Featured image of article: Multi-age in Francestown

During its meeting on May 21st, the ConVal School Board expressed its support for Francestown to shift from traditional grade-level instruction to multi-age instruction. This is in alignment with the District’s Strategic Plan. FES plans to instruct students in two grade bands (K-2 & 3-4) as a pedagogical philosophy vs. a financial decision.

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Featured image of article: FES Students in the Curiosity Cube

Thanks to the ConVal ATC department, FES fourth grade students spent some time in the Curiosity Cube. This is a mobile science lab that has been developed by MilliporeSigma and travels the country to deliver science lessons to thousands of children. The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript reported on this and FES staff and students were featured in the article.

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Featured image of article: Runner-Up in Poetry Contest

On May 12, 2019 Charlotte from FES earned runner-up in the Elementary School Division poetry contest sponsored by the Peterborough Poetry Project. Congratulations, Charlotte!

The mission of the Peterborough Poetry Project is to promote the writing, reading, and thinking of poetry as part of everyday life. What does that mean? Writing poems is a way to have fun while sharing observations and insights with other people or just saving your poems to ponder later.

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Featured image of article: NH Statewide Assessment System

Each year, elementary students in grades 3 & 4 participate in the New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System (NH SAS). Please visit this link to access the 2019 assessment window:

This year, the FES 3rd & 4th grade students will take the following NH SAS assessments:

  • English Language Arts
  • Writing
  • Mathematics

FES plans to test students during the following days from 10 am – 12:00 noon:

  • Grade 4: Monday 4/8,

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Featured image of article: Engaging Students

Last week, FES students had a new experience in our Library Commons. Knowing that students often stick to one kind of book Library Media Specialist, Nicole Murray, wanted to encourage students to branch out and get a taste for different genres. So, she transformed the Library Commons into a Genre Cafe. The tables were all set with (electric) candles,

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Featured image of article: FES says Thank You!

The staff and students would like to say thank you for the community show of support in passing the budget and the teacher contract last week. Because of your support, FES students will continue to get an excellent education as part of the larger ConVal School District.

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Featured image of article: The Power of Play

The staff at FES believe that play is a very important part of education. That’s why we have a morning recess from 8:20 – 8:35 and a midday recess from 12:30 – 1:00. Here you see a collaborative project where students created “Heart Island” when the sun (finally) came out after a few days of ice and rain.

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Featured image of article: Artist in Residence @ FES

FES is dedicated to educating the whole child. Part of this is allowing students to learn about and express themselves creatively. We are thrilled to have Mark Ragonese join us again for another art project this week. This installation focuses on the characteristics that FES students identify within themselves as something they project outward to the greater community.

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Featured image of article: FES Parent Math Night

Do you wonder why your child’s math homework looks so different from what you brought home in elementary school?

Then join us for an interactive and fun evening! Learn from the FES staff how the focus has shifted in mathematics instruction and why we do what we do. Play some of the same math games your children play.

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Featured image of article: Bring in the Professionals

On Friday December 14th, students at FES learned about how people around the world celebrate winter holidays. One of the countries students learned about was Germany. A big tradition in Germany is baking and decorating gingerbread. We are so lucky to have a connection with Frederick’s Pastries through our third grade teacher, Ms. Robert. Sue from Frederick’s came to FES with homemade gingerbread and decorating tools for the kids to have some hands on experience like the professionals.

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