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History and Writing Standards in Action

Units are being designed to merge Social Studies and English Language Arts standards. Students across all third grade classes at Potter School are working in teams to collect research. The research will be used to write a biography on a famous person from Massachusetts. Students will draw on what they know from the unit Writing Research Projects from the Calkins Writing Research Clubs Unit of Study. Biographies will include a topic, facts, definition, and details about the famous Massachusetts person.
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Developing Readers

Students in Kindergarten are practicing their "snap" words (or high-frequency words). Snap words are words that students encounter frequently in reading and writing. They are words that they know in a "snap". It is critical that readers and writers develop automatically (automatic recognition); a skill that leads to fluency. Students need to be able to read these words instantly because they appear in a great many of the books they read. This is extremely helpful because it moves the reading along. Comprehension begins to break down when students are focused on trying to decode or sound out every word.

DMS Engineering

It’s a been a busy year in the Engineering classes at DMS, as students are finishing up their end of year projects. Sixth graders are getting familiar with the Design Process. Their current investigation has them designing, testing, evaluating, and redesigning glider wings. It’s a fairly intensive (but fun!) testing process in which students launch their gliders across the classroom/hallway, carefully recording distance and flight paths as they test one variable at a time. This year, the longest flights have gone 66 feet! Seventh grade students are just about ready to test their balsa wood truss bridges. Students have been measuring precisely, and cutting, sanding, and gluing carefully just so we can test the bridges maximum capacity. We are sure they will be impressed that most of their bridges will hold 1,000 times their weight. Eighth grade students recently finished creating a multi-task tool for a fake company called IDEA. Students used TinkerCAD to design and meet the specifications given to the fake company and some students will even 3D-print their tools.

Giving Back to Community

First graders at Demello school are learning at a young age that kindness matters. On a recent field trip to the YMCA, they planted cabbage seedlings that will feed needy families. Also planted were sunflower seedlings to take home and care for. These little learners worked hard to experience how it feels to help others. These lessons will live on as they care for their plants at home.

7th Annual School Lunch Hero Day

Dartmouth celebrated the 7th Annual National School Lunch Hero Day! Between preparing healthy meals for America's students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals are true heroes!!!

Teaching Measurement

First grade students at Quinn school were applying grade level measurement standards when they arranged and compared three objects by length. With this activity, students developed an understanding of the meaning and processes of measurement.
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Honoring One of Our Own!

Congratulations to Hockey Coach Mike Capello on his induction into the Mass High School Coaches Hall of Fame. A well deserved honor. Mike is a phenomenal coach, dedicated teacher and caring person. Mike is an asset to our staff and we are so happy he wears green.
DESE Curriculum Heat Maps

Check out DESE's PK-12 curriculum maps for English language arts, mathematics, and science technology/engineering. The maps display the most commonly used materials for specific subject areas and grade spans.

Writing Standards in Action

Students in third grade are working on writing narrative in prose or poem form to develop experiences or events using effective literary techniques, descriptive details and clear sequence.

In the grade 3 current unit, "Once Upon a Time Adapting" and "Writing Fairy Tales", students chose either Little Red Riding Hood or Three Billy Goats Gruff and reread the classic version, annotated while noticing the plot as well as qualities of a fairly tale. Students then planned their adaptations, thinking about significant changes they could make to alter the course of the tale. Students then applied all they learned and wrote an original fairly tale. One teaching point was to create characters who encounter trouble and then (maybe with a little magic or fabrication) there's a resolution.

Trevor Schwarzmann - Boys Tennis

Trevor sets school record for career wins. Trevor broke the school record with his 65 wins. The record had been previously held by Chris Santos a 1986 graduate. Trevor will play Division 1 tennis next year at Bryant University.

Applying Skills to Make Change

Students in Ms. Shurtleff's fourth grade class were grumbling at the school lunch choices. After they learned about the impact plastic has on our environment and nutrition health, they wanted to do something to make positive changes. Ms. Shurtleff' challenged her students to use what they had learned in essay writing (thesis, reasons, evidence) and what they learned in reading (synthesizing non fiction text) to come up with a presentation about their concerns. She encouraged them to gather evidence that was research based.


After contacting Mrs. Sheridan she meet with the class to discuss their concerns. On their own time, the students researched and prepared what they were going to say to her. They chose reputable resources, took appropriate notes, as well as synthesized the information to support their ideas. Their main concerns were with the excessive use of plastic as well as the nutritional quality of the school lunches. In their research, they learned about the daily requirements for school lunches, how lunches have changed over the years, and different places where there are ideal school lunches. Mrs. Sheridan treated them as though their concerns and questions were of ultimate importance and she was open to hearing their suggestions for positive changes. They saw a problem and wanted to fix it and used the skills they were learning in class.

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Personalized and Blended Learning

This week, Dartmouth Middle School Math Teachers collaborated with Highlander to personalize blending learning lessons. Teachers added the Flex Model to current lessons to provide more targeted opportunities for students.
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Staff Spotlight

Name: Alexander Lee

School/Postion: DHS, World Language Teacher

Hometown: Maracaibo, Venezuela

Education: PhD, Portuguese, UMass Dartmouth

One goal I have achieved in my career so far that I feel most satisfied about: Getting my PhD and gaining high school and college teaching experience

Role model or someone who has had a great impact on my life: My parents and Mr. Del, my high school Latin teacher

If I could travel anywhere in the world it would be: Ethiopia, Martinique, Réunion

If I could eat dinner with someone famous, dead or alive, it would be: Marco Polo

Pet Peeve: Making the bed

Favorite leisure activities: Traveling, cooking, listening to music

Favorite movie: The Motorcycle Diaries

Favorite book: Joie de Vivre (R. Arbor/K. Whiteside)

I think the world’s greatest invention is: YouTube

My favorite motto or saying: When there’s a will, there’s a way

What I like best about working at DHS: The camaraderie and support of my colleagues; sharing the value of learning languages with students