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There's nothing we enjoy more than sharing the good news about our wonderful students and staff members. And we have a lot of great things to share! Read all about student and faculty awards and accomplishments, past happenings, upcoming events, and so much more.
We invite you to a screening of Generation Found on Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. at The Ridgefield Playhouse. Generation Found focuses on alternative methods to teen drug addiction and recovery in Houston and offers a roadmap for communities looking to engage with these issues beyond the simplicity and brutality of the war on drugs. Tickets are free, but it is best to reserve them in advance by calling the box office at 203.438.5795. Please see our Generation Found flyer for more information.
When we think back to social studies and science classes (however many years ago that is for you), we all had different experiences, but many of us can remember similar activities like memorizing the names of the continents and key countries found within them; or reciting the table of elements (which now has four new names): and naming the oceans and identifying large mountain ranges and sandy deserts. But, the tide has been slowly changing and Connecticut, along with many other states, is shifting the way we look at social studies and science to embrace what it means to tackle 'Non-Standard Complex Questions' rather than learning facts out of context.
Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized both Scotts Ridge and East Ridge Middle Schools as Common Sense certified schools in the area of digital citizenship.
Both Scotts Ridge and East Ridge Middle Schools have demonstrated a commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.
"We applaud the faculty and staff of both Scotts Ridge and East Ridge Middle Schools for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students' education," said Jessica Lindl, head of Common Sense Education. "They deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large."
Ridgefield’s middle schools have been using Common Sense Education's innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 90,000 classrooms nationwide. Take a moment to view our Common Sense press release for more information.
Photons! Electrons! Electricity! At Farmingville Elementary School (FES) these terms came alive as kindergarten through 5th grade participated in a parent-led Earth Day celebration.
PTA garden committee co-chairs Amy Mischenko and Lisa Schoenherr work year round managing the garden at FES with the help of parent and student volunteers. This year they organized parents for an Earth Day celebration that included a green mulch demonstration, a pollinator bed tour, and a game of photon tag in light of the solar energy now powering the school. When the rainy weather prevented use of the school garden they simply pulled together some photos of the FES garden, got a tub of the mulched garden dirt and a ryegrass plant (their natural mulch) and, without missing a beat, made it happen.
The students loved talking about mulch, dirt, bugs and especially worms—sharing many stories of the worm lives they have saved. They learned the difference between wasps and bees and the importance of bees for our food supply. They even learned how to make a bee house using a tin can, some string, and paper. Learn more about Earth Day at Farmingville Elementary School in this A Day in the District article.
The State of Connecticut has a new framework on "Telling the story of how well a school is preparing its students for success in college, career, and life." The Next Generation Accountability System will be presented at a future BOE meeting. We encourage you to learn more about this new accountability system.