The middle school students had a great time playing basketball against some of their teachers. The students won by 6 points! The teachers were able to save face however by winning the half time show competition, playing a game of “stuff-it.” A fun time was had by all!
The Environmental Magnet took advantage of the winter weather this past week to get outside and enjoy nature. We spent our Magnet time snowshoeing around the DCS property. While the conditions were a little bit on the icy side, the temperature and sunshine made it worthwhile. To the surprise of Ms. Hughes and Mr. Grieve, only about half the students had been snowshoeing before. This, however, did not slow the students down, as once they got the hang of it, they really enjoyed their time out in the woods. It is the hope of the Magnet, to get out one or two more times before spring comes. Once the snow melts and the ice thaws, the Magnet will be taking advantage of the DCS property to hike and canoe on the lake.
DCS celebrated the 100th day of school with a parade from our not-so-old Kindergartners!
Mr. Ferguson fifth grade class just finished learning and writing about the French and Indian War, with a particular focus on George Washington’s role in this conflict. The students are now busy rehearsing a play about Colonial America that will be performed for family and friends later in the month. The play includes many wonderful historical figures such as John Adams, Paul Revere, Captain John Parker and Private Hugh White, just to name a few.
Our math lessons have included adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators. We have also begun learning how to multiply and divide fractions.
In addition to our daily time reading, writing and doing word study, the students have enjoyed performing tableaus related to our read aloud book Shiloh, by Phillis Reynolds Naylor. A tableau is when a group of motionless actors represent a scene from a story. In our case, a few students at a time are given a scene from the book Shiloh that they represent without moving or sound, while the rest of the students guess the scene.
It was fun to have Mr. Grieve visit our class throughout the week. We enjoyed sharing all our learning with him.
The 4th graders from Ms. Laskowsky’s class have been busy. Upon returning from winter break, students chose a biography to read. Most students are completing their notes, and beginning to write about their research. The students will present their projects on February 18th. In addition, the students are practicing long division, and learning about the history of the planet earth. As part of our government unit, we have the opportunity to explore the special kind of civic engagement that overtakes New Hampshire every 4 years during the NH Primary. The history and traditions are fascinating, with a strong message for citizens to get involved. NHPR is interested in how schools approach this subject and plans to come to Deerfield and record our class, stay tuned for more information. So if your 4th grader is feeling kind of tired, we are working hard, thinking critically, and learning a lot.
Mrs. MacLaughlin’s first grade class was so excited to be the class of the week! It was a pleasure to have Mr. Grieve in the classroom this week. On Monday he joined us for morning meeting and got to participate in our baseball greeting. On Tuesday he joined us to work on a project for our community unit. First grade is learning how we are a part of our community. Families are also an important part of our community. Mr. Grieve was able to help with the making of our family trees. The rest of the week he shared snacks with us and even joined us for read aloud and free choice! Thank you Mr. Grieve for being a part of 1M!