MHS/WES Newsletter

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Important Dates

March 21 ~ Elementary Report Cards go home

March 24 ~ All District Chorus Night at OAK 6:30 p.m.

April 13 ~ PTO Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

April 11 ~ MCAS testing begins, please see the full schedule below

April 18-22 ~ No School, April Vacation

May 5 ~ WES Creation Celebration 6:30-8:00 p.m.

May 18 ~ PTO Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Kindergarten News

We have all enjoyed meeting and connecting with families regarding your child’s strengths and areas to work on, at our recent and ongoing parent teacher conferences. We are thankful for the many donations received during this time as well.


Our students continue to work on their math fluency abilities, as they add and subtract to 5. Our sight word recognition and decoding success also continues to develop. Thank you for your practice at home. We look forward to learning outdoors as the weather continues to improve!


Our students eagerly participated in a recent presentation put on by the Discovery Museum of Acton and our amazing PTO! We learned and explored about force and motion, including gravity, friction, collision and more! Each student was able to create their own toy at the conclusion. We all had a great time!


Thank you to our families, the PTO and the Discovery Museum!

Enjoy the daylight!

The Kindergarten Team

MCAS SCHEDULE

APRIL SCHEDULE:

April 11: GRADE 3 -ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS

April 12: GRADE 3 -ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS


April 13: GRADE 4 -ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS

April 14: GRADE 4 -ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS


April 26: GRADE 5 -ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS

April 27: GRADE 5 -ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS



MAY SCHEDULE


May 4: GRADE 3-MATH
May 5: GRADE 3-MATH


May 9: GRADE 5-MATH

May 10: GRADE 5-MATH


May 11: GRADE 4-MATH

May 12: GRADE 4-MATH


May 17-GRADE 5-SCIENCE

May 18-GRADE 5-SCIENCE

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Chartwells Food Service - 5th Grade Lunch

Soon our cafeteria will offer 2nd portions to our 5th grade students. Please note, there is a charge of $2.00 for extra food. For more information on setting up your child's lunch account, please visit our district's food services webpage: AWRSD Food Service.

Social Emotional Learning Class:

  • During Social Learning Class (Grades K-3), students have been exploring the importance of accepting others by:


  • Watching entertaining videos, including story read-alouds that promote respect & celebrate individual uniqueness.


  • Playing games, making illustrations and participating in group activities.


  • Grades 2 & 3: Creating socially and age appropriate survey questions. Students then had an extended movement break to walk around and converse with several classmates to obtain information about people’s viewpoints pertaining to various activities, foods, games, favorite class subjects, etc.


  • In the month of March, students have been playing more interactive games and activities in Social Learning Class in order to promote:


A.) Teamwork

B.) Sportsmanship

C.) Respect

D.) Following rules & expectations


** Following the completion of the games, students discuss their observations

about what went well and areas for improvement.

** Students will soon be playing games & activities outside (during Social Learning Class) to reinforce teamwork, sportsmanship, respect & following rules.


David Weinberg, M.Ed.

Guidance Counselor

Westminster & Meetinghouse Schools

Office: Room 133 (WES)


Email: dweinberg@awrsd.org

Phone: (978) 874-2043 X133

News from 4th Grade!

Can you believe it was two years ago - when these students were in second grade - that we shut down for the virus? These kids have grown up SO much over the last two years! This is their first “normal” year since first grade. We are noticing that students are doing a wonderful job adjusting to all the changes over the last two years, and we are so proud to watch them continue to grow and learn.


In science, students have been studying plants and recording data. In the fall, we studied a specific plant in the courtyard. When the weather forced us inside, students began to graph their data and analyze their findings. We were fortunate to have an expert join us and guide us through collecting data about our different plants.


At this point in the year, we are encouraging students to gain more independence and self-help skills. We are also continuing to work on our stamina, especially while writing longer pieces in our English Language Arts blocks. Students are also powering their way through understanding how to find equivalent fractions, as well as know how to compare, add, and subtract fractions. This is a tricky unit, but students have been using a variety of hands-on materials to help them visualize different fractions and see how they relate to decimals. All of these skills will come in handy when we have MCAS in April and May.

Technology News from Mrs. Breen

5th Grade ~ Paper Ball Run STEM Challenge

The 5th graders are learning about the engineering design process, which emphasizes open-ended problem solving and encourages the students to learn from failure and success.

Currently, we are working on the Paper Ball Run STEM Challenge. In this engineering challenge, the students will be building a ball run using nothing but paper and tape. However, there is a twist! They will need to make their ball run as slow as possible through their track. Some of their constraints are that they can only use up to 30 pieces of paper, that there are entrance and exit criterias for the ball, and innovation is the key component to this challenge. Their final score will be calculated by using this equation:

Final score = (4 × time in seconds) – (number of sheets of paper).

This project nurtures students’ abilities and collaborative efforts to create innovative solutions in a group environment. Wish them luck!!!


4th Grade ~ Scribblebot

In this unit, the mythical Mrs. Scribbles needs the 4th graders' help to design art. However, there is a challenge, they can not use their hands. Mrs. Scribbles wants to hire them to come up with a machine that will make interesting patterns. The 4th graders will need to build a scribble bot that has an out-of-balance motor and is built on a chassis that has attached drawing utensils.

Since the students are in the design stage of this unit they may want to bring in recyclable materials for this project. If so, then please send in these materials in a labeled bag with the student’s name and class code.


3rd Grade ~ Building & Coding

Third grade is having a blast constructing their different LEGO WeDo robotics. In this unit, they are learning various soft skills that will shape the way that they work and interact with others. Including teaching about creative thinking, teamwork, communication, conflict resolution and problem-solving skills.


2nd Grade ~ Electronics/Circuitry

The 2nd graders have been learning the basics about electronics and circuitry. By using kits called Snap Circuits, the students follow building instructions and assemble conductive components for different challenges. We have been having a blast lighting up LEDs, making fans spin, and play different pieces of music.


1st & Kindergarten ~ Osmo Centers & Lego Challenges

The MHS Technology room has been transformed into hands-on learning centers that include different Osmo stations, iPads, and Lego challenges.

Our Osomo centers pair learning core subject matter with the use of technology.

These centers include:

  • Math: in the form of counting and addition

  • Spelling (Words): beginning word sounds and letters

  • Tangram: visual thinking, shapes, and spatial awareness

  • Newton: creative problem-solving and angles

  • Masterpiece: self-expression art

  • Lego Challenge: building based on a problem or criteria

  • ABCs (sticks & rings): using shapes to build letter shapes

  • Detective: world maps & problem solving

  • Pizza shop: counting and direction following

Playgrounds - Closed during School Hours

With the spring weather approaching we just wanted to remind families that our playgrounds are closed during school hours. This includes the morning and afternoon times that our Extended Day program is running. For your planning purposes, our school playgrounds are closed to the public from 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM. Thank you for your understanding.
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