Cold weather brings learning opportunities

Susan Gunnell - Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools

As adults, snow and cold weather do not often bring to mind happy thoughts. We think about shoveling, hazardous driving, and scraping car windows. However, enter any one of our five elementary schools and you will see how the snow and cold weather has positively inspired the students in our younger grades.

Kindergarten students made snowmen with one snowball for each letter of their names. Other kindergarten students made snow globes using their fingerprints. These personalized creations are proudly displayed in the hallway. First grade students read the book, “Snowmen at Night”, by Caralyn Buehner and then made their own snowmen along with a story that details what their snowman likes to do. The creativity and imagination of these students is evident from their snowman stories. You will also see their growth as writers in both their language choices and in their correct use of punctuation and capitalization.

Keep walking and across the hall in second grade, the academic growth continues and is evident in the snow stories and art work of these students. Third graders also were in the “snow” mood and wrote stories about their activities on their best snow day ever. These stories made snow and cold weather sound almost fun as they wrote about sledding, building snowmen, snowball fights, and finishing up with a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows, of course!

In our classrooms, it is our staff members that teach and inspire our students by providing them with a wealth of learning opportunities. Our teachers make learning more meaningful to students by linking it to what is happening in their day-to-day lives, and in this case it is snow and snow days. As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at

Susan Gunnell

Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at