Norwich Public Schools:
Students explore marine life, compete in Invention Convention
Sarah J. Herrick For The Bulletin
Through a Community Foundation grant awarded to Mystic Aquarium, students at all seven Bridges sites had the opportunity to learn about threatened and endangered animals locally and around the world. Students explored the animals' habitats, the threats they face and how to help protect them through fun, hands-on activities provided by the aquarium. As a culminating event on May 18, approximately 600 students, 40 staff members and 100 parents plus siblings visited the aquarium free of cost.
Adult Ed graduation
On May 25, the Norwich Regional Adult Education program celebrated its 45th graduation. There were a total of 52 graduates who received their high school diplomas, from the Credit Diploma Program, the GED Program or the NEDP program. Seven awards and eight scholarships also were given during the ceremony.
The Sixth Grade Academy recently had its annual Invention Convention. Arianna Hill invented a solar-powered snack vending machine that only sells healthy options. She hopes to put an end to childhood obesity, youth hunger across America, underactive youth, overuse of fossil fuels and more. Arianna has advanced from 6GA to Regionals at CT River Academy to finals at UConn. She is headed to Washington, D.C., to the National Invention Convention this month. We all wish her the best of luck!
Kindness rock walk
On June 7, second- and fifth-grade students from Wequonnoc Arts and Technology Magnet School went on their second kindness rock walk with the Norwich Police Department community policing unit. Their goal with this partnership is to build positive relationships with the police department at a young age. Students decorated and delivered rocks to Taftville neighborhoods with cards that identified their act of kindness and invited people to pay forward the good deed. In preparation, students read books with a central theme of kindness, such as "Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed" by Emily Pearson, "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" by Carol McCloud and "Good People Everywhere" by Lynea Gillen.
Annual fun run
Kelly Middle School recently had a record-breaking year for its annual Ellen Brennan KMS Fun Run, with more than 60 students participating, and more than $3,000 raised. The event is organized yearly by Ryan Morse (Brennan's nephew) and Jessica Harvey, both physical education teachers at KMS. Ellen Brennan worked at KMS for years as a special education paraeducator and passed away in 2013 after a battle with cancer. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Ellen Brennan Scholarship Fund, which is awarded to an eighth-grade special education student that shows the most growth throughout the year. Additional funds help support KMS activities and equipment for students.
Moriarty Environmental Sciences Magnet School recently had a color run to raise money to build a community outdoor track on school grounds. More than 200 participants took part in the walk-jog-run and raised more than $4,000. Physical education teacher Adam Dalton organized this event along with staff, community members and families who worked together to make the color run successful and fun for all who participated.
Sarah J. Herrick is administrative assistant in the Norwich Public Schools' business office.