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CES Concert Celebrates Reading!

Mrs. Daigneault pulled out all the stops to bring together a spring concert titled Come On and Read a Book Today!!  Following our Year of the Book theme, each class presented a book, using movement, singing, instruments, or drama to bring it to life!  Kindergarten read and sang Pop-Up Jungle, followed by first grade performing Little Cloud.  Second grade then moved to Like a Windy Day, and fourth graders used 5-gallon buckets to perform Rain Talk and I Can See Clearly Now, The Rain is Gone.  Then the third graders presented a fabulous dramatic performance of The Turnip!  Finally the whole school sang three songs all about books and reading.  The big surprise of the night was that Mrs. Daigneault lost her voice!!   She was still able to play her instruments and conduct, though, and everyone performed brilliantly!  It was a wonderful and fun way to celebrate Central School’s music program and to showcase our talented singers and performers!

Storykeepers Share Family History!

On Wednesday, April 27th, the third and fourth graders presented their Storykeepers genealogy research to family and friends!  Each student chose a member of his or her family at least two generations back, and they used different types of artifacts to present the story of that person’s life.  Students used the tools that Natalie Kinsey-Warnock had taught them about during her six-day residency at Central School in March, including online research sites like Ancestry Classroom, Heritage Quest, Chronicling America, and Find a Grave.  They also interviewed living family members and learned stories that had been past down through the generations.  Natalie returned to the school for the event, and she was thrilled with how the presentations were done!  Duncan McDougall, Executive Director of the Children’s Literacy Foundation, was also on hand for the event, and he interviewed and photographed many of the students with their presentation boards.

The Nature Museum Visits Second Grade

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CES second graders enjoyed a presentation about seeds and plants provided by the Nature Museum of Grafton on Friday, April 15th.  The students had a chance to look closely at assorted seeds and plants as part of their study of seed dispersal.  The presentation was provided through the generous support of Marquise and Morano LLC, Civil Environmental Engineers.

Rockin’Ham 5K!

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The 2016 Rockin’Ham 5K took place on Saturday, April 2nd, with 296 registered runners taking to the course at 10:30 AM!  The top CES boy and girl runners were Walker James with a time of 23:06 and Sadie Scott with a time of 29:24.  Mr. Lawry was third overall, and Max McCready was fourth overall.  Mrs. Pickering reported that $12,000 was raised through race registrations, sponsorships, and raffle ticket sales!!  After expenses, the net total raised was $9500!  Mrs. Pickering spoke for the entire 5K committee in thanking the community for its support of our school and all the volunteers who made the event go so well.  Plans are already underway for the third annual Rockin’Ham 5K next year!!

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Mrs. Pickering with her bullhorn! Calling all runners!!

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Mr. Lawry runs away with third place!!

 

Rockin’ Runners!

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by Trenton

CES students have been running to get in shape for the upcoming Rockin’Ham 5K. Kindergarten and first grade students have Rockin’ Runners Club on Wednesdays after school, and second, third, and fourth graders have Rockin’ Runners Club on Thursday afternoons.  Students have been running inside and outside of the school, including in the halls!  They have been working on pacing themselves to run a long distance and on good running form.  All students are encouraged to participate in the Rockin’Ham 5K which will take place on Saturday, April 2nd at 10:30 AM at the Rockingham Recreation Center.

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Storykeepers in Residence!

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by Curtie

Famous Vermont author Natalie Kinsey-Warnock has come to Central School for a six-day residency.  Natalie arrived on Monday, March 21st, to begin work with the third and fourth graders on family stories.  Students will be finding a person in their family, grandparent or older, and learning the stories of his or her life.  They will use several different research tools to find the stories, including interviews, photographs, artifacts, census records, gravestones, and journals.  Students will then present the stories of that person on a presentation board, and an evening event on April 27th will allow students to share the stories with their families and other interested people.

img_2059During the first four days of Natalie’s visit, she shared many family stories with the 3rd and 4th graders, including a story about her great, great grandfather who was on the Sultana, the worst ship disaster this country has ever experienced.  She also told the story of her earliest memory, a jet plane that crashed on her farm, and she shared the research she has been doing on a Civil War nurse and dinosaur discoverer who grew up on the same farm that Natalie did!  Students learned about the different types of historical photographs and how to determine in what period of history a photograph was taken!

Students are filling in their family trees, talking with their families, and finding information from physical and digital resources.  They are having a lot of fun with Natalie!

 

Second Grade Swimmers!

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By Dominik

On Thursday afternoons in March, the CES second graders could be found swimming at the Edgar May Recreation Center in Springfield!  The students could take swim lessons to learn how to swim better, and then they could enjoy swimming and jumping and playing in the water!  There were four Thursdays of fun and physical activity for the second graders!

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Spirit Days!

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by Stephanie

On Friday, March 18th, Central School celebrated Sports Day!  CES students wore their favorite sports shirts, shoes, hats, and sunglasses.  One kindergartner, dressed in a Yankees jersey, even had eye black!!  It was a fun day for CES students to show their team spirit!

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The following Friday, March 25th, CES celebrated Hat Day!  Lots of different kinds of hats appeared on the heads of students and teachers alike!  Mrs. Massucco wore the hat from her school uniform when she was an exchange student in New Zealand during her high school years!  Miss Heather had on a great big Goofy hat!  For the kids, most of them said the best part was that they got to wear a hat inside school all day!!

First Graders Look to the Sky!

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CES first graders enjoyed a Sky Lab presentation from the Montshire Museum on Thursday, February 25th. The students learned about the movement of the stars and moon in the night sky. They went to the music room where there was a pop up planetarium! The students loved going inside the planetarium to see the stars in the sky!

First graders are now focusing on the moon, and they are writing letters from the moon! They will read their letters in front of the green screen, and then through the magic of technology, it will look like they are on the moon!

Kindergarten Insect Project

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The kindergartners have been learning about insects during the weeks of March 14th and 21st.  So far they have learned that insects have 3 body parts, 6 legs, and an exoskeleton. Some have wings or antennae, and some build homes with sand.  Spiders are not insects; they are arachnids.  Insects live in communities or colonies, they can communicate, and they hatch from eggs.  The kindergartners have made videos about insects using the green screen!  You can view Mrs. Pickerng’s class video or Mrs. Rawling’s class video by clicking the hyper-linked text in this article.