It’s summer and we want to know where and what you are reading! Staff and students, please send us your summer reading selfies! Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What have you been doing this summer? Well, staff from NMS have been doing some exciting things. For example, our own Technology Guru, Mr. Worth, just took a trip to the MIT Media Lab. He met and spoke with Dr. Mitch Resnick, leader of the MIT Media Lab and Lifelong Kindergarten Group that produced the Scratch Programming language and Makey Makey. What an incredible mind for providing creative ways that kids can express themselves with technology!
Below is a link to Dr. Resnick’s inspiring TED Talk about kids learning to code.
Mr. Pineda has been spending time working on his farm this summer. Mr. Pineda’s farm will provide food for his family as well as specimens for his science classes. The birds are used to study genetics, flight, and animal behavior. They will also provide eggs to hatch out in the spring. The vegetables and plants will be used to teach about plant structure and function as well as pollination, reproduction, and photosynthesis. How lucky are we?!
Fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Cunha, just returned from a trip to Uruguay! Her visit to Uruguay was awesome, even though it was winter there! She had the opportunity to visit a cattle ranch. Uruguay is noted for their grass-fed, free range beef. The people wearing black felt hats are called gauchos. They are professional cowboys. She also went to a winery that had a gourmet restaurant and beautiful lands with many animals. Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and half of the population of the country lives there. On a walk along the shore of the Rio de la Plata, she and her family found a stranded baby seal. Very sad. Her daughter-in-law called an animal agency to get it some help. Also, along the Rio de la Plata you will find empty turtle eggs! This area of the Rio de la Plata is where the river meets the ocean. She visited an open market where practically everything is sold – from clothes, food, to live animals. They do have a McDonalds. It costs $50 pesos for a hamburger! The exchange rate was $27 pesos = $1.00. How much was the burger? Mrs. Cunha is looking forward to telling her students all about Uruguay in September!
Our own Speech and Language Pathologist, Mrs. Edgerly just returned from an amazing trip to China! Mrs. Edgerly’s daughter, Rebecca is living in Dalian, China, working as a Marine Engineer in a shipyard overseeing the build of oil rigs, tankers, and cargo ships. So, Mr. & Mrs. Edgerly went to visit! They were very impressed with Rebecca’s use of the Chinese language. There are four different tones in Mandarin and by changing the tone, the word has a very different meaning. Tricky! Sometimes that meant when ordering dinner you receive something unexpected! 🙂 For example the word “ma” in one tone means “mother”, another means “to bother”, or “horse” or “to scold”.