Spring has finally arrived. The days are longer, our children can enjoy needed time outside, and thoughts around placement and programming needs for next school year are beginning to be made. Indeed, there is much to be done in the final eight weeks of the school year. There are many events and celebrations to be mindful of in the coming weeks, and I am cautious not to try and mention them all in this newsletter lest I forget some. Simply, please be mindful of the calendar of events on the district webpage and email communications that are sent home.
I do want to share that the middle school will be piloting a different schedule for the last two weeks of May. Our core classes will experiment with a schedule similar to the high school that affords a longer instructional block with classes rotating during the week. I have attached this trial schedule that we plan on piloting on May 18th. As we continue to move forward with Project-Based Learning in our middle school the opportunity to have longer instructional periods should prove advantageous to the student-centered learning that is increasingly being embraced in our classrooms.
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Haldane's Farm to School Initiative inspires young people to eat their veggies and make healthier choices. With our Farmer in the Classroom program, students visit the school garden and learn where their food comes from and how it grows from seed to harvest. Our Chef in the Classroom program brings enthusiastic young chef interns from the Culinary Institute of America into the elementary school classrooms teaching students how to create tasty dishes with a different, locally-sourced vegetable each month. These vegetable dishes are then served in the cafeteria for the whole school to sample at our monthly veggie taste test.
Haldane’s Farm to School Initiative is coordinated by Hudson Valley Farm to School in partnership with Haldane's Wellness Committee and Garden Committee. To get all the recipes from our Chef in the Classroom program, go to Hudson Valley Farm to School's webpage: