Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Real Life Experience!

Fourth grade teachers, Mrs. Shephard and Mrs. Benjamin are collaborating with our library media specialist, Mrs. Iannello to provide real life science experiences for students.

The students are currently involved in a science unit that focuses on crayfish.  This afternoon they visited Neawah Park to enhance their learning experience.  Using nets and magnifying glasses they studied crayfish (and other sea creatures) up close, tested the stream quality, and explored the habitat.

Friday, September 21, 2012

So Much To Be Proud Of....

During a quick visit this morning I observed kindergarten students demonstrating kindness and cooperation and
first grade students  
enhancing their writing skills.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Uninterrupted Instructional Time

As a school community we blocked out 90 minutes of uninterrupted English Language Arts Instruction.  Teams of teachers work together to support students during this time.  Due to their collaborative approach and thoughtful planning students are provided with seamless small group instruction.  As the students rotate through the groups, the vocabulary, reading strategies, focus skills, and instructional 
theme remains the same.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Paper Clip Math

Students in Mrs. Scanlon’s third grade are learning all about four digit numbers. 
1,000 paperclips 
served as a hands-on teaching tool. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday Lunch Dates

The first grade teachers recognize that there is something special about sharing a meal together.  Every Friday, students are invited to join the teachers back in their classroom for a lunch date.  
Judging by the smiles I saw and the laughter I heard, this is a time that everyone enjoys.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


With over 80 new students and 20 new staff members at Riverside Elementary this year, we made sure that part of our first few days were spent getting to know each other. What I quickly realized was that our stellar school community  just got even better.  

How lucky we are!

The Power of Positive Comments!

When children believe in themselves EVERYTHING is possible.

When students arrived to Mrs. Ouimet's class on Monday they found a hand written note on their desk from her.  The positive notes ensured the students started their day knowing that their teacher believed in them!