Class Project Combines Math, Nutrition, and Exercise with Holiday Giving
Some third and fourth grade classes took a hike to the grocery store to do some shopping for local families in need. Along with the holiday spirit of giving, the field trip combined healthy habits like exercise and proper nutrition with math and money skills. The students collected a total of $250, developed nutritious shopping lists, and purchased nonperishable food items while staying within budget. All the groceries were then divided up and delivered to both the Chatham Food Pantry and the Ghent Food Pantry. Miss Feller’s and Miss Gotham’s fourth grade classes (co-taught with Miss Emma), and Mrs. Rossi and Mrs. Fleck’s co-taught third grade class participated.
Third Graders Celebrate Venice
During the month of October and November, third graders had the opportunity to experience the richness of Venetian culture and social history through various workshops lead by Mr. Tom Lee, educator from the Spencertown Academy. Mr. Lee led presentations using maps of Venice, as well as discussions about the architecture and elements of the different buildings of Venice. The students viewed paintings by Tiepolo during visual thinking lessons, and with his storytelling skills, Mr. Lee exposed the children to the Italian language. Ms. Grybas, MED art teacher, had each child create their own Venetian masks. Mrs. Brownell, MED Music teacher, exposed the students to the music of Vivaldi and The Four Seasons. Mr. Selby, the school librarian, read many Venetian stories to the third grade students. The program wrapped up with a special Venetian celebration held the day before Thanksgiving break.The program is part the artsVOYAGE enrichment partnership between MED and the Spencertown Academy.
Fourth Graders Honor Vets with Class Presentations
In honor of Veterans Day, Ms. Gotham’s and Ms. Feller’s fourth grade classes each prepared a special presentation recognizing our vets. Each student selected a veteran (with the help a family member) to interview about their experiences in the armed forces. In class they typed up the interviews and added pictures or other images to make a PowerPoint presentation. On November 12th, the classes invited their family members and veterans to attend class, listen to the student’s presentations, and enjoy some refreshments.
Wet weather did not dampen the spirits of one of MED's most popular events, the Halloween parade, which was held inside this year on account of rain. Students paraded the halls and gym to show off their costumes to the crowd of parents and family who numbered in the hundreds.
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Students Learn About Plants
Miss Normandin’s Grade 3-5 Language Concepts class took a field trip to The Berry Farm to learn about greenhouses and composting. The class took the trip on October 23rd to coincide with their science unit on plants. The Berry Farm is a farm and store in Chatham that specializes in natural, organic, and local produce and uses greenhouses to grow vegetables throughout
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The Bully Busters
Students joined the "The Bully Busters" as they tackled "Bully Monsters" on the bus, cafeteria and playground during an hour-long show at MED October 22. The fun puppet characters showed children ways to deal with bullies without resorting to violence. The high energy performance used songs and live action skits to demonstrate character building, anger management and crisis intervention strategies, and showed students the important role they can play in keeping their school bully-free. Bully Busters is a Puppet People production and was sponsored by the MED PTA.
Fire Safety Day
Students met some real-life community heroes on Fire Safety Day October 18th. Firefighters from Chatham, East Chatham, Ghent, Red Rock, and Spencertown were out front to talk about fire prevention and show off the equipment they use to fight fires and keep our communities safe. Later, the school held a fire drill and firefighters visited classrooms to answer questions from students. Pictured here, Ghent assistant chief Wally Engel shows students that under all that gear is someone who is there to help.
Children's Author Visits MED
Jeanette Hopkins, an award winning children’s author and retired educator, visited kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms to talk about reading. She shared her book The Lady Bug Waltz and spoke about how it was inspired by her granddaughter Chloe, a young heart patient. She also read another of her books The Juggler and brought along some of the original artwork featured in the story. This PTA organized event was a huge success with our children. Read more...
Rotary’s Elder Aid Club Donates School Supplies to MED
MED would like to thank the Kinderhook Tri-Village Rotary Club and their affiliate Elder Aid Club, who delivered two big boxes of school supplies to MED. The supplies were collected by Elder Aid Club members, who are all senior residents of the Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Valatie. MED will distribute the pens, notepads and other items to students who would most benefit from free school supplies. Shown here, the Rotary's David Palmquist presents principal Kristen Reno with a box of supplies.
Students Pledge to End Bullying
In honor of National Unity Day on Oct. 9th, MED students and staff took a pledge against bullying by signing a banner. Those who participated received an orange ribbon they could wear to show their support for ending bullying. The banner was quickly filled with signatures and will be on display during October, which is National Bullying Prevention Month.
IPads Make Learning Fun
Chatham's youngest students are learning their ABC’s with a little help from popular technology. Kindergarten teachers have integrated iPads into literacy lessons as a way to capture their student’s interest and make learning more fun. Using interactive learning software like shape tracing apps, the devices allow the kindergartners to practice letter writing and word formation in ways that seem more like games and less like drills. IPads were introduced last year in MED's older grades, and are now a being integrated into lessons in all grade levels. Read more...
MED's Caring Canine
This September, new students at MED met CC, their school's very own canine helper. CC is a certified therapy dog who spends every day helping MED students of all ages feel comfortable in school. She works with school counselor Renee Morgan and can be seen greeting students in the morning, out on the playground, or in the hallways. CC is also a good listener for students to share their feelings with or practice reading to. Learn more about CC by visiting her webpage...