Friday, June 27, 2014

Great Ending to a Great Year! Thank You All So Much!!!

We have had another incredible year here at Barnard School!  The field trips and evening activities are all behind us  and we have just finished our last  weeks of learning and, of course, testing!
            On Wednesday, April 30 we held our Barnard “Poetry Slam” to a standing-room-only audience!  The students’ performances were incredible, including Michael Amundsen’s encore performance of a Shakespeare Sonnet. The evening was capped with recitations by staff followed by the traditional PTA dessert buffet and raffle.
            The following Saturday I, along with scores of other runners and “fun-runners,” participated in this year’s Blaze the Trail 5K.  I can’t say enough about this annual PTA fundraiser and community builder.  In addition to the run, the raffle was a big hit, especially the Gordon Family’s unbelievable donation of the Amesbury Rocker that they won for my office! Thanks again so much to our PTA and especially to State Line Field and Steam Club for the generous use of their facilities.
            Our second annual Celebration of Leaning happened on Monday May 19 bringing students, parents, and community members to fill the hallways.  Kudos to Mrs. Sheckells for amazing art displays throughout the school and Mrs. Wooten for multimedia presentations and live musical performances.  The entire student body and staff are to be congratulated for their efforts and participation in this growing event.  Our PTA again came through with tons of goodies!
            The whole school attended a Fisher Cats Game on May 14 accompanied by about a dozen parents.  It was great to be right on the field for a major league game (even though they lost in extra innings)!
            Grades 5-8 visited the Freedom Trail May 20.  In the words of Mr. Asbell: “We walked in the footsteps of our Founding Fathers.” I couldn’t have said it better!
            Testing is also a part of our spring plans and grade 4 and 8 participated in the NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) science testing in May.  Students K-8 are currently in the process of completing the NWEA MAP (Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress) in reading, language arts, math, and science.  We will next be analyzing results of student and teacher hard work.
            Lastly, our community participated in the Reconfiguration Presentation and Public Forum on Tuesday May 27.  The evening was well attended by parents and community members and many thanks to Mr. Szeliga, Mrs. Pruett, Mrs. Moran, and Ms. Donabedian for donating their evening to participate.
From Mrs. Ryan:
            “Our K/1 class has been hatching chicks and writing in their chick journals. They have been observing them for 21 days and writing daily entries in their chick journals.  Two of the chicks hatched today and one more is on its way.  They noticed the eggs moving, pecking inside the egg, and watching the crack getting bigger, they have been so excited to see the chick life cycle.  The K/1 class is teaching the chicks how to be quiet, but the chicks have been happily chirping away.  We are watching our caterpillars turn into Painted Lady Butterflies and they turned into Chrysalis'. We have had a phenomenal hands-on learning experience with life cycles.”

             That’s it for now. Please continue to visit our school website along with webpages and blogs by the staff and myself for updates, event photos, and examples of student work. 

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