Mr. Pineda’s students learn how to pick up chicks!

Yes, you read that correctly! Mr. Pineda’s students learned how to pick up chicks last week! Students learned about incubators and how important they are when they studied the conservation of endangered species like California Condors and Whooping Cranes.  Then, they had the chance to see how it’s really done, as the incubator was set with 40 Nankin Bantam eggs from Mr. Pineda’s farm.  The chickens are used to help study genetics, anatomy, physiology, animal behavior, flight, ethics, and ecology.  But, we don’t think the kids even notice how much they’re learning because the chicks are so much fun to play with….oops….we mean study!

Hands on History

On Friday, our fifth grade students were treated to a special event. Hands on History, run by Dennis Cormier, Commander of the 7th Mass Regiment,  provided students with a visual and hands-on experience of what it is like being a Continental Army soldier during the American Revolution.   He brought over $40,000 worth of original 18th century artifacts and reproductions to Nissitissit to share with students.  Our students listened to Mr. Cormier’s tales of what it was like being in the Continental Army. They loved trying on uniforms from the British, French, and Continental Armies as well as touching many items from that time period such as pewter lanterns, pitchers, muskets, and coins.  Students were able to see documents with the stamps required of that time (Stamp Act) and an actual newspaper with George Washington’s obituary! Pepperell resident and parent, Mr. Carroll also joined the presentation dressed in uniform. Thanks to the Pepperell Cultural Council and The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts for providing most of the funding for this assembly. Our students learned so much and enjoyed it!

Math Club

 

Kudos to our MathCounts team for coming in 4th place in their competition. Thank you to Coach Ms. Daniels for preparing them well!

Congratulations: Delaney, Brooks, Townsend, Michael, Shawn, Charlie, Duff, Johnathon, Sean & Troy!

A Visit to the Nissitissit River

Once again our students are exploring the Nissitissit River off of Hollis Street.  They compare the river habitat to Pepperell Pond that they visited last month. In addition to collecting specimens, many artifacts have been discovered from our colonial and industrial past.

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