Sunday, April 25, 2010

Mariachi Band Makes the News

The Tri-Town Transcript has this nice article and audio slide show of our recent assembly.

Thanks to B.E.S.T. for funding the program.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Grade 6 Parents' Night

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From: Olia, Suzanne MS GUIDANCE <>
Date: Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 11:53 AM
Subject: Grade 6 Parents' Night
To: Lawrence Fliegelman <>

Could you please be sure to advertise this event for your Grade 6 parents?  Thank you.

Sixth Grade Parents’ Night at Masconomet Middle School
When:  Wednesday, April 28th, 2010, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.,
Location:  Masconomet Middle School, Auditorium.  

Sixth grade parents are invited to an informational evening at Masconomet Middle School.  This is an opportunity to meet administrators and Guidance Counselors.  Programs will be presented including a guided tour.  There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers.   


Suzanne Olia
Masconomet Middle School
Administrative Assistant
978-887-2323 x6119

Friday, April 23, 2010

Journey North Vacation Update

The flowers are looking even more beautiful this week.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mariachi Band Gets Us Moving!

Thanks to a B.E.S.T. Grant, Mrs. Galardi and the other specialists brought in a professional Mariachi Band to perform for the whole school. Of course, our students were eager to perform with the band. The assembly was filled with music, dancing, and fun.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Journey North Update

Here is the latest photo from April 15th. The flowers are gorgeous.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Design a Park

This sixth grade (Mrs. Magee) geometry assignment asks students to show their knowledge of area while expressing some creativity. You should come in and check out the whole bulletin board of designs.

Journey North Tulip Update Photos

What is Your Passion?

Several times in recent weeks, I have asked teachers or parents to describe what motivates a child or what does he like or want to spend his time doing. It occurs to me that what I am really asking about is what is the child's passion.

I learned that one student loves to ride horses. Another is a Super Mario Brothers fiend. Hockey and soccer seem to bring out the passion in many of my students.

I noticed in recent weeks that most of the students with an identified passion are successful at school. My frequent flyers (lots of discipline) are tougher to figure out. In fact, in Student Support Team meetings, we often can't identify a single motivator or passion. Sometimes I will ask the student. In other cases, just asking the question can change the tone of a discipline meeting. Parents want to know that we want to know about their child. 

In March, I listened to an interview with Sir Ken Robinson on his recent book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything. That same evening, I participated in a large, online discussion, called #edchat, about passion in education. There was much to be inspired by. A member of my Personal Learning Network (PLN), Steven W. Anderson, blogged about some of the same events in much more detail and is worth a read. 

Any discussion about passion is bound to raise, well, passions. The discussion online and the interview were lively and varied. One thing that we all agreed on was that as educators, it is our responsibility to find ways to connect to our students. If we know their passions, we may find just the right connection.

What is your passion?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found will be emptied and donated to charity on Friday, April 16. Please come claim your items.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Journey North Tulip Garden

Check out this early spring photo of the Tulip garden that our fourth grade planted in the fall. Journey North is a world-wide, year long classroom program that we were luck to have grant funded.

Each child planted and marked a bulb (you can see the markers are tung depressors). In this little patch of the garden, you can see some plants from Mrs. Bettencourt's class.

Keep tuned for photos throughout the rest of the spring. The flowers are coming soon.

For more images read on.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Tree Tiles

These gorgeous tiles are currently on display in the main lobby. Mrs. Davis' fifth grade students have a fantastic sense of color. Please come in and check these out.