Haldane: Celebrate the Positives...Celebrate the Difference!
Sixth grade team McCollum, Wick, Virgadamo, Sniffen, and principal Harrington all collaborated with the Learning Differences PTA Committee to bring the 6th grade Second Step curriculum to life this November through an interactive, month-long student project. Second Step covers many social-emotional concepts but empathy was the central, recurrent theme for the month: when students understand and embrace who they are, they are better able to embrace and accept others.
Students and teachers were first given an opportunity to learn more about themselves by completing two self-assessments to determine both their natural learning style and natural form of intelligence. Were they Visual, Auditory, or Kinesthetic/Tactile learners? Did they fit the Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, or Naturalist type of intelligence best? Some students discovered they were tied in multiple categories!
Highlights from October ‘Garden Month’ at Haldane!
- Kindergartners explored the garden like scientists by using their five senses. They smelled, touched, and tasted plants, investigating different plant textures, shapes, colors, and sizes, especially from the unusual Dr. Seuss Bed. Students also collected items from the garden to determine if living or non-living.
- Haldane First Graders read Eric Carle’s The Tiny Seed and explored different seedpods such as milkweed ‘parachutes’, marigold pods, sunflower heads and Heart Pea seeds. Students folded and labeled their own origami envelopes for seeds they collected, to be planted in spring.
- Second Graders did fall clean-up and planted tulip bulbs, all while doing math: they measured sunflower stalk height, compared and contrasted different underground bulb structures (rhizomes, corms, tubers), and estimated how deep to plant bulbs (3x the height). Come spring, they’ll measure and chart tulip growth.
- Every fall Third Grade studies plant parts. Students brought clipboards, ipads, and diagrams outside, breaking apart flowers to label stigma, style, anther, filament, petal, etc. They learned to differentiate complete and incomplete flowers and looked at different plant ‘body’ parts: root, stem, leaf, flower, seed.
- For their Native American unit, Fourth Graders studied the Three Sisters Bed, reading the Iroquois legend explaining why corn, squash, and beans were grown together. They shucked dried corn, pounding it into cornmeal with mortar & pestle, and identified plants from the Useful Plants Bed. Students also studied plantain weed, which Native Americans called the "white man's footprint" since it grew in compacted soils, along roads settlers traveled.
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
Thursday, December 12
MS Winter Concert
Tuesday, December 17
Board of Education Workshop
Thursday, December 19
Winter Concert Snow Day
Mon, Dec 23 - Wed, Jan 1
Holiday Recess: No School
Friday, January 3
MS 2nd Quarter Progress Reports