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Open House Held at Elm Drive Elementary School

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Open House at Elm Drive was an exciting time with parents and children wandering through the halls. Grade 1 had hatched baby chicks that parents volunteered to take home and raise. The PTO ran the Book Fair which earned money to support the school. Both parents and children got to see and take home their work from the year.










MMS Reading Club Visits Author Via Skype

Reading Club Skype

The Middle School Canterwood Crest Reading Club, led by Media Specialist Cathie Morton, had a wonderful Skype session with author Jessica Burkart on May 8th. The girls seemed to be walking on air as they left the amazing presentation. The author's inspiring story of the emotional and physical struggles in her life, combined with her message of perseverance and belief in yourself, was very powerful. Her promise to include the first names of our participants in an upcoming book was super exciting, as was her promise to welcome us as VIPs to her next book signing! After our visit was over, Jessica Burkhart recognized our club on Twitter saying she "just had, hands down, the BEST Skype sesh ever with the smart, funny, and amazing girls at Millbrook Middle School! Hearts, girls!" and then posted a video message to our club viewable at!OkqZbab.


Elm Drive Hosts Grandparents' Day

On May 7th, 2013, Elm Drive held its annual Grandparents' Lunch. The Grandparents of the K-2 students at Elm Drive had the opportunity to see what their grandchildren do in school. There were children performing a play, students reading their Readers Workshop books in a bag, and the making of special projects for their grandparents. After the classroom activities, both children and grandparents were treated to a ziti and meatball lunch. The Elm Drive staff and PTO volunteers served the children and grandparents. An additional part of our special day was to visit our book fair. Grandparents arrived at the book fair with their grandchildren and purchased books. There were grandparents who unofficially adopted some children and purchased books for them as well. The book fair was sponsored by the PTO and parent representatives organized and ran it. The PTO does many special events at Elm Drive and it is greatly appreciated for all the time they put into our events. The Book Fair will also be open during Elm Drive's Open House on Thursday, May 9th from 7-8:30 PM. This is always a spectacular event.

Grandparents' Day Grandparents' Day
Grandparents' Day Grandparents' Day

MMS Student Wins Essay Contest

Essay Contest WinnerEssay Contest WinnerCongratulations to MMS 8th grade student Michael Mazzei who won the Dutchess County Heritage Days, Smith Brothers Level Essay Contest.  Michael was presented with a certificate from Dutchess County Executive, Marcus Molinaro, and Senator Terry Gipson at a ceremony held on May 7, 2013. 

MMS Students Visit Marist College

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On May 2nd and May 7th, the 8th grade students participated in the second annual "Millbrook Goes to Marist" trip. This trip is a collaboration between the Family & Consumer Sciences and Guidance departments. This is a unique opportunity for our students to see what college is like, learn what colleges look for, explore the application process, and see how the decisions they are beginning to make about their pathway in high school can impact achievement of their long term goals.


Mr. Propfe's Kindergarten Class Learns About Goats

Baby Goats at Elm

Baby Goats at ElmOn Friday, May 3rd, Mr. Propfe's class was visited by two baby goats. Thank you to Ms. Corso and Ms. Carolie for organizing the trip and bringing the goats in. The children had a great time learning first hand about the goats and seeing them in action!







MHS Student Wins 1st Place in Poetry Contest

Poetry Contest Winner

Congratulations to MHS student, Lydia Kiewra, for winning 1st Place in the American Chemical Society- Mid-Hudson Section "Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Poetry Contest 2013" for grades 9 through 12.


Representatives from the Town of Washington Visit Mrs. Anson's 6th Grade Class

Mrs. Anson's Class

The students in Ms. Anson's 6th grade math class were able to get a taste of "real world" statistics as guest speakers from the community visited to discuss their everyday jobs. Mr. Michael Herzog and Mrs. Linda Wiltse presented information/research about the Town of Washington's Watershed. Students learned how information for this project was gathered, how it was organized, and analyzed the data for conclusions. Students were able to find that just under 50% of the town's watershed area was farms! Students were shocked to learn that in a community that seems to have many residences, there is so much land dedicated to agriculture.





Mrs. Eraca Shares Her Knowledge of Blended Learning


On April 6, 2013, Elm Drive's AIS Reading Teacher, Jennifer Eraca co-presented at the 3rd Annual Instructional Leadership Conference: Transforming the Landscape at Western Connecticut State University. Mrs. Eraca's presentation examined Blended Learning within the elementary classroom. The workshop provided an overview of Blended Learning, what it looks like in schools, and how it can impact student learning and achievement. Current research, strategies for implementation, suggestions for lesson plans and videos with student feedback were also presented. Mrs. Eraca is currently a doctoral candidate at WCSU.

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MCSD Students Walk To End Bullying


An anti-bullying walk-a-thon was held on Saturday, April 27th at the Walkway Over the Hudson. Millbrook Middle School Peer Mediation Club members, Alden Place Elementary students, teachers, parents and friends walked to raise funds and anti-bullying awareness for the Mediation Center of Dutchess County. Beautiful weather made for a great day!





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