Happy Ground Hog Day February 2nd. While celebrating the harbinger of spring, Ms. Sutton’s class did some investigation about the groundhog and discovered that it is one of the only true hibernators in New Hampshire. Not even the black bear is a true hibernator, but a snooze waker. As a snooze waker, the black bear occasionally wakes up to walk around its den or to feed its young.
Every day is a special day at the Pierce Elementary School but today was extra special.
Author, Michael Daley, a presenter from CLiF (Children’s Literacy Foundation) came to our school and read some of his books.
Students were captivated by Mr. Daley’s storytelling. One story, Pinch and Dash Make Soup was particularly entertaining.
For many years the children at Pierce School have made the walk down the main street of Bennington, past 100 year old homes and the Country Store to the beautiful brick building on the corner. Passing through its copper doors into the GEP Dodge Library, the students in Ms. Cannon’s Kindergarten are welcomed by Mrs.
Linda Tenney visits Pierce School and reads to all of the students to celebrate our “Read to Me Contract” goal. The goal was to have 80% of families commit to reading with their children at least twice a week. 82% of families signed up exceeding our goal. Thank you to parents and students!
We love having Mrs. Read More: Read to Me Contract
Picture book author, David Rottenberg, visited Pierce School on Thursday. The dancers from the Peterborough Dance Theatre performed as Mr. Rottenberg read the inspiring story of Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig; a tale of two best friends with big dreams. Gwendolyn’s hearts desire is to dance and Omar yearns to play football. The only thing standing in their way is that they are both pigs.
Facilitated by Judith Parsons, Title 1 teacher, Pierce School was awarded a CLiF Community Building Grant in November. The Childrens Literacy Foundation (CLiF) is an organization whose aim is to inspire a love of reading and writing among children throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. The intent of this grant is to build a connection for our students along with community members from within the Conval district to the joys of shared reading.
On October 25th, Fourth Grade Teacher, Valerie Germain, Special Education Teacher, Darlene Demetrion and Title 1 Teacher, Judith Parsons had a blast sharing many games, and techniques with parents to help them keep homework fun at home.
The evening began with free pizza and a short video about the “importance of reading with your child”.
The Bennington Fire Department took time from their busy schedules to spend a day with Pierce School students talking about fire safety beginning with a fire drill and assembly. Matt Hall, Deputy Chief, and his son Mason, Keith Nason, Deputy Chief, Jason Powers, Rescue Captain and Sarah Powers, EMT, showed the children different elements of the equipment they wear when they fight fires.
On Wednesday Mrs. Germain’s 4th traveled to Greenland, New Hampshire to visit the Great Bay Discovery Center with friends from Francestown Elementary School. Prior to the visit, the class learned that the Great Bay is an estuary – a land form where freshwater and seawater meet. Estuaries are critical habitats for many animals as well as places for several bird species to stop along their migration routes.
Third graders had a successful trip on their hawk migration hike at Crotched Mountain. We met naturalist Susie Spikol of the Harris Center for Conservation Education. We collected data, used scientific tools including binoculars, and discussed thermals used by the hawks to help them fly long distances with minimal energy. Did you know that hawks can fly for many miles without flapping their wings?