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October 8th-12th 2018

School News

The Columbus Day mock trial went extremely well! On Monday the students worked in small groups to prepare their parts as defendants, witnesses and lawyers, and on Tuesday afternoon we transformed the classroom into a court room for our proceedings. Afterwards, the students switched to the role of jurors for the deliberation process. Who did they decide was to blame for the enslavement and genocide of the Taino people? The students have voted and the results are in: Christopher Columbus himself was held to be 37% responsible, the System of Empire almost exactly tied with King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain at about 23-24% responsibility each, Columbus’s men came in at 15%, and the last one percent of blame belonged to the Spaniards themselves.

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In science students found the exact time of midday at school (12:53pm) by finding the shortest shadow of a stick and used that to calculate our longitude. We finished our short music unit and are ready for next week’s field trip to UMass Multibands. We didn’t have much in the way of project time this week due to our altered schedule, but the students still found time to work on their play, Franny the Pumpkin, during lunch and recess time.

Upcoming Dates
We’ve made it half way through the weirdo biweekly! Next week we have:

Open Houses are our multi-purpose community events. They are an opportunity for:

  • current students to hang out with each other after school hours
  • parents to mingle with each other and check-in with the teachers
  • alumni and their families to come back and visit
  • prospective students and their families to visit the school, meet the teachers, and learn about our program.
For more details or to RSVP, visit our event on Facebook. Share the event with others who may be interested.
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October 1st-5th 2018

School News

In science students are continuing their study of water testing by designing and carrying out their own experiments at the Connecticut River. In humanities students worked in groups to do short presentations about pre-Columbian America, pictures of which will be posted on Facebook next week. Students finished their papers on Morning Girl by Michael Dorris and many of them are feeling very proud of their work!

Group presentations about pre-Columbian America.
Upcoming Dates

Wednesday 10/17 will be a half day, so send your student with snack but no lunch and pick them up at 12:30. The teachers will be doing some professional development right after school (since no one signed up for parent/teacher conferences) so please retrieve your student promptly.

UMass Multibands Field Trip will be next Friday 10/19. It will be very fun but very loud, so some students may wish to bring noise-cancelling headphones.

Looking further ahead, we will have our First Open House on November 13th at 6pm. Check out our Facebook event for more details. This is a great opportunity to check out our school!

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September 24th-28th 2018

School News 
In Science on Wednesday students had a great time making “sedimentary rocks” using crayon shavings, and on Thursday they walked down to the Connecticut River to test oxygen and pH levels. Our field on Friday was to the Great Falls Discovery Center to study their model of the Connecticut River and work on thinking up comparative, testable questions. You can view photos of the trip in our Facebook album.
Students have finished reading their first assigned book, Morning Girl, a historical fiction about two Taino children before the arrival of Columbus, and many have started writing their compare and contrast essays about the book. Next week in Humanities class students will do small group presentations about pre-Columbian America.
Group Picture at the Great Falls Discovery Center
Upcoming Dates
Next biweekly (Monday, October 8th – Friday, October 19th) is going to be our weirdest biweekly ever!
  • Monday, October 8th (Columbus Day): we have school as we do not observe Columbus Day. We’ll do a mock trial about Columbus and European Colonialism in Humanities class on Monday and Tuesday, which will probably run into/through project time on one or both days.
  • Wednesday, October 17th: Half Day Send your student with snack but no lunch as pick up is at 12:30pm. Let us know if you would like to schedule a parent/teacher conference with us that afternoon.
  • Friday, October 19th: Field trip to Multibands Pops Concert at UMass Amherst. Send students with snacks and a lunch that doesn’t need a refrigerator, microwave or toaster oven. If you live in Amherst and would like to meet us there for drop off and pick up, please let us know.

There will also be several changes to our daily schedule at school for many days during the “weirdo biweekly,” including short outdoor science classes before lunch to do an experiment about the sun, and short music classes after lunch to prepare for our music field trip. I have attached a schedule detailing the changes which you may find helpful to review with your child ahead of time. Of course we will go over the changes with them at school this coming week as well.

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September 17th – 21st 2018

School News

We’ve successfully completed our first biweekly! We sent a copy home with the students on Friday afternoon, so make sure to take a look at it to see what your child accomplished over the last two weeks. On the side of the biweekly the students complete a self assessment of their performance in each subject area. This is a good opportunity for you to check in with them to see if they’ve exceeded, did exactly what they set out to do, or didn’t quite get everything done that they’d planned. Let us know if you have any questions! 

Students work hard to finish their first biweekly of the school year!
 
Upcoming Field Trip 

This coming Friday, September 28th we’ll be taking a walking field trip to the Great Falls Discovery Center. Make sure that your student has on good walking shoes for that day! 

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September 10th – 14th 2018

News

This week students had a lot of firsts! They wrote their first biweeklies and are working on completing them (ask to see it next Friday at pickup), had their first humanities and science classes (this year our theme is Massachusetts History), and did a great job cleaning the building for the first time. On Friday we walked into Turners Falls for our first academic field trip of the year to meet with local geologist Steve Winters. To see pictures of this week’s adventures, you can view this album on Facebook.

 

Students pose for a picture walking back from our field trip 🙂
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