Nissitissit River Trip!

“There’s a snake in my boot!”
“No, that’s just water!”, Mr. Pineda told one of his students.
Students and several teachers went to the Nissitissit River WMA on Hollis Street last Friday morning.  After a short walk, nets and tupperware containers were picked up at Mr. Pineda’s truck as children rushed to wade into the river to catch shiners, crayfish, dragonfly nymphs, clams, frogs, and toads.
Fifty gallons of water and many specimens were hauled back to school to set up the classroom aquarium.  By hauling water, problems in adjusting water pH and temperature are avoided.  Over the next several weeks, the aquarium will be a discussion topic as local ecosystems are investigated.
According to Mr. Pineda, there was one question that was asked over and over again:  “When is our next trip?”!🐟🐸

Writer’s Workshop

NMS students are working very hard to improve their writing skills.

The students in Mrs. Harrington’s ELA class have started writing their personal narratives and are participating in peer review.  “Peer review refers to the many ways in which students can share their creative work with peers for constructive feedback and then use this feedback to revise and improve their work”. For the writing process, revision is as important as drafting, but students often feel they cannot let go of their original words. By keeping an audience in mind and participating in focused peer review interactions, students can offer productive feedback, accept constructive criticism, and master revision. This is true of other creative projects, such as class presentations, podcasts, or blogs. Online tools can also help to broaden the concept of “peers.”(

In Mrs. Cunha’s class, students used the cut and paste method to reorganize their drafts. Look at how long those drafts are!

NMS teachers are working to instill the mindset that we don’t have “final drafts” but rather “best drafts”!

Peer editing conference

Cut and paste drafts in Mrs. Cunha’s class.

PTSG Fundraiser Reminder!!

The NMS PTSG would like to remind parents that their Lyman Pies Fundraiser is due today. Order a delicious pie or cookie dough and the NMS-PTSG will earn 41% of the total sales. All proceeds benefit the students in our school! The delicious pies and cookie dough will arrive in time for Thanksgiving. Order forms were already sent home with students. Thanks for supporting the NMS PTSG!