Welcome to Roots, the Enrichment page
Roots Facilitators: Ruth Kennedy and Kim Goody
Meet the Roots team:
Ruth and Kim have both taught in Newbury for many years. They share similar interests in the arts, wellness, outdoor adventures, gardening, cooking, and learning right alongside the students they work with. They believe the adage "two heads are better than one", and love sparking ideas off one another. They delight in how a simple idea can blossom into a multifaceted unit of study, and by leaving wiggle room, like roots, the learning can stretch in many new directions. Collaborating together and with the staff at NES is very fulfilling to them. They like to think of themselves as "back stage crew", supporting students and teachers as they shine in the spotlight. Kim and Ruth love seeing kids get jazzed about something they are learning and then, in their excitement, watching them take off in new and creative ways.
What is Roots?
Now in its 5th year, Roots Enrichment is a federal grant-funded program, conceived and developed right here at NES, that seeks to create engaging, place-based, project based learning opportunities for all students in all classes. Our educational objectives are: to increase student engagement and learning, enrich curricular goals, differentiate learning opportunities, improve quality standards in student work, and create opportunities for collaboration among teachers.
During six week rotations, we work closely with classroom teachers to deepen and enrich the goals of a particular area of their curriculum. We work with each classroom at least twice a year. The units are designed to enhance the study of a curricular topic by digging deeply into certain aspects, and to approach the learning in a variety of ways and with diverse product outcomes. Additionally, we support Farm to School initiatives throughout the year by assisting classes with gardening and cooking projects.
Current Roots Projects:
"Let's Bake a Newbury Pie!" In the spring of 2014, Mrs. Mayo's second graders studied our wonderful town of Newbury from a variety of vantages, or "pie slices". The study culminated in the baking of this tasty delight!
Here, a group of Pam Taylor's Eagles are reinforcing Newton's Third Law of Motion by conducting an experiment involving cups and dice.
Here, one of Mrs. Houde's Owls is working on Northern Woodlands ecosystem research.
The Owls are working on their habitat dioramas in this photo, following lots of research, using multiple sources!
Click here to watch the 2014 Shakespeare Festival's creation of "Flash Macbeth". We experimented with "green screen technology" in this little film. Make sure that your volume is turned up!
Mr. White's class studied William Shakespear's life and works. Students memorized soliloquies and performed a unique adaptation of his famous tragedy, Macbeth. Flash Macbeth was a sped-up version of the entire play, focusing on the most poignant parts of the production. This film was the culmination of the festival. The kids brought the house down!
Thanks for visiting our page! Stay tuned for the new upcoming Roots rotation. We'll soon be working with the Caterpillars, Buffaloes, and Zebras.
Also: Soon to be built: NES Student Council Page! This will be a student-run page, featuring all of the great things our Student Council kids are doing in the school and surrounding community.
Kim Goody and Ruth Kennedy