Sriram says "AHHH" while having his teeth counted in our transformed art room to dental office. Below, Ernandie proudly displays her new tooth brush that she promises to use twice daily!
On October 17th, many of our students were seen by Carol Gilmore, RDH. Carol and her partner Elizabeth Chouinard, RDH are public health dental hygienists who offer this community preventative dental program to our students in Stoughton. The students receive an oral health screening, oral hygiene instruction and may receive fluoride treatment, dental cleanings and dental sealants. Ms. Gilmore uses a “tell-do-show” technique to gain the cooperation and confidence of the students. She explains what she will be doing and uses a model to demonstrate the instruments. Information about the student’s dental visit is sent home to parents. Students seen in the fall will be offered a follow up visit in the spring.
One busy Friday afternoon as the students were exiting the cafeteria, there was an uproar over some spilled milk. Stepping around it seemed to be an easy solution for some students. Others not so much. In the midst of it all, one kindergarten student declares, "IT LOOKS LIKE A SEAHORSE!" That declaration got students to step around it and not through it. Problem solved and no crying! It's all in the eye of the beholder!
As part of our School Improvement plan, we are trying to increase communication between teachers and parents. In light of this, I have encouraged all of the teachers to develop and maintain websites. I would like to commend our music teacher, Ms. Bauman, for recently taking her website to a new level and not only starting a blog but posting videos of students learning on her blog. She decided on her own that it would be nice to show parents exactly what their children were doing and learning in music class each week and thought that the best way to do so would be with short videos. This is exactly the kind of initiative that makes the South School such a strong learning environment. Please take a moment to check out the fruits of Ms Bauman's labors. Also please visit my Website page to see how other South School teachers are utilizing their websites.
Last week, I wrote about our new garden in the front of the school. I received a really nice thank you from one of the families that I would like to share with you here.
Bill and I just wanted to thank you for seeing to the memorial garden for Kevin and Kitty. We are so appreciative...Kahn Foreman did such a wonderful job! She asked me to put a few pictures on a thank you note to send to Home Depot and Packard Farm, Inc. Before I send anything out, I wanted you to look it over and give it your blessing.
Looking forward to seeing you at Pumpkin Patch!
Thanks so much,
Gina and Bill
Four South School Scientists took part in Friday's "Science is Everywhere" workshop at the Stoughton Public Library. As engineers they designed and tested rockets made out of balloons. They blasted the rockets across a string and discussed the impact of friction and resistance. It's not too late to join in the action. Go to the Stoughton Public Library to sign up for the classes on the first Friday afternoon of each month.
Last Friday, the South School was proud to recognize and acknowledge our students that participated in the Summer Reading Program. This week, not only did the O'Donnell Middle School do the same but because the students at OMS exceeded the goal of 2,013 set at the beginning of the summer (students read a total 2,090 books), their celebration was highlighted by a visit and a speech by Patriots cornerback, Devin McCourty. We here at the South School are very proud to report that Molly Turner, a current 7th grader and former South School student, was the top reader for all grades with a total of 47 books. Way to go, Molly! Keep up the good work!
This is a program for 3rd - 6th graders that is being offered at the Stoughton Public Library on the first Friday of every month. These will be hands-on learning activities and will also include 2 field trips and outside speakers visiting from Blue Hills Trailside Museum and the Museum of Science. Sign-up is required to participate and class size is limited to 25 students so don't hesitate, sign-up now to take advantage of what is sure to be an excellent learning opportunity.
Mrs. Mulvey will keep the community connected to various news and events through blog postings.