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Randolph elementary students pose for a photoRES 3/4 Team Visits Groton State Park

RES teachers Linda Garrett and Nora Skolnick took students in the third and fourth grade classes on an overnight camping trip to Groton State Park recently. 

As part of their geology unit, the classes went on several hikes, focusing on the rock formations and the impact of the glaciers in the area. They also examined some of the natural history of the area.  It was a great way for students and teachers to bond together as a group  - especially as they enjoyed smores, stories and songs around the campfire. Students took a night walk before retiring to their cabins, enjoying the late summer/early fall quiet and beauty of the park.

Braintree / Brookfield Students Go Snorkeling

picture of students about to go snorkeling

picture of a student about to go snorkeling

On Wednesday, September 11th, Brookfield 5th and 6th Graders went to Rochester to snorkel in the White River. The students were able to observe fish and invertebrates in their natural habitats, in a section of the river restored by the White River Partnership.

The students had studied a curriculum provided by the program beforehand, introducing them to the concepts of National Forests, watersheds, types of river habitats, and species diversity. The students also spent part of the day using nets to find macro-invertebrates, and learning about what they found from the program staff.

Braintree 4th, 5th and 6th graders also got a chance to investigate the river with nets and wetsuits! Organized by White River Valley Partnership and Green Mtn. National Forest, the kids learned about land and water management, along with macroinvertebrate (water critters) identification. Best of all, they got to snorkel with wetsuits and snorkels and discover all the life in the river. 

Brookfield Classes Attend Tunbridge Fair

On Thursday, September 12th, Grades two through six attended Agricultural Education Day at Tunbridge Fair. Students were able to visit the animal exhibits, and see an enormous variety of farm animal breeds. Students also spent time on 'Antique Hill", living history through exhibits that demonstrate skills, equipment, and buildings from colonial times to the present. These exhibits include a blacksmith shop, schoolhouse, sugar house, early internal combustion engines, civil war re-enactment, and a pump log maker. Students also were able to watch working steers and oxen compete in a log scoot during their lunch break.

Randolph Elementary's Garden is GROWING!!raised flower beds
Farm to School has been busy this summer creating an edible landscape for students to enjoy in years to come!

A big shout out thank you to Ross Evans, Peter Evans, True North Wilderness, community volunteers, Ember Hill Farm, Easthill Tree Farm and the students of Ms. Van Houten's class for making this project possible!

We are still looking for some plant donations to fill in some space. Donations can be dropped off the morning of 9/5. Raspberries, blueberries, hydrangea bushes (med size), perennial flower devisions - whatever you might have. Questions can be addressed to Misse
Misse Axelrod

Students Hold ‘Inventions Fair’
Courtesy of The Herald, April 18, 2019
Photo by Tim Calabro / Story by Cecile Smith
Randolph Elementary Student Experiments with Morse Code
“The world wouldn’t be the same without it,” said elementary student Emma Dimick-Ritter last Thursday as she explained why she chose to study the development of the internet for a class assignment.

Dimick-Ritter’s research project was on display at an “inventions fair” hosted by three different fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms at Randolph Elementary School. Migrating from room to room, students took turns manning their displays and visiting those of their peers.

Pupils in Gus Howe Johnson’s class began researching inventions in February and focused on determining how the innovation changed the life of its inventor and the world, Johnson explained. This project, she added, was designed to introduce students to a unit on the Industrial Revolution.

Fellow educator Melinda Robinson saw the potential for an “inventions fair”—a museum of sorts, involving students in several classrooms— and “the kids got very creative about their projects,” Johnson wrote in an email.

In order to demonstrate her learning on the invention of Hungarian Argentine inventor László Bíró, one student handcrafted a ballpoint pen using a drinking straw, plaster, and homemade ink—made from blueberries, vinegar, and salt.

Blake Allen, whose arm rested in a cast beside her display, eagerly explained the basics of how x-ray images are taken. Nearby, Cameron Shultz-Currier sat in front of a model telegraph machine she had built out of a tissue box.

Connor Hood and a handful of classmates crowded around the bicycle he constructed entirely from scratch. Hood even did the welding himself, he said proudly.

Pasteurization was the topic of choice for Megan Taylor, who is involved in 4-H and said she has “always been interested in animals and farms.”

Across the hall, Evelyn Murawski stood beside a brightly-colored trifold containing images of early cameras. Photographs, she said, require no writing and allow people to simply “take a memory.”

Braintree Writers Win 1st Place in Essay Contestpicture of two braintree students

Grace Best and Nora Celley have each received regional and state recognition in an essay writing contest sponsored by the Daughters’ of the American Revolution. Grace won 1st place for 6th grade in the Central Vermont Chapter and 3rd place for the whole state; and Nora won 1st place for 5th grade in the Chapter AND the whole state! Thee American History Essay Contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation's great history and learn about history in a new light.

Essays were judged based on historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness. In August the girls will participate in a ceremony honoring their achievements. Thanks goes out to Janni Jacobs for her creative efforts in teaching and motivating students about the 19th amendment.
And congratulations to Grace and Nora!

Randolph Elementary Students Get To Spend Time on the Farm
Courtesy of The Herald, Dec 20, 2018
Randolph Elementary students visit a farm
Nora Skolnick’s class of fourth-graders at Randolph Elementary School has partnered with a local dairy farm in order to develop hands-on learning opportunities and community building. Among Randolph’s Farm to School relationships, the school has obtained financial support from the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA).

Findings from a 2010 Vermont study show that students who know a farmer are more apt to report eating the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.
In addition to experiencing milking, chores, mapping, and trying new recipes at Silloway Farms, students will listen to farmer John Silloway’s stories of generational farming.

“I really love the farm to school program,” said Ms. Skolnick. “It is connecting students with their community and local history. They are getting a much deeper understanding of how the land around them is used and has changed over time.”

Silloway remarked that “we live in an agricultural community, so kids need to know about life on a farm.”
To display their knowledge of local history, Skolnick’s students will work with special guest artist Brendan Taaffe, thanks to grants from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The group of youngsters will tell their story with an old-fashioned “crankie”: a canvas that is wound onto two spools and loaded into a box which has a viewing screen.

The class’s Vermont History crankie and classroom educational program finale will be performed during a community farm event at Silloway Farms in May.