Thursday, March 30, 2017
They were received by Representative James Kelcourse, who allowed them to sit in the representatives' desks and gave them a peak into the Governor's office.
Students were also able to sit in the two primary courtrooms used by the Supreme Judicial Court which allowed for some nice connections to the To Kill a Mockingbird unit.
We send our thanks to the PTO who fully funded the transportation into Boston.
Posted by Lisa Furlong, Principal at 10:41 AM
The final phase of the project was to create an exhibit and share the results orally. Project boards included data graphs generated using a spread sheet and a formal written lab report.
All our 6th grade scientists spoke articulately about their products and were thoughtful about the experimental process.
Many thanks go to our 6th grade teachers and our many parent volunteers who supported students in preparing for the final exposition.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Posted by Lisa Furlong, Principal at 7:15 AM
It was great to see the team on the beautiful new 8-lane track-now we just need a little sunshine!
Posted by Lisa Furlong, Principal at 7:07 AM
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
As a culmination of the research, students will design and build a prototype monument that documents and memorializes the people and the movement.
The lesson today introduced students to the idea of a memorial through a study of several national monuments including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. Students explored the differences between abstract and realistic memorials. They learned that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial artist, Maya Lin, designed the wall to look like a wound that cut the earth. They were challenged to think about why Lin chose black granite, and this lead to an interesting conversation about the word reflective. The shiny granite is reflective literally, allowing each person to see him or herself among the names, and figuratively, providing a simple backdrop for reflective thought.
Posted by Lisa Furlong, Principal at 11:54 AM
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Sonia Weitz .
Ms. Weitz's beautiful memoir and poetry recount her experiences as a young Jewish girl living in Poland during the second world war. In past years, the Nock was lucky to have Sonia visit to speak with students and view their reflections and projects. She was an inspiration to me, each time she visited we were pushed to think carefully about the power of hate. Sonia passed away in 2010, but her memory is kept alive at the Nock through the incredible art, research and writing of our students.
Friday, March 10, 2017
The Newburyport Art Association's Young and Budding Artist Show opens today. We have a number of Nock students exhibiting their work. Work will be on display until April 1. Join the artists for a reception on Sunday. March 12 from 2-4.
Posted by Lisa Furlong, Principal at 7:57 AM
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Since there are a variety of apps that students are using, and each app has a different approach to communication, it is important for parents to learn about these new tools and decide if, when, and how your child will use them.
Commonsense Media (commonsensemedia.org) is a good resource. I especially recommend their Teens Q&A section. This page offers some concrete advice on some of the questions parents and schools face when teens use social media use. For example:
Posted by Lisa Furlong, Principal at 12:31 PM
Members of Shawn Flaherty and Luanne Wilczynski's Nock Model UN team participated in a Model UN conference at Newburyport High School today. The conference was hosted by the NHS Model UN team under the supervision of high school teachers Matt Lachapelle and Wendy Crofts. It was fun to see the high school students running and chairing the process. They were great role models and teachers for the middle school students who came from several North Shore schools.
Students on the middle school team are assigned a country and spend hours researching and preparing for the conference. At the conference, students were in both Security Council and World Health working groups. As the day progressed, "crises" were introduced and the delegates learned to think on their feet, represent the expectations of their country, and broker deals with other sovereigns.
Posted by Lisa Furlong, Principal at 11:52 AM