Are you in need of a new wig? Has your horse thrown a shoe? Perhaps your goodwife would like to order a new gown for the ball. Allow any one of the fine 18th century tradesmen and women of the Bennett fourth grade to fill your order! Each one eagerly set up shop, or shall we say “shoppe,” on May 15th under the "sign of the school gymnasium!” It was an exciting day when well over one hundred students greeted an amazing crowd of enthusiastic visitors. Each blacksmith, shoemaker, potter, and tinsmith aptly explained his/her product, discussed tools, demonstrated work, and proved his/her interdependence among townsfolk.....select the link above for more info
Fourth Grade Bennett students recently traveled to the Senate House in Kingston, NY to continue their unit of study, "Colonial Life". While on their field trip the students sat and created observation drawings of historic houses in Kingston. Next, back in the art room, they used their sketches to create cityscapes on foam. Finally they printed their foam blocks on paper. Some of these prints have been used for the "Colonial Trade Fair" banner, as well as a program for their Fair.....select the link above for more
Perhaps no other food is more closely associated with New Orleans than gumbo, a stew-like mélange that reflects Louisiana’s multicultural heritage. This hearty delicacy was on the menu at Bennett Intermediate School on May 12, when local Chef Ric Orlando gave a cooking demonstration to Grade 5 students as part of a project-based learning unit on New Orleans.....select the link above for more
Good news! The PBIS tickets that students have been earning and using at the PBIS school store have been counted and many classes have reached reward levels. Announcements were made congratulating the classes and certificates were presented to each of the classes as well. Mrs. Lefferts and Mrs. Speers classes have been responsible, respectful and safe! They have reached the 600 ticket mark and earned an additional recess time in which students voted to enjoy card games, board games, cat’s cradle, bracelet making, etc. with each other while they ate snack. Here are some pictures of the fun times they shared together. Congratulations!! Keep up the good work!!.....select the link above for more
Reading allows us to pause in the hurry of our lives to really notice, experience, and reflect, so too, writing gives us a tool to pause in our hurried reading to pay attention to characters and ideas in books. During the literary unit, Mrs. VanDeBogart’s class paid attention to characters and ideas in books. The analytical experience included learning how to write with evidence and cite texts. According to the Common Core Learning Standards, students must be able to write opinion pieces not only on topics but also on texts. (W.4.1) Students must also use technology to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting. (W.4.6) The students have become adept at writing opinion pieces and now have developed insightful literary essays.....select the link above for their essays
Ms. Warren’s fifth grade science classes have become experts on Space. They have been working on meeting their technology goals while researching a topic of choice ranging from space travel to black holes and EVERYTHING in between. Students took their research and used PowerPoint to develop an online poster to be displayed during their presentations. While researching, students have also been citing their sources and giving proper credit to those who deserve it.....select the link above to view their digital posters
In order to raise public awareness about the rapid extinction of pandas, French artist Paulo Grangeon created an art installation with 1,600 paper mache pandas. An art installation uses sculptural materials to change the way your experience being in a space. He collaborated with the World Wildlife Federation and the pandas traveled through France, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Taiwan, and China.....select the link above to view student's sculptures
Students in Mr. Ryan’s physical education classes are discovering the game of Quidditch from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Students enter the gym by going through “the brick wall” at Gate 9 and ¾ that leads to the Hogwarts Express. When the students enter the gym they find themselves at Hogwarts School on the Quidditch Pitch where music from the Harry Potter movies is playing. The wall is lined with banners representing Hogwarts and the four houses at Hogwarts. Also students see a magic broom, wizard robes, the sorting hat and a Quidditch chest.....select the link above for more
Mrs. Lefferts and Mrs. Speers have worked with their class to integrate technology goals into their writing process. Students recently chose a narrative fiction piece they wrote earlier in the year to use to develop skills in typing, editing, and becoming more familiar with various features of computer software, such as Microsoft Word and Smart Notes. Students typed their pieces, edited, aligned pages, adjusted margins, designed and inserted graphics, inserted page borders, etc. When they completed their work, the final step was for all students to save their work as a PDF that could be downloaded into a Calameo file. The students are proud of the work they accomplished! Please enjoy this collaborative presentation of narrative fiction pieces.....select the link above for their stories
Bennett students recently were the recipients of Mr. Burkhardt’s love and knowledge of the process of sap to syrup. Mr. Burkhardt, the Physical Education teacher at Phoenicia Elementary, has taken the time in previous years (at Phoenicia) and has shown his students the process, too. Several parents of Bennett students approached Mr. Burkhardt and asked if he would share this process with the Bennett Elementary building. He was thrilled for the opportunity to share his love and knowledge with more students, and Mr. Buono was also very excited for the students to have this opportunity.....select the link above for more
Time for Spring Cleaning!
Dear Bennett Families,
Are there children’s books on your bookshelves that are no longer being used? Why not donate them to an inaugural event: The Bennett Book Drive.
As you know, one of our goals is to have students reading “just right books”. The more books we have, the more choices we can offer our readers. Our ultimate goal is to create life-long learners who possess a deep love of reading. Your book donations will help us achieve our goals.
Our first collection date will be Monday, June 1st. We will be continuing this program throughout the 2015-2016 school year, offering additional opportunities for you to donate books.
Session 6 After School Activities goes from Monday, May 11th - Thursday, June 11th.
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM BN Variety Show Rehearsal @ MS/HS Auditorium
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM BN Variety Show
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM BOE Meeting: Phoenicia School
3:45 PM BN PTA Meeting
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM BN After School Activities Session 6 Ends
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM BOE Meeting: Woodstock School
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 1/2 Day for Elementary
6:30 PM BN Graduation
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 1/2 Day for Elementary
6:00 PM BOE Meeting: Middle-High School