NPS Column for the Norwich Bulletin, November
by Jessica Dolliver
City police lead Kindness Walk
Miss Krodel's and Miss Schmitt's second-grade classes at Wequonnoc Arts and Technology Magnet Elementary School participated in their annual Kindness Walk on Oct. 25. Community Policing Officer Dan O'Reilly and K9 Officer Ken Wright also attended. The Kindness Walk celebrated what students have been learning in social studies about being good citizens and kind members of the community. Wright read a book titled, "Try a Little Kindness" by Henry Cole to Miss Schmitt's class and invited them to share different ways they plan to show kindness. O'Reilly and Wright walked with students and teachers through the Village of Taftville while students dropped off their painted kindness rocks and sweet notes on the doorsteps of the homes in the community. Students have been practicing "The Wequonnoc Way: Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Responsible, and Be Respectful." They have also been learning about the importance of rules in school, at home, and in the community. Students heard the story "Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed" by Emily Pearson. They were encouraged to participate in the start of a chain reaction to spread kindness around their community — one rock at a time.
Students explore Connecticut Science Center
On Oct. 15, all second-graders at Moriarty Environmental Sciences Magnet Elementary School took a trip to the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford. Students explored the center where they learned about urban communities through their Rooftop Garden. In the dinosaur exhibit, they discovered how streams impacted the shape of the dinosaurs. Scientists led the students in lab sessions exploring how choices and actions can change outcomes. The trip kicked off the next science unit called Changes in Matter. Second-grade teacher Jennifer Manke was amazed by watching students connect different types of matter.
Students collect nature items
Morning and afternoon pre-k students went on a field trip to Fort Shantok in Montville last month. They collected nature items, including twigs, acorns, leaves, rocks, and cattails for their science table at school and to use in upcoming activities. Students walked around the pond, hiked on a nature trail, looked for woodland animals and saw other living creatures in their natural habitat, such as geese, turtles, and a baby snake. They began to make connections to seasonal change by watching the leaves fall and hearing the crunch at their feet.
Kelly students attend Martin Luther King Scholarship dinner
Eighth-grade students Maddix Edouard and Ashnaelle BiJoux were picked to participate in a dinner honoring the 2019 Martin Luther King Scholarship recipients on Oct. 17. Thirteen local area high school students received scholarships for $20,000 each based on a selection process measuring dedication to learning, demonstration of character, understanding of King's mission, and financial need. In their recipient speeches, the high school students spoke of the obstacles they've overcome and offered inspirational advice to the eighth-grade students who attended.
Staff Follies from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 at Kelly STEAM Magnet Middle School.
Jessica Dolliver is the media communications manager for Norwich Public Schools.
Saturday, November 2, 2019