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Sandwich Central School



Dear Parents and Friends,
I’ve just spent the last hour with the 6th grade listening to guest lecturer Professor Tim Muskat engage the students for a second day with discussion about poetry and writing.  He brought meaning to Donald Hall’s idea that poetry is an art of “luminous particulars”.  

The 6th graders thought about their year and these were some of their thoughts: September saw new L.L. Bean water bottles carried by equally new students.  Lieutenant Llama (John) was stunned with the sameness of light blue and grayish shark costumes worn by Mr. Hillger and him for Halloween. November’s air was as crisp as a Cape Cod potato chip.  In December as the snow was falling, Sargent Salamander (Amos) looked out of window number three and saw C3P0 who asked him, “Sargent Salamander, are you paying attention?”  Janus snuck into the classroom after the new year, bringing with her secret counting -- four months down, four months to go.  Thank you, Tim, for bringing new life to a classic subject!


Mrs. Petitti’s Primary Multiage Class


Guess WHOO is watching our garden this summer!
Math:  We have been reviewing many skills taught earlier in the year.  Students have been reviewing tens and ones patterns on the number grid and using them to solve number-grid problems. We have been playing games to provide opportunities and practice to develop proficiency in adding and subtracting with 5 and 10. Afternoon friends have been making up and solving 2-digit number stories. We reviewed fractions. Children used fractional parts of paper strips to review fraction concepts and to compare pairs of fractions.  They also used the fraction strips to explore renaming fractions.
Reading, Writing, Science:  We started a mini plant unit on pumpkins. The garden is planted and the children are eagerly awaiting their pumpkin plants. The children enjoyed making the owls for the garden. 


Mrs. Beaudoin and Mrs. Ristaino


Happy June!  Even though the last few weeks of the school year are upon us, the students of the Upper Multiage have been busier than ever.  We will keep the stamina going until June 19th!
ELA:  Over the past few weeks students have been participating in novel study groups.  Mrs. Ristaino’s group has been reading Dog Song by Gary Paulsen.  This story of adventure focuses around 14-year-old Russel Susskit, an Inuit boy, who leads a dog team on an arduous trek across the frozen Alaskan wilderness on a life-altering journey haunted by dreams of an ancient warrior whose life oddly parallels his own.  Mr. Griffin’s group is exploring the themes of racism, friendship, and homelessness in Jerry Spinelli’s Maniac Magee.  The story follows an orphan boy who is trying to find a home in the fictional Pennsylvania town of Two Mills.  Mr. Mathieu’s group is reading Sid Fleischman’s The Whipping Boy, a comic yet compassionate rendition of the classic tale of the Prince and the Pauper.  Mrs. Beaudoin’s group is reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.  


Mrs. Day


Math:  At the end of last week and the beginning of this week, both groups took some time to review the skills and concepts introduced this year.  At the end of this week they took the end of the year math test. Here are some ideas of things you can do at home this summer to help your child keep his/her math skills in tip top shape for math in the fall: use long car rides to review the basic addition and subtraction facts (Rookies) or multiplication and division facts (Veterans); when your child is shopping for him/herself let him/her figure out how much to pay and how much change he/she should get back; anytime your child asks when are we leaving or how much longer, have your child figure out the time or how much time to go, and lastly spend some time as a family playing board games.


Mr. Hillger's 6th Grade


The Sixth Grade Class Night Celebration is Thursday, June 18th at 5:30 pm in the S.C.S. Multi-purpose room.
Merrowvista: This year’s transition experience at Camp Merrowvista went off without a hitch. The SCS Sixth Graders worked alongside their Inter-Lakes counterparts for three full days and two nights. They focused on the skills of teamwork, communication, cooperation and trust, while experiencing a variety of challenges like climbing, raft building, crossing the lava river, and doing the dishes as a community. The S.C.S. students were courageous and outgoing with their new peer group and took advantage of the opportunity to make a good first impression. Job well done!


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

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