NPS Column in the Norwich Bulletin, May



Norwich Public Schools: Samuel Huntington students spread kindness

By Jessica Dolliver, For The Bulletin

Samuel Huntington students spread kindnessSamuel Huntington’s fifth-grade students plan to spread kindness as part of the Choose Love social-emotional learning program to demonstrate how it can influence a community in school and beyond. 

Starting in mid-April, students began brainstorming ideas of how they would like to make an impact and then submitted presentations to the school administration for approval. The following week students commenced implementing the approved projects that will continue until the end of the school year. They include painting kindness rocks with positive messages, planting flowers around the school, creating a confidence-boosting bulletin board, decorating classroom doors, and participating in Sneaky Husky — where random classmates receive a secret message that is kind, to name a few.

The fifth-graders believe their projects will boost the moods of peers and staff, help students gain more confidence, and generally create a warmer, more welcoming, happier environment.

Fifth-grade teacher Christina Serricchio said: “I am excited to see how these projects unfold and how the students build on their ideas and actions.”

Uncas welcomes a special visitor

On April 27, K-9 Officer Wright came to Uncas Elementary School with his partner K9 Ozzy in tow. Students from third, fourth, and fifth grade learned why police use K-9s and the purpose they serve to the force.

K-9 Ozzy demonstrated how he could track down people who are missing, find dangerous objects, and even stop people who are committing a crime. All were made possible by the special training they received to prepare Ozzy for his job.

Stanton celebrates Earth Day

Stanton Elementary commemorated Earth Day with a week's worth of activities, entitled Earth Day Every Day.

Each fifth-grade student received a trash bag filled with activities and other goodies that started in the classroom and ended in students’ homes.

Fifth-grade teachers Kerry Sas and George Serra kicked off the week with gardening in their classroom by putting immature pansies into a cup to watch them grow. Next, they decorated placemats for TVCCA’s Meals on Wheels program. Students made flowers out of newspapers and decorative elements. The following day they roamed the school’s grounds to pick up trash and plant the leftover pansies in planters by the main entrance.

Students ended the week building bug hotels. Each fifth-grader brought home a scavenger hunt to enjoy with his/her family. 

April district awards

The following received district awards for April: District employee English Learner Instructional Specialist Kristen Talley, housed at Kelly STEAM Magnet Middle School, accepted The Key is ME! award as her co-workers watched. Para Educator Harriet Burchman from John B. Stanton Elementary School received the I Make a Difference award with her student in tow. Student Jaedin Suarez from Kelly STEAM Magnet Middle School got the You Inspire Me student award. 

Meetings and opportunities

There is a half-day for students on May 6. 

The virtual Board of Education meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, on the district Facebook page. 

There is no school for Memorial Day on May 31.

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

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