Curriculum Updates

Please read a few of the many recent curriculum highlights at LSS below.  March is a busy month with so much happening.  Be sure to ask your children for more details!


 

  1. Read Across America was celebrated the week of February 29 – March 4. Several guest readers came in to share their favorite Dr. Seuss book with the students. The children were excited to have their pictures taken in the “Read Across America Photo Booth  ” and to guess the number of fish  in the “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish … Goldfish Dish.”
  2. Bev Tabet has been working in conjunction with third grade teachers to introduce them to the Smarter Balanced Testing format and content. Each class has had four 45 minute sessions with Ms. Tabet. They are becoming familiar with navigating the test and the various formats of the questions for both Math and ELA.  Students are being coached on the content and also the technology use. The goal is to to familiarize them with some of the language used and the logistics/navigation of the test so that they can relax and focus on the content when they take the actual test. Students have the opportunity to ask questions during this time. We have covered the Math Practice and Performance Task as well as the ELA Practice Test and Performance Task.
  3. On Monday, March 21st, Helen Burnham and Robin Vogt will be starting an after school coding club for 5th grade students.They will be using a program from Google called CS First. The goal of this program is to increase student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education. Over the course of 8 weeks, the students will work on Game Designing modules using Scratch. Each module will provide opportunities for the students to design and program their own video games using code and computer science. More importantly, students’ critical thinking, collaborative, and sharing skills will be reinforced as they complete each step in the program.
  4. Music in Our Schools Month is being celebrated at Lincoln Street School with grade level concerts in “An Evening of Music”, spread over five dates in March.  Grade 3 has already completed both concerts.  4th grade will perform on two separate nights this week.  Then, all students in Grade 5 will present their musical talents on Thursday, 3/17.  All concerts begin at 7 PM in the LSS Gymnasium.  This is the 31st year that we have celebrated Music in Our Schools Month and the 31st year it has been led by Music Teacher Susan Noseworthy.  What an amazing inspiration she is for us all!
  5. Newburyport Illustrator, Susan Spellman spoke with our students about the illustration process and shared her experiences in the literary field on March 9th.
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