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.

Awesome History Projects!

Students on 8 Red recently completed an Introduction to History project. Students chose a historical topic that they were interested in. They did research on their topic (we went to the library as a class for a few days). Then, thjey put their information on a poster and wrote an essay. Their essay answered the essential question: “How did my topic/event affect or change history?” Each student or group (students were allowed to work alone or with a partner) presented their information to the class. Another component to the project was to make something unique or creative that relates to your topic. Below you will see some example of the work the students created.

Join Math Club!

Math Club will be starting up again Friday, October 13! We meet every Friday after school in Ms. Daniels’s room (room 203) from the end of school until 3:30. There is no cost associated with the club and it is open to grades 5-8. Students just need to be sure that their parents know they are staying for math club and be sure that they have a ride home at 3:30.

During math club, students work to solve problems and puzzles varying in difficulty. They often work in groups to help lower grade students master more difficult topics. The problems do not follow any grade-level curriculum, but focus on problems that require a different type of out-of-the-box thinking as well as the use of logic. We occasionally have in-house competitions where students can compete against their classmates or work with them to try to beat other grades of students.

Math Club students decide upon school-wide activities to celebrate Pi Day. Last year, they decided on a questionnaire that all students could complete for prizes as well as creating a script for a NMS news presentation on pi.

6th-8th graders will have the opportunity to try out to be a part of the MATHCOUNTS Competition team. We will go to one meet in February, competing individually and as a group against other schools in the area.

Come join us next Friday!


Weigh In Day!

Our F2 Nissitissit Blonde Hooded rats had their weights checked during E-block, with students eagerly filling the role of animal researchers!  The rats help children learn about many things, including genetics and reproduction.