Jump Rope for Heart Raises Money and Awareness for American Heart Association
Parent Liza Kerwin would like to share the following message of thanks to our community. "Thank you to everyone who supported our recent Jump Rope for Heart event. Gardner-Dickinson raised over $5,400 for the American Heart Association and 63 people were trained in Hands-Only CPR. The top three fundraisers were Shay Kerwin, grade 5; Gideon Abbas, grade 2; and Matthew Blaisdell, grade 4. The top participating class was Mr. DiSotto's fifth grade class." Thank you Ms. Kerwin and Shay for organizing such a great event!
1st Graders Learn Phonics, Spelling and Vowels
To help 1st graders learn phonics, spelling and vowels, teacher Jennifer Kelleher uses an activity where students write words on signs and hold them up to illustrate their understanding of the lesson. First, Ms. Kelleher instructed students to spell “wall” then change a vowel to create “will” and then “well” before inserting a letter to create “wheel”. Students also practiced saying the words and using them in a sentence. “You guys are so good at this. Awesome job,” said Ms. Kelleher.
Quilt Raffle Fundraiser for Gr. 8 Class Trip
The 8th grade class is holding a raffle for a quilt that was made and donated by 6th grade teacher Laura Horacek. Tickets are available in main office or from 8th grade students for $2 each or 3 for $5. Drawing will be held Apr. 2. Proceeds will help pay for the class trip to Washington, DC in May.
Students Create and Perform Music
Inspired by STOMP, a theatrical show that uses ordinary objects to create music, Gardner-Dickinson’s 7th graders wrote their own music and performed it for classmates. “Students used basketballs, pots and pans, cups, spoons and chairs, and other objects to create music,” explained teacher Mary Alice Newell. “They spent time experimenting with different sounds then had to compose music and perform what they wrote.”
Teachers Kick Off Parents As Reading Partners Program
Gardner-Dickinson School kicked off this year’s Parents as Reading Partners program with teachers swapping classrooms to read their favorite books to students. “What a huge success. The students loved it!” said Principal Mary Yodis. “Many of them have already started begging me for another one soon.”
5th Grader Shay Kerwin Earns President's Volunteer Service Award
Fifth grader Shay Kerwin received a letter from President Barack Obama and a President’s Volunteer Service Award for his outstanding volunteer efforts in his community. Shay has raised nearly $18,000 to support the American Heart Association in honor of his father who passed away from a heart attack. He created the school’s annual Jump Rope for Heart event and participates in the annual Heart Walk. Shay also helps to prepare and serve meals at the Damien Center for people with HIV and AIDS. Congratulations Shay!
Students Create Artwork for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 4th graders created artwork that was on display at Hannaford.
Abbie Hudspath and Brody French Named Athletes of the Month
Congratulations to Brody French and Abbie Hudspath, Gardner-Dickinson's Athletes of the Month for January! "Brody exhibits all the qualities a coach or teacher could ask for," said Athletic Director Laurie Albright. "Besides being an honor student at Gardner-Dickinson, Abbie has become a leader for the basketball team." Read more...
6th Graders Learn About Cells
Sixth graders are learning about cells in science class. "In order to better identify and understand cell organelles, students worked in groups to create 3-D models of a cell," said teacher Sam Swart. "The best part? They’re edible and made out of cake!"
Follow the Search Process for New Superintendent of Schools
Superintendent Lee Bordick announced at the Jan. 15 BOE meeting that he will be leaving the district at the end of the current school year. "Serving as Superintendent of Schools has been a wonderful experience for me and I feel blessed and honored to have had this opportunity," said Mr. Bordick. "The future is bright and I am confident that the best is yet to come." Click here to see the latest on the superintendent search process...
To Help Keep Students Safe, Please Do Not Park in Front of School
To help ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff, Gardner-Dickinson School is asking visitors to please avoid parking in the bus loop. Fire lanes must be kept clear to ensure emergency vehicles can access the school in the event of an emergency. Here is a parent letter with additional parking details...