The Roderick Review

March 2019

March Announcements

I hope that you and your families have a great March! The Roderick faculty and staff continue to see great success in the social and emotional health and well being of students this school year. The Responsive Classroom routines have been embedded into the school day with morning meetings and group activities. Furthermore, we have many exciting events and updates over the next month.

Term 2 report cards will be issued on Friday, March 15th. Afternoon parent conferences will occur on Tuesday, March 19th and evening parent conferences will be on Thursday, March 21st.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to let me know.


Mr. Kevin Martes


Important March Dates

Wednesday, March 6th

Beginning Band Concert, Gibbons Gym, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 8th

Term 2 Ends

Thursday, March 14th

Art Show, 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m., Roderick Cafeteria

Friday, March 15th

Term 2 Report Cards Issued

Tuesday, March 19th

Early Release Day (Afternoon Conferences)

Wednesday, March 20th

Grade 6 Field Trip: Museum of Science

Thursday, March 21st

Early Release Day (Evening Conferences)

Friday, March 22nd

No School- Professional Development

Friday, March 29th

Coffee with the Principals (Topic: Classroom Placement), 9:00 a.m., Vogel Auditorium

Spring Parent Conferences

We look forward to making parent conferences a successful experience for all families. Various grade levels and teaching teams conduct parent conferences differently. There are many grade level teams that will conduct parent conferences with both teachers present. Other teachers will meet with their homeroom parents and provide additional academic information from their partner teacher. As always, if you have a question or concern about a report card grade, please contact your child's teacher.

The Wrentham PTO, Wrentham Cadette, and Senior Girl Scouts will be offering free babysitting on Thursday, March 21st from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Vogel Auditorium. This is a fantastic service for parents to meet with teachers during evening parent conferences!

Art Show

The Wrentham Art Show will occur on Thursday, March 14th from 5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m. in the Roderick Cafeteria. This is a great opportunity for students to show off their amazing artwork this year! Thank you to Mrs. Lovely for organizing this fantastic event.

Wrentham Wildcats and Destination Imagination

Celebrating it's 20th year, Destination Imagination is chugging along and the Wrentham Wildcats are still on board. Albeit a smaller than usual number of team members are participating this year, the excitement is no less intense. Wrentham Public Schools will be sending three teams to their Regional Tournament on Saturday, March 9th, at Bellingham High School. The day long event is open to the public and spectators are always more than welcome to attend. Please join me in wishing the following teams a successful tournament!

The 7 Wonders of Wrentham - Now at the Middle School Level of Competition, this team is managed by Pam Leveroni. Team members are Tommy Daley, Ava Doggett, Aidan Kinahan, and Jack Leveroni with past WPS students, Sophia Mahen, Brooke Kennedy, and Samantha Logan. This team is riding high after their second trip to Global Finals last year, moving up three spots and on to the podium, earning 3rd place overall. This year they will be solving for the Scientific Challenge: Medical Mystery.

The Wiggley Worms - a 5th grade team of new and returning DIers is managed by Laura Milici with team members; Molly Milici, Joey Zahner, Jack Hurley, JoHanna Ragan, and with the help of Izzie Mahen who recently moved, will be solving the Technical Challenge, On Target.

The Medieval Medicate-tors - an all new DI team of 4th graders; Quinlan Greenberg, Liam Sheehan, Lucas Dolan, Bella Moriarty, and Oscar Mason, Co-managed by Diana Greenberg and Cristina Sheehan will be solving the Scientific Challenge called Medical Mystery at the Elementary level.

The Scientific Challenge requires that the teams research the human body and medical conditions which affect it. The story will have a diagnosis of a character with a "Medical Mystery". They must design and create a Sympt-O-Matic, which is a physical representation of part(s) of the anatomy of the human character experiencing the Medical Mystery and the effect of at least one Symptom on the human character’s anatomy. Then just to spice things up a bit more, the team must present part of their story in Double Vision, meaning one action or scene is shown from 2 perspectives at the same time.

The Technical Challenge, On Target has teams designing, building, taking off, flying, and landing an "aircraft". The "aircraft" must make up to 5 "payload" drops from one marked point in the presentation site to another marked point. All while the story is taking place in a "remote" location, either real or imaginary.

For more information on this year's challenges visit or contact WPS DI Coordinator Linda DeVore at

Grade 6 Ski Club

Sixth grade students finished a successful Ski Club season at Wachusett Mountain before February vacation! Students had a wonderful experience of meeting new friends and conquering the slopes of Wachusett Mountain! Thank you to all of the Ski Club parents for their support and assistance during the Ski Club season. Also, thank you to Miss Yelle for all of her hard work and organization to make this a successful season!

Scholastic Book Fair

Thank you to all of the volunteers who were able to make the Scholastic Book Fair a success this year! We are looking for new volunteers to organize the Book Fair next school year. If you are interested, please contact

National Geographic GeoBee

Congratulations to Teddy Dolan who was named one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Massachusetts State Competition. The contest will be held at Elms College on Friday, March 29, 2019.

This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 31st year. School GeoBees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State GeoBees.

This year, National Geographic increased the prize money for all State GeoBees. State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 19-22, 2019. Students that come in second and third place will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.

Each State Champion will advance to the National Championship and compete for cash awards and college scholarships. In 2019, the national champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll; second place will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; third place will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; and seven runners-up will receive $1,000 in cash each. Visit for more information on the National Geographic GeoBee.

Follow the National competition at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on May 19-22 at

2019 MCAS Testing Date Reminder

Grade 4 ELA: Thursday, April 4th and Friday, April 5th

Grade 4 Math: Wednesday, May 8th and Thursday, May 9th

Grade 5 ELA: Wednesday, April 10th and Thursday, April 11th

Grade 5 Math: Wednesday, May 1st and Thursday, May 2nd

Grade 5 Science: Monday, May 13th and Tuesday, May 14th

Grade 6 ELA: Monday, April 8th and Tuesday, April 9th

Grade 6 Math: Monday, May 6th and Tuesday, May 7th