Wednesday, November 27, 2013

McGovern School:The I Can School

Last Friday all McGovern School children gathered in the cafeteria for their first assembly of the year. The assembly had two objectives: first to discuss ways to be a good listener and citizen during whole schools assemblies and second to formally kick off our citizenship (red ticket) program. 
The children listened to an online version of the classic book The Little Engine that Could, a story about a train that was stuck on one side of the mountain only to be helped by the blue engine who puffed and chugged and stated: "I think I can, I think I can" as he pulled the train to the boys and girls awaiting on the other side of the mountain. 

After enjoying this classic story, we engaged the children in a discussion about how we want McGovern School children to be like the little blue engine, stopping and helping others and doing the right thing by being a good citizen.  The children then brainstormed ways they could be a good citizen much like the blue engine in the story.  Their list included: I can help others, I can be good listener, I can follow school rules. Every other week we will post a new I can statement in our front hall on our own little blue engine, in hopes that the children will take the message and live the words in and around McGovern School.
Mr. Mike is our "opening act" playing "I've Been Working on the Railroad"

Our "I Can" train graces the front hall at McGovern 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Math Game Nights at McGovern

This month McGovern School hosted two math game nights for both kindergarten and grade one families.  Over 140 families enjoyed a variety of math games as they rotated through tables set up in the school's cafeteria and gymnasium.  Among the favorite activities were a number guessing game called “Monster Squeeze” and a card game emphasizing number sense skills entitled “Top it.”  Our goal for the evening was to introduce math games from our math program, to encourage conversation around math and problem solving and to enjoy a fun-filled family evening.  Based on these photos, it looks like we met our goals!


Click here for a link to directions to a multitude of games from our math program that you can play at home with your child.

And don't forget to access our online Everyday Math suite of math games at

Sunday, November 17, 2013

McGovern School Helps Break a Reading Record

For the second year in a row, McGovern School participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Day on October 3, 2013.  All children were treated to a guest reader in hopes of breaking a world record for the most number of children reading the very same book on the very same day.  This year we had a farm themed event which involved all children listening to the story Otis, a book about a tractor named Otis who rescues his calf friend from the mud.  This year McGovern went all out with a tractor gracing the front lawn of McGovern School, generously delivered by the husband of 1st grade teacher Janine Panechelli.  During the 2013 campaign, 2,462,860 people worldwide participated to help create a new record!

McGovern School custodian enjoys the tractor

Our guest readers with a first grade class
Dr. Pires, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, reads to a kindergarten class

Saturday, November 16, 2013


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