8th Graders Propose Amendments to U.S. Constitution
As part of their studies on the U.S. Constitution, 8th grade students discussed how amendments are ratified, proposing their own which they debated and voted on. "Students developed a persuasive presentation to gain support for the amendment that they have created,” explained teacher Matt Lutz. “They created posters, slogans, songs etc. to encourage support for their amendments." Click here to read more...
Library Media Specialist Shares Info on E-Books
Library Media Specialist Linda Fecura has shared information about e-books that are available free to students and our community. Click here to read more...
Skribblers Magazine Editor Helps Students Build Writing Skills
Kindergarteners and 1st graders worked on their writing with Tammy Ellis Robinson, founder of Skribblers magazine, when she visited their classrooms on March 5. Skribblers is a non-profit magazine that provides opportunities for students to have their stories and artwork published. Thank you Mrs. Robinson for visiting our students! Click here to see more photos…
7th Graders Classify Igneous Rocks in Science Class
Seventh grade students used new laptop computers to identify and classify igneous rocks in Mrs. Ryan’s science class. The laptops, as well as computer tablets, were purchased as part of an initiative in the 2013-14 school budget to put more technology in the hands of Gardner-Dickinson students at all grade levels to better prepare them for college and careers.
4th and 5th Graders Snowshoe
Fourth and fifth graders took advantage of the snow by snowshoeing at Gardner-Dickinson School.
Jump Rope for Heart Event Raises $5,800 for American Heart Association
The annual Jump Rope for Heart event on Feb. 28 was a huge success, raising awareness and donations for the American Heart Association. "Thank you to everyone who supported our recent Jump Rope for Heart event,” said organizer Liza Kerwin. “Gardner-Dickinson raised over $5,800 for the American Heart Association and 47 people were trained in Hands-Only CPR. The top fundraiser was fifth grader, Sean Christian, and the top participating class was a tie between the fourth grade classes."
Students Learn CPR as Part of “Healthy Hearts”
Students in grades 5-8 learned hands-only CPR in February as part of a focus on “healthy hearts”. The American Heart Association also provided manikins at Jump Rope for Heart on Feb. 28 for community members to learn the life-saving skill.
Students Learn Traffic Safety from Otto the Safety Bus
Gardner-Dickinson students in K-2 learned important safety tips like buckling up and sitting in a booster seat from AAA’s Otto the Safety Bus on Feb. 28. “Otto has been visiting schools for about 10 years,” said Hudson Valley AAA Traffic Safety Educator Michael Sweeney. “AAA is an advocate for traffic safety of all ages and this is part of our community outreach.”
Principal Mary Yodis Explains New Character Education Program
Principal Mary Yodis presented an overview of the school's new Bee character education program to the Board of Education on Feb. 24. The program encourages students to Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible by giving out Bee tickets to students who display these qualities. Students are recognized at an assembly each Friday. Click here to see Mrs. Yodis' presentation...
Student Is "Principal for a Day" As Reward for Good Character
Eighth grader Alisha Harris got to be Principal for a Day on Jan. 31 after her name was chosen at random as part of Gardner-Dickinson’s new character education program. “Miss Harris’ duties included visiting classrooms and giving out the new ‘Bee Responsible’ award for students she witnessed being responsible,” said Principal Mary Yodis. “Congratulations Alisha and thank you for being safe and respectful.”
Many Lost and Found Items Need Claiming
The Lost and Found at Gardner-Dickinson School has many items that need claiming. Parents, if your child is missing a hat, gloves, sweatshirt or other items, please ask them to check Lost and Found in the Health Office. Thank you.
Third Graders Learn About Japan
Third graders in Mrs. Curran’s class learned about Japan, reading about traditional foods and mealtime etiquette in Japan and practicing eating snacks with chopsticks. “Before eating, students said ‘itadakimasu’, which is a phrase Japanese people say before eating,” explained Mrs. Curran. “It means ‘I receive this food’.”
Students Learn Fractions by Creating "Fraction Museum"
To help third graders learn fractions, students in Mrs. Curran’s class created fraction artwork. Students folded paper into equal parts and rearranged them into a work of art. Students then toured the “Fraction Museum” in the hallway as they examined their classmates’ artwork while they recorded the unit fraction and the fraction of the whole.