Our K2 students are very proud of the books they just authored and published, and they should be... they are fantastic! Parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and friends all stopped their busy schedules on Friday in order to visit our K2 classrooms to hear our young authors read their books.
It is with pride that I announce that our own Ms. Michelle Lydon, Special Education Resource Room Teacher at the Winthrop School, has been recognized for her excellence in instruction by the National Association of Special Education Teachers. Ms. Lydon has been presented the "Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award" for SY 2011-2012. Ms. Lydon is one of only two teachers in MA to receive this award this school year, and one of only 26 teachers nationwide. Needless to say, this is quite an honor, and we are proud to have Ms. Lydon as a colleague! She is a tremendous asset to our students and our school as a whole.
Please help us congratulate Ms. Lydon!
I just arrived home from our Winthrop School Science Fair, and I'm so incredibly proud of our students, families, and staff! We had a terrific turn-out, including lots and lots of 4th & 5th grade families. Students proudly displayed their science projects, explaining their questions and their claims, and citing the evidence they discovered while completing their experiments during the course of their project preparation. Please check out the slideshow below to experience our learning fun firsthand!
The Boston Public Library's annual "Read Your Way to Fenway" summer reading initiative is about to begin. Students between the ages of 5-17 will become eligible to win 2 tickets to a Boston Red Sox game after reading a minimum of 3 books and writing a brief essay about their favorite. The essay contest begins on June 1. Winthrop students received entry forms and Boston Red Sox bookmarks already to get them started! Sta-a-a-r-r-r-t-t-t Reading! Check the Boston Public Library calendar to see when your neighborhood branch is having a Read Your Way to Fenway kick-off event.
You can get your child ready for summer reading by visiting the Winthrop's Scholastic Book Fair, taking place at the Winthrop School next week! Stop by during the day or during our Science Fair to purchase inexpensive and engaging books for your child!
On Tuesday evening, two of our fifth graders were recognized in a special ceremony at Faneuil Hall by Mayor Menino and Superintendent Carol Johnson for their achievements at the Winthrop Elementary School. One of these special young ladies received the School Spirit award for her positive attitude, kindness, willingness to help others, respect for our school community, and enthusiasm toward learning. Our other "superstar" received the Academic Achievement award for her focus and strong academic performance throughout her time at the Winthrop School.
We are really enjoying the transformation process of our cafeteria. Heidi Schork, Mayor Menino's muralist for our wonderful city, has been painting throughout the school day. The bright yellow walls are no longer, and our children are watching a forest grow before their eyes! It's especially fun to watch the children watching the artist. They've been amazed at her focus and the amount of work she's been able to accomplish in such a short time....lessons directly applicable to the classroom and to life as a whole! Inspired by the art making around them, some of our students have started bringing their sketch books to lunch to draw and share with Miss Heidi and Mr. Tom.
Children's book character, "Rotten Ralph," visited the Winthrop on April 13th for our "Icky, Slimy Poetry Slams" which took place in classrooms throughout the building. He was a big hit with students and teachers alike!
Last week, we celebrated and shared our love of reading together, with special guests from Boston College. Check out the fun we had: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8idwm6dLDck