Hunter Pulcher, one of our third graders here at Mary E. Dardess Elementary School, has been working hard on his reading skills with Mrs. Chiappinelli, Mrs. Fleck, and Mrs. Maraglio. Because of his hard work he has been making tremendous progress! To celebrate his success, he was asked to come share his reading skills with Mrs. Alliger's Pre-K class on January 6. The Pre-K class was an attentive and respectful audience to the proud reader!
5th Grade Service Day
Fifth graders participated in a grade-wide service day on December 21. MED assistant principal Mike Burns orchestrated this special activity day, during which several service projects took place at school with different groups of fifth graders each responsible for completing one project. Students baked cookies or made cards for the local Meals on Wheels program, crafted holiday decorations for assisted living residents, worked with pre-k students, and performed a concert at Camphill Ghent. Learn more...
Language Concepts Holiday Party
Mrs. Maraglio's grade 3-5, Miss Engel's grade 1-3, and Mr. Botsford's K-2 Language Concepts classes joined together December 22 to celebrate Grinch Day! The students watched the classic movie and discussed the message of loving and accepting each other. They chatted about how the holidays aren’t about "things from the store," but rather about spending time with friends and family. The students also played Hot Potato Grinch and practiced taking turns and being a good sport.
Our kindergartners have been comparing and contrasting all the different versions of the Gingerbread Man. From the traditional Gingerbread Man to The Gingerbread Girl, the students have loved hearing about them! The youngsters have also been learning about different 3-D shapes such as the cone, cube, etc. As a culminating activity, the students' families were invited to class to help the kindergartners construct their own version of a gingerbread house.
Community Church Honors MED Faculty
Members of the Payne AME Church in Chatham made a visit to MED to pay a special honor to our school. At the December 14 faculty meeting, Reverend Gloria Jimpson thanked our school for the valuable service we provide our community and handed each of our teachers a personalized certificate recognizing them for the outstanding work they do. This honor directly reflects the great work our entire faculty and support staff do when it comes to providing our students with a first-class education. Learn more...
Mindfulness at MED
MED has introduced mindfulness instruction to our school day! Mindfulness is our ability to be fully present and not distracted, overwhelmed, or overly reactive to what goes on in our daily lives. And we can improve this ability greatly through meditation. Each morning MED has been taking a few minutes to do some mindfulness-building together as a school. Over the school loudspeaker, Mrs. Rivet has been leading breathing and movement exercises to help students focus on the present and get more in touch with their inner selves. Learn more...
5th Grade Projects Tell a Story
To wrap up their their reading of the book Hatchet, Mrs. Hogencamp’s fifth grade English classes constructed tech-based projects. Each student could choose what their project would be, and all the projects had to include key elements from the story, which tells the tale of a boy surviving in the wilderness after his plane crashes. Students came up with some great ideas, including dioramas, board games, books, 3-D computer maps, and presentation boards. After the students completed their projects, each gave a short presentation about it to the class.
The Four Seasons
To celebrate the conclusion of their study of Venice, the third grade held a special performance for parents in the MED Cafeteria on December 6th. Guest educator Tom Lee, from the Spencertown Academy, kicked off the celebration by highlighting the many different ways the students explored Venice over the past several weeks, using geography, history, architecture, art, writing, music, and of course, performance! On the stage, the students put on a ballet of their own making set to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Learn more...
Fourth Graders Take Walk Through Time
Did you know that the inventor of the Coleman Lantern was born in Chatham and that’s who the village's Coleman St. is named after? Or that the village used to be called Chatham Four Corners before it stole the Chatham name away from what is now Old Chatham? Or that a resident once blew up his own building to stop a huge fire from spreading down Main Street? These are just some of the fascinating tidbits our fourth graders learned on a walking history tour with Chatham historian Gail Wolczanski. Learn more...
Typing at MED
With computers playing an ever-increasing role in our daily lives, learning how to type has never been more useful, and it's never too early to get started. MED is currently rolling out a new typing program for students in grades K-5. With help from their teachers and our school librarian, Mr. Selby, students are learning proper typing technique using self-guided computer programs that are both age-appropriate and fun! Learn more...
Campus Trails Become Pathways to Learning
To celebrate National Take a Hike Day on November 17th, Mrs. Murray and Mrs. Hogencamp took their fifth graders out on the hiking trails that the CHS Outdoor Club constructed behind the high school. Thanks to a professional development class, provided by the district, the teachers were able to guide the children through an educational experience in an unconventional classroom. The teacher’s integrated literature, science, math, and social studies into the hour long hike.
Miss Engel’s Language Concepts 1-3 class took a mini-field trip down to Chatham High School on November 17. The students had been discussing ways to try new things, step out of their comfort zones, and accept changes in their routines. In addition to moving their desks and carpet spots around within the classroom, they decided to try a new sport! Conveniently, the CHS PE students were wrapping up their ping-pong unit and were happy to invite the younger students over. Learn more...
Magic Show Helps Make Bullying Disappear
Grades 3-5 enjoyed a visit from the Paul Antonio Magic Show. Using magic and stories, Mr. Antonio shared a message of kindness and inclusion. He also discussed bullying behaviors like threatening or hitting, spreading rumors, or excluding others. "Bullying is not cool,” he said, so everyone should stand up to it by saying “No!” and telling a teacher or principal. Mr. Antonio stressed that telling is not tattling when it comes to serious things like bullying. The magic show was sponsored by the PTA.