Education is not the filling of a pail,

but the lighting of a fire.

                                                                                                           William Butler Yeats


Dear Parents/Guardians:

Welcome to the first science newsletter of the 2009-2010 school year. I hope you and your family had an enjoyable summer and are looking forward to "cranial crank-up time" as all of us get used to waking up at a very early hour and begin to remove the cob webs that accumulated during the summer break.  
Science classes are supported by my web site; check the site often for new postings, as well as resources to help your student, notices for interesting science events in the area, web sites, and entertaining family activities related to science. Suggestions are always welcome!  

I’ve been busy this summer taking courses in astronomy (with the incredible Neil deGrasse Tyson) and I was part of a national initiative to prepare middle school students for careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). We’ll be experimenting with some new activities and new equipment.

I truly enjoy helping children understand how their world works. We know there are great science mysteries yet to solve and all children like to solve mysteries. I hope that by year’s end my students will not only have mastered the state standards, but more importantly, have reinforced their curiosity about the natural world around them. 

Since this is the International Year of Astronomy we will begin preparing for our field trip in early October to the Christa McAuliffe Challenger Learning Center at Framingham State College. To reinforce the learning of several state frameworks, all students will be part of a "mission" to Mars and a planetarium show titled "Tilt". Details of the trip will be coming home shortly.  

In addition to this newsletter, please read the letter I’ve written to your child, outlining this year’s science program, and my expectations for students.

I am available nearly every day for after school calls, email, or a conference if you see the need. Please do not hesitate to let me know. I can tell you from experience that showing students that we are all on the same team and that parents and teachers have an open door to communication are two of the best ways to ensure their success in school.  I look forward to seeing you during our Open House (Thurs. 9/24) and I hope you will feel free to contact me at the school any time you feel it necessary.

At the end of this newsletter, please provide an email address that you monitor, so I can contact you about upcoming events such as tests, field trip updates, etc. 

Finally, below, please provide whatever information you deem appropriate, sign so I will know you have seen this letter, and have your child return it to me by this Thursday, 9/10. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in what I know will be a most successful year for your child.


June Thall or,

508 541 2130


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