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!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

2nd Annual Art Auction & Dessert Tasting - Apr 26

The NPS Education Foundation's 2nd annual Art Auction & Dessert Tasting promises to be another fun night out! Please Note: Our location has changed: The Art Auction & Dessert Tasting will take place at Kelly Middle School: 25 Mahan Drive, Norwich. Come enjoy delicious desserts, coffee and fine art from artists with Norwich ties including Bill Diodato, Merrill Park Keeley; Gabe Lipman; Marge Izbicki; Zach Turner; Susan Matera; and more. In addition, student artists from NFA; Norwich Tech and Norwich Public Schools will exhibit their fine works.

In addition to the desserts and art, the Foundation will also officially announce the start of three exciting grant programs available to NPS faculty. A 'School Community Grant' program has been generously funded by an anonymous donor who cares deeply about the Norwich community and Norwich Public Schools. This program will award $1,500 to an NPS school-based team supporting student instruction & enrichment; parent engagement; and educator professional development.

The second grant program will award no less than five and no more than eight $250 grants to NPS teachers for projects supporting student achievement.

The third grant program, from the Joseph S. Catania Science Grant Program, a Foundation partner, will award up to $500 to an NPS teacher or team for a project that supports a science-based curriculum initiative.