Todays Events - October 20, 2020

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  • Oct 26th - Oct 26th, 2020 - Board of Education meeting
    6:30 p.m. - Mount Olive Middle School (tentative location)

  • Nov 2nd - Nov 4th, 2020 - SHORTENED DAYS – K-8 only

  • Nov 3rd - Nov 3rd, 2020 - SCHOOLS CLOSED

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Lilly Marques shows off her autobiographical video

Looking behind the mask

Before the school year began, first-graders took off their protective masks at home and recorded videos in which they introduced themselves to their classmates. The videos, shared through Flipgrid, helped build community and ignite friendships, allowing students to see their classmates before actually meeting them in person from the eyes up. 

In their videos, the kids described themselves and spoke about topics such as their hobbies and families. Teachers also shared videos of themselves without their facial coverings.

The project was intended to prevent the awkwardness and anxiety that masks might initially cause. Our faces convey so much about who we are, what we’re thinking, and how we’re feeling. Facial coverings hide all that non-verbal information. Seeing one another full-faced in a relaxed setting helped students peer beyond the anonymity.

“We thought this would make it easier for the kids to feel comfortable with each other and us,” said teacher Devon Marques. “We wanted them to understand that they’re still going to have friends and work and play together, just in different ways.”

The new normal, with masks and social distancing, was introduced to students by a storybook before the first day of school. Via video, the teachers read “If You Give a Mouse a Mask,” a book that prepared the first-graders for a school day that would be the same as always, fun and filled with learning, but with a few differences. The kids downloaded the book and read along with their teachers, learning about the school changes through the eyes of a mouse who navigates his way through a world slightly different than he knew. 

“If You Give a Mouse a Mask,” was inspired by the popular children’s storybook “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Joffe Numeroff. 

Marques, Carmella Ciccarella, and Tracy Church teach in-person first grade classes at Sandshore; Jennifer Day teaches virtual first grade to home-based students. She also sent a video to students before the start of school to build togetherness and a spirit of family despite being physically separated.

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