On Thursday, June 25th the Bennett staff and students said good-bye to the sixth graders as they are heading down to the Middle School. We hope they enjoy their new journey and wish them a lot of luck! We also said good-bye to three very special teachers as they are retiring. They will be greatly missed, however, we wish them the best as they start their new journey.....select the headline above to view the pictures
In an effort to avoid what is commonly known as the "summer slide," Bennett teachers - in partnership with New York United Teachers (NYSUT) and First Book - offered free books to 100+ students on June 23rd at the Bennett Book Boogie. According to research by Dr. Richard Allington and the American Academy of Pediatrics, giving students books at the end of the school year can help stem the typical loss in reading skills over the summer.....select the headline above for more
On Friday, June 19th the sixth grade traveled to Davis Park to celebrate their last days as sixth graders. They participated in signing and decorating t-shirts, playing baseball, basketball, trying their voices in Karaoke, climbing on the playground equipment, hanging out with friends, and swimming in the pool. For lunch, giant subs were shared and the day ended with tossing water balloons at the lifeguards and Principal Buono. Safe to say that a good time was had by all!!! A huge shout out to the Town of Olive for arranging the lifeguards which allowed the students to swim. Once back at the Bennett campus, the students enjoyed "make your own sundaes". Congratulations graduates!
For the second time in three years, the Bennett Jazz Ensemble received a GOLD WITH DISTINCTION rating; the highest rating that can be achieved. The ensemble pictured below consists of 25 fifth and sixth graders.
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
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.