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Waddell's Math and Literacy Night

Waddell's Math and Literacy Night
Thursday, April 4, 2015 

Waddell Robotics

Waddell Robotics!


As a result of being one of the recipients of a district Creativity Grant, Waddell School has been able to introduce students to computer science!  Students successfully participated in the National Hour of Code in December and continue to use online tutorials to develop their programming skills.   Most recently, enthusiastic students in Grades K and 1 are using these newly learned coding skills to maneuver the Bee-Bot, a kid-friendly, highly engaging robot!

The students buzz with excitement as they support and work with their peers to program the Bee-Bot to move through a series of increasingly complicated routes.  These young programmers use directional language and coding terminology like “move forward 3” and “turn right” (which will prepare them for more complicated block programming in the future).  They must plan and logically sequence their commands.  If they aren’t successful in completing the challenge, they must problem solve to “debug” the code.  Our students have learned the advantages of teamwork and that there are many ways to solve a particular problem! 

The Bee-Bot robot has proven to "bee" the perfect introduction to robotics for our primary students.  

Waddell Celebrates Dr. Seuss Day: February 2015

Waddell Celebrates Dr. Seuss Day
February 27, 2015

Students and residents within the Waddell School district came together on February 27 to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss and the love reading across all grade levels.  Read Across America Day is celebrated across the entire United States in many schools incorporating all types of literacy.  Students at Waddell School celebrated by welcoming members of their community.  Members of the Board of Education, the local grocery store, the Police Department and the 8th Utilities Fire Department visited throughout the day reading various books in numerous classes.  Some classrooms made a whole day of it by wearing pajamas and reading as many books as they could throughout the day, while others wrote letters to authors expressing their love of reading.  Carolyn Pattavina, the schools Literacy Facilitator, aligned times with various parents to visit the classrooms in an effort to get families involved in their child’s education.  Renee Bryan, the Family Resource Director, worked collaboratively with the community to make the bridge between school and local residents.  The message was clear as one walked through the halls that Waddell cares about the community.  Visitors were greeted at the door, offered coffee and donuts, and escorted to their assigned classrooms.  Students and staff alike enjoyed an amazing day of reading.

To discover more about Read Across America Day please visit http://www.seussville.com/Educators/educatorReadAcrossAmerica.php

Waddell Students Spread Acts of Kindness: February 2015

Waddell Celebrates
Random Acts of Kindness Week

Random Acts of Kindness Week is celebrated nationally from February 14 through February 21st. At Waddell, students within each class chose a different class to surprise with a kindness treat. Some students made a special craft for others, delivered bookmarks to their older book buddies, or shared a healthy snack. In Ms. Daigle’s third grade class, students dressed as waiters and waitresses and took a snack order of the students in Ms. Ginn’s fourth grade class. As the students were being served their choice of snack, Ms. Daigle explained, “While we should be kind to others every day, the word random means to be kind without being asked or having the recipient knowing ahead of time.” The fourth graders were very happy to be treated like real customers.

Random Acts of Kindness week was celebrated throughout Waddell School and the kindness was apparent on the faces of many students in this short week of school.

To learn about this week long celebration or ideas for your own classroom or family please visit https:// randomactsofkindness.org/.

Waddell Science Fair: February 2015

Waddell Science Fair
 February  26, 2015

Waddell's Science Fair was a huge success! Congratulations to all the students who participated.  Special thanks to Mrs. Craib and Mrs. A. Medynski who guided these student inventors and coordinated this exciting event!   Here are the results for the various categories. 

 Invention (K-1
First: Leah Terry - Unbreakable Crayon
Second: Jameson Girouard - Back Scratcher
Invention (2-3) 
First: Randall Madore - The Trip Wire Alarm System
Second: Joe Maio - Brain Game
Third: Gabriel Frimpong - Crayon 400 and Samara Zuniga - Car Bumper 3000
Invention (4-5) 
First: Luke Terry - Massage Backpack
Model (4-5) 
First: Michael Maio - From Rocks to Gems

Flashlight Reading Night: January 2015

Flashlight Reading Night
January 14th

The Flashlight Reading Night with the UCONN Women's Hockey Team was a huge success!!  Our UCONN friends handed out flashlights, a book, and surprise gifts!  A UCONN athlete joined each family as the lights got turned off and we read together by flashlight!! 

Waddell's Hour of Code: December 2014


Waddell's Annual Lights of Love Campaign



Waddell's Annual Lights of Love Campaign

Mrs. Watson's room won the privilege of lighting our Lights of Love tree this year.
Every year the class that collects the most coins / money wins the honor of lighting our Lights of Love tree. This year we as a school raised $267.73 which will be donated to MACC to help out needy families in Manchester.

Veteran's Day Celebration at Waddell

Veteran's Day Assembly
Family members of Waddell students who served in the military
were honored at our school on Friday, November 10th. 

The Raising of Waddell's New Flag

After the ceremony honoring veterans on November 10th, Waddell School was presented with a new flag from Rusty Meeks, one of the honored veterans.

Dress Up Like a Book Character Day - October 31st

Spider Week in the Media Center!

After reading about tarantulas in a book and on a website during library class, students got to see Mrs. Courtney's pet tarantula Mittens.  Students were very interested in what they learned and there wasn't a book about spiders left on the bookshelves!  Mittens even spun a web over night.






October is Fire Prevention Month!

On Thursday, October 26th, firefighters from Manchester's 8th Utilities District Fire Department came to Waddell to discuss fire safety and prevention.  Smokey the Bear, who will be 75 this year, visited the school and students got to see the fire truck up close. 


Waddell's Pep Rally: September 2014

Click the photo above to view the slideshow
of our frist Pep Rally of the school year!



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