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Everyone's Irish on March 17th! Show your St. Paddy's spirit by wearing green and paying $1 for this Student Council spirit day.

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You are putting great thinking into action! Following our schoolwide Socratic seminars on Service: We take pride in working with others to help improve our communities, we see many students and classes diving into service learning initiatives and projects. We are extremely proud of your ideas and even prouder of the steps you are taking to make them happen. Bravo!

  • Kindergarten: Spreading cheer and friendship to the elderly
  • Grade 1: Supporting our troops abroad
  • Grade 2: Raising donations for the Connecticut Food Bank
  • Grade 3: Working on clean water efforts for Flint
  • Grade 4: Fostering civic participation and voting
  • Grade 5: Taking a stand for animal rights
  • Grade 6: Fundraising for cancer
  • Grades 7/8: Volunteering at a local food pantry
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Progress Reports for the third marking period will be mailed home this week. Please discuss this report with your child and contact her/his teacher should you have concerns.

 

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This spring, The Yale Sustainable Food Project's Seed to Salad program welcomes our second graders  to the Yale Farm for a series of visits designed to teach them about plant anatomy, seed cycles, composting and nutrition. As part of their learning, Grade 2 Explorers will plant radish and lettuce seeds and cultivate them over a seven-week period before harvesting to be eaten as part of a salad, topped with homemade dressing, at the program’s final session.

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All Applications for the NHPS School Choice Process are due on March 13th. Visit http://choice.nhps.net for more information.

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Our next Schoolwide Seminar Day will be on March 24th with the theme of INTEGRITY. Seminar planning GLMS will take place the week of March 14. Please find my recommendations for INTEGRITY texts here: Integrity-Text-Recs.pdf

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Celebrate Women's History Month with your students this March! Share these videos and articles that can help your students build background knowledge on important women throughout history:

Get Passages & Videos for Women's History Month

The collection includes articles and videos generously shared by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and HISTORY®. 

Happy Teaching!

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Explorers in Grades 5 & 8 will show what they know about science this Wednesday, March 9th. The Science Connecticut Mastery Test will be adminsitered, begining at 9:45. Get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive to school on time. We're going to show everyone that our scientific star is rising at RWCSMS!

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We are thrilled to share the big news! Once again we have been honored by Magnet Schools of America: Ross Woodward has been named a 2016 National Merit School of Distinction! This is our fourth national award and we are proud to share it with the entire Explorer community. The Magnet Merit Program recognizes magnet schools that show a commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation and diversity efforts, specialized teaching staffs, and parent and community involvement.

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On Friday, March 11th we celebrate the spirit of Dr. Seuss! Dress like your favorite Dr. Seuss character and get ready to have some Seussical fun!
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The March edition of The Family Forum is here! To read this month's family newsletter, click here: FF-March-2016_20160307-182653_1.pdf

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Be prepared, Classical Scholars! Your first test of the semester will be this Thursday. You must know the parts of speech and meanings for the sym, syn, port, phil words. Study a little bit each night and don't wait until the last minute. You got this! Now get ready to show what you know!

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This month we will work through team building stations on Fun Friday. Get ready to work together to make decisions and solve problems and remember, it's all about the team!

The admission for K-4 is 10 Explorer Bucks and 50 points for grades 5-8.  

Be sure to follow The Explorer's Way:

  • Be kind.
  • Be courteous.
  • Always do your best.
  • Ask for help.
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Get ready for some really terrific read alouds! On Wednesday, February 24th we will drop everything and read (or be read to)! We're looking forward to terrific stories and some community building time. RWCSMS Explorers, always living a literary lifestyle.

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Fourteen year-old author, Kyle DixonIII, has sold over 11,000 copies of his book, JayBubblebee. He will be visiting Ross Woodward on March 23rd to share the experiences of his writing journey. We're looking forward to hearing Kyle's perspective and inspiring words. If you would like to order a copy of Kyle's book for your child, please complete the order form and return it, with payment to your child's teacher. Order forms have been sent home with all students. b2ap3_thumbnail_Ross-Book-Order-Form.jpg

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We have two  Open Houses coming up:

  • Wednesday, February 24th (10-11AM) (snow date: Feb. 25th)
  • Saturday, February 27th (10-11AM) (snow date: March 5th)

Hear about our magnet theme and curriculum, tour the school building and enjoy the opportunity to talk with our teachers and ask any questions you may have. To join our email list, please click on the following link: 2016rwcontacts

To take a look inside RWCSMS, click here for a short video: 

 
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During the week of February 22nd, our GLMs will be devoted to writing seminar plans for our next Schoolwide Seminar Day on March 4th. We will focus on our 5th Core Value, Service: We take pride in working with others to help improve our communities. Text suggestions have been emailed to all teachers; please come to your GLM with a text selected so that we can collaborate on a plan. 

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The Greater New Haven NAACP presents a documentary film screening and community discussion: James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket. The event is on March 13th from 3-6PM at the ConnCAT Building, 4 Science Park in New Haven. Refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public. The film's director and producer will be in attendance and discussion groups will take place after the film to unpack some of the big ideas that Baldwin was grappling with and that we are still facing today. For more information, click here: Baldwin--The-Price-of-the-Ticket-4.pdf

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RWCSMS teachers turned out in blue and green spirit wear to show their school pride. Go Explorers!!

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Show your Explorer pride by wearing blue and green on Friday, February 12th. Turn out in your RWCSMS spirit wear and get ready for a championship day!

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