Curriculum Enrichment 

Contributions to the PTA are invested directly back into students via Curriculum Enrichment opportunities. The VPs of Curriculum Enrichment and teachers work in tandem to plan interesting learning opportunities that will be relevant to what students are learning in class and aligned with academic standards. We are exploring both local outlets for in-person experiences and vendors across the country who provide virtual, interactive content. We have prepared a catalogue of opportunities for teachers to explore but are always open to new ideas, so please contact the VPs of Curriculum Enrichment, Becca Levine and Michelle Vogelhut, with additional ideas! 



Below please find a summary of Curriculum Enrichment Experiences for Spring 2022: 


CE has been - and will continue to be - very busy through the remainder of the year. From a school-wide perspective, we hosted BMX Pro's Trick Team (aka: Performance on Wheels) on the NMS blacktop. The professional BMX athletes presented two exciting school assemblies (one for Grades K-2 and one for Grades 3-5), both of which were packed with incredible BMX tricks as well as positive and encouraging messages around bike safety, perseverance, kindness and other school norms.


In mid-June, the National Double Dutch League will visit NMS and perform individual programs on our NMS blacktop for each of the grades, complete with interactive elements. We are collaborating with our PE teachers on this program. 


Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade enjoyed a second school visit from author Valerie Bolling who shared her new book Together We Ride. Ms. Bolling previously visited Kindergarten and Second Grade to share her first book Let's Dance.  


From a grade-level perspective:


Kindergarten traveled to Stamford Museum and Nature Center where they were treated to a nature walk along the Nature Center's trail system through several woodland habitats. Kindergarten was also treated to a virtual presentation produced by Arts Power Theatre called Chicken Dance.


Our First Graders were treated to small group visits from Chris at Animal Embassy who showed our students a variety of animals and tools they have to help them get the things they need to survive and adapt to their habitat.


Our Second Graders also traveled to Stamford Museum and Nature Center where they participated in a program that supported their unit on plants.


Our Fourth Graders sailed aboard the schooner Soundwaters and learned about Long Island Sound's ecology and biology.


Fifth Grade visited Eastern Middle School for orientation and in exciting news, their Philadelphia trip was rescheduled to take place on June 6. Fifth Grade was also treated to a virtual presentation about Environmental Action by Sena Wazer who is currently a senior at the University of Connecticut, majoring in Environmental Studies, a 2021 Truman Scholar and Director of Sunrise CT. 


Finally, Mianus Melodies has organized another program - on June 6, a violinist will perform at North Mianus.




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