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Kindergarteners begin exciting adventure

Kindergartener Morgan Adams (lower right) answered correctly when Middlesex Elementary School principal Amy Stamm (third adult from left) asked the class if they knew who she was. “The boss,” replied Adams without hesitation. Adults sharing the laughter, from left, are superintendent Dr. Thomas Taylor, assistant principal Heather Evans, Stamm, aide Lisa Jett, and kindergarten teacher Megan Hudnall.  (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Tom Chillemi

Their very first steps in education began with fun—building with blocks, coloring, singing and reading.

Then came a visit from “the boss” of Middlesex Elementary School. That’s how kindergarten student Morgan Adams identified MES principal Amy Stamm.

When the laughter subsided, Stamm told the students of Megan Hudnall’s class, “You can be whatever you want to be. We are here to support you in your dreams.”

Accompanying Stamm on the visit were Middlesex County Public School Superintendent Dr. Thomas Taylor and MES assistant principal Heather Evans.

Sitting in a kindergartner’s miniature chair, Dr. Taylor welcomed the students. He told them that they would be “awesome” students.

And to reach their goals Dr. Taylor told the students they needed to bring three things to school every day—“gentle hands, listening ears and a sweet heart filled with love.” He and the students used gestures to reinforce the lesson—showing hands, touching their ears, and putting their hands over their hearts.

Dr. Taylor’s formula seemed to be everywhere at MES during the first hour of school on Tuesday.

In Megan Hudnall’s kindergarten class, the students made figures from blocks as they waited for fellow students to finish breakfast. “I’m trying to make the biggest tower ever,” said student Morgan Adams.

Shannon Hickey made a long thin tower of red blocks. Shown how to brace it at the bottom, she added legs to the side so it would stand up by itself.

Dakota Dellinger built a submarine with cameras, an idea that was sparked from a Disney movie.

Robert Brown made a drawbridge.

Caden Sibley built a house with a car that was towing a snowmobile.

Kylina Morning built a treasure chest with diamonds.

Matthew Williams laid out a train.

The teacher and aide praised all the projects.

Across the hall in Tina Bull’s classroom, kindergarten students were coloring the first letter of their names. It was intriguing to see how they went about coloring a single large letter on a full-size sheet of paper.

Zachery Nelson went right to work in a rainbow theme.

Katelin Reiner decorated her “K” with symbols and miniature drawings.

Destiny White carefully followed the outline of the “D” with different colors.

Summer Clark started coloring the full width of the “S,” but shifted to splashes of changing colors and leaving white space.

Emma Morris colored her “E” with red and blue, being careful to stay within the lines.

Nolan Rutkowski was very concerned with printing his name correctly.

The very first hour of school on Tuesday was fun for most MES kindergarten students, who had taken the first step in one of life’s most exciting adventures—education.

posted 09.04.2013

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