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Friday, September 30, 2016

Roderick Review (Week 5) 9/26/16-9/30/16

Roderick Review (Week 5) 9/26/16-9/30/16

Please note that the Parent Coffee to discuss the MCAS Results has been moved to October 21st.  We will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Vogel Auditorium.  We hope to see many of you there! 

What was happening this week?
Students in Ms. O'Connell's fifth grade class are gaining perspective as
they physically change direction...

W.E.S.T. Funded "Probots" are introduced this week to fourth graders by Mrs. Fox!

Students learn by programming different commands into the Probot and a pen in the car will "draw" what they programmed.  This helps them to self-check their commands and revise as needed.

Roderick Science in Action...
Students are using Chromebooks to access information about the different types of rocks...

Other students are looking at their soil sample and 
recording what they find.  In one small soil sample, they 
found rocks, twigs, bark, wood chips. and an acorn.

Walking field trip to the vernal pool!
5P Scientists are recording their observations

The WTA Charity Softball Game...September 29, 2016
The fifth annual softball game between the Wrentham Teachers and the Wrentham Police occurred this past Thursday!
One of our very own sixth graders began the evening by singing the
Star-Spangled Banner a a capella!

Dr. Cameron is racing towards home to score a run!

The teachers are ready for any high-flying ball to left field!

The Paparos make this a family endeavor every year!

The Wrentham Police won the game with six runs and the Wrentham Teachers played hard and scored four runs.  Best of all, we had the support of MANY students, their families, and many other staff members cheering everyone on!

On behalf of all of us, thanks to your generous support, we raised $1,537 for student scholarships! THANK YOU! 


Our SIXTH GRADERS head to Camp Bournedale in Plymouth!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Roderick Review (Week 4) 9/19/16-9/23/16

Roderick Review (Week 4) 9/19/16-9/23/16

I have included a few pictures from the learning this past week with captions to explain what was happening in the picture.  A couple of these were also posted on Twitter.  You are able to follow us @RoderickSchool to see what is happening in the moment, or you can also see what is posted on Twitter from the front page of the website as well.

Before we recap what has happened this past week, I wanted to share a few important dates coming up NEXT WEEK from 9/26/16-9/30/16

*PTO Fall Fundraiser!  The information was sent home this past Monday and it is still in full swing!
*PICTURE DAY! (The picture forms will be sent home on Monday, September 26th!)
     Delaney Picture Day - Thursday, September 29, 2016
     Roderick Picture Day -Friday, September 30, 2016

And now, without further ado, here are some of the events and learning taking place this past week:

Mrs. Kelley and her fourth graders talk about developing the characters in their writing and identifying internal and external traits.

Fifth graders brainstorm different chapter titles and come to a consensus in their groups to propose one chapter title that will succinctly summarize the main idea of the chapter.

Charts like these may look familiar from Open House!  Writers Workshop follows a similar format each day, but there are different focus lessons, opportunities to write, and opportunities to confer with the teacher to continue to improve our writing.

This week, Dr. Cameron made visits to the classrooms to read to the students.

Sixth graders in Ms. White's class are using the Chromebooks to draft letters as she is individually conferencing with students.

Students in Mrs. Fownes' class are exploring how to create a mathematical expression from the words that are given such as "six more than twice Z" or "42 times B"...

...sometimes "acting it out" can help the students make the connections between the language that is used and how to represent the meaning algebraically.

I spoke with some sixth graders at recess this week about the power of recess in their day.  Students spoke of its importance of recess to help them build new friendships with their new classmates and others spoke about how it clears their mind so they enter the class in the afternoon refreshed!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Roderick Review (Week 3) 9/12/16-9/16/16

Roderick Review (Week 3) 9/12/16-9/16/16

Thank you to all of the parents and family members who joined us for Open House last evening!  Here are a few highlights for those that were unable to join us.

Mrs. Bevilacqua explains how her fifth graders will respond to their reading using their reading log.

School Committee Member and Roderick Parent Mrs. Schmitz, our Superintendent Dr. Cameron, and our Lead Teacher for Student Support, Miss Maloney are eager to visit classrooms!

Mrs. Cederbaum reviews homework expectations.

One of our new teachers, Mrs. Connolly is introduced to parents.

Mrs. Curtin reviews what students can expect over the course of the week AND answers questions about the upcoming Camp Bournedale trip.

Ms. Downing, with the help of her students, explains how the classroom routines work.

Director of Student Services, Mrs. McNamara and our Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Mrs. Dykstra visit with parents between grade level sessions.

Mrs. Farrell introduces her students' families to what students will be learning this year in fourth grade!

Parents of students in Mrs. Fownes' class are working hard after the presentation.

Mrs. Hall reviews the expectations she has for her students and reviews all of the ways in which parents can contact her throughout the year.  Communication between home and school is key!

Mrs. Kane finishes her introduction to what like is like in 5Kane and parents write a letter to their children.

Mrs. Kelley shares her passion and excitement for Reading and Writing!

Mrs. Lovely shares the important elements of the visual arts program and highlights a fifth grade project.  Our fifth grade parents will be able to assist with this project, too, based upon the artistic eye of their children and the ideas they have for creating their masks!  Stay tuned!

Mrs. Marazzi shares some highlights of what students will learn in math this year and the hands-on projects she has planned to help students move slowly from the concrete to the abstract.

Parents in 6Moon try out Kahoot just like their children do in class!

Meet Ms. Carly-Rae Haughey our new school nurse!

Ms. O'Connell gives parents a brief view of the curriculum this year!

Mrs. O'Toole shares the elements of the fifth grade curriculum that are intriguing to students and great fun to teach!

Parents of students in 5Downing leave behind a message to their children!

Mrs. Phipps enjoys a few conversations after her presentation.

Ms. Salazar explains the virtues of the various instruments that the students can play and also shared a video of the ensembles in action!  What a melodious treat!  I can't wait to see how many new instrumentalists we will have this year!

Mrs. Stanford shares her role as our reading specialist!

Mrs. Thornton exudes great joy talking about all that her students will experience in Social Studies as they study the different regions of the United States!

Miss White puts parents to the test as they take a quiz about their children and learn about what the students will learn during their sixth grade year! 
Miss Yelle points out the various ways in which parents can be involved in their child's class!
Mrs. McGee also had the chance to connect with a fifth grade parent after the presentation.

Mrs. DeTrolio shares the expectations for homework and also addresses the ever-popular Camp Bournedale questions looking ahead to the upcoming adventure!

After Mrs. Haughey shared what the sixth grade experience would be like, parents are asked to see if they can answer the trivia questions about their son or daughter.

Mrs. Coleman gives a preview of Math and Science topics and shares opportunities for parent experts to visit the class!

The Wrentham Wildcat dropped by our Open House!  The Wildcat is catching our students being