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Sandwich Central School



Dear Parents and Friends,

I’ve been speaking with the children about Habits of Mind that authors Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick identified in their work, Habits of Mind: A Developmental Series. The Habits of Mind are an identified set of problem solving, life related skills that are necessary to effectively operate in society and promote strategic reasoning, insightfulness, perseverance, creativity and craftsmanship. The understanding and application of these Habits of Mind serve to provide the individual with skills to work through real life situations that equip that person to respond using awareness, thought, and intentional strategy in order to gain a positive outcome. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) recognizes these cognitive and psychological aptitudes as vital to student success; they are described in the English language arts standards as "Capacities" and in the mathematics standards as "Practices."
The sixteen Habits of Mind are:

1. Persisting
2. Managing Impulsivity
3. Listening with Understanding and Empathy
4. Thinking Flexibly
5. Thinking about Thinking (Metacognition)
6. Striving for Accuracy
7. Questioning and Posing Problems
8. Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations


Mrs. Petitti’s Primary Multiage Class


Reading, Writing, Social Studies: The children have been listening to books about Martin Luther King, Jr. They have been practicing sight words through games, poetry and whole group activities.  The following words have been added to our Word Wall: as, an, am, are, out, about, go.  In handwriting the children practiced the letter "Aa".  During Writing Workshop the children have been working on recounts as a way to share about their vacation. Morning friends worked on beginning sound sort focusing on the letters "h", "c" and "m". Afternoon friends have been working on sounds they hear in consonant clusters


Mrs. Beaudoin’s Upper Multiage


Language Arts: The Upper Multiage has continued with great focus and success leading literary discussions during small group time. Members have taken on the Literature Circle roles of summarizer, discussion director, literary luminary, connector, character builder, vocabulary master, and illustrator in response to chapters read in their assigned book (Island of the Blue Dolphins or Stone Fox).
It’s been all about prepositions in grammar. Students were introduced to this part of speech by creating their own paper airplanes and recording its flight by using prepositional phrases.

After safely landing their “prepositional airplanes” students practiced identifying whether given prepositions in a sentence indicates direction, location, or time. Over the past two weeks, learners have embarked on writing an expository essay. The writers have begun brainstorming topics of interest and have started creating subtopics to research further. This is an extended guided writing assignment that encompasses each step of the writing process with instruction and practice.


Mrs. Day


Math:  The children in the blue math group just started a new unit this week. In this unit we will be working on multi-digit addition and subtraction, as well strategies for solving number stories involving addition and subtraction. The children in the orange math group are in the middle of Unit 5. Before vacation we were working with very large numbers. Now we are working with very small numbers and  expanding our knowledge of decimals. Over the next few weeks the children will be learning how to read and write numbers to the thousandths.


Mr. Hillger's 6th Grade


Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break. We are excited to be back at work in sixth grade and are looking forward to a busy winter. In addition to our normal classroom work, our Sixth Grade Math Team had their first math-a-lon last Thursday, winter activities is in full swing, and our annual D.A.R.E. program will start this week. The latter is a collaborative effort with the Sandwich Police Department and retired DEA Agent Lisa Remmick. Wow, things are busy!

Social Studies: Social Studies in Sixth Grade has been amazing! Since our return from vacation, the students have been working on independent projects based on a topic from Ancient Greece. The project began when the students selected an area or topic that interested them. From there they used Common Core standards as a guide to create their own rubrics. The rubrics included research, using a variety sources, and clear writing for a purpose. In addition, the students organized calendars to help them stay on schedule and meet their goals. In the end, we completed the following projects:

  • An original script and movie about the origin of the Greek Gods
  • A 3D digital model and report describing the Parthenon
  • A stop motion animation telling the legend of the Trojan Horse
  • A multi-media presentation on Greek mathematics
  • A relief map of the Acropolis in Athens

Sandwich Central School
28 Squam Lake Road
Center Sandwich, NH 03227
John Hansen - Principal

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