5th Grade Mask Making

5th grade students will be working with a partner of their choosing to apply plaster bandages to their face for their mask.  Here is the schedule for the 2017-2018 5th grade mask making project:

(all times would be 2:25-3:15 unless noted differently)

5 Boysen Group 1 – November 20

5 Boysen Group 2 – Dec 1


5 Beechley Group 1 November 21

5 Beechley Group 2 Dec 4


5 Korell Group 1 November 28 (1:17-1:53)

5 Korell Group 2 Dec 5


5 Maxwell Group 1 November 29

5 Maxwell Group 2 Dec 6


5 Schilousky Group 1 November 30

5 Schilousky Group 2 Dec 14

Students will embellish their mask based on a theme of their choosing when we come back from Winter Break.

Artsonia and ePortfolios


Artsonia is the world’s largest kids’ art museum – a special online art gallery, reflecting their masterpieces created at Maxey Elementary School.  My goal with this website is to use it as a tool to communicate to families but also as a tool to start conversations.  Check out the Maxey Artsonia gallery: http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=63336.

What can my child and I do on Artsonia?  Students will have a photo of their artwork uploaded to their account.  The photos of their art will go to the child’s own Artsonia gallery!!  You can start a fan club and invite family and friends to view the grand opening of the gallery and join your child’s official Artsonia Fan Club.  Friends and family can leave positive comments about your child’s artwork in their guestbook.  View this Artsonia video to learn more: http://www.artsonia.com/video.asp

A permission slip was sent home in your child’s Wednesday folder in October.  If the permission slip got lost or didn’t make it home, please let Mrs. Hergott know and we can help you out.  If interested in joining Artsonia, follow the directions on this permission slip to sign up your child for their own Artsonia gallery.  With questions – please call Mrs. Hergott at 436-1153 or email at bhergott@lps.org.



In addition, 2nd – 5th grade students will be learning how to use ePortfolios.  Think of these as student owned websites that they learn to create with their teachers on their Chromebooks.  It is a place for students to document their learning.  ePortfolios is student driven with the idea that the student learns to take charge of presenting their own work.  A student would need to initiate showing their ePortfolio to you at home (by logging into their LPS Google account) or during PT Conferences.  The public (parents included) do not have viewing access of the ePortfolio.  Again, it would be the student that would need to log in and initiate presenting their portfolio.  Artsonia is PTO/teacher/parent driven where parents have access and control with the PTO and art teacher.  ePortfolio is student driven with the student in charge.  As stated from the LPS Visual Art Education website:


LPS ePortfolios provide students with a way to catalogue and present evidence of learning across grade levels and curriculum areas.


Why ePortfolios?


  • They provide a window into student learning over time, allowing students to think critically and reflect upon their work
  • They make classroom learning more accessible to students, parents, teachers and administrators
  • They increase student engagement, promote a continuing conversation about learning between teachers, parents, and students, and extend academic lessons beyond school walls
  • Digital portfolios also offer opportunity for students to showcase skills and kinds of intelligence that often are not measured on standardized tests.



Welcome back to another wonderful school year!!!  I look forward to meeting everyone tonight at Maxey’s Open House from 6 – 7 PM.

If you are not able to make it, I will be sending out information about the NEW LPS Visual Art Standards through the school newsletter and the Artsonia Newsletter.

Here’s to a GREAT school year!!

Masks in 5th Grade Art

The BIG mask-making project will be starting in the art room!!!!
Your son/daughter will choose a partner.  They are told to choose somebody they trust because their partner will be the one placing the plaster bandages on their face.  Some students express a concern about this and I inform them that if they want a parent or an adult to be present the day their mask will be made, you are welcome to join us in the art room.  Please check in at the front desk and head back to the art room (suggested to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty).

5 Beechley
Group 1 will be masked Nov 1 from 2:25 – 3:15
Group 2 will be masked Nov 7 from 2:25 – 3:15

5 Maxwell
Group 1 will be masked Nov 4 from 2:25 – 3:15
Group 2 will be masked Nov 8 from 2:25 – 3:15

5 Schilousky
Group 1 will be masked Nov 5 from 2:25 – 3:15
Group 2 will be masked Nov 11 from 2:25 – 3:15

5 Boysen
Group 1 will be masked Nov 6 from 2:25 – 3:15
Group 2 will be masked Nov 12 from 2:25 – 3:15

Your son/daughter will discuss with their partner what group they will be in.
Suggested materials to bring but not mandatory for mask making:
old towels, face wash, lotion, old shirts, pony tails, bandanas, head bands.

The Maxey art room will provide all materials to decorate the mask but if your son/daughter would like to bring extra materials from home to make their mask more unique – they are welcome to.  If you would like to send extra craft items that you have at home for other students to use in addition to the items your son/daughter will use for their mask – it would be very kind and helpful.  Generosity like this is greatly appreciated by many of the students and myself:)  Please handle the following as you see fit!  The following list includes materials appropriate for the students’ mask unit:

costume jewelry
*low temp. glue sticks (small round size)
seeds, acorns
ribbons, yarn
puff paint/fabric paint
silk flowers/greenery
scrapbooking paper
foam decorations

Please email me with any questions
bhergott@lps.org  Mrs. Hergott

Banner Club

What is Banner Club?  Each year, each elementary school in the LPS district creates a banner that is displayed in the downtown Wells Fargo Bank during Youth Art Month (March).  The banner then travels throughout Lincoln for the next year.  After the banner is done traveling, it returns to Maxey to be displayed in the halls.

Who is Banner Club open to?  Banner Club is open to 5th grade students.

When is Banner Club?  Banner Club begins at 8:15 AM and students are dismissed when school begins.  We will meet in the art room on Wednesdays starting Sept 18.

Students will be split into 3 or 4 groups.  The number of groups may change – this is determined by how many students sign up and return a Parent Permission Slip by September 3.  The schedule will be made after the final list of Banner Club students are finalized and will be advertised in the Maxey Messenger and on this website.


Please call (436 – 1153) or email me (bhergott@lps.org) with questions.


Mrs. Hergott

Art Educator

Welcome Back

Welcome back Maxey families and students!!  I am excited for another school year and to explore critical thinking and creativity through the Maxey art classes.  If you have any questions please feel free to email me at bhergott@lps.org.

Mrs. Hergott

5th Grade Mask Making


5 Maxwell

Group A will be masked Oct 26 from 2:25 – 3:15

Group B will be masked Nov 1 from 2:25 – 3:15


5 Schilousky

Group A will be masked Oct 29 from 2:25 – 3:15

Group B will be masked Nov 2 from 2:25 – 3:15


5 Boysen

Group A will be masked Oct 30 from 12:50 – 1:30 (PLC Early release day)

Group B will be masked Nov 5 from 2:25 – 3:15


5 Beechley

Group A will be masked Oct 31 from 2:25 – 3:15

Group B will be masked Nov 6 from 2:25 – 3:15