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Student Representative Report to the School Committee September 21, 2016

SHS Senior Bridget Carl shared the following news from across the district at the September 21, 2016 School Committee meeting. 
The school year is off to a great start at Forestdale.  The year began with smiling faces, laughter and excitement as many students literally ran into the building eager to start a new year.  Students have spent the first few weeks getting to know their classmates and teachers while also learning about classroom routines and discussing what they expect of each other as a classroom community.

On Tuesday this week, students got together to celebrate International Dot Day.  Based on the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds, students all put their “mark” on the Forestdale School and committed to doing their best and trying their hardest when faced with challenges and learning new things.
Students in grade two have also already had an opportunity to have in-class field trips as the staff from Green Briar has brought ecosystems into the school and the students were able to explore them as part of their science unit.  This will be followed up by a trip to the marsh in the coming weeks where students will learn about how the organisms in a Salt Marsh work together.  Thank you to the Sandwich Elementary PTA for supporting this experience for our students.

Oak Ridge would like to thank Vicki Titcomb and the Titcomb’s Bookshop for bringing two amazing opportunities to our students.  First was the Roald Dahl 100th birthday celebration for our 3rd & 4th graders and for bringing columnist, ESPN commentator and popular young adult author Mike Lupica to our 5th and 6th graders.  It was a wonderful way to celebrate the power and impact of reading.

On another note, we had our first of two Open Houses this week and look forward to a second successful Open House on Thursday night, September 22 at 6pm.
Next, our PTA will be sponsoring two events between now and the next time we meet: Scholastic Book Fair beginning this Friday and we encourage families to support this event and the Rain Forest Reptile Show.
7th graders attended an assembly by Mrs. Nancy Franks in preparation for their upcoming field trips to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy where they will tour the ship and the facilities on campus. The students will also participate in the online “Follow The Voyage” when the ship goes on sea term in January.
8th graders will be going to Town Neck Beach this week for a series of outdoor workshops on sea level rise measurement, beachcombing, water quality, seaweeds, and shellfish.
Both grades enthusiastically welcomed author Mike Lupica last week who spoke of his career in sports and writing. Many students were inspired to read his books as a result of his talk.
Summer reading discussion groups were held this afternoon as students reviewed their choice of summer reading and discussed their related projects.
The STEM Parents Group is sponsoring a social for 7th graders at The Lanes at Mashpee Commons this Sunday. Students will enjoy pizza, bowling and each other’s company in a friendly and safe environment supervised by parent volunteers and administrators.
Open house this year was well attended and parents had the opportunity to hear about the many projects already underway in STEM.
The Science Advisory Board working with the Marine Advanced Technology Education organization have set May 6 for an expanded regional ROV competition at the swimming pool in 2017.
Spirit Week is alive and rocking the castle.
Monday was America Day, Tuesday was Tourist day, and Today ( Wednesday) was colors day
Friday is the big event with the entire school planning to wear their new Proud to be Blue U-knighted tee shirts!
Pep rally is Friday and includes all students from STEM and SHS!
Saturday night is Homecoming dance
Lots of great energy everywhere!

Teachers throughout STEM and SHS are having fun with eir tee- shirt competitions on Fridays. Math, Enlgish, Technology and STEM grade 8 Team D are our in front in the u- knighted Fridays!

Students are settled into their schedules. Parent enjoyed meeting teachers last week. Our new sophomore mentor program for 7th graders is off to a great start. STEM has enjoyed many wonderful assemblies  reinforcing their goals of engaging and meaningful learning
The technology team has been very successful in rolling out the chrome books to grades 7-9
And finally, senior mentors re busy helping the wonderful Class of 2020  adjust to the academic, artistic and athletic opportunities that define SHS.