James Morris School

Regional School District No.6, April 6, 2017

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UPCOMING EVENTS and ITEMS of NOTE

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For their winter enrichment cluster, a group of K-4 students

collected and mailed care packages to our US servicemen and servicewomen.
Thunder and rain did not dampen the spirits of our RSD6 sixth graders

at Nature's Classroom.




Summerfest - Camp for students in grades 2-8

Wamogo High School is pleased to announce that for the upcoming summer of 2017, we are running our very own summer program: Summerfest.


This is a 6 week long camp-style program that is 4 days a week (Monday - Thursday) from 9am - 2pm, and runs from June 26th - August 3rd. Sessions are split into 2 week increments and you may sign your child up for multiple sessions if you so choose. Summerfest is open to all Region 6 students of all ability levels in grades 2 - 8. The cost is $75 per week per child with transportation available from central locations for participants. July 5-7 is a shortened week and costs $50.


Summerfest features tons of fun, daily activities led by a team of peer leaders, which include: outdoor sports, classic camp games, arts and crafts, music and drama, water carnivals, cooking, gardening, STEM, dance, team building games, and much more.


If you have any questions or to register your child, please email:

Linda Martin, Special Ed. Teacher: lamartin@rsd6.org

Steven Bagley, Social Worker: sbagley@rsd6.org

Or call 860-567-6642



Cinco de Mayo

This summer, a group of Wamogo High School students will be going to Mexico through Operation Wallacea, a British organization that runs scientific research trips for teens around the world. The first week of the trip will be spent exploring the Silva Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula, with an emphasis on studying wildlife biodiversity. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to scuba dive while in Akumal, where they will collect data on sea turtle migrations. Proceeds from the Cinco de Mayo dinner will help the group cover the costs of this amazing trip.



James Morris School's Kindergarten Registration

Registration for James Morris School’s Kindergarten program is in full swing for the 2017-2018 school year. Your child must be 5 years old by December 31, 2017 to attend Kindergarten in the fall. For registration information and forms, please contact Heidi Varanko at 860-567-7420.


SAVE THE DATE: KINDERGARTEN ACTIVITY DAY WILL BE

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 from 2:00PM - 3:00PM.




James Morris School's Pre-Kindergarten Registration

Preparations for James Morris School’s Pre-Kindergarten program is in full swing. We are excited about the program and hope you are, too. For Registration information please contact Heidi Varanko at 860-567-7420.


SAVE THE DATE: PRE-KINDERGARTEN ACTIVITY DAY WILL BE

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 from 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM.



Calendar

April 10th-15th - NO SCHOOL (April break)

April 28th - JMS PTO Auction & Pasta Dinner

May 3rd - RSD6 Elementary Spelling Bee @ Warren School

Interview with Elizabeth from Mrs. Maritano's 4th-Grade Class

Morphology, the study of the form of words, has become a growing aspect of our language arts instruction in recent years, thanks in large part to the efforts and vision of Mrs. Barbara Connery. As our students demonstrate mastery of phonological awareness and decoding, they then begin to study the ways in which words are formed and the meaning inherent within different roots and affixes, whether Anglo Saxon, Latin or Greek.


To get a sense of students' feelings about morphology, I interviewed Elizabeth, a fourth grader who is now studying morphology.


  • Mr. C - What is morphology?
  • Elizabeth - Morphology is looking closely at words to find out what they really mean... Breaking words apart.


  • What do you mean by "looking more closely"?
  • We use a book to look up parts of words so that we know what they mean and what words use those parts, like biology. "-logy" means the study of, and "bio-" is life. So, biology means "the study of life".

  • Where else in school have you used morphology?
  • When you get to the last levels of Lexia [a digital tool for students to practice reading skills], you really get to work with morphology. I like doing that. Mrs. Connery, too, really helps us break down words. That's really fun and helps us understand.

  • Why, do you think, is morphology important?
  • As a kid, you kind of just think words are each just random words; you just ramble them off without thinking about what they mean. When you get older and learn morphology, you learn that parts of words have meaning.

  • What advantages do you think students might have if they study morphology?
  • I know more words and fancier words and what they mean. If I didn't know morphology, I would not know as many high-level words or how to know what they mean.

  • How can this help you as a writer?
  • You can use stronger words to grab the readers attention. If you are trying to persuade your parents, you might be able to impress them with your words so they know that you really know what you are talking about.

  • Do you want to continue to learn more about words?
  • My goal is to learn why we name things with the words we do. All words have meaning. And, some have a history about why whoever named it chose to name it that way.


  • Thank you, Elizabeth.

The Region-6 Way: Our Goal

It is our goal that Region-6 staff and students will internalize and reflect the Region-6 Way in all aspects of their day, including


  • striving for one’s personal best;

  • developing and maintaining positive and productive relationships;

  • communicating effectively and professionally;

  • developing leadership in one’s self and others;

  • preparing for maximum academic growth


Details about the Region-6 Way can be found here.

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Check Out These Links

Common Sense Media - This resource is designed to help families make informed choices for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.


Khan Academy - This free website provides students with supplemental academic support through written explanations, videos and practice exercises.


Chess Academy - Would you like to learn or improve your skills at the game of chess?


Google SmartyPins - Test your geography and American trivia.


Our World in Data - For those of you who like to see the world from a mathematical perspective...


Mount Everest in 3D - Ever wondered what climbing Mt. Everest would look like?


Pixelspace - Just how far apart are the celestial bodies in our solar system?

Flyers (attached)

  • 6th Grade Flyer for Languages

  • 7th Annual Shane Kinsella Memorial Road Race

  • Adult Open Gym - basketball

  • Bee Poster

  • Day Trippers

  • Egg Hunt

  • Family Feud

  • Healthy Beginnings

  • JMS PTO Auction

  • Karate

  • Litchfield Jazz Camp Kids

  • Minds in Motion Litchfield

  • Morris Beach and Rec Spring Newsletter

  • Morris Public LIbrary Matryoshka Nested Dolls

  • Morris Public Library Museum Passes

  • Morris Public Library New Lego Challenge

  • Roast Beef Dinner

  • Summer Theatre

  • Summer-Fest

  • Youth Stress & Anxiety

  • White Memorial Museum Sleep In

  • White Memorial Spring Break Camp

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