Featured image of article: Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig

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.

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Featured image of article: Community Building CLiF Grant

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.

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Featured image of article: Fire Safety Day

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.

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Featured image of article: 4th Grade Field Trip to the Great Bay

  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. 

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Featured image of article: Assistant Superintendent Shares Malawi Experience

Assistant Superintendent Ann Forrest recently visited Ms. Sutton’s third grade classroom where she shared her summer experience in the southeast African nation of Malawi.

Forrest was part of a group of educators and aid volunteers with the group Good Soil Partners who worked in the village of Kangoma. She met with teachers and students and taught lessons at the pre-school and primary school levels.

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Featured image of article: 3rd Grade Hawk Watch

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?

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Featured image of article: Title 1 Raffle Winner

Title 1 held a raffle during Pierce School Open House on September 19th.  Parents who signed up for a Literacy Games Workshop to be held in October were entered into the raffle for a basket of exciting games and homework aids. In the drawing, first grade student Ryan Harrington’s ticket was chosen making him the winner of the Title 1 Raffle basket! 

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Featured image of article: Dodge Library Kicks Off Summer Program

Each year about this time, Leslie MacGregor, librarian for the town of Bennington, launches the summer reading program at the Dodge Library with a visit of introduction at Pierce School. “Libraries Rock”, the 5 week reading program beginning on July 5th through August 3rd features a musical tour through summer reading.  There will be stories,

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