James H. Boyd Intermediate
Hall of Science Visit
The whole school enjoyed the visit from The Hall of Science. The classes had the chance to visit all of the stations. They included Strawberry DNA, Van De Graf machine, that really made some children's hair stand straight up. The had the chance to create Ooblek which is neither a solid or liquid. The learned about aviation and how to fly their creations and make adjustments. The children learned about gravity by making a Whirly-gig and watching how it floats back to the Earth. They also had the chance to help construct a roller coaster and see forces in motion. What a wonderful day was had by all, students, teachers, presenters and administrators too.
BIG SCIENCE DAY
ENL Homework Club
Mrs. Woods, one of our ENL teachers, hosts a homework club for many of our ENL students. She guides them and helps them complete the task of homework given by their homeroom teachers. Many students participate so they can get help doing their homework.
The Art of Chinese Dance
To help celebrate cultural diversity, the Boyd students enjoyed a wonderful performance of The Art of Chinese Dance. It was extra special, since Lunar New Year, the year of the Rooster, just happened. Mr. Andy Chang and the dance troupe taught the students the history and meanings of each dance. Mr. Chang explained that just like written and spoken language, dance is the language of movement. The Ribbon Dance was first. The ribbon represents the cloud which helps to usher in others from above. It is a folk dance from SE region of China. The Lost Spear Dance is from the Beijing Opera and has many martial arts movements within the dance. The most famous worldwide dance is The Fan Dance. It represents a walk in the garden. Notice all the flower shapes in the photos. The troupe then showed the students how to practice for the stage. Mr. Chang expressed how important concentration is in order to master each move. The troupe demonstrated front and side kicks, hand movements and how to walk and spin on stage. The show continued with The Peacock Dance. This dance replicates the movement of the peacock. It is from SW region of China. There was audience participation by way of questions and having some students go to the stage to learn ribbon dance movements. The show ended with The Peace Dance which is from the cold mountain section of NE China.
Thank you PTA, Dr. Toscano and Mr. Chang and the dance troupe. We love to learn about all cultures, it is a wonderful way to broaden our knowledge.
Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly
Boyd held its annual assembly to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday January 13, 2015. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Peter Bell, followed by Masters of Ceremony Sabrina Rivera and Ellie Mitola. The Video Presentation began with a You Tube Video about the March on Washington with the song “We Shall Overcome”. It was followed by the U2 song and video about Dr. King and a short video of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech. Fifth grade students introduced a biography presentation, Martin Luther King Jr. Poem and excerpts from Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech”. Mr. Lauro’s Fifth Grade class played a Civil Rights Jeopardy for the audience. Following the fifth graders appearance, a school Sing-A-Long was performed by a Select 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Chorus. Elwood Superintendent, Dr. Kenneth Bossert, our special guest, gave a short speech about Dr. King and his dream and encouraged each student to be accepting of diversities in our society. We were then treated to a video of many students and teachers who joined Dr. Toscano performing, “I Am Boyd” poem. What a wonderful way to end such a magnificent tribute assembly. As always, we thank Mrs. Halber-Romano, our vocal music teacher, for her countless hours spent preparing students for this performance. You have outdone yourself again with your dedication to our children.
Mrs. Theodorellis and Ms. Magrino's classes got together for a book tasting. The students were exposed to a plethora of new/interesting books that their peers are reading or have read in the past. Students completed a feedback sheet on their favorite book. The classes got into small groups and shared their books, summaries and discussions with each other. The groups rotated and the children were able to "taste test" many different books. By the end of the day students left with a list of new books that they wanted to read. It was a wonderful experience for all!
For Cranberry Day, the children rotated through 6 stations, where they completed cranberry-based activities. These activities included measuring the distance a cranberry will bounce, estimating the number of cranberries in a container, creating cranberry art, tasting different types of cranberries, simulating a cranberry bog, and others. It was a "cran"tastic day!
Junior Achievement Third Grade
Our third grade classes enjoyed a wonderful and educational day with the Junior Achievement Program. Each class spent the day in the “JA Our City” program learning practical information about businesses and the main occupations found in those businesses within a typical day. The children all participated in 5 different sessions including, but not limited to, Inside Cities, Building a City, Dining Out, Making Headlines and You Can Bank on It. The students had a terrific time acquiring many new skills and concepts. Meet the future city planners and Thank you, Junior Achievement.
Visiting Author Sarah Albee
The students at Boyd were privileged to welcome author, Sarah Albee. She is a New York Times best-selling author who has written over 100 kids’ books. Some of her books include; Why’d They Wear That?, Bugged and Poop Happened. These days she writes mostly nonfiction history and science books. We appreciate her sharing her knowledge about writing and the process she follows when writing. Thank you PTA for such a wonderful assembly.
Halloween morning 2016 was very cold and windy. In spite of the weather, students marched in our annual parade led by Mr. Kenyon and the fifth grade band. Dr. Bossert joined our parade as a minion and Dr. Toscano came dressed as a "cool" emoji with sunglasses. It was a fun day of learning.
International Dot Day
Boyd Intermediate School celebrated International Dot Day on 9-15. The school community was encouraged to wear their dots to school. The students experienced a reading of Peter H. Reynold's book, The Dot. This day is for all people to harness their creativity. It also teaches about the love, inspiration and beliefs that all teachers have for their students. The assembly encouraged everyone to trust in their abilities always. Thank you, Dr. Toscano for this inspirational assembly. Thank you, Mrs. Scotto for leading us in the “Dot Song”. Happy Dot Day to all.
We now have a subscription to the Encyclopedia Britannica Digital edition
Thanks Mrs. Kossowsky, our Librarian/Media Specialist for this!
The World Almanac for Kids
Good News! We now have a subscription to The World Almanac for Kids Online.
Many thanks to Mrs. Kossowsky, our wonderful librarian for arranging this!