Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May 2, 2016

Superintendent's Blog

There are many impressive events to report in this blog, starting with an update on the status of the EWG Junior High School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Park. A message from Science teacher Beth Brocato is below:

We are very excited that the development of the EWG JH STEM Park is well underway. We have finished the initial stages of the project and the seats and tables are to be installed within the next month. It is now time to outfit our STEM Park and we can use your help.

If you have started organizing your own gardens and find that you have extra perennials, or are splitting larger
perennials such as hosta, daylilies (especially heirloom varieties), daffodil bulbs, bee balm, cone flowers (echinacea), native edible berry bushes, sumac and ferns, we would welcome any donations.

Please put plants in containers/bags and please include a label so we will know what type of plant it is.

We are also in need of the following:
· New and gently used garden tools: garden rakes and metal leaf rakes, shovels, bulb planters, trowels, spades,    work gloves (especially smaller sizes), stakes, tomato cages bamboo poles, snow shovels (for moving mulch), etc.

· Pallets in good condition that have not been treated with Methyl Bromide

· Home Depot/Job Lot gift cards

You are welcome to drop off donations at any time behind the JH, near the STEM Park.

You can get even more information about the EWG JH STEM PARK PROJECT on our

Recently, some EWG students took part in a student steel drum ensemble at the Rhody Center for World Music and Dance, located in Pawtucket, RI. These students are: Thomas Carroll (grade 7), Ben Gurnon (grade 9), and Chad Tower (grade 12). Mr. Charest was the assistant director of the ensemble.
The students learned how to play the steel drums (which are originally from Trinidad and Tobago), and how to also play in the "Engine Room" (the rhythm section of a steel band). Chad Tower and Ben Gurnon also performed in the Engine Room for the Adult Ensemble.

A very grateful thank you extends to Principal Mary Slattery, Assistant Principal James Alves, and Principal Melissa Marino for their tremendous presentations last week at the URI Education Program event for prospective teachers. EWG remains a strong supporter of URI and our state's future educators.

Last week, I had the opportunity to join Metcalf sixth graders at AMGEN to see them working closely with their science mentors as they prepared a final project for a community showing later this month. This is the first year that our school has partnered with AMGEN for this amazing opportunity. Our students have been very engaged in various experiments where they have worked with experts to see science in a real world context. Thank you to Mrs. Fish for her organization of this partnership and to the outstanding mentors who have worked so hard with our students. EWG looks forward to continuing (and expanding) this partnership next year!

Please join us for the very first Unified Theater production this Wednesday at the JSHS. The entire production is student-run.... writing, directing, acting, etc. This should be a very worthwhile event!

Please look for my next post in mid-May.


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