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Sandwich Central School

 

 Dear Parents and Friends,

It seems that a lot of our time lately has been taken up with Smarter Balanced assessments. The Middle Multiage Veterans have finished both the English Language Arts and Mathematics tests -- yippee! The Upper Multiage and Grade 6 are just about finished with the English Language Arts and will begin Mathematics next week. Thank you for your great help in having your child in school and on time. It has made it much easier to get the testing done!
We had a great assembly program on Wednesday morning. Jabali Afrika wowed us with their percussion and singing. Six students got a chance to try their own hands at the drums, and there were some wonderful surprises during the activity.

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Mrs. Petitti’s Primary Multiage Class

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Reading, Writing and Science: We started to read different versions of the Little Red Hen. After each story we talked about the elements and wrote them on a chart. We are comparing how the various stories are the same and how they are different. Students have their parts for the play and are beginning to learn how to research their topic for their parts. They are learning the parts of a nonfiction book: Table of Content, Index, Glossary. We are practicing how to only read certain sections of the nonfiction books to gather information to answer specific questions for their simple research project. Some students are gathering information independently and learning how to take notes. Other students are having the information read to them and are asked what information is important and what should we put in our notes. They learned the Nursery Rhyme "Jack be Nimble".

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Mr. Chapman

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Language Arts: In an effort to enhance our speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills, the Upper Multiage has been practicing how to participate in Socratic seminars. A Socratic seminar is a group discussion about a specific text that allows students to help one another explore the topic fully. The goal is to share thoughts and points of view, but not to debate or persuade the others in the group. As the Socratic seminar leader I ask open ended questions related to the text, keep the discussion flowing with follow-up questions, occasionally pause the conversation to summarize what has been said, and try to draw those less inclined to speak into the discussion. Last week we had an excellent discussion about the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Mrs. Day & Mrs. Ristaino

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Math: Orange group had a little break in our math instruction due to the testing the 3rd graders have been doing. Next week we will pick back up with multiplication and division. Our major focus will be on the mastery of multiplication facts. The children will also learn how to do 2-digit by 1-digit multiplication as well as learning how to use parentheses in math equations. Blue group has been marching along in their math journals. They have been learning about fractions in this unit.

They have used fractions in a number of ways: comparing, finding parts of the whole, parts of groups, and equivalent fractions. They took the end of unit assessment today. Next week students will begin a unit on various kinds of measurement.

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Mr. Hillger's 6th Grade

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Wow! We had an amazing time in Washington, D.C. The students were highly engaged, the itinerary was full and the weather was beautiful! I would like to express once more a huge thank you to all of the community members (especially our chaperones) who helped make this trip possible. It is a wonderful four days and unlike any other field experience. This trip was also special, as it was Mr. Hansen's last D.C. trip as SCS Principal. To honor this special occasion we presented him with a small gift on the steps of the Library of Congress. It was at this location, ten years ago, that Mr. Hansen declared to Mrs. Ryan, "We need to bring the sixth graders here!" The rest is history.

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Sandwich Central School
28 Squam Lake Road
Center Sandwich, NH 03227
603-284-7712
John Hansen - Principal
john.hansen@interlakes.org

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