Roderick School Blog

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Roderick Review Week 24 (2/22/16-2/26/16)

Oh, the places you'll go!  How about coming to Literacy Night!  This is a community-wide event at Delaney and Roderick Schools for the activities and in the Vogel auditorium for the Book Fair!  I hope that many of you can join us next Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Beauchaine and many teachers will be taking part in different literacy stations throughout the building so I hope we will see many of you there!

Another "Don't Miss" Event!
There will be a professional magician, Joe Carota, coming to the Gibbons Gym on Monday, March 21, 2016 for a 6:00 p.m. performance!  Tickets are available at $5.00 per person or $20.00 per family! All proceeds will benefit Dr. Cameron in Dancing with the Wrentham Stars for the Delaney School Playground!

What's happening this week?

Students in 4Coleman are evaluating the exemplar writing sample for a grade four
open response question and discussing inferences.
Grade 4 students are discussing the character traits of "Rob" and finding evidence in the text to support their claims.  Some ideas included that Rob was friendly, because he would share his thoughts with others and give others things and others thought "Rob" was compassionate, because he didn't want the tiger to die, while still others thought he was sensitive since he cried a few times in the text.
Ms. White steps in for Mr. Trebek in this version of Jeopardy to review
concepts from the most recent Math lessons

6White Jeopardy contestants work simultaneously in teams to
derive the correct answer for the questions revealed on the screen.

6Haughey students puzzle over complex fraction problems
their classmates have written.

If students struggle, the fraction problem authors are there to advise.

Students in 6Moon are beginning to write their introduction to their country reports.  In this picture, some students are getting ready to confer with Mrs. Moon, while others are working on their second section of their country report, and others will begin typing their introduction.  
Students in 5Downing are "flash drafting" and writing "fast and furious"
to record all that they already know about their explorers!

On Monday, February 22, 2016, a SEPAC meeting for incoming sixth grade parents was held in the KP Middle School Library.  Dr. Beauchaine was there to get a preview as well!  Our sixth graders have a lot to look forward to!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Roderick Review Week 23 (2/8/16-2/12/16)

Due to the snow days last Friday and this past Monday, we seemed to be able to pack six days of learning in our short four-day week!  Check out the pictures below!

Tuesday, February 9th 

Mock Mummification (Cleopatra visited Roderick as well!)


There are pictures of other Ancient Egypt projects on Twitter.  Look for @RoderickSchool or scroll through the feed on the home page of our website!

National Geographic Bee Finalists were honored at the School Committee Meeting on Tuesday evening!

Wednesday, February 10th

Student Council - Our Student Council representatives visited the Leadership Team (Dr. Cameron, Dr. Beauchaine, Mrs. Wagstaff, Mrs. Dykstra, Mr. Ahern, Mrs. Gilbert, and Mrs. McNamara) in Dr. Cameron's office to propose an all-school event...

The great news is that they have gotten approval to plan the finer details for our first annual All-School Pep Rally with students PreK through Grade 6 in June!  Way to go, Student Council!

Beginning Band Concert!

Bravi Tutti!  Our beginning band students performed on Wednesday evening and presented a fine balance of solo, duet, and ensemble pieces before a PACKED audience in the Gibbons Gym.  In addition, a number of our musicians were selected for the honors band as well!  Congratulations to all!

Thursday, February 11th

On Thursday morning, Mrs. Dykstra, our Director for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, presented information for parents about the teaching of writing and the structure of Writers Workshop during the Principal Coffee.  Mrs. Wagstaff also modeled her own narrative that she shared with Delaney classes. There were two second grade writers who proudly shared their published pieces with the group as well!

If you are interested, the Powerpoint presentation is also on our website!  Take a look!

Fifth Grade Explorers - (Ms. Downing's Class)  Can you guess which student is which explorer?

Friday, February 12th

The grade 4 wing of Roderick School was transformed into a large gallery where students shared what they had learned about the animal they had researched.  Each fourth grade classroom represented a continent or the oceans and student presenters were stationed with their projects to inform visitors (parents, siblings, and staff) about their animal.  

On Friday, you could feel the love in advance of Valentine's Day!  Last Friday, February 5th was Wear Red Day to raise awareness for CHD - Congenital Heart Defect.  (One in 100 babies are born with a CHD.)  Due to the snow day on the 5th, we wore our red on the 12th instead.  

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Roderick Review Week 22 (2/1/16-2/5/16)

Destination Imagination Update -
Our Grade 4 group "The Nuggets" had taken on a service project within our community to raise awareness about bullying.  Did you know that according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that "One in three U.S. students say they have been bullied" at school? *  Our DI group, "The Nuggets" took it upon themselves to create a campaign to stop bullying.  The students crafted a script to read in each fourth, fifth, and sixth grade class and asked the students to share an anti- bullying contract that they had created with their parents.  They also scheduled a special spirit day on Friday, January 29, 2016 as a day to wear blue (the anti-bullying color).  Here are a few examples:

They also came up with an incentive so that each class who returned ALL of the contracts would be awarded a special prize.  To honor the way in which this effort was fostering a positive community, the six winning classes, 4Kelley, 5Downing, 5Kane, 5O'Toole, 6DeTrolio, and 6Cederbaum will each be awarded a twenty-minute extra recess where students are able to enjoy one another and perhaps invite someone to join their group that they have not had the privilege of playing with before.