Tuesday, December 23, 2008
As children from Macdonough School prepared for the holidays, they were given something extra to bring home for the upcoming break. Each of the students had the opportunity to choose a gently used book as a holiday treat.
The books, donated from a variety of sources, contained both fiction and non-fiction selections. Authors included Dr. Seuss, Judy Blume, E.B. White and more.
Increasing access for students to quality children's literature is among the goals of Macdonough's School Improvement Plan.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
The Macdonough students play against each of the other elementary schools in the city. The team is being coached by third grade teacher, Miss Teresa Morello.
For information regarding the team's upcoming games, please visit the Macdonough School website at http://www.middletownschools.org/
Sunday, December 7, 2008
The donated books were Tomie DePaola's Big Book of Favorite Legends and My Dog May Be a Genuis.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Students completed the program on December 4th having participated in experiences using the four foundational techniques of brush painting using four different plants (Orchid, Plum Blossom, Chrysanthemum, and Bamboo).
The Asian Brush Painting program was offered as part of Middletown's Professional Improvement Grant Fund.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
If you would like your child to have access to this program, please call the school and ask for information on the Community Health Center at Macdonough School.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Proceeds from the book fair are used to offset costs associated with field trips at Macdonough School.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
University of Iowa's Amari Spievey, a resident of Middletown, was back home for the Thanksgiving holiday and made some time to visit his nieces at Macdonough.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The first game of the season is scheduled for December 9th when the team will travel to Farm Hill School.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
For the past few years it has been Firefighter Al. He visits the third graders once a month for about an hour to discuss fire safety and prevention.
In the spring, the third graders will be walking to the fire station on Main Street to get a tour of the house and trucks.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The Computer Club is funded in part through Macdonough's 21st Century School Program grant.
More than 100 parents and friends joined us to honor members of our learning community at the November SURFS Up Celebration. Staff from the Family Resource Center along with members of the Macdonough PTA coordinated a VIP reception prior to the assembly.
Students being recognized included members of the Scholars Academy, the Running Club, the Computer Club, and winners of the city wide Park and Recreation Art Contest.
Miss Sarah Claffey was also honored for completing the BEST Mentor Program, a three day program organized by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Miss Claffey is now certified to mentor new teachers and work with student-teachers from local universities. We are very proud of her accomplishment!
One child from each class was also recognized as the SURFS Up recipient. These are children who demonstrated Self-Responsibility, Understanding, Respect, Fairness, and Safety throughout the month. The families of these SURFS Up winners were also honored.
The next SURFS Up Celebration is just around the corner and will be held on December 5th!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Last month a new addition was incorporated into the SURFS Up Celebration - a food drive. Students and teachers were each asked to bring in one non-perishable food item. The thought was that if each person did a little, together we could do a lot. And we did! Over three hundred items were collected.
This month the cans are already rolling in as we prepare for the November SURFS Up Celebration. Thanks to all for your generosity!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Each of the students had the chance to invite a special guest to participate. Many parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles were on hand to join in the fun.
Mrs. Maturo from the Family Resource Center began the festivities by reading the students a poem by Shel Silverstein. Miss Beideman and Miss Loiseau helped all of the students select "gently used" books to read with friends. More than two hundred books were donated for the read-a-thon!
The Macdonough School Read-a-thon is one of several activities included in the School - Family - Community Partnership Plan to increase children's access to literature for take home reading.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
In addition to the donation, the school was presented with a copy of The Trumpet of the Swan, written by E.B. White, to add to Macdonough's read aloud collection.
Students in Mrs. Lenihan's kindergarten class were treated to a special visitor in honor of Veterans Day! A sergeant from the United States Air Force came to talk with the class.
Children learned about how members of the armed forces keep our country safe. They also learned about the reason that our country honors soldiers and sailors each year on Veterans Day.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
The Macdonough School runners fared well winning first place in both the 1/4 mile race and the 1/2 mile race!
Macdonough School's participation in the race was sponsored by the Hartford Marathon Foundation and 21st Century Schools Program.
The Macdonough School Running Club will be taking a winter break and resume racing on Saint Patrick's Weekend in March with the The O’Hartford 5K and Wee Mile Race.
Friday, November 7, 2008
For the past 5 weeks, Laura has been offering Nurturing Pathways for babies ( birth to pre-walking) and caregivers. The classes combine developmental activities, music, movement and bonding activities. It really is a cutting edge program and the parents/caregivers coming just love it. You can tell the children also respond positively and are very engaged because everyone is ready for a nap afterward. They give it their all! Hopefully, the Family Resource Center will be able to offer classes again for "waddlers" and preschoolers.
The Family Resource Center is a "must visit" for families with little ones. For more information, feel free to contact Laura Maturo at Macdonough (347-8553).
The first Friday of each month, special friends are invited to Macdonough School to have lunch with our students. While many of guests are moms and dads, there are a fair share of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and neighbors.
More than 75 "special friends" came to Macdonough on November 7th to enjoy lunch making this one of the best attended programs to date.
"Bring a Special Friend to Lunch Day" is part of Macdonough's School - Family - Community Partnership plan. The goal of the plan is to provide additional opportunities to involve families in the education of their children.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Members of the Macdonough School PTA conducted their November meeting on Thursday, November 6th at 3:30 p.m. in the school library. The group discussed the success of the Halloween party and made plans for another family event in late November.
If you'd like to get involved in the PTA, but can't attend a meeting, consider volunteering for a couple of hours at the PTA Book Fair during the week of December 1st through December 5th. Information will be sent home soon!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Special thanks to the Middletown Rotary Club for providing each child in third grade with a brand new dictionary.
The gift was made possible through the Dr. Wilfredo Nieves Dictionary Project.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
The amazing children's department librarians talked to students about all of the helpful and free resources at the library. All of the children who didn't already have library cards received cards and after taking a tour of the library got to roam and choose any book or magazine to check out. Others read quietly in the children's room.
The trip ended with some spooky and funny stories about Halloween. The classes jumped back on the bus and were back at school just in time for lunch! Special thanks to several parents who came along on the trip to help out as chaperones.
The librarians from the children's department were incredible! They not only taught the Macdonough students about the library and helped to check out books, but also provided entertainment.
Remember 3rd graders, your books are due before November 18th.
Teachers used the pumpkins for many creative learning activities. Students measured pumpkins, weighed pumpkins, wrote about pumpkins, read stories about pumpkins, learned how pumpkins grow, and even painted pumpkins. The children were surprised at the many different ways that pumpkins could support their learning.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
This session's book is entitled The Spiderwick Chronicles, written by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. It is the story of the three Grace children --- Jared, his twin brother Simon, and his older sister Mallory --- whose life has been positively full of changes lately. They have moved to a house that looks as if it might collapse at any moment and Jared has been getting into all sorts of trouble. Time for a fresh start, you might think. The problem is that something, or someone, seems to be trying to make life very difficult for the new residents of the Spiderwick estate...
Want to learn more? Ask a fifth grader in Mrs. Mueller's book club!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Our kindergarten students welcomed former Connecticut State Troubadour Mike Kachuba to class this week. Mr. Kachuba, a renowned artist, story teller, and musician, delighted students and staff with his creative performances.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Macdonough School was one of a dozen schools in Connecticut to earn the designation of "Success Story School." These schools were ranked on ConnCAN's Top Ten Lists for improvements made on the 2008 CMT. Macdonough School was listed as the third most improved school in the state for performance gains by students and the fourth most improved school overall.
ConnCAN is producing a documentary film featuring the Success Story Schools. Several Macdonough School teachers and parents were invited to take part in videotaped interviews. The film is due out in late November and will be shown at an upcoming school-wide celebration!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
In addition to colorful race t-shirts each child was awarded a race medal from Ronald McDonald as he or she crossed the finish line of the children's fun run. Macdonough School's participation in the race was sponsored by the Hartford Marathon Foundation and 21st Century Schools Program.
The Macdonough School Running Club, which meets on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, is coached by Mrs. Mary Raney and supported by athletes from Wesleyan University's Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams.
The aquarium measures 6 feet in length and stands a bit taller than the typical kindergarten student. It contains 150 gallons of water and enough fish to keep curious students entertained.
"A library should be the focal point of the school," commented one Macdonough teacher. "The fish tank brightens the room and creates an atmosphere where our students want to be!"
Friday, October 24, 2008
PTA President Marilyn Dunkley served as the chair for the event.
In addition to Halloween goodies, each child was treated to a gently used book.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The team learned about some of the "best practices" of other district schools and began to work on an action plan for the upcoming school year. The plan will focus on six areas of school improvement:
The team from Macdonough School selected to received a book entitled "Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships" in recognition of their work at the meeting from Donna Marino, Middletown Public Schools.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
One of the most popular programs is entitled WES Reads. This activity matches high achieving third, fourth, and fifth graders from Macdononough with Wesleyan students to form small group literature circles. The groups read classic children's books such as Stuart Little and Mr. Popper's Penguins and participate in rich discussions related to the reading. Making connections between the text and their lives, predicting future events, summarizing story lines, analyzing character traits are examples of some focus points for the literature discussions.
This semester a dozen university students are meeting with more than thirty Macdonough students on a weekly basis. The groups will participate in an end-of-semester celebration of learning in early December.
About two dozen computers have been donated to NEAT to date, although Izzi Greenberg, NEAT’s Executive Director, is actively seeking donations through the One Laptop Per Child Foundation. For more information, please contact NEAT at 346-4845.