Haldane Happenings (October)

October is upon us and with it the leaves will soon begin to change.  During this time of year the view from our campus looking across the river is truly spectacular.   I cannot help to think that such splendid fall foliage inspires creativity and ingenuity.  Indeed, it is a reminder of the importance of encouraging curiosity and innovation with our students.  I am delighted to share that our new K-8 Makerspace has recently opened, providing a classroom designed to encourage collaboration and project-based learning opportunities.  


Noted educational reformer, John Dewey, stated over a half a century ago, “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterdays, we rob them of tomorrow.”  With those words in mind, a traditional classroom design often presents challenges to developing skills to effectively communicate, collaborate and engage in complex problem-solving.  Moreover, a didactic factory model of instruction is no longer a sufficient approach to teaching and learning.  As a result, we have equipped our Makerspace with important resources and design elements to inspire students to demonstrate their understanding of information in unique and creative ways.  These skills are essential for the 21st century.  



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Our Elementary Pledge

I PLEDGE TO BE A FORCE FOR GOOD WHEREVER I GO AND A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL IN MY COMMUNITY.  AS A STUDENT AT HALDANE, I WILL STAND UP TO BULLYING AND TREAT OTHERS THE WAY I WANT TO BE TREATED--WITH KINDNESS, CONSIDERATION, AND RESPECT. 

It is our pleasure to introduce you to Haldane Elementary and Middle School.  Our caring and dedicated staff is committed to understanding the wide range of interests and learning styles necessary for your child's success.  The partnership between our staff, parents and children allows for a stimulating and challenging educational community.  We invite you to take some time to peruse our website to learn more about the richness of our curriculum and programs and meet our dedicated and exceptional staff.

Brent B. Harrington-Principal       Julia Sniffen-Assistant Principal        
                                                



This year, Haldane's Farm to School program will be partnering with the Culinary Institute of America and their Slow Food chapter on campus. Each month, two young, enthusiastic chef interns will come to Haldane and teach a cooking class to the elementary classes K-5. The student chefs will work with Haldane students creating dishes with seasonal, locally-sourced vegetables and teach them about where their food comes from and how it gets on their plate. These dishes will then be served in the cafeteria to all students as a monthly veggie taste test. This is a program coordinated by Hudson Valley Farm to School, a special project of the Hudson Highlands Land Trust.



Butternut Squash Recipe

Carrot Salad
Spinach Frittata

Sweet Potatoe Muffins
Beet Recipe
Parsnip Potato mash
Apple Pie

Monday, October 27
Red Ribbon Week
Team Up to Make Good Choices, (wear your favorite sports team jersey)
Tuesday, October 28
Red Ribbon Week
Waking Up to Make Good Choices (wear your favorite pajamas)
Wednesday, October 29
Red Ribbon Week
National Wear Red Day
Thursday, October 30
Red Ribbon Week
Making Good Choices in No Sweat (wear your sweatshirt or sweatpants)
Friday, October 31
Red Ribbon Week
It's Not Scary to Make Good Choices (wear your Halloween costume)