• Year of the Book Kick-Off! Year of the Book Kick-Off!
  • Our first book giveaway!! Our first book giveaway!!
  • Enjoying our new books! Enjoying our new books!
  • A rapt audience! A rapt audience!
  • Duncan tells a tale! Duncan tells a tale!
  • My new books! My new books!
  • My new books! My new books!
  • My new books! My new books!
  • Loving my new book! Loving my new book!
  • Look at that cool creature! Look at that cool creature!

Website articles are written by Central School Fourth Graders. Previous articles can be accessed from the older post link on the bottom left.

It’s Back to School We Go!

rsz_2015-08-25_141302The floors are waxed, the bulletin boards are decorated, labels are on cubbies and tables and chairs, and the teachers are READY!!  How about you??  School begins Wednesday morning, August 26th, at 8:00 AM!!  We can’t wait to see you all!

Do you notice the CLiF Year of the Book banner?  (How could you miss it?!)  That’s right, it’s the YEAR of the BOOK!!  We will kick off our year-long celebration of literacy with  storyteller Duncan McDougall, who also happens to be the Executive Director of the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF for short).  Duncan will join us on Friday morning, August 28th, for storytelling sessions followed by the first book choice opportunity for CES students!  Each student will get to choose two brand new books to take home and keep!  We can hardly wait for the fun to begin!!

Central School to Celebrate “The Year of the Book”!


Choosing books to KEEP will be a big part of the Year of the Book!!

The Children’s Literacy Foundation has awarded a “Year of the Book” grant to Central School!!  This grant brings with it many exciting opportunities for our school, students, and community!  Stay tuned to our calendar of events for all YOB events, and keep track of what’s happening by following our Year of the Book blog at http://cesyearofthebook.blogspot.com/.  First up will be our kick-off event on Friday, August 28th!!

Farewell to Our Fourth Graders!

rsz_2015-06-12_144621Central School said good-bye to the fourth graders with a Friday afternoon ceremony on June 12th.  A slideshow of memories was shown, followed by remarks from Mr. Nemlich, the presentation of flowers by the 3rd graders, and the singing of “Make New Friends” and “This Pretty Planet” (in honor of retiring 4th grade teacher Mrs. Harty).  Then students and staff proceeded through the line of 4th graders, offering handshakes and hugs and hearty good wishes!

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Field Trip Round-Up!

rsz_2015-05-19_112534Kindergarten Visits a Farm

by Skyler

On Tuesday, May 19th, the kindergarteners traveled by bus to East Hill Farm in Troy, New Hampshire.  When they got there, they enjoyed all sorts of farm activities, including riding a pony; milking a cow and a goat; feeding sheep, goats, and chickens; jumping in the hay mow; and eating a pizza and lemonade lunch!



Second Grade Visits New England Aquarium

On Friday, May 22nd, second graders traveled to Boston, Massachusetts, to visit the New England Aquarium!  They saw sea turtles, penguins, manta rays, sharks, and lots of other sea life. They also got to ride in a bus that had a bathroom in it!!



Fourth Grade Visits Nature Museumrsz_img_9466

by Layla

CES 4th graders went to The Nature Museum in Grafton for a field trip Thursday, May 21st to study pond life.  They walked to a vernal pool, which is a pond that is created in the spring by melting snow and then dries up in the summer.  However, this vernal pool does not generally dry up.  The students enjoyed scooping pond water into buckets and examining it.  They also used nets to scoop up tadpoles, frogs, salamanders, and salamander eggs.  Dagin caught a really big beetle that was called a giant beetle!

Fourth Grade Visits Calvin Coolidge Homestead

by Kodien

On Tuesday, June 2nd, CES 4th graders went to the Calvin Coolidge Homestead in Plymouth, Vermont.  They saw the birthplace of Calvin Coolidge, who was the 30th President of the United States.  They also saw lots of old-fashioned things, like an olden car, old tools, horse equipment, and a roller that would have been pulled by horses to flatten the snow down.  The reason that they made the roller push down the snow was so the horse sleds could go easily on the roads.  Also the person that drove it had to be careful to not fall off or else they would get flattened.  Another popular part of the field trip was seeing cheese being made and getting to taste the cheese!

First Grade Travels to Montshire Museum

On Friday, June 5th, the first grade classes traveled to the Montshire Museum for a day of exploration and fun!

Upcoming Field Trips

On Monday, June 8th, third graders will be taking a field trip to Billings Farm.  They leave by 8:00 and return by 2:30.

On Wednesday, June 10th, fourth graders will take a field trip to the Bellows Falls Recreation Center for the end of the year celebration.  They are doing this special event because this is their last year here at CES.  They will leave at 10:00 and return by 2:30.

DCF Book Celebration!

rsz_2015-05-29_121410by Alyssa

Seven fourth graders have been selected to participate in the DCF celebration on June 8th.  In order to be selected, the fourth graders that read 5 or more DCF books wrote a letter to Mrs. Kane.  Mr. Nemlich and Mrs. Durand chose seven students that wrote excellent letters.  Those people were Grace, Tyler, Alyssa, Emma, Julianna, Ella, and Ashlin.  The letters were about why they think they should go on the trip and about reading.  On this trip they will have lunch at Subway, then walk to a bookstore called the Village Square Booksellers, and then walk to Dari Joy to have an ice cream.  Congratulations to all our DCF readers!!

Opera North Performs “Little Red Riding Hood”


The Big Bad Wolf (with Grandma’s nightcap on) tries to fool Little Red Riding Hood!

by Jakobie

Opera North came to CES and showed us their way of Little Red Riding Hood, and it was very fun and funny! The wolf and Little Red Riding Hood met while she was going to her grandma’s house because Grandma was sick, and the big bad wolf went to the grandma’s house and almost ate her but she hid. When LIttle Red Riding Hood got there the wolf played as the grandma.  The wolf doesn’t like to hear about sweets, and the grandma and Little Red sang about sweets, and the wolf ran out!   The woodsman skinned the wolf and gave the hide to the grandma.  Patrick Mcnally from Boston played as the wolf and the woodsmen. Sarah Nordin from New York City played as the mother and the grandam, and Hannah Dillon from Michigan played Little Red Riding Hood. Eliza Thomas was the accompanist who played the music on the keyboard.  The students at Central School loved the opera!!

CES Volunteers Honored!

Mr. Nemlich presents the Layperson Award to Buck Adams!

Mr. Nemlich presents the Layperson Award to Buck Adams!

At Monday Morning Meeting on June 1st, Central School recognized and thanked the many volunteers who help to make CES run so well!  In addition, Buck Adams was honored as the Layperson of the Year for his numerous contributions to the school.  Thank you to all!

Kindergarten Wins Water Balloon Toss!!

rsz_2014-10-15_074157by Jakobie

The final Walk-to-School for the 2014-2015 school year was held on Wednesday, June 3rd.    Eighty-two students gathered at Hetty Green Park to walk down School Street to Central School.  There were 18 walkers from kindergarten, 14 walkers from first grade, 17 walkers from second grade, 16 walkers from third grade, and 17 walkers from fourth grade.  The grade with the highest number of walkers was kindergarten, so they won the Golden Shoe Award!  Mrs. Pickering’s class had the highest percentage of walkers with 63% of her class walking, so they will get to have a water balloon toss on the back playground!!

Opera to Visit CES!

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Opera North, a musical theater company from Lebanon, New Hampshire, will visit Central School on Friday, May 29th, to present the opera Little Red Riding Hood. During Library class, students have been listening to some versions of Little Red Riding Hood so they are familiar with the story before seeing the opera.  Students also listened to a little bit of opera singing!  Layla said, “I think the opera will be a great presentation!”  Alyssa  added, “I think it will be fun to see a real opera!”

Central School Remembers Soldiers on Memorial Day

rsz_2015-05-13_085736by Jakobie and Gavin

On Wednesday, May 13th, eleven of the 4th graders walked to Oak Hill Cemetery to put flags on all of the gravesites of war veterans.  They placed the flags in honor of Memorial Day which is Monday, May 25th. Memorial Day is the day when Americans remember the soldiers who died in battle when fighting for our country. The students found the medallions next to each gravestone and inserted an American flag in the flag holder.  The students went with Mrs. Steuwe, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Stanley Rumrill from the American Legion. They placed 306 flags, and they only missed one gravestone–but Mr. Rumrill found it!  There is only one gravestone at Oak Hill Cemetery that has a medallion from the Spanish American War, and the students had a contest to see who could find it.  Jakobie and Aaliyah were the students who found it! The trip to the cemetery was an important way for Central School to honor servicemen and women who have died.