Monday, December 21, 2015

Is Your New Year's Resolution to Eat Healthier? Let the Second Graders Help!!

The 2nd graders are learning about persuasive writing.  What better way to learn what that means then by writing their own persuasive commercials!!  

Students named their cereal and designed their cereal boxes on the computers, then with their partner they wrote their scripts, practiced and performed their commercials for you!  They are so impressive and they did it all themselves!  Wow!!

I guarantee you will be persuaded!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tis the Season for Giving!! CSS - Episode 12

Center School students show the spirit of giving (part of our Peace Builders Pledge) through MANY activities this month.  Featured in our latest CSS is the traditional Helping Hands Holiday Gift Basket Collection, the December Library Volunteer Event, and the familiar Powerful Presentations!

We had 14 fifth graders create this segment, from the script writing, videography, reporting, anchoring and editing - way to go CSS staff!!


To see all CSS Episodes, please visit our website: Center School Sightings Newscast

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Hour of Code!

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. It is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify the field and show that anyone can learn the basics.   Our fifth graders participated today!  Please go to to take part - students may log-in with their Google accounts.  Enjoy!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

We send you out on Thanksgiving break with this CSS episode on the Second Grade Thanksgiving Museum!  The second graders worked hard to learn about and create artifacts to teach the museum visitors about the voyage of the Mayflower, the pilgrims' daily life, the clothing worn by the Wampanoags and pilgrims and what the first feast looked like.  It was fantastic!!

Thank you to CSS staff Colin, Zack and Sydney for catching the essence of the museum - a truly wonderful job by the second graders!!

To view all episodes of CSS, please visit our website:  Center School Sightings Newscast

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Double Dose of the PeaceBuilders Program!

We have begun the PeaceBuilders program this year!   Find out what it's all about!!

From the PeaceBuilder's website: "its essence is a common language - six principles, taught, modeled and practiced.  These same principles set behavioral expectations, reduce aggression, and transform the climate and culture of the environment to one which is cooperative, supportive, productive and academically successful."

Part One:  Learn all about this program from all of our students at Center!

Part Two:  Grammy Award Nominated Singer/Songwriter and Children's Author of The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade, Justin Roberts, was brought to Center for an all day presentation/workshop through a LEEF Grant funded to our media specialist, Lynne Elfeky.  It was an amazing presentation and fit into our PeaceBuilders program perfectly.

To visit all of our CSS episodes, please go to our website: Center School Sightings Newscast

Monday, November 23, 2015

First Grade Writers Make Sense!

As part of the first grade 
unit on fall, the first graders were asked to describe the fall season using their five senses.  As a class, we brainstormed and made lists.  Then each student completed a fall poem using words from our lists.  They learned how to download and type a document, as well as change the background color. They did an excellent job with this writing project.    Congratulations first grade poets!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Second Grade White House Correspondents!

These second graders are amazing!  First, they took a field trip to Washington D.C. (virtually of course!) and viewed all of the rooms in the White House.  In preparation for this project, the students reviewed how to project their voices, speak slowly and clearly plus add enthusiasm (pizzazz!).  They practiced their lines over and over at home and in their classrooms (thank you parents and teachers!).  They did a truly sensational job delivering their lines - an exemplar for all!

What a great social studies, reading and public speaking project to coordinate with what they are learning in class. So much to learn from these smart second graders!

Enjoy!!  Click here to go on your own virtual tour: Center goes to the White House

Friday, October 30, 2015

Center School Sightings - Episode 8

The annual Center School Halloween parade was a huge success!!  Enjoy all of the wonderful costumes this year!

For all of our CSS episodes, please visit our website:  Center School Sightings

Thursday, October 29, 2015

First Graders Leaf Snap Adventure!

The first graders have been studying leaves in science class and so we took a nature walk to collect different kinds of leaves.  Then using the Leaf Snap app, they found out all about the trees from which their leaves came.  It was amazing to see them using this technology and the excitement of what they found.  Impressive first graders!

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Center School Sightings - Episode 7

A group of third grade families, who went by the name of "Yard Crashers" set out to clean up and beautify the area outside the third grade classrooms.  What an incredible job they did! One of the students, Alex, created a video of the "before" and "after" that is a MUST see.  Our CSS reporter and videographer were there to learn more about this enormous project!!

Enjoy!!    For all of our CSS episodes, please visit our website:  Center School Sightings

Be sure to tune into LCTV on channels 12 or 809 HD on Tuesdays at 6:00pm or Saturdays at 11:00am to watch CSS on television!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

First Grade Gets Ready for Fall!

Fall is in the air, as shown by these first grade pic collages!  Students learned about the season of fall and using a list of words with the Pic Collage app, created these beautiful posters representing the season!  Enjoy!


Monday, October 19, 2015

Double the Fun!! TWO Center School Sightings Episodes!

The fifth graders are exceeding all expectations with their outstanding creations of CSS episodes!

In episode 5, the fifth graders in Mrs. Quinn's class share incredible science presentations they created under their teacher's guidance, focusing in depth on the following topics: constellations,  shadows, day and night, and seasons.

At the same time, they created their very own CSS episode on the presentations!  Absolutely amazing!!  Special thank you to Mrs. Quinn, John, Parker, Ryan and Julia!

Our Next Episode of Center School Sightings!

Our second episode of the day is of the first graders in Mrs. Bombardier's class, who reviewed the lifecycle of a butterfly and then had their releasing ceremony.  The butterflies had other ideas, however, the students were able to learn even more in the process.

Enjoy!!   To see all episodes of CSS (and they are coming in fast!) please visit our website:  Center School Sightings

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Center School Sightings - Episode 4

Featuring the Helping Hands program, Center School Sightings was live on the scene for the fifth graders' turn making sandwiches to feed those in need.  This is a terrific service program for our students, that parent Amy Nedwed brought to our school.  Tune in to see Peace Builders in action!!

Special thank you to our CSS staff and Amelia for the time, effort and creativity she put into editing this episode.

Enjoy!   To view all of our episodes, please visit our website: Center School Sightings

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fourth Grade Creates Name That State Gameshow!

The fourth graders are studying the New England states in social studies class and created this awesome game from start to finish:  researched the states, wrote their scripts,  rehearsed and performed.  It also gave them practice projecting their voices, talking slowly, enunciating and adding expression - great public speaking practice!  Enjoy the beautiful scenery from our area!

How well do YOU know your New England states?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Third Grade Goes Green (Screen)!

In their study of the science unit on the lifecycle of an apple tree, the third graders created green screen iMovies to describe the process from seeds to trees to pollination to the continuation of the next apple tree.  Well done third graders! You worked hard on projecting your voices, speaking slowly, enunciating words and adding enthusiasm!  Great practice for public speaking!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Second Grade Audio QR Books!

The second graders have been learning all about the lifecycle of a butterfly in science class.  For this project, they researched and took notes on the four stages.  Then using, the students recorded their own       voices to tell you all about what they learned! Excellent job 2nd grade!

         Please click to open, zoom in and use your QR scanner app to hear everything they had to say.  The QR code app the students used in school is QR Code Reader by Scan: click for iPhone or Android.  Any QR code app should work - Have fun!!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Center School Sightings - Episode 3

In this episode, the fifth graders were live on the scene with Nurse Autumn and the kindergarten,  first graders releasing a butterfly, and art class with Mrs. Goldman!


For all episodes of CSS, please visit our website:  Center School Sightings

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

First Grade Authors - Beautiful Butterfly Books!

As the first graders studied butterflies, they used the iPad app, Butterfly HD, to read about the stages of a butterfly's life cycle, view pictures, learn fun facts and even take "pop quizzes." 
Next, we discusses what the students had learned in their classrooms and through the iPad app in technology.  We recorded our facts in the iPad app, Book Creator.  
Finally, using the Flipsnack website, we posted them here as books for you to flip through.  Amazing job first graders!

~ Click to read - it goes full screen!  Be sure to turn on volume at the top for "flip" sounds! ~

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Center School Sightings - Episode 2

Center School celebrates the International Day of Peace through music, presentations, and our PeaceBuilders pledge.  Join our CSS reporter and videographers who were "live on the scene!"

The fifth grade is learning fast!  This episode was created entirely by them - so impressive!

Enjoy!   Be sure to visit our website for all episodes of CSS!  Center School Sightings

Friday, September 18, 2015

Third Grade Studies Johnny Appleseed!

The third graders spent time researching the legend of Johnny Appleseed through video and wrote lists of nouns and adjectives about the John Chapman in conjunction with the third grade social studies unit.  Then using Tagexdo, a combined list was used to create apple word clouds.  Terrific job third graders!

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