Posts About: Local Schools

Sharing place-based ideas . . .
With colleagues and students

I want to increase the number of teachers who include place-based opportunities for their students. As a teacher, I know that I am much more apt to try something new if an activity or lesson is already created, so that I don’t have to recreate the wheel.

What plants grow at your school?
A project for the new school year

In the spring of 2016, fifth graders at Woodstock Day School began a study of native and invasive plants on the school property. Their classroom teacher, Jennifer Farmer, and I – the science teacher — worked together to maximize learning. Students were already familiar with water chestnuts from an earlier trip to Saugerties Lighthouse.

Teaching Tough Topics

Talking about challenging topics is hard. That’s why we call them tough.  We all have different opinions about how, if, and when to handle them.

Black Rock

Emma Byrne is one of three top-scoring middle school students in this year’s Writing about Place. She is a fifth grader at Cornwall Central Middle School; her teacher is Patricia Young. You can read the other two middle school pieces here and here, winning elementary school poems here, and one high school essay here. Check back …

Second grade poets

Meet the top scoring elementary students in this year’s Writing about Place. They attend Riccardi Elementary, Saugerties Central School District, and are students of Frances Murphy.

Student writers express love for our Valley

Students who entered THV’s writing contest delighted us with descriptions of – and feelings about – significant places in our area. In the coming months we’ll be sharing their poems and essays. For now, we’re pleased to introduce the winners.

Val-Kill to introduce local student’s activity book

Mariama Dabo, a fifth grader at Hawk Meadow Montessori in Poughkeepsie, researched and created the newest Junior Ranger activity book for the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site (ELRO).

Newburgh’s Downing Park

Downing Park is a gem nestled in the heart of the City of Newburgh. Its rolling hills and winding paths provide an oasis from the stress of city life. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, to honor their friend and mentor, Andrew Jackson Downing….

A student goes back to the future
to tell grandma about a park

Hey Grandma. I’m your future grandson, David’s kid, writing to you about the Hudson Valley . . . a wonderful and beautiful area, especially in some places. By now you have already climbed Mt. Beacon and seen most of the valley’s vast beauty. Well one special place to me (thanks to your son) in this valley is Chadwick Lake Park.”

The Beacon Park

Every story starts somewhere, and this one starts at a park. One with a (previously) paved path around it, where I learned to love riding bikes far too fast. Two little jungle gyms, in the middle of a woodchip island surrounded by bright grass.