortable for him, yet he understands their importance.  Way to go, Brandon!  I am very proud of you! Two thumbs up!

– Mrs. Paternie, 5th Grade

Nathan Hoang
Nathan always shows me he is dedicated in the classroom and he understands the importance of doing his work. When I give an assignment on Monday that is due on Friday, he takes the time to break it into sections and do parts of it each day. That shows great self-discipline. That always makes me happy to see when I am checking that he wrote his homework down. He keeps himself organized so he can make sure to get his work done. I enjoy his dedication in class and his willingness to learn. Great job Nathan!

– Ms. Bertelson, 5th Grade

 6th PM1  6th PM
 Austin PhamI chose Austin for the Self-discipline award because he is very consistent with his homework.  He always takes advantage of opportunities for extra credit, and he always advocates for his learning by asking questions when he doesn’t understand.  Monica Nguyen

– Ms. Nguyen, 6th Grade