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posted Feb 28, 2014, 7:23 AM by Diane Randall

As we welcome your kids back from vacation we are reminded that winter is on its last leg and spring is just around the corner. We certainly took advantage of a beautiful, yet cold winter day when we went sledding at the Brandon Golf Course. It was wonderful to see the smiles on their faces as they flew down the hill. A great time was had by all! In fact, the whole Spirit Week was a lot of fun.

I wanted to let you know about some of the great teaching that goes on at Leicester School. This morning Ms. Noonan’s class traveled to Foxcroft Farm. The students were preparing food from the farm that they would later distribute to local senior citizens. They also continued working on learning the process of seed to vegetable. Through both pictures and seeds, students were learning the planting cycle.  Ms. Noonan, along with Anne Young, the owner of the farm, acquainted the students with the animals and had a tour of the farm tools. This lesson is a great example of hands on and service learning. Please feel free to look at pictures on the preK-K section of our Leicester School website

The first and second grade have been working on their Sound Unit. Kids made musical instruments with recyclable materials and treated me to a “concert” at completion. Another science unit that they were engaged in was “Potential and Kinetic Energy” with Laura MacLachlan from VT Energy Education (VEEP). I was impressed that they were able to explain the difference. The excitement was clear from the kids that they enjoyed learning science.

The third and fourth grade were writing “Opinion Pieces”. The main theme of the writing was “changes that could be made to the school to make it a better place”. I have to say, their ideas and arguments were well thought out. In fact, they have persuaded me to take a look at adding lockers to the hallway adjacent to the 3/4 classroom. Well done!

Across the hall, Mrs. Allen was engaged in a hands on fraction lesson with fifth graders. They were using elastics and geoboards  to find equivalent fractions. Students were working in groups, helping each other determine various equations with fractions.

As you can see, students at Leicester School are learning and engaged. Kudos to the teachers and students!

As a final note, Town Meeting is Monday night, March 3rd, and voting is Tuesday, March 4th. Please come out and vote. In a small town such as Leicester, every vote counts.

Thank You,

Earl Corey