In early childhood education (K-8) I immediately saw the value in the way Mead teaches children to learn. My husband and I know that The Mead School is going to help our children develop into well adjusted, creative intellectuals.
- MEAD PARENT, CLASS OF 2010

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NEWS

Art & Dance Collaborate
Mead School Curriculum Directors Adam Ellyson (Art) and Alessandra Larson (Movement) collaborated on a lesson for the 1st and 2nd Grade students this week. First, Adam taught the students about the color wheel and had them paint large sheets of paper with colors of their liking. Once the paint had dried the students folded the sheets into fans, stapling one edge and wrapping it with tape to create a handle.

Later in the week, Alessandra talked with the students about the Spanish art of Flamenco Dancing. Alessandra noted that fans are frequently used in the dances and challenged the class to involve their fans as they moved to Flamenco music. Later in the lesson, Alessandra worked with the students on a choreographed dance that they participated in together.
Watch Our Garden Grow!
This week our Bridges group harvested a watermelon that had been growing in our school garden for the past 7 months!  Preschool Home Center Director Chris Mutolo helped the children pick the watermelon and then cut it up for snack.  The recent cold snap meant that the fruit had to be harvested a bit early but it was still very delicious and enjoyed by all!  
 
Even more exciting is that Chris has recently been approved to expand the size of the garden for next year.  This means that students will be able to grow and enjoy even more fruits, vegetables, and plants. Chris will be joined by committed parents on our Garden Committee in this endeavor.
It All Started With A Challenge
Last week, a few Mead School Alumni returned to visit and spread a bit of philanthropic spirit throughout our community.  Jessica Santagata '08, Eric Biddulph-West '12 and William Costello '13 accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and passed the challenge on to 5th/6th Grade Math Curriculum Director Rob Marchionni!  Rob accepted and completed the cold task during orientation on Tuesday.  He, in turn, challenged 3rd/4th Grade Curriculum Director Jenet Dibble and, after accepting and dousing herself with the icy water, she challenged the entire 8th grade.  Watch all the videos on our Facebook page to see who gets called out next!

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Mead Teacher's Star Role
Many of us have seen our Movement Curriculum Director, Alessandra Larson, in action with her students and taking the stage as she demonstrates some of the choreography for her classes.  The best-kept secret at Mead seems to be that Alessandra is an extremely talented dancer who has recently starred in the New York Theatre Workshop production of “Red-Eye to Havre de Grace,” a new musical theater work about the grim last days of Edgar Allen Poe.  Alessandra portrays Virginia, Poe's wife, whom he married when she was just 13, and who died very young and sadly after a long battle with tuberculosis.  Alessandra, her co-star and the production are very favorably reviewed in The New York Times theatre review of April 30, 2014.  Click on the link to read the review.  Congratulations, Alessandra!
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/01/theater/a-poet-on-the-skids-in-red-eye-to-havre-de-grace.html?_r=1
Kids Are Authors
3rd & 4th Grade students presented the short stories that they wrote and illustrated for the annual Scholastic story-writing contest, "Kids Are Authors" on Thursday in the auditorium. The students worked diligently in groups for several months on stories that they created, edited, illustrated and typed for submission. Students from all over the country participate and the winning work is published by Scholastic. The completed narratives were read to an audience of families and staff and the class answered questions afterward.    

The books and the authors are as follows:
  • TONY AND THE DRAGON - Michael Perry, Spencer Hickok, Ezra Perelman, Jake Garber, Sam Schulman
     
  • GOOD VS. EVIL - Angel Zamore, Luke Nelson, Leo Diamond, Ian Kalman
     
  • MAYFLOWER 1620 - Jordan Forer, William Gemayel, Alexander Piper, Leo Saperstein
     
  • THE MISCHIEVIOUS PIGGIES - Bryn Belloli, Claiborne Beurle, Declan Myers-Brown, Ellie Kalman
The stories, complete with drawings, will be posted on the school portal and the "Children's Work Exhibited" section of the website within the next few weeks.
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