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Teachers deliver Easter surprises

On the week of April 6, kindergarten teachers Michelle Sivillo and Sue Reno, along with Interim Principal Joy Reed, hand delivered “learning bags” to the Ledgemont Elementary School’s youngest students so they would have their needed instructional resources. The deliveries were made on April 10 and 11 to ensure proper materials got into the hands of students. In addition to the learning tools, Mrs. Sivillo and Ms. Reno included Easter treats for the kindergartners and their siblings. The teachers wore Easter decorated masks as part of their Easter Bunny costume.

Art projects share hope at hospitals

Berkshire Jr./Sr. High School art students found a way to continue their creative expressions while helping those most in need during the school closure period. As part of a community art project, students created messages of hope and shared them with those spending time in the care of hospitals, nursing homes and other health facilities. The idea was for students to share messages of gratitude to those serving during these unprecedented times.

students engaged by mystery objects

Teachers of the Berkshire Local School District are using a variety of instructional methods to keep students engaged during the ordered school closure period. One such activity comes from Burton Elementary School teacher, Amy Hochschild, who has started a “Mystery Object” regular assignment for students to deploy their sensory skills and creative thinking mindset. Using her magnifier, Mrs. Hochschild takes a close-up picture of an object and asks students to identify it. The educational purpose reinforces the science subjects and lessons of cells and cell structure.

Students spread positivity

Third-graders at Ledgemont Elementary School have been hard at work identifying opportunities to spread cheer and happiness in and around the community by researching recommended online resources during the quarantine and by drawing rainbows for others to enjoy. One of the students, Henry Goldizen and his two sisters, Hannah, who is in kindergarten, and Hazel, 3, were inspired to do something for their community. The trio drew a rainbow at the end of their driveway and picked up garbage on the side of the road as a way to spread cheer in the community.

Henry said he hoped people seeing them pick up trash would inspire others to do something nice, or at least not to litter.

School paper shows Badgers’ grit

Burton Elementary School has taken the initiative with the continuation of “The Badger Times,” a student-created newspaper developed by sixth grade students. Overseen by teachers Tricia Lunardi and Karena McCandless, the co-taught project has been diligently underway for the last few months. Included within the publication is student-interest stories and home-taken pictures and images. One particular front-page story entitled “Berkshire Badgers Have Grit” outlines how this edition came to fruition and the COVID-19 and school closure’s impact on the total effort.

Students finished writing and laid out the nuts and bolts of producing this publication on top of their regular assignments within the first week of distance learning.

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