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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!

3D Printing Project

Sixth graders have been learning about the new technology of 3D printing for the last few weeks in technology class. Students began by creating their own name tags in tinkercad and have recently been working on designs that will make teacher’s lives easier.

Students brainstormed ideas and then drew a prototype of what it might look like. Next, they used tinkercad to create a 3D model of their design. After printing some test pieces to test their design, some groups were ready to have their’s printed!

All groups were able to present their ideas to the class and each class voted for their favorite. Here are some highlights!

Carrying on a New England Tradition

Over the last week, students collected sap from our school sugar bush.  Over 20 maple trees were tapped over February vacation by Mr. Pineda and his family.  Over 50 gallons of sap was collected.  Several students and staff brought home sap to boil down into syrup.

50 gallons of sap will boil down into 1 1/4 gallons of syrup.
This has been a tradition at NMS since the school opened in 2000!  It’s a great experience for kids and can be applied to many academic concepts such as plant physiology, the changing seasons, chemistry of mixtures, and global climate change.  Nevermind the fact that it is just plain fun!
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jumbo mini

STEAM Day is quickly approaching and we are seeking donations.  We are in need of bags of mini marshmallows and jumbo marshmallows. Donations can be left in the lobby of NMS. Thank you in advance for your support. We have great activities planned. More info to come!

Heald Orchard Field Trip

Coniferous forest, deciduous forest, grassland, savannah, bird ecology, coyote tracking……Mr. Pineda’s students had the opportunity to study it all in early December.  As an important activity in their environmental science unit, students took a trip to the Heald Orchard five minutes from the school.  Everyone was prepared for the frigid temperatures so they could make their highly relevant scientific observations.  A relaxing picnic lunch was enjoyed by all next to Heald Pond (which is a lake, ecologically speaking) under cloudy skies while they searched the pond’s four beaver lodges for activity.

What a great resource for students to access so close to home!  NMS would like to thank Mrs. Paula Terrasi of the Conservation Commission for making this and other trips possible!

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