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Hyde Park & The Hour of Code!

Coding Patterns

Throughout the district Hyde Park teachers and students have already begun celebrating Computer Science Education Week with an Hour of Code and Beyond an Hour of Code activities.

“The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2018 Computer Science Education Week will be December 3-9, but you can host an Hour of Code all year-round. Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).”

Coding helps students develop computational thinking skills of pattern recognition, decomposition, abstraction, and algorithm design which can apply to content areas.  For pictures of the different Hour of Code activities, please follow this link

The following are Hyde Park Schools’ activities for Hour of Code.


David Czechowski and Maggie Schimmelpfennig are hosting an Hour of Code night for all district K-5 students, Thursday , 12/6/18, 6-8pm, in the RRS Cafeteria.

FDR High School

  • Dave Czechowski and Maggie Schimmelpfennig are bringing computer science students from FDR to work with HMS math teachers to introduce the basics of coding through online activities.
  • Tracey Ainsley is working with several classes during Hour of Code at FDR. She collaborated on ideas with Julianne Ross-Kleinmann.


  • Juliet Boone's students have been coding with Scratch and Hummingbird controllers.
  • Deborah kravchuk incorporates coding into lessons.

Haviland Middle School

  • Debbie Furman, our IBM STEM Ambassador, and her team of engineers will again be joining us for the day to teach students how to use the Raspberry Pi devices.  
  • Danielle Fried is working with Julianne Ross-Kleinmann to learn programming with Ozobots. Danielle will incorporate coding into various lessons including QFT. Christine Murphy has agreed to support the learning. She uses Ozobots with her students.


  • Kate Wrolsen's students started using
  • Cynthia Leung's students use Scratch Jr to publish at Haviland.

 Netherwood Elementary School

  • Brad Leach is doing an Hour of Code activity with the 4th graders at Netherwood.
  • 5th Grade will start coding after the break and continue throughout the year. Their plan - interactive plant and animal cells created through code.
  • Jenna Thorn 4th and 5th Dance Party HOC on the computer
  • 1st and 2nd grades will participate in  unplugged activities.

North Park Elementary School

  • On December 4th, all kindergarten, 4th, and 5th grade students and  teachers with support from assistants and Michele Makowiki,i will participate in an Hour of Code activities.


  • Karin Farrere's  Kindergarten coded robots
  • Tish Lange's 5th grade students coded robots

Ralph R Smith Elementary School

  • Sharon Foster is working with grades 3 through 5 who will participate in an Hour of Code activities


  • Mrs. Lorenz and Mrs. Foster collaborated on a Response to Literature  ELA/SEL unit using Scratch and Makey Makey by creating an interactive board.

Violet Avenue Elementary School

  • Lauranne Billus is using with 4th and 5th graders so they feel comfortable during Winter Festival to work on the  Hour of Code Dance Party with Julianne Ross-Kleinmann


  • Melissa Kelly’s kindergarten students programmed robots to extend their learning of patterns.