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NPS Column for the Norwich Bulletin, March


Families walk in their students’ shoes at Global Studies Magnet

Global and fifth-grade families gathered in February to experience what it’s like to be a student at Global Studies Magnet Middle School. They went from classroom to classroom hearing about what students were learning at the school in world language, science, math and library media. They were able to experience what it’s like to travel the world through virtual reality goggles and understand how printmaking plays into the global theme when making art prints. The highlight of the night was watching from a birds-eye perspective of how Katrina formed in the planetarium.

No Student Eats Alone

Stanton fifth-grade students, along with the United Community & Family Services (UCFS) staff and Board of Education member Patrica Staley, gathered in the library for a No Student Eats Alone lunch on Valentine’s Day. Students were given a table number upon entering to encourage them to sit with classmates that they haven’t had the chance to eat with this year. Each table had an “ice breaker question” where someone would read the question to their tablemates. Questions like, “if you had one wish, what would it be, and why?” were on every table. All of the participants responded making it a truly ice-breaking experience. Students were asked to write a positive message on the purple heart they were given as they ate lunch and engaged in conversation. The messages were placed on the Kindness Tree after lunch. Students also made a banner that read “TODAY I WILL ...” where the fifth-graders wrote what they would do in the next month to make a peer feel “happy.” Things like, “share a smile and say ‘Hi, do you want to join us?’” lined the banner. It now hangs in the fifth-grade hallway for all to enjoy.

A Seuss night of reading

On Feb. 27, the Veterans Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) held a Dr. Seuss night for its families. The event was held in conjunction with their Scholastic book fair in an effort to help encourage reading at home. More than 75 families were able to listen to three, 15-minute sessions of their choosing as staff read their designated books. Some of the titles included “Green Eggs and Ham”, “A Bad Case of Stripes”, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, and “Banned from the Beach”. One staff member dressed up as The Cat in the Hat and interacted with attendees. They were able to enjoy taking pictures at the photo booth with Dr. Seuss-themed props. Every student who attended received a free book, pencil, and bookmark courtesy of the PTO. First-grade Teacher and PTO President Pamela Giarrusso said: “It was nice to see new and old faces who were excited for a night of reading.”

Upcoming events

The district is accepting Norwich Magnet School applications through March 31, and the All-City Music Festival will take place at 6:30 p.m. on March 11 at Kelly STEAM Magnet School.

Jessica Dolliver is the media communications manager for Norwich Public Schools.


Originally Published, Posted March 7, 2020, at 6:00 AM

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