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Maple Sugaring Demonstration at Elm Drive

Maple SugaringOn Tuesday, March 12th, Mr. Hammell made the arrangements for Elm Drive's 2nd graders to experience the maple sugar making process.  Jennifer Rubbo made a presentation on the science of maple sugaring.  Nathan, one of our junior scientists, also assisted in the presentation.  The 2nd grade students received first-hand knowledge about how maple sugar is made starting from tree sap to the final product.  It was a great experience for the 2nd grade students to see a real scientist from IES and one of our own student scientists in action.  The presentation served as a nice foundation for the 2nd grade field trip to the Sharon Audubon.  The 2nd grade teachers are certain that they have motivated some of their students to become future "junior scientists."  

MMS Participates in Read Around the Planet

Read Around the Planet

On March 4th, Mrs. Morton's reading students participated in a "Read Around the Planet" video conference connection with a class in Ewen, Michigan. Working in five groups, students planned & presented literature-based skits for their partner class. Skits included a musical rendition of Green Eggs and Ham, a Readers Theater adaptation of Oh the Places You'll Go, a performance of an excerpt from The Lorax, and an adaptation of The Three Little Pigs. The 5th group researched the village of Millbrook and did a presentation of local landmarks around our town. At the conclusion of our presentations, we were treated to some by our partner class in Michigan. It was a great experience resulting in a pen pal letter exchange!

 

Art Students Visit the Museum of Modern Art

MMS students visit MOMA

On February 28th, Ms.Cafarchio’s Enriched Art class visited the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The students took a tour with a museum educator and discussed various pieces of art. They sketched what they saw and talked about their different interpretations. Afterwards, they went into a studio to complete a collage art project with the theme of Identity. Ms. Cafarchio would like to thank the Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley for the grant that helped us attend this great trip! After returning to Millbrook, the students blogged about their experience and shared their photos on their websites. You can check out the students websites via Ms. Cafarchio’s art class site at http://millbrookmsart.weebly.com

 

 

 

 

Middle School Students Teleconference with Students in Columbus, Ohio

Teleconference at MMSTeleconference at MMS

Millbrook Middle School ESL students met up with a 7th grade middle school class in Columbus, Ohio via teleconference for Read Around the Planet on Tuesday, March 5th. Millbrook students prepared iMovies about our school, community, county, and NY State and presented poems that they had written. Both classrooms of students then asked and answered questions. The school in Ohio has over 700 students, all of them ESL students. They were intrigued about the small size of our Millbrook school as well as our district. The students from Ohio will follow up with postcards to us because they did not have enough time to ask us all their questions. Both classrooms plan on staying in touch.

 

 

MHS/MMS Science Fair

Science Fair

Millbrook High School and Middle School held its annual Science Engineering Technology (S.E.T.) Fair on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The S.E.T. Fair Coordinator is Ms. Nicole Devincenzi, who added special thanks to her Science/Technology Department collegues Mrs. Dawn Harkenrider, Mr. Bill Yager, Mr. Jeff Barnes and the 2013 S.E.T. Fair Judges; Ms. Angela Caruso, Mrs. Margaret Coughlan, Ms. Celia Cuomo, Mr. Anthony DeMan, Mrs. Sue DeMan, Ms. Kelly Donovan, Mr. Thomas Donavon and Mr. Micheal Reid for volunteering their help, time, expertise and support to make the 2013 S.E.T. fair a success.

There were 31 participants in this year's S.E.T. Fair. This is a number that has grown exponentially each year. Congratulations to all of the participants!

Periodic Table Comes to Life at MMS

Periodic TablePeriodic TableMs. Nicole Devincenzi and her 7th grade students have brought the periodic table to life. The periodic table is composed of all the elements of nature, which are non-living. Ms. Devincenzi’s students created three-dimensional models of their elements, which “brought them to life.” Her students also created “trading cards” for the elements. This lesson not only familiarized Ms. Devincenzi’s students with science knowledge, but also gave them an opportunity to highlight their creativity.

Author Share in Mrs. Bopp's Class

Author ShareAuthor ShareAuthor Share

Mrs. Bopp's class had their first Author Share, where the student authors shared their published books with their classmates. Their books were small moment personal narratives. This unit spanned across a month. The students wrote numerous small moment stories and chose which they wanted to take through all of the final stages of the writing process. They looked over all of their pieces, selected one, revised and edited their book, and then published it. During this final stage, the students officially became authors. The final books are truly masterpieces! They were all so proud of their work, and their faces gleamed with pride as they shared their books with each other.

 

 

Alden's Science Fair

Alden Science Fair

Alden Place Elementary School held its annual Science Fair on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.  The science fair was organized by Corinne Goerlich and Caecilia Wyman.  There were 99 participants in this year's science fair. That's almost half of our Alden population!

Our Cary Institute scientists voted on individual as well as team projects and awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and honorable mention awards.  One student, 3rd grader Eddie Cerrone, was the only student who received a special award.  The judge gave him a "future Engineer" award for his Conversion of Energy project.  The judges interviewed each student about their project, scored the project, then gave each student written feedback.

A special thank you to our judges from the Cary Institute in Millbrook:

Peter Groffman, Cornelia Harris, Shannon LaDeau, Vicky Kelly and Jennifer Rubbo

Alden Students Create a Quiz Using Electricity

Students Create Electric QuizStudents Create Electric Quiz

On Friday, February 22nd, Mrs. Carey's and Mrs. Gonzalez's
classes joined together to merge their learning from Science and Social Studies
into one.  They created a matching quiz that reinforced their knowledge of
vocabulary from the United States unit in Social Studies.  This quiz was then
wired, using their knowledge of circuits and electricity, so that when a correct
match was made, the light bulb would light up. The enthusiasm and excitement for
the task was contagious, yet their cooperation and engagement was
impeccable.

 

3rd Grade Visits Sharpe Reservation

Sharpe Reservation

The 3rd Grade took a field trip to Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill, NY on February 15th. While at the reservation, the students took part in three activities: the planetarium, orienteering, and survival. During the survival activity the students learned what the most important items are in order to survive out in the wilderness and they worked together to build a shelter out of tree branches and leaves. While orienteering, the students put their map reading skills to the test, navigating through a course set up throughout the camp. Finally, the group enjoyed a wonderful show about the solar system at the Gustafson Planetarium. What a great day!

 

 

 

 

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