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Was the Big, Bad Wolf guilty?

In Miss Ferguson’s Social Studies classes the students have been discussing Law Day, the Miranda Rights, and the Court system. After learning what the Miranda Rights are the students designed and executed a poster relating to this year’s Law Day theme, Miranda More Than Words. The students voted on the poster which best exemplified the theme and had the best creativity. Two winners were selected, one from Miss Ferguson’s class and one from Mrs. Memmo’s class.

The classes read two versions of the Three Little Pigs; The Three Little Pigs and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. The students compared and contrasted the main character in each story, the wolf. Based on what they learned about the Miranda Rights and the legal system the students worked on a mock trial based on the True Story of the Three Little Pigs. They rehearsed their lines and brought in props to really get “into character.” Both classes took a vote on whether they thought Alexander T. Wolf was guilty or not guilty. The verdict was not guilty.

During the Law Day unit a student’s father, who is a lawyer, reached out about coming in to speak to the class. Mr. Coughlin, a civil lawyer, explained what it is like being a lawyer, what the jury’s duties are, the legal system, and the Miranda Rights. The students performed their mock trial for Mr. Coughlin, Mrs. Memmo, Ms. Korn, Ms. V, and Miss Ferguson. They were able to ask Mr. Coughlin questions. It was a great learning experience for all!

UES Earth Day Cleanup

The students in Mrs. Wiggans, Mrs. Kelbaugh and Mr. Trauger’s classes participated in their Annual Earth Day Cleanup here at the UES. On Friday, April 22nd all of the students in our classes combed the entire grounds of the UES gathering trash and recyclables. This is our 7th year tackling this necessary project which reminds our students that we need to, “Think Globally, but Act Locally!”

FIRST GRADERS SING FOR THEIR MOMS

The Baker first graders continued a long-time school tradition by performing  a concert for Mother’s Day.  Under the direction of music specialist Kristin Dzuranin, the children performed songs and a poem in honor of their moms. Some of the songs included “A Song of Thanks and Love,” “You Are My Sunshine,”  and “Mom, You’re the Best.” A showstopper was the adorable “Mother Gooney Bird, “ complete with difficult choreography. The show ended with the Barry Manilow classic, “I Am Your Child,”  which always causes some misty eyes among the audience members. The first grade team is composed of teachers Mary Jean Klatte, Sherry Burns, Amanda Casario, and Hannah Guida. The first grade team is rounded out by paraprofessionals Carmela Roustas, Liz Rifkin, Rita Balsamo, Jen Bove, Diane Mason, and Megan Booth.

 

A little Kindness goes a long way

The UES counselors organized their 2nd annual Kindness Luncheon. Students were asked to write an essay about a person in their lives who exemplifies kindness and empathy toward others. Several students from each grade were selected to recognize their nominees at the luncheon. Thank you to all of our Kindness Mentors!!

MHS – Clay in Mind 2016

During the weekend of April 16-17, 2016, students artists from Moorestown High School participated in the 12th annual ceramics competition, Clay in Mind. Clay in Mind is a state-wide juried ceramics competition. This year, twelve high schools participated in the competition; submitting over eighty (80) student works of art. From the student art submitted, the top twenty works were selected to go on to a special exhibit in Philadelphia.

Under the supervision of MHS Fine Arts teacher, Ms. Kelly Gartland, seven entries were submitted in competition by MHS Advanced Ceramics students. Of those seven, three student works won prestigious spots in the final exhibit at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia. The titles of those celebrated ceramic pieces – “Goldfish Sculpture”, Candlestick Holders” and “Lantern.”

The Clay in Mind exhibit will be on display from May 6th – 14th, 2016. If you happen to be in Old City during the week of display, please join us in congratulating and celebrating these fine arts students by visiting the studio and enjoying these incredible winning pieces.

FIRST GRADERS SING FOR THEIR MOMS

The Baker first graders continued a long-time school tradition by performing a concert for Mother’s Day. Under the direction of music specialist Kristin Dzuranin, the children performed songs and a poem in honor of their moms. Some of the songs included “A Song of Thanks and Love,” “You Are My Sunshine,” and “Mom, You’re the Best.” A showstopper was the adorable “Mother Gooney Bird, “ complete with difficult choreography. The show ended with the Barry Manilow classic, “I Am Your Child,” which always causes some misty eyes among the audience members. The first grade team is composed of teachers Mary Jean Klatte, Sherry Burns, Amanda Casario, and Hannah Guida. The first grade team is rounded out by paraprofessionals Carmela Roustas, Liz Rifkin, Rita Balsamo, Jen Bove, Diane Mason, and Megan Booth.

Roberts Students help Animals

The second grade at Roberts School are very excited to share that their 2016 service project focused on helping animals. In honor of National Pet Week, Roberts School collected many items to be donated to the Voorhees Animal Orphanage.

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BAKER CELEBRATES EARTH DAY WITH SONG

The theme of the second grade concert at Baker was Earth Day. Under the direction of music specialist Kristin Dzuranin, the second grade learned songs fostering conservation like “Every Day is Earth Day,” “The Recycle Rap,” “Plant a Tree,” and “I am the Earth.”  The children also wore green shirts decorated with a special Buddy Bear Earth Day logo. The logo was designed by Baker computer teacher, Mark Ambrosino. This concert was a real collaborative effort between the second grade classroom teachers, the music program, and the “Cubputers” class at Baker. In Cubputers class, each child designed a picture which was integrated into the finale song’s  slide show, also  created by Mr. Ambrosino. Parents were delighted to hear their children sing and see the magnificent slide show background. The second grade team at Baker is composed of teachers Scott Rowan, Sara Bottinelli, Michelle Dzamko, and Julie Seiler. The team is rounded out by paraprofessionals Michelle Powell, Alice Francisco, Martha Di Rienzi, and Julie Close.

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BAKER GIVES A HOOT ABOUT AUTISM

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Baker teachers and paraprofessionals wore their autism awareness shirts every Friday during the month of April.  Pictured are teachers Kelly Yaris and Janey Kang as well as paraprofessional Kiana Perry.

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French Students Correspond with Pen Pals in France

Mr. Dippolito’s French 1 and French IV Honors classes have been participating in a written cultural exchange on Edmodo. About 60 MHS French students have been corresponding with (3) French high schools and (1) French middle school. These schools are located in the towns of Carcassonne, Nancy, Bordeaux and Toulouse.
 
Mr. Dippolito together with French colleagues choose current social/political issues facing both the US and France.  Articles from French and American newspapers are selected, which are distributed to students in both countries. Topics are then debated in class, and students then write to each other to discuss these issues in both English and French.
 
Some issues our students have investigated and discussed include the new open carry gun law on college campuses in Kansas, and the protests and social unrest in France caused by new labor law reforms.
 
Mr. Dippolito’s French students have worked diligently on their e-mails and have been extremely patient and polite to their French pen pals.  Both the American and the French students have learned to keep an open mind, have learned a lot from each other, are becoming better writers and more importantly better global citizens as a result of this exchange.