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April 30, 2018


Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

Art students recently had the opportunity to create their own stop-motion videos, which require significant time and planning.

Students expressed their creativity in forming their videos. Their work speaks to the district’s Profile of a Graduate; specifically, the critical and creative thinking strand. Students linked creative and critical thinking in a process for developing, evaluating and solving problems in a timely manner to successful create their stop-motion videos.

 

 

April 16, 2018


Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

Pequenakonck Elementary School’s One Cub recently hosted a kindness-themed assembly that allowed students to meet the beneficiary of their recycling program, Good Reasons Dog Treats. Additionally, One Cub awarded the previous recipient, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, with a $526 donation.

“These efforts demonstrate our Profile of a North Salem Fifth-Grader as a Problem-Solver,” said Director of Instruction and Human Resources Julio Vasquez. “Specifically, the work our staff and students do to display kind, empathetic, respectful, responsible, honest and safe behavior towards self and others. It also demonstrates their efforts to make intentional choices that demonstrate a concern for a sustainable environment.”

 

 

 

 

March 26, 2018


Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

Second-grade students at Pequenakonck Elementary School were challenged to engineer Rapunzel out of her tower as part of their study of fairy tales. 

The students used critical and creative thinking, along with some household materials, to get Rapunzel safely out of the tower before the evil Mother Gothel returned. 

Throughout the process, the groups’ designs changed as a result of testing their prototypes. Each group chose materials and designs for specific reasons to test their engineering skills. This initiative required lots of problem-solving, cooperation, creativity and fun!  

 

 

February 5, 2018


 

Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

Members of the high school’s Model United Nations Club met with more than 1,800 delegates from more than 40 countries during the annual Yale Model UN Conference from Jan. 18-21.

During the conference, North Salem students had an opportunity to tour the historic university, meet current Yale students and faculty, as well as interact with their peers from countries including New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea and the Ukraine.

In line with the conference’s mission, “Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow,” students discussed international affairs, built confidence in their leadership abilities and practiced their diplomatic skills.

Model UN members spent weeks preparing for their specific roles at the conference, during which they acted as United Nations delegates from various countries in subcommittees, including NATO and crisis committees.

This rewarding and innovative educational experience left students feeling accomplished and excited for the future.

“Yale was really fun, and I made several friends for life,” said junior Evan Teplensky.

Club President William O’Leary added, “It is a great experience and has taught me a lot about international relations and creating personal relationships.”

January 15, 2018


 

Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

Second-grade students were challenged to use their critical thinking skills during a recent math unit.

Teachers Beth Savarese and Kristal Castellano introduced their students to math reasoning, including evaluating the minuend and the subtrahend to determine if anything about their relationship would affect the difference between the two.

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January 8, 2018


Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

High school Advanced Placement art students worked closely with seventh-graders as part of a collaborative effort and inquiry-based discussion.

The high school students introduced their middle school counterparts to pieces from artists Arman and Nick Cave, both of whom use found objects to comment on or to “object” to social issues in their Object Out Loud exhibition. Their work was on display at the Katonah Museum of Art from Oct. 15, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018.

After the AP art students viewed the work in person, they facilitated a dialogue with the younger students and introduced them to an activity in which the seventh-graders developed their own mixed media wearable works of art that reflected an aspect of their own identities.

 

 

 

December 11, 2017


Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

Students are constantly working toward achieving the North Salem Mission and meeting the criteria of their grade-level profiles, both in and outside of the classroom.

Recently, a group of fifth-grade students who ride Bus 12 were acknowledged at Pequenakonck Elementary School for being bus role models for their peers by following all bus rules and displaying safe behavior toward themselves and others.

“We are proud of the ways they demonstrate being exemplary citizens!” said PQ Assistant Principal Dr. Stephanie Bell.

 

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December 4, 2017


Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

Thanks to sponsorships by the PTO and the Foundation for Learning, sixth-grade students participated in A Day in Clay with professional artist, sculptor and potter Cliff Mendelson.

This creative workshop provided an opportunity for an interdisciplinary connection between Jim Savarese’s history class and Lauren Svendsen’s art class. Students were empowered with knowledge concerning the Greek culture, how Greek ceramic vessels were made and their connection to various cultures.

Students persisted in creating their own individual clay vases using the style and techniques of the Greek culture. They expressed various symbols, patterns and imagery that were utilized by the Greeks to explore this tradition, rich in ceramic history. 

“This was a great opportunity for students to stretch and explore their understanding of the art world and the many cross-curricular connections art provides,” said Svendsen.

The vases will be on display in the MS/HS main lobby showcase through January. 

 

 

November 27, 2017

 


 

Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

Fourth-grade students applied their knowledge of the four Cs – critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration – while aboard the Clearwater Sloop during a recent field trip.

Aboard the ship, students raised the sails, steered the boat, determined water depth, identified species of fish and created sketches that showcased the beauty of the Hudson River.

 

 

 

November 20, 2017


Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

Combining science and math skills, seventh-graders took advantage of an all-day orienteering field trip to Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, where they challenged themselves both mentally and physically.

Leading up to the Oct. 31 outing, students learned and practiced orienteering skills, discovering they had to make their thinking visible and audible to communicate with their teammates. They also had to analyze their thinking and readjust it as they encountered challenges along the way.

At Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, the students located their present positions on a map and then oriented themselves in the exact direction of the next marker.

“[They] then calculated the number of paces they would require to get to that marker,” said Social Studies Department Chairperson Karen Koestner. “Our students accepted the mental and physical challenge as they raced against the clock in this activity.”

 

 

 

 

 

November 13, 2017


Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

During the week of Halloween, kindergarten students used their Habits of Mind to create a standing structure based on the poem “The Five Little Pumpkins.”

“Kindergartners were given various materials, including pumpkin toothpicks, clothespins, Play-Doh, Popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners and more, and were challenged with the task of creating five pumpkins sitting on a gate,” said kindergarten teacher Victoria Lodewick.

The students had to think flexibly by using the various materials in different ways to make their structures stand on their own. Some students wanted to give up at times, but persevered and tried a new strategy. 

“The students had a blast acting out the poem using their free-standing gates,” said Lodewick. “Everyone was impressed with the dedicated work!”

 

 

November 6, 2017

Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

“Why did the bead change color?”

Students in Dr. Diane Outhouse’s third-grade class showcased their inquisitive minds by asking questions like that during a hands-on science experiment.

During the experiment, students observed an ultraviolet-light detecting bead, first in the classroom and then outdoors. Working in pairs, they compared the differences in their observations using the Habit of Mind “Gathering Data Through All Senses” and the Visible Thinking Strategy of “See, Think, Wonder.” 

This exercise involved using a variety of critical-thinking strategies to explain their thinking about why the bead changed color when exposed to the sun. Students were excited to make bracelets with the beads at the conclusion of the experiment, which they brought home to share with their parents.

October 30, 2017

Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

With Halloween approaching, the middle/high school library has undergone a spooky makeover.

“For the past week or so, we in the library and Ellen Falk’s math classes have been collaborating to do a STEAM project,” said library media specialist Cynthia Sandler. “We wanted students around the school to explore the amazing power of exponential growth in a fun, visual way. “

Starting with just one zombie, students were challenged to determine how many days it would take for the entire school population to be turned into zombies. Falk’s students joined in on the spirit of the assignment by taking on roles as scientists and mathematicians in an explanatory video that is on display in the library.

“Students have been flooding into the library to count people and figure out how long until we experience total zombie apocalypse. They have been collaborating, communicating and have been using creative and critical thinking to come up with their answers,” said Sandler. “They submit their guesses in a box, and soon, we will award prizes to those who calculated correctly. We will also analyze how students got their answers, right or wrong.”

This extension of math outside of the classroom has attracted students of all ages and abilities to participate and has been an overwhelming success.

“To hear students in grades six through 12 ‘talking math’ in the library is great,” said Sandler. “I look forward to more interdisciplinary collaborations.”

 

 

October 16, 2017

Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

Students in Mrs. Jessica Farney’s first-grade class recently reflected on their actions to demonstrate the Habit of Mind “Striving for Accuracy.”

This exercise involved using a variety of creative-thinking strategies to come up with ideas and display good citizenship as students practiced making intentional choices to contribute to a positive classroom environment.

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October 9, 2017


Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

Welcome back to a new school year!

The weekly series Mission Monday will be continuing this year, featuring highlights from North Salem’s classrooms and beyond as students throughout the district continue to engage in continuously learning, questioning, defining and problem-solving through critical and creative thinking.

At the middle/high school, Assistant Principal Dr. Kathleen Murphy noted, “The school year is off to a great start. Students are engaged daily in critical and creative-thinking activities, as well as solving problems small and large.”

Pictured is a student working with Ozobots as part of a science lesson.

 

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