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Please accept our apologies for getting behind in our posts. We will have a few posts this week that will include highlights from our end of the year activities. Thank you for your patience!
We had big news from the Community Garden this week! Our students have started to harvest food for the NAC Food Pantry. Mrs. Kane picked up the first vegetables on July 2nd. All of the dedication and hard work has been worth it!
Author: Katherine Pingeton
On May 14, 2014, Northbridge Middle School united together as one. The guidance counselors, peer mediators, girls’ club, and craft club all helped NMS enlarge the smiles on students’ faces. Throughout the day, the Kindness Karnival helped make new positive memories that will forever remain at Northbridge Middle School.
There were ten different events held at the 2014 Kindness Karnival. Such events included making friendship pins with Mrs.Larson, face painting that was hosted by members of the girls’ club, duck racing with Mrs.Flaherty, and painting inspirational quotes and pictures on canvases with Mr.Ashby. All related arts teachers planned their own specific event held at the Kindness Karnival and had a great time doing so! Everyone wore something special that day, a smile brighter than the stars.
There may have been exceptional events held at the Kindness Karnival, but dancing took place as well! All of the peer mediators danced in-front of each grade to show that everyone needs to “let loose” once in a while and enjoy themselves. Overall, the Kindness Karnival was a grand event with euphoria and laughter spreading throughout every inch and corner of Northbridge Middle School. The Kindness Karnival resembles that students and staff members need to be themselves and enjoy life, let loose, and have fun. As Dr.Seuss once quoted, “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”
Congratulations to our Grade 4 ELA teachers for receiving the Blackstone Valley Consortium Promising Practices Award for the unit they developed on traditional children's literature.
Each year, outstanding
teachers in each of the 12 towns that make up the Blackstone Valley
Superintendent’s Consortium are nominated by administration to receive the
Promising Practices in Education Award. This award was established to celebrate
and promote creative and innovative teaching practices that inspire students to
stretch and grow academically, and inspire other teachers to stretch and grow
Teachers are honored at a
breakfast at the historic Asa Waters Mansion in Millbury. Teachers also write
up a lesson plan describing their best practice, which is included in a booklet
of exemplary practices. These lesson plans are made available as a resource for
teachers throughout the Blackstone Valley.
see these lessons, go to http://www.valleytech.k12.ma.us/PromisingPractices/Promising_Practices.htm
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Congratulations to grade 4 teachers Pam Brazauskas, Kerry Brown, Elena Bachelder, Jen Siemaszko, Janelle Terranova, and Jen O'Brien for receiving the Promising Practices Award.
Northbridge Middle School Peer Mediators presented the 2nd annual Kindness Karnival on the Middle School track on Wednesday, May 14th. This year's Karnival was bigger and better than last year. The theme of the Karnival is developing sensitivity and understanding of student differences through team building and community activities. With the help of all the related arts teachers, activities included painting murals, running team races, creating friendship pins, and playing musical bottles. Thank you to school counselors Mrs. Berg and Mrs. Dewees for spearheading this event with their peer mediators!
| The high school NASA class, under the direction of teacher Jim Gorman, held its Robotics competition this week. Students built robots to capture ping pong balls, then built a competition track to see which robot could capture the most balls. The innovative robots performed well, and it was a challenging competition!|| |
Students in Grade 5 are having a wonderful learning experience in Science. Students are starting to see screwdrivers, wrenches, bolts, and brackets as forms of technology! Using these tools to think more critically about Science and technology are important skills for our students, and are aligned with the state Science curriculum standards.
| || Current NHS students and NPS alumni volunteered on May 12th to help the Northbridge Alliance of Churches Food Pantry stock their shelves. This is a picture of all the helpers. Thank you to all everyone for donating your time to such a worthy cause!|
On May 6th, the NHS science club sponsored the annual whale watch field trip. This year 46 students travelled to Plymouth and went out to sea to view marine life in action. Highlights of this year's trip included observation of a mother and calf Humpback Whale. Other marine species that were observed included the Minke Whale, the Fin back Whale, the Atlantic White-sided Dolphin and the Harbor Seal. The weather cooperated, providing a bright sunny day for the students.
| We want to thank Kelly Bol, the director of the Northbridge Senior Center, for obtaining a grant from the Northbridge Cultural Council for an intergenerational program at NES. Davis Bates, an award-winning storyteller and musician, presented a program of songs and stories to kindergarten and first grade students, and several Senior Citizens from the Senior Center. This was a wonderful activity for the entire audience, who were spellbound by Davis’ creative imagination. Principal Jill Healy and Kelly Bol are now in the process of arranging for Senior Citizens to come to NES for the Memorial Day programs that first grade students put on. As Kelly stated, “I am so excited to continue to bridge the generations." (Pictures courtesy of Kelly Bol.)|| |
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Congratulations to science teacher Robin Laurens, who teaches pre-AP
and AP Biology at the high school. Robin
has been honored as the MMSI Mass Insight Partners in Excellence AP Biology
Teacher of the Year. Robin was one of 22
teachers from across the state to be recognized for her outstanding dedication
and impressive AP results in the 2012-2013 school year. Robin was honored at a wonderful
dinner and reception at the Boston Museum of Science on April 17th. She was recognized as "a professional who embodies all of the
criteria of teaching AP classes. She is someone who steps outside of her
comfort zone to challenge her students, implements academic rigor and raises
students to that level and has a schedule and a life that reaches far beyond
the high school classroom." She was identified as a person who is a
lifelong learner and brings that enthusiasm and dedication to her high school
As one of her
fellow science teachers stated, “We have
a real treasure in Robin. She represented
NHS to the entire state in a very positive and passionate manner.” Congratulations to Robin for all her
efforts and hard work on behalf of the students at Northbridge High School.