Thursday, October 13, 2016

NB Column: Students immersed in election, energy conservation

By Sarah J. Herrick For The Bulletin

A mock rain forest came to Moriarty Environmental Sciences Magnet School on Oct. 3 and students and staff got to interact with rain forest creatures from around the world such as snakes, monkeys, kinkajous, parrots, macaws and cockatoos in an exciting assembly.

Animal trainers taught students how energy conservation and recycling can help save animals of the rain forest. Families were able to come, learn more about saving rainforests and enjoy the show in the evening.

Fifth-graders Alivia Lambert and Keyan Mayernick both enjoyed the show with Alivia saying she "liked the part when the monkey took off his toupee."

"My favorite part was when the macaw flew over our heads," Keyan said.


Stanton Network School is working with Uncas Health District to promote wellness in the school. They had a clinic on Oct. 5 which offered flu shots for students and staff. Cindy Beauregard, Stanton Family Resource Center liaison, asked students why it's important to get a flu shot and here are some of the responses:

- Fifth-grader Mavet Flores-Perez: You get a flu shot so you don't miss school or learning. Then you don't miss school or get sick.

- Fourth-grader Sarah Louissaint: You get flu shots because you don't want to get sick and don't want the whole school to get sick. You want to keep a healthy body.

- Fifth-grader Reagan Pennewill: So you stay healthy and don't get sick.

Veterans Memorial

Fourth- and fifth-graders at Veterans Memorial School are enjoying a lively election season. In Social Studies, they have been learning about the electoral process, the requirements for holding public office, and have begun registering to vote in their school-wide election.

To provide opportunities for students to experience personalized learning, Social Studies teacher Mr. Frease is hosting a fictional campaign in which students have nominated fictional characters for president. Students have written biographies on their fictional characters such as Batman and Shrek, and are feverishly campaigning for their candidates with speeches, posters and even campaign platforms. It's not all fiction, though. The students have been carefully following the U.S. presidential race, weighing the merits of each candidate, and are excited to cast their own votes in November for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. All at Veterans School are interested to see if the students' results will mirror that of our nation.

Final note

Norwich Public Schools is proud to announce that three Kelly Middle School eighth-grade students are marching in the Norwich Free Academy Marching Band. Congratulations to Chloe Rubin, Jessica Pecor and Amy Contreras.

Sarah J. Herrick is curriculum administrative assistant for Norwich Public Schools.

Friday, September 23, 2016

NPS looks to sell produce to districts

NPS Processing Kitchen at Mahan School

Norwich Public Schools processing kitchen received its Food Manufacturing License.
The license allows NPS to purchase, prep and freeze local farm produce to sell to other school districts. Money received will go back into the Food Service department for future growth and expansion of the program. They employ local high school students, as well as, a couple of day cafeteria staff to run the kitchen. Every afternoon Mahan's school kitchen transitions to a food processing center. Food Services is installing a separate refrigerator and freezer soon in order to accommodate future growth.
The processing kitchen was made possible by funding from Connecticut Department of Agriculture and Farm Viability Grants in 2012 and 2015. The concept grew from an initiative to increase student consumption of local produce developed by the Food Services department. Other attempts of bringing more fresh produce into the school system were tried before finally developing a central processing kitchen. It allows for a more streamlined procedure and less overall cost to the department.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Norwich Bulletin: NPS Column

Giant map gets students thinking of the bigger world

By Sarah Herrick
Posted Mar. 13, 2016 at 3:45 PM

Thanks to a Norwich Education Foundation grant written by Huntington School math instructional specialist Dr. Jeanne Ingle and second grade teacher Debbie Lehman, the Giant North America Map was at Huntington School from Jan. 19 through Jan. 22.

Students had a blast “walking” around landmasses and bodies of water in North and South America. The National Geographic Giant Traveling Map is an enormously entertaining and educationally powerful tool for introducing geography and map reading skills to students in grades K-5. What better way to teach young people the power of maps and the limitless depth of geography than a basketball court-sized map of a continent on which they can explore, travel from country to country, hop around, compete, collaborate and have lots of fun?

Excitement at Mahan
There is some exciting news from Mahan School. Student Louis Hawkins III has been selected the 2014-15 state winner of the national Bonnie Plants’ 3rd Grade Cabbage Program. Louis receives statewide recognition for his accomplishment, and receive a $1,000 scholarship from Bonnie Plants. The Connecticut Department of Agriculture assisted in choosing the state winner through a random selection process.

Read Aloud Day
On World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 24, Superintendent Abby Dolliver read a book to everyone in our district via the computer. She selected a book that had wonderful illustrations and a meaningful message titled “Change The World Before Bedtime."

Network School 
Uncas Network School student leaders had an amazing opportunity to meet with their principal Jason Foster along with State Department of Education consultant Kelly Mero as part of the Network School updates and efforts. They also had a Valentine’s Dance for students complete with music, dancing, food, lots of smiles, laughter and of course, heart-shaped balloons.


Moriarty had its first successful STEM Expo on Feb. 4. The night consisted of seven STEM-related breakout classes where parents and children could choose two that interested them most. The classes were taught by Moriarty teachers and staff and local community partners. The class options were New England Science and Sailing (NESS), Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (DPNC), 3D Design using Tinkercad, Tower Power, Environmental Math, Composting and Nearpod. These classes offered hands-on activities for students and their families. Student artwork was featured around the gym for all in attendance to walk through and view.

Sarah Herrick is curriculum administrative assistant for Norwich Public Schools.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Moriarty to Raise Money for a Track

Please help us raise funds to provide Moriarty Magnet Elementary School and the Norwich community with an outdoor track! 

Moriarty Magnet Elementary School leads students to make mindful choices for their personal well-being through fitness, nutrition and social-emotional learning. To continue to meet this vision, we are striving to provide our students with the highest quality services including advancements in health education and offering various opportunities for physical activity within physical education classes, recess and after-school programs. The completion of a new outdoor track will enrich physical education instruction, promote increased physical activity, and ultimately benefit the wellness of Moriarty’s 450 students. The outdoor track will also enhance the Norwich community since it will be made available to the public before and after school hours.

Physical activity directly benefits student learning by improving energy, mood, enhanced concentration and attention. As a result, students will be able to regulate their behaviors in the classroom with an increased focus on subject matter. Physical activity regulates body weight, combats health conditions and diseases, and promotes better sleep. 

An outdoor track will provide Moriarty Elementary students with an engaging way to be physically active along with enriching the surrounding Norwich community.

Thank you in advance for your generous donation. Every little bit helps us to achieve our goal!