Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Center School Sightings - Episode 6

The second grade Thanksgiving Feast was an amazing event!  The students work very hard making all of the decorations, learning along the way, and they recorded a performance of the first Thanksgiving.
Friends and family enjoyed the event, and CSS was there to take in the action!  Special thanks to our reporter, Emma and our videographer, Patrick!  Way to go!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone from your friends at Center School!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fourth Grade Robotics!

Fourth graders in action starting our robotics/engineering unit.  A SPECIAL thank you to LEEF for the new room set up so children can explore and for the robotics equipment.  As you can see, the children are learning by leaps and bounds!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tour of the United States Landmarks- Brought to You by Grade Two!

Second grade has been busy in traveling the country virtually to learn about our US landmarks.  Today they take YOU with them on a tour of each one.  They worked hard on speaking clearly and using expression.  They did such a great job, you may see them on the next travel show!

Friday, November 3, 2017

First Graders Teach Us about Seasons!

Our phenomenal first graders spent several weeks learning about each season through interactive technology sites, each others' experiences and our friend, BrainPop Jr.!

In our culminating science project, students thought about all they had learned and are now sharing it with you!

Very impressive first graders!!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Fifth Interview Explorers of the New World

Our fifth graders used their skills of script writing, creativity, acting, conducting an interview and film production to independently create these amazing interviews with explorers of the new world.  It was just so cool to watch them in action!  

Students worked collaboratively to write scripts, choose backgrounds for their film, and film each other on the green screen.

Get ready to meet the explorers!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Enjoy the annual Center School Halloween Parade!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Center School Sightings - Episode 5

First graders in Mrs. Kadis's class learn all about scientific writing from Ms. Vigna, our new literacy coach.  What an amazing discovery!

To see all of our newscasts as the year continues or to look back over the last five years, please check out our website: Center School Sightings

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Center School Sightings - Episode 4

The "Year of the Reader" is being celebrated in style in the third grade!  Welcome to their Fun-Filled Fall Foliage and Flannels Outdoor Reading Celebration!  Enjoy!

To see all of our newscasts as the year continues or to look back over the last five years, please check out our website: Center School Sightings

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Name that State Gameshow! Your Hosts: The Fourth Graders!

The fourth graders produced their own movies to see how well YOU know your New England states!

First, they collaboratively researched their states.  Secondly, each group of students wrote their scripts together. Thirdly, they decided on a green screen background, and lastly, they used the DoInk app to film one another, encouraging expression in their voices.

From beginning to end, so proud of their efforts!  Fourth graders can do it all!!

Now let's see how YOU do in their gameshow!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Second Grade - US Landmarks

Second graders are studying some of the US Landmarks!  We took a virtual field trip on Google Earth, made these collages and are studying the landmarks in detail to prepare for a green screen performance.  Have a question about a landmark?  Ask a second grader!                               
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Monday, October 2, 2017

New Website for Parents!

Please be sure to bookmark our new website, Center Stage!  It's a curriculum corner to help YOU understand your child's educational experiences at Center.

Math fluency expectations?  Click on to Mrs. Cumming's video to hear all about it!
What is RTI? Mrs. Keenan's video (coming soon) has you covered!

Teachers and students will be adding videos throughout the year to explain the many curricular programs we have at Center.  Be sure to tune in and feedback is always appreciated (  Help us spread the word!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Center School Sightings - Episode 3

"Welcome to Center" is the theme of our next episode.  Fifth graders interviewed our five new teachers this year.  Enjoy getting to know them!

To see all of our newscasts as the year continues or to look back over the last five years, please check out our website: Center School Sightings

Monday, September 25, 2017

First Grade Fall!

First graders begin studying the seasons as part of their Foss science Air and Weather unit! As a culminating project, students created fall collages using the PicCollage kids app on the iPads.
Even though it doesn't feel like fall right now, it's coming our way!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Center School Sightings - Episode 2

Senator Eric Lesser made a special visit to the third graders to teach them about laws, civics and the responsibilities of a state senator. Check out the live action!  

To see all of our newscasts as the year continues or to look back over the last five years, please check out our website: Center School Sightings


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Center School Sightings! Episode One!

Welcome to another season of our school newscast, Center School Sightings (CSS)!  We're excited about bringing you all of the events and excitement for learning from our school. This newscast is produced entirely by our fifth graders!  They are the videographers, reporters, anchors and editors.  It is amazing to see the news through their eyes.

Our first episode takes you to our beginning of the year all 
school assembly.  A special thank you to Evie, Nick, Sophia and Alex for kicking off the newscast in style!

To see all of our newscasts as the year continues or to 
look back over the last five years, please check out our website: Center School Sightings


Friday, September 8, 2017

Welcome to the Center Cafe!

The technology integration room has changed!  Thanks to a grant from LEEF, we've switched to flexible seating.  Every student is a leader in a class that supports small-group work, collaboration, and experimentation. This setting is conducive to just that!
First graders were the first to test it out - reports were glowing!

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Welcome Back to School!! 2017-2018

We are very excited to start the new school year!  We have new Homework Guiding Principles this year, and this link will take you to all of the information.  Thank you!

Homework Guiding Principles

Thursday, June 15, 2017

CSS Has a New Website!

We have many new Center School Sightings episodes from the end of the year - check out our new website to see the action!
Click below:  
New CSS Website!

Special thank you to all of the fifth grade students and 
their teachers for producing episodes of our school newscast throughout the year!

Third Grade's Got TALENT!

Special thank you to Mrs. Longo, Mrs. Iancu, Mrs. Craft and Ms. Geoffrion for this modern day Talent Show!!  Much appreciation to all of the 3rd grade parents for helping to showcase the amazing talents of our third graders!


Mrs. Iancu's Class

Mrs. Craft's Class

Mrs. Longo's Class

Mrs. Geoffrion's Class

Friday, June 2, 2017

Ready, Set, Code!

Our journey through coding... plus great ideas for children to continuing coding this summer!  Thank you Raising Nerd!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Center PTO Rocks!

We have the most amazing PTO!  In appreciation of their incredible generosity in funding new iPads and Osmo kits, the students and I made them a little surprise.  Enjoy this website full of students learning with big, excited, smiling faces!  Thank you for all you do PTO - you make such a difference in our school.

Click here:    Center of Osmo

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

First Graders Teach the Water Cycle!

First graders were so excited to be on the green screen!  Practicing their scripts and working on saying their lines together, they did a fabulous job showcasing the water cycle that they are learning in science class.  Special thanks to their first grade teachers:  Mrs. Salvatore, Mrs. Silva, and Mrs. Kadis.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Second Graders Can Be VERY Persuasive!

Graphic designers, script writers, on-air personalities... is there anything our second graders can't do?!

As part of a persuasive writing unit, students came up with a name for a new cereal, designed a cereal box cover, wrote persuasive commercials and delivered like a seasoned professional.  You don't want to miss these, as students definitely gave it their ALL!

Enjoy!! You're going to want to purchase a lot of cereal after this!!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

5th Grade Take Climate and Weather to a New Level!

Fifth graders completed amazing Adobe Spark Pages on climate and weather of each U.S. region, in collaboration with science teachers, Ms. Manna and Ms. Anderson.  The students studied the differences between the two terms, had a visit with Western Mass Meteorologist Dan Brown, learned the software, and worked together in teams to create these beautiful displays of their research. Below are a just few examples, please visit the website to see all students projects.  Impressive fifth graders!

To visit all projects, please click here!
The High Plains 5M>

The Southern Region! 5B 

SouthEast 5Q

The Northwest 5A

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Fourth Grade - Incredible United States Region Projects!

The fourth graders rocked these multi-dimensional projects!

Working with their Social Studies teachers, Mrs. Kardos and Mrs. McLean, as well as in library with Mrs. Elfeky on the True Flix online region books, students gathered research on each region's natural resources, climate, history, monuments, major cities, landforms, culture, food, animals, people and any other topics of interest!

Using the share feature on Google Presentations, students worked simultaneously and collaboratively to demonstrate their knowledge.  This included planning their vision and making decisions as a team on which topics each would cover, how to display the research, formatting the slides and organizing the presentation.

Each student then chose a focus in which to write a script and use the Doink app to film a scene from their region on the green screen, reporting on their chosen area.  The students were tasked with filming each other, and then exporting their videos and inserting them into the final presentations.

The result: A class presentation on each region of the United States!

The skills these fourth graders demonstrated through this project are too numerous to list.  I am incredibly proud of their collaboration and willingness to help each other produce their best work as they held each other accountable.

Enjoy!  Each one is so unique, feel free to check out all four!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Third Grade Tackle Geometry!

Using real world objects, students creatively wrote about how they could remember the meaning of different geometry terms.  It is amazing what they chose!  Then selecting photos, they filmed on the green screen and the result is remarkable. I am so proud of the third graders for their focus, creativity and working with the their classroom teachers and me to create a wonderful showcase for remembering all of these terms!

Center School Sightings - Episode 12 - Poetry Cafe!

Walking into Mrs. McLean's class yesterday was like walking down the streets of Paris... a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower to your left, laughing children in colorful berets, faint French music playing in the background and waiters poised to bring you delectable treats.
This was the scene of the annual Poetry Cafe - a gathering for students and their parents and an opportunity for students to share their beautiful poetry anthologies. Take a peek into Paris!

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

Friday, March 31, 2017

Center Rocks at TIES!

Our principal, our teachers, our STUDENTS did an amazing job at the TIES event.  It was so incredible to watch the Center students lead, inspire and teach.  I am so proud of them and everything they did to make last night a smashing success!!

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