Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Clingy Third Graders???

No - they are just studying magnetism!  Through hands on learning, reading, and writing our students are diving deeply into their science curriculum.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Best Practice Teaching!

5th grade teacher Brad Zeh, Title I teacher Janice Pidgeon, Special Education Teacher Nancy Wilkinson, and Librarian Julia Iannello  work collaboratively to provide an outstanding English Language Arts block for their students.  The reading program that we use functions in a six day cycle.  During each cycle there are particular skills, vocabulary, and strategies that students focus on. On the 7th day an assessment is given.  The results are carefully analyzed and as result students receive small group instruction the next day.  The instruction targets individual needs. This approach  is teaching and learning at it's best.

Teachers using student data to 
drive their instruction!  

We reviewed the results of this intervention during our team meeting today and the intervention worked!  After reteaching skills and concepts using a focused approach our students showed growth!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Sock Hop at School??


Today is the 50th day of school and Mrs.Ganio's and Mrs. Sagesse's kindergartners celebrated in style.  The focus of the day was, "The 50's."  The boys slicked back their hair while the girls finished their style off with a ribbon.  Students dressed up in poodle skirts, rolled up jeans, and denim jackets.  The fantastic musical sounds of the era played all day.  For morning journal students wrote about what they would like to be in 50 years.  During calendar time students compared the styles and fads of present day to past times.  

At 1:00 the sock hop began.  The students worked the hula-hoop, tried the limbo, did the twist, and completed activities that involved the number 50.  The sock hop ended with root beer floats and English  Muffin pizzas! 

Ohhhh the good old days!

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Dinner and a Show!

Our recent PTO supported Dinner and a Show was a huge success!  Families had a opportunity to enjoy a FREE home cooked ziti dinner and then enjoy a fantastic show afterwards.  After reflecting on the evening we probably should have called it - 
Dinner and Dancing! 
Skip West's music got parents and children shaking and moving!  
Check out the videos and pictures below...

Thank you to Dominoes, Hannaford, and Foti's for their generous donations.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Mr. Zeh's students took the "school lead" on learning about the election process.  They prepared a short power point about the process and presented it to students in grades 4th-6th.  They also created an election booth and 
encouraged students to get out and vote!  

Long lines....

Private space...

Third Grade Auction

In Mr. Sider's third grade classroom students manage their own "bank accounts."  They receive daily classroom dollars for handing in their homework assignments.  Once a month Mr. Sider conducts a class auction that allows students to purchase various items. Since the items are pretty fantastic - they learn quickly how important it is to be careful with their funds. 

Friday, November 2, 2012


If you see someone from NORTHERN EAGLE BEVERAGES - say, "THANK YOU!"

With support from the United Way, Northern Eagle Beverages donated $1500 to Riverside Elementary!  The money will go towards our, "Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good!" project.  Students in grades 4th, 5th, and 6th will each receive gift bags filled with age appropriate hygiene products - brush/comb, hair supplies, hair clips, nail file/clipper, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush etc!   

Engaged 4th Grade Students!

Look at all the hands in the air! Mrs. Benjamin's students ROCK!

Students squeezed in a few minutes of reading after they completed a test

Third Graders!

It is Angie's birthday!  The class celebrated with cupcakes and a birthday song.

Tim and Liz  presented their stories to the class!  Students provided positive feedback.  What a great way to build confident writers!

A Forest of Fantastic Families

Our first grade students are creating family trees.  Each tree represents a family member.  This project kicks off a unit focused on giving thanks.  Students will be writing about what they are most thankful for!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Food Pantry!

This morning members of the United Way donated several boxes of food for our food pantry.  What a fantastic gift!  

Dylan took time out of his lunch hour to help us stack our shelves.

A great organization and a great student - both making a difference!

Friday, October 5, 2012

A Busy Friday!

It is Friday and our classrooms are buzzing with engaged students!  There are so many fantastic activities activities going on.  Take a peek...

After a guidance lesson with Mrs. Sadlocha and the "I-Care Cat", kindergarten students wrote about  using 
"I - Care" language and then they practiced using it in small groups!

First Grade students strengthened their reading skills while working in small groups 

After students reviewed the results of their math test, Mrs. Benjamin supported them as they made corrections.  Practice - Practice - Practice!

Just when the school day couldn't get any better - LUNCH DATE!  How lucky am I?