Friday, December 23, 2016

Center Holiday Celebration Assembly!

What a way to get into the holiday spirit!!  An amazing assembly - a special BIG thank you to Ms. Drysdale and the chorus, as well as the grade level teachers.  Enjoy the holiday break everyone! 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Happy Holidays from the Kindergarteners in KH!

Mrs. Hinkamper's kindergarteners were hard at work baking holiday cookies!   Using the Cookie Doodle app, they followed a recipe, mixed it up, baked, decorated and finally ate all of their cookies! No stomachaches either! " )

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from Tech Integration!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Center School Sightings - Episode 7!

This is the third year Mrs. Merchant has brought this service project to our Center students.  Children create handmade cards for the Veterans at the Holyoke Soldiers Home.  What an incredible opportunity to give and make others happy - peace builders in action!  Thank you Mrs. Elfeky for helping to organize this wonderful event.

Enjoy! To see all of our episodes, please visit our station link, Center School Sightings

Friday, December 16, 2016

Center School Sightings - Episode 6!

The annual holiday gift basket program is back!  All students bring gifts, fourth and fifth graders wrap, and many parents volunteer to organize gift baskets so those in need can feel joy this time of year.   Zoë, our CSS reporter, was live on the scene for this wonderful Center School tradition!   

Enjoy! To see all of our episodes, please visit our station link, Center School Sightings

Saturday, December 10, 2016

First Grade Future Programmers!

First graders have been learning coding as part of the International Hour of Code on They had some great teachers: third and fourth graders came down to teach them all about it using the app Kodable.  The first graders took to it very easily and their teachers did a great job!  CLICK pictures to enlarge!







Tuesday, December 6, 2016

WOW! Thank You Ms. Manna's 5th Grade Class!!

The generous parents of these amazing students surprised me today with "Dot," representing the brains of a robot and compatible with our current robot, "Dash."  These robots provide so many ways for the curriculum to come to life, as well as teach our students the importance of coding and how that skill can help them in other areas of their lives.  I was SO surprised and overwhelmed -  so much gratitude for this incredible gift!  And of course, we began using it today!  Thank you parents and students for your thoughtfulness and generosity.  It means the world to  me... you know how to make a technology teacher VERY happy! " )

Thursday, December 1, 2016

4th Circuit Snaps!

In conjunction with their unit on circuits in science, fourth graders worked collaboratively to build amazing electronics!  The way they worked together and problem-solved was commendable.

Thank you to Bella, Jackson and Amelia B. for bringing in the Snap Circuits and to Amelia F., Meghan, Jackson,  Julia P., and Amelia B. for sharing their knowledge with the fourth graders.  A special thanks to Mrs. Bombardier for letting her students take part.  A team effort!


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Second Grade Thanksgiving Feast!

Have a question about the first Thanksgiving?  Just ask a second grader!!  What an amazing job they did preparing for and hosting their Thanksgiving Feast!  Special thank you to: Mrs. Gildersleeve, Mrs. Mengwasser, and Mrs. Serafino!  

Videos are 1-3 minutes long! Enjoy!

😀To see all of our episodes, bookmark our website, Center School Sightings😀

All three classes included!  Mrs. Serafino at start,  Mrs. Gildersleeve 5:40 mark,  Mrs. Mengwasser 12:28 mark.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Full STEAM Ahead for Fifth Graders...

Center 5th graders are at the beginning stages of developing a STEAM lab (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Design, and Math).

Students moved through nine stations today, including robotics, circuits, and coding programs.

Student responses when asked what was learned:

  • How to work as a team to get an end product.
  • How to stretch our thinking.
  • To plan, think it through.
  • To express creativity and overcome challenges.
  • That there are many possible answers!
We are very excited to be challenging ourselves and welcome any ideas to add to our STEAM lab! Please respond in the comments section... thank you!

Enjoy the short excerpt of our work!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Center School Sightings Newscast - Episode 4!

Welcome back to our show for a special assembly by our fifth graders!
A special thanks to the fifth grade teachers, our videographers and to Gabrielle, our editor extraordinaire!

To see all of our episodes, bookmark our website, Center School Sightings


Monday, November 7, 2016

Center School Election Day!

Fifth graders ran the polls for our 405 voters!  Thank you to all of the teachers who taught about this privilege we have and to the fifth graders for showing the process of voting in our country!

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