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.
Featured News from Mead!
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.
The boat's educators then led the class in a plankton tow and showed the class their catch on the large-screen video microscope. They saw many different types of plant and animal plankton. Next, the crew performed a "Bio Dredge," pulling up many different shelled creatures, sponges, small fish, and crabs. The students were able to examine and learn about each creature. Their final catch of the day was done with an "Otter Trawl," which netted a school of Porgy (Scup), a Summer Flounder, and a young Dogfish shark! The educators taught the students about the lifestyles and adaptations of each creature.
It was a beautiful day, the class had the chance to see animals they cannot see during their land-based trips to Cove Beach, and a good time was had by all participants!