6 Purple Newsletter

Welcome to 6 Purple!!

"Feeling" happy about teaching 6 Purple Students

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Mrs. Mulligan - Science Teacher

Mrs. Mulligan - Team Leader

Mrs. Mulligan has been teaching science for 17 years, 15 years at NMS. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Mulligan worked in the chemistry and immunology departments at both our Lady Fatima Hospital and Women and Infants Hospital in RI. Mrs. Mulligan earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Massachusetts; Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Middle School Education from Bridgewater State University; and a Master’s Degree in Teaching Science Education from UMASS Dartmouth. Mrs. Mulligan and her husband have two grown children and enjoy traveling and boating in their spare time.

In science, students have been introduced to the 6 Kingdoms of Life. We have studied bacteria and viruses and how diseases are spread. We are now learning about the Protist Kingdom. Stay tuned for more science to come……..

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Mrs. Jensen - Learning Specialist

Mrs. Jensen

Mrs. Jensen is currently in her 6th year at NMS as a Learning Specialist. Mrs. Jensen is lucky because she gets the opportunity to help kids learn in all of the different subjects, as well as working with small groups of students during ICE. She feels grateful to work with such an awesome group of teachers and students on 6-Purple. Prior to teaching in Norton, she taught 4th & 5th graders at a therapeutic day school in Needham, MA for five years. Mrs. Jensen graduated from Stonehill College where she studied Elementary Education. She also holds a Masters degree in Special Education from Salem State College. Besides her obvious love for helping and teaching kids, she enjoys spending time at the beach on Martha’s Vineyard during the summer, and skiing in New Hampshire during the winter months. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family, especially her 2 year old son, Logan. When she can find the time, she also enjoys reading. On the weekends, Mrs. Jensen enjoys doing fun activities with her family, going for walks, watching movies, and going out to eat. She is looking forward to a great year!

6 Purple photos!!!!

6 Purple having fun!
Having a blast for our outdoor recess fundraiser reward!

Miss Scilingo - Social Studies Teacher

Growing up in a small New Jersey town 15 miles north of New York City, Miss Scilingo never imagined she would end up this close to Boston...and surrounded by Red Sox fans! Despite many (failed) attempts by students and fellow colleagues to get her to cheer for New England teams, she is incredibly happy to call this part of Massachusetts home. The 2016-2017 school year will mark Miss Scilingo's 3rd year of teaching 6th grade Social Studies at Norton Middle School. In 2014, she earned her BA in History from Stonehill College and will receive her MA in Secondary Education from Endicott College in the spring of 2017.

Her former students will confirm that Miss Scilingo is a devoted soccer fan and had an amazing first season as coach of the NMS girls soccer team! When she is not teaching, studying, or coaching, she loves spending time with family and friends. She has two older brothers, Nicholas and Paul, and she is especially fond of her furriest family member, a Maltese named Jessie James. Miss Scilingo also has a passion for traveling and food, as she spent an entire summer taking cooking classes in Italy in 2013!

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Mrs. Weise is truly a 6th grade expert, as she is both a 6th grade teacher and has recently been a 6th grade parent. She likes to joke about the fact that while her students move on to 7th grade and beyond, she's stuck and can't graduate from 6th grade. This is her 8th year teaching math on 6 Purple, and her first teaching job was in 6th grade at F.L. Olmsted School in Easton, where she taught all subjects for 5 years. Math has always been a favorite topic for Mrs. Weise, and she used it quite a bit in her previous career as an auditor working for a public accounting firm in RI. She has a BS in Business Administration from Bryant University and a MA in Teaching from Rhode Island College.

Born and raised in the small state of RI, Mrs. Weise feels quite at home living in this quaint town of Norton. At Mrs. Weise’s home, you can find her husband who’s coached some rec soccer and baseball, her 12 year old daughter, her 11 year old son, her parents, and Toby the cat who loves people and loathes dogs. Her family loves being surprised by the visits of many Norton natives, such as turtles, tree frogs, and turkeys. All these creatures and the natural beauty of Norton provide great subjects for Mrs. Weise’s hobby of photography. Besides taking pictures, Mrs. Weise enjoys reading, camping, biking, nature walks, and playing strategy games. But from September through June, most of Mrs. Weise’s time is taken up by her teaching job. Teaching is truly her passion, and she feels very comfortable with this age group. Maybe a little too comfortable as she is known for performing some silly song and dance moves to help students learn. Her favorite part of teaching is the “aha” moments when students minds open and they grasp something new.

Engaging in math concepts via group discussion, technology, white boards, and manipulatives.

Students using the Glencoe Math book have learned about ratios, proportions, comparing fractions, decimals, and percents, and solving percent problems. They are currently working on decimal operations with the main focus on dividing with decimal divisors. Next, these students will work on operations with fractions, with the primary focus on dividing fractions. They will first learn to divide fractions using visual fraction models. So please hold off on showing them the traditional algorithm for a little while - I promise we will get there!

Students using the Pre-algebra book have learned operations with integers, how to plot and identify points in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane, how to identify parts of an expression, how to simplify expressions by using the properties of addition and multiplication and the distributive property, how to solve one step equations, and how to represent real-world problems by defining a variable and writing an algebraic equation. They are currently working on writing, graphing, and solving inequalities. Next, these students will be working on solving equations that contain decimals.


MRs. Banks- math Academics in action teacher

Working on their first project- Data Analysis for the Election

Mrs. Banks is currently in her 9th year teaching in Norton. She began as the 8 white math teacher in 2007 and after 5 years took a year off to spend time with her now 4 year old son. When she returned to teaching in 2013 she worked at the Yelle as one of the title 1 math teachers. This year she made her way back to where passion is, the middle school. She began working in her current position at the start of term 2. Mrs. Banks is very excited to help her students bring math into the real world through projects and other class activities.

Norton Boosters Zombie 5k 2016
Banks Family

When Mrs. Banks isn't teaching she loves spending time with her family, especially her two children; Connor who is 4 and Breah who is 9 months. She also loves running, so keep your eyes peeled around town, you may just see her and some fellow teachers out running through your neighborhood or in a local race!

Mrs. Hart - Academics in Action ELA teacher

Since graduating from Wheaton College, Mrs. Hart has been teaching in the Norton School System for 33 years, and she still loves what she does! Over the years she has taught grades 6 - 12 and a gifted and talented program. She has directed musicals, advised newspapers, cheerleaders, drama clubs, been a team leader and president of the Norton Teachers Association and now looks forward to a new challenge teaching all 6th graders Academics in Action - ELA. She has been married for 20 years and has two children, Alec who is a 17 year old Junior, and Autumn who is a 14 year old Freshman. She also has a wonderful Irish Wheaten Terrier, named Storm. He is the best!

MS. SULLIVAN - English Teacher/Learning Specialist

Ms. Sullivan has been teaching English since she graduated from Bridgewater State College in 2003 with a concentration in writing. She went on to earn her Master's degree in Education in 2009 from Cambridge College. She is excited to be teaching English here at NMS for her second year. This past summer, Ms. Sullivan got the opportunity to teach English for three weeks at the BanHua Hin Municipal School in Hua Hin, Thailand. She loves to travel and is hoping to make a return trip to visit the 1st grader she sponsors at the San Andres Semetabaj school in Guatemala whom she got to first meet in 2014. When she isn't teaching she loves to spend time in nature hiking or indoors cooking.

Students excited to be learning about figurative language while reading a traditional Vietnamese play,
Teaching a vocabulary lesson on protecting the environment at the BanHua Hin Municipal school in Hua Hin, Thailand.
A Thai cooking lesson with Mae (mother) in Thai and hiking the Amphoe waterfall in Hua Hin, Thailand.
Reading with students at the San Andres school Semetabaj, Guatemala.

Mrs. Wells - English Language Arts (ELA)

Mrs. Wells is enjoying her 8th year teaching at Norton Middle School. Prior to teaching in Norton, Mrs. Wells worked in corporate sales in the computer software industry. She holds a B.A. in English and an M.Ed in Reading Specialization. When not busy teaching, Mrs. Wells enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. Mrs. Wells has been married for 29 years and has two grown children, Greg and Corrinne. This past summer was an especially memorable one for the Wells family who traveled to Italy for the wedding of Greg and his lovely wife Maria.

Wells Family

Synopsis- Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening in ELA

Mrs. Wells loves sharing her passion for reading and writing with her students. During Term 1, students read wonderful stories of adventure such as “The Wounded Wolf” by Jeanne Craighead George and “The King of Mazy May” by Jack London. Other selections included the wonderfully humorous “All American Slurp” by Lensey Namioka and “Stray” a heartwarming story by Cynthia Rylant about a young girl who is finally granted her dearest wish when her father allows her to keep an abandoned puppy. Students were also exposed to a classic folktale told by Leo Tolstoy in “The Grandfather and His Little Grandson.”

With each reading of these stories, students are immersed in both the beauty of the literature and its intrinsic value as vehicle for understanding life, each other, and human nature. Students respond to stories in various ways, such as rewriting aspects of a story from a different narrative point of view, examining a story for character traits and development, and analyzing a story to determine author’s craft.

In addition, students wrote and illustrated autobio poems giving them an opportunity to creatively share what makes each of them unique. In another poetry application, students demonstrated their knowledge of nouns and the ordering of adjectives. Going forward during Term 2, students will engage in focused application of reading and writing skills demonstrating their reading comprehension in open responses. They will continue to read independently through the BOB program and begin to explore longer works in class through novel study.

Student Writing Examples

Thinking Critically, Exploring Emotions, and Igniting Inspiration through Poetry

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