Featured News from Mead!
For the first part of the series, the class learned about hurricane science, the effects hurricanes have on coastlines, and on communities in the path of the hurricanes.
The students partnered in teams of two and worked with coastal erosion tables to experiment with different methods of shoreline protection.
Mead awarded "Best Middle School" and "Best Child Care" by Stamford Plus magazine.
Jeremy led students in a rousing performance of The National Anthem and the Mead School Spirit Cheer Squad kept spectators energized throughout!
A rousing half-time performance by 6th Grade student Luca Castagno had everyone cheering. Ultimately the Staff won the game with a score of 39 to 36.
A special thanks to Coach Frank Pollifrone who orchestrated this fun community event!
This week, Toddler III's activities focused around books by Dr. Seuss, in honor of his birthday. We kicked off the week with The Cat in the Hat. Students each wore a special hat to school and the children colored pre-cut hats.
Tuesday was Silly Sock Day, as we read Fox in Socks and the children decorated their own pair of socks with fabric paint.
Wednesday was Wacky Wednesday...and it sure was wacky! We saw lots of mismatched clothing and even one child with blue hair!
On Thursday, we had a special snack to represent Green Eggs and Ham and everyone wore green.
The week ended with a special treat of cookies in the shape of the Cat's hat. We had such a fun week together in the Center.
Students in the K-2 Center have been studying animals in winter. This study began when students were noticing different tracks in the snow outside during recess. Questions arose around which animals these tracks belonged to and where animals go and live during the cold winter months.
Students studied different winter animal behaviors such as adaptation, migration and hibernation to begin to answer some of their questions. Working with Stacey Mink, HCD and Adam Ellyson, Art Curriculum Director, students then drew their animals on paper, cut them out and positioned them in the winter landscape.
This board is a culminating artistic display of the thinking/learning journey that the K-2 Center has concluded about animals in winter, complete with information cards that can be lifted up to reveal the written research.
Our 4th-8th Grade Students & Faculty departed for Chimney Corners, MA, last Wednesday, February 14th for a 3-day, 2-night bonding trip. The students enjoyed several bonding activities, both indoor and outdoor, including ropes courses, rock climbing and archery.
Spirits were high as students & faculty in Grades 4-8 departed for Chimney Corners, MA, today for a 3-day, 2-night bonding trip. Outdoor and indoor activities are planned. Photos of the trip will be posted next week.
Toddler I has been busy this week. Their favorite books have been "Find the Duck", "Where's Spot" and "5 Silly Monkeys".
In keeping with our current weather, the students read "Winter Friends", as well. They have spent time in the sharing room and had fun tearing and shredding papers from the pages of old catalogs.
Joy Lenters' 8th Grade LA class has been immersed in William Golding's Lord of the Flies. In order to give the students a sense of the traumatic events that might have informed Golding's inspiration for the iconic novel, Norman Allen, born in 1940 London, and Joy's husband, shared his experiences of World War II as a little child. It opened up a whole new level of interpretation for this class and the students loved the first-person experience that Norman brought to the conversation.
Mead's 6th-8th Grade Basketball team kicked off their season by hosting The Harvey School for a nail-biting, high-energy game that kept us all at the edge of our seats to the end! Harvey prevailed with a score of 21-20.
Families and Staff thoroughly enjoyed watching these two teams work so hard and have such a great time on the court. We hope to travel to Harvey at some point during the season, as well!
Students, from our youngest to oldest, joined by their teachers, happily participated in our first Hoops for Heart Fundraising Event,
Working in partnership with the American Heart Association, we raised $1300.00 in online donations to help support the fight against heart disease. The head of all the Fairfield County AHA chapters, Susan McGrath, was also in attendance.
Leading up to the event, all students were educated on being heart healthy which included exercises and eating habits to help promote active and healthy lifestyle choices. We look forward to hosting again in the future.
Families and friends arrived early on Thursday evening to peruse the crafts and handiwork that resulted from the students' workshop efforts this week. Alumni gathered early in the evening for the Annual Alumni Pizza Party and to mingle with friends and faculty. Everyone then gathered in the Auditorium for the student performances.
Students entertained the audience with scenes from The Importance of Being Earnest, workshop ensembles such as Sword Swallowers, Baghatters and Goggle Creatures, group performances by the Handbells, Recorder and Advanced Winds Ensembles, Serious Singers, rock bands & much more.
It was truly a wonderful way to start Winter Break!
Our week of Light & Life has been Mead at its best!
The regular curriculum was suspended and students and faculty throughout ELC & K-8 participated in various workshops and special activities that engaged all the senses! Baghatters, Donuts, Snowflake & Snowman Creations, Gingerbread, Scrabble, Quiddler, Latkes, Accessorize It!, Lego Build, Sherlock, Pom Oranges, Just Dance and Twistchef were just a few of the offerings from which students chose. K-8 Rehearsals for the Thursday night performance and sharing also took place.