2016 Chickadee Award
nominees being read
Each year children in kindergarten through fourth grade participate in choosing the annual Chickadee Award book contest in Maine. The award is presented to the author and illustrator of a picture book (fiction or non-fiction), chosen by students statewide.
Throughout February and March, students in grades K-4 will hear the 10 nominees read aloud. Voting will happen prior to April 1, which is the deadline. In the past, NCS students have selected the same book chosen as the winner statewide. Stay tuned for the results! We'll print the winner in this space.
Have you seen these books?
A few favorite library books have gone missing! Have you seen them? Anyone who locates and returns any or all of these books will collect a prize from Mrs. Harriman.
No overdue book penalties will apply. Check your bookshelves and please return one today!
Library Caption Contest
The Library Caption Contest is back! You can enter this popular weekly contest by stopping by the library to see the photo of the week. You may then submit a caption electronically, using the form below, or simply write it on a Post-It note and stick it to the photo, which changes weekly and is located just inside the library door.
Weekly winners are notified during the morning announcements. See Mrs. Harriman to collect your prize or for more details
NCS library has
gone to the dogs
NOBLEBORO - Each week, volunteer Chris Sprague of Nobleboro brings her dog Chance, a Stabyhoun, to school.
For 90 minutes, Sprague sits on a comfy blanket with her dog, who is certified by Therapy Dogs International. They listen while students read picture books aloud. The children show pictures to Chance, and sometimes explain the meanings of words.
"I always wanted to work with children, ever since I was young," said Sprague. After she read about therapy dogs being used with children through reading, she was intrigued.
"I did a lot of research," she said, and she soon decided it would be a good fit for her and her furry friend, who adores children. She contacted NCS Principal Ann Hassett, and through a collaboration with the school library and classroom teachers, the new program was launched a year ago.
Before they start each session, Sprague spreads out a special alphabet blanket, and then slips a red bandana with a therapy dog badge around the pup's neck.
"For me, the amazing part is once you put on that red scarf, he knows he's working," Sprague said of her dog. "Once we start, he doesn't get up, he doesn't move. He is really there listening."
An bond has developed between Chance and three second-graders and two third-graders, who have been reading to the dog weekly. The children greet Chance with smiles and pats, prompting a lot of tail wagging and an occasional lick on the cheek. The youngsters go on to read for 20 minutes and then reward Chance with a dog treat for being such a good listener.
"While they're reading they're giving him a pat or giving him a snuggle and showing him things and really including him in what they're doing," Sprague said.
She notes she has been able to witness their reading skills develop over the year, which is a wonderful bonus.
"I've seen these kids get more comfortable. They don't come in shy anymore, and they're reading with more confidence," she said. "There definitely is less hesitation."
Sprague got her dog from a Pennsylvania breeder when he was just 8 weeks old. The Stabyhoun hails from the Netherlands, and there only are about 250 dogs of this type in North America. She first discovered the breed after seeing two of them in Vermont.
"Watching them with their humans, they were very well-behaved and well-mannered, and that is what we wanted," she said.
She and her husband Ted owned and operated The Newcastle Inn for eight years, then sold it and moved to Vermont. They continued as innkeepers there for 17 years before returning to Maine a few years ago and settling in Nobleboro.
"We always knew this was home," she said.
NCS pupils reap rewards
from summer reading
A record number of NCS students participated in summer school and the NCS Summer Reading Program this year. Their effort was recognized with a celebration in the gym Oct. 7.
Seventy-eight children in Grades 1-8 took part in a relay race organized by PE teacher Mrs. York, then received a certificate and Book Bucks to spend at the book fair from Mrs. Hassett, our school principal. The Book Bucks are provided by NPTO.Our NCS Library.
Library students create 3-D
NOBLEBORO - Children in kindergarten, Grade 4 and Grade 5 channeled their inner Pilgrim and created 3-D Mayflower ships during library time in November.
The 33 original artworks were then used to grace the tables as centerpieces for the annual NCS Thanksgiving feast on Nov. 20.
Students decorated their ships, making portholes, planking and fancy sails, then created masts from drinking straws and a sea of blue construction paper and glitter.
Great job, library students!
Library classes in full swing
NOBLEBORO - Library classes at Nobleboro Central School are in full swing. Students have been hearing read-alouds from picture books, listening to chapter books, checking out books and magazines, and creating seasonal artwork with Mrs. Harriman.
Currently, Grade 4 is reading the chapter book "There's A Boy in the Girls' Bathroom" and Grade 5 just finished "Loser" by Jerry Spinelli. The younger children in kindergarten through Grade 3 have been hearing holiday-themed and seasonal books.
*Video Book Review*
'20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'
For more Video Book Reviews from NCS students, visit our Archives.
the birthday of Dr. Seuss
NCS students in Grades K-6 participated in the annual Community Read-Aloud, sponsored by United Way, and celebrated March 2, which was the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss.
Kindergartners in Mrs. Powell's class enjoyed green eggs and ham in the library to commemorate the event. They wore striped stovepipe hats just like the Cat in the Hat, and played "One Fish, Two Fish" tic-tac-toe while they waited to eat.
Each child helped by breaking an egg. Guidance Counselor Chelsey Renaud read "Green Eggs and Ham," and Kieve Educator in Residence Zoe Nahatis assisted with the cooking.
Mr. Brown read "Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?" to kindergarten students earlier in the week, which has become a tradition.
On Monday, volunteers from United Way visited five NCS classrooms and the library, reading aloud from picture books and sharing their love of books. Thanks to all who volunteered.