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Some students at Primrose Elementary and Somers Intermediate School had another first day of school in early June. “It felt like Christmas morning!” says a second-grade student. Since the start of the school year, all classes in the elementary schools were divided into two rooms. Each room had 10 to 12 students, and the teacher and teaching assistant used Zoom to communicate with the whole class, while walking back and forth between the rooms. That changed recently for a few classes that moved back into their original classrooms. “I feel happy,” says eight-year-old Charlotte Mitchell. “Today is the first day since the first day of second grade that our class is all together. We used to see the kids from the other side only sometimes, if we went out for snack and recess. Now we can see them in the same classroom all day.”
Moving from one school to the next can be intimidating, but many of the second-grade students at Primrose Elementary School are feeling more secure after in person orientation visits to Somers Intermediate School, where they will begin third grade in the September. “It is not so scary, now that I have been here and walked around,” says Anchit Shankar. Last year’s third grade orientation was done entirely online after the buildings were closed to do COVID-19. “It was a shame we couldn’t do this last year,” says Liz Turner, the intermediate school principal. “There is value in getting familiar with the school building, with our routines, and understanding that there are so many similarities to Primrose. It helps to alleviate a lot of the nerves.”
Green thumbs were abundant on Earth Day at Somers Intermediate School. Students celebrated the day by weeding and planting their school garden. “It was fun to be outside and know that we were helping the earth,” says Isabella Ciavardini, a fourth-grade student in Beth Monteleone’s class. Students in several different classes helped prepare pots of flowers that were to be planted for every class in the school. Each class then had the opportunity to head to the garden to plant their class’s special flower. “We put some new soil in the garden and dug some holes and took weeds out,” says Matthew Van Tassell. “It is caring for the earth and it makes it a better place.”
Congratulations to all the Somers Intermediate School students who participated in the PTA Read-a-thon. The results are in and Mrs. Jacobellis' third grade class took the top prize. As a school, SIS raised more than $2,000. The results are based on books read and were tallied by the reading logs that were turned in. The students in Mrs. Jacobellis's class read a total of 209 books. The grade level results are listed below.