Mrs. Carrie Wallace
April seems to be the month of Ms - MCAS, Music, and our Multicultural Event. The first M - MCAS is an update on our MCAS testing. Grades 3 and 4 will be taking the English Language Arts tests throughout the month of April. They have been practicing how to take a test online. They have also been working all year on how to answer questions and write their thoughts directly to the computer. This can be a difficult task for some students as they have to process where the keys are on the keyboard, how to spell the word they are typing, and remember what they wanted to say - all at the same time. We have been focusing on creating graphic organizers such as two-column notes (ask your child in grades 2-4 what this means), t-charts, and tables to help students remember what they wanted to write about. Students seem to be very comfortable with taking a test online. Now we just have to hope that the technology works! :)
The second M is music. Mrs. Howes developed a very deep music calendar for this year. Grade 3 will perform their annual concert in early April to share their skills as singers and musicians. As always, students use the instruments of the Orff system daily to accompany their singing and to better understand the musical concepts of chords, notes, rhythm, etc. Students in grades 3 and 4 went on a field trip to see The New Haven Symphony in late March. It was exciting to see our older students all dressed up for this enriching adventure. Grade 2 students are learning the songs for our upcoming “Hansel and Gretel” Opera. The Greater Worcester Opera will be at Park Ave. on May 12 to give two performances of “Hansel and Gretel” and our second graders will be singing in the chorus! It should be a rewarding experience for everyone. Finally, grade 4 students are continuing to learn to play their recorders. They are following the Recorder Karate program which means that every time a student masters a song he/he earns a new colored Recorder Karate belt (colored yarn tied to their recorder). The goal is to master the 10 songs of the program and earn up to the black belt! Friends and family will be able to hear this mastery at the Grade 4 concert coming in June.
The final M is our amazing Multicultural Event which takes place on Thursday, April 27. This year we are working to make the events during the day and at night even bigger and more interesting for everyone. The committee has decided to have each grade level focus on one continent and the different cultures of that continent. As always, our Unified Arts teachers are focusing some of their instruction on topics specific to the continents. For example, in STEAM students are learning about inventors from their continent and in art they are learning about artists and art forms specific to each continent. We hope that you can join us during the day to see students’ projects about their own families and heritage and/or at night - April 27 from 5:30 - 7:30. Projects from all classrooms will be displayed for everyone to enjoy. Also, the night will include activities and dancing from around the world with some samples of food from different cultures. I hope to see you there!