Tuesday, June 12, 2018


This time of year is always so bittersweet. Saying goodbye to another group of sixth graders who have blossomed here at HES is so hard to do. This group will hold a special place in my heart, they have proven to be a particularly creative, spunky group of Nesters who support one another and consistently demonstrate a love of learning. As I told them this past week, they will come upon hard times with school, friends, life in general but I am so confident that they each have the fortitude to persist and go on to do amazing things. I can't wait to see what they do next!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Open House Success

Last week we had a wonderful Open House! Families, teachers and friends all came to help celebrate the hard work happening in the Nest. It was smiles all around!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Field Trip

Wow what a great time we had this week going to the UMass Fine Arts Center! Thanks to a Hatfield Cultural Council grant we had the opportunity to see a performance of Air Play. http://www.airplayshow.com/about/ The program combined elements of theater, physics, art, music and circus. We were all in awe!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Beautiful Monsters

It has been awhile since I updated you on all the amazing work the Nesters have been doing! We have projects exploring a wide array of topics from the depths of the seas, to life in the middle ages, to how people perceive color. And comic books are being made along side of slide shows, sculptures and petitions. The Nesters continue to demonstrate that they are scientists, historians, artists and activists. Along with these wonderful projects we have been challenging each other with debates, puzzles, and engineering endeavors.

 We have also been working together to problem solve issues facing the world today, create beautiful monsters, and learn origami.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

On Our Way!

We are off and running here in the Nest. A group of sixth graders is busy planning to open a bakery. They have been developing business plans, researching supply and space costs, designing a menu and working on advertisements. Meanwhile across the room we have a duo comparing the profitability and popularity of Nike and Reebok.  In fifth grade, one student is learning about origami and preparing to teach us all how to make a paper crane. While another investigates the complex world of Egyptian mythology. These a just a few examples of the creative work being done in the Nest. The kids are so excited and enthusiastic to learn and share. My head sometime spins with all the great ideas and conversations going on here in the Nest.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Decade of Project Based Learning!

Image result for project based learningWelcome to the 10th year of Falcon's Nest! We are so fortunate that Hatfield Public Schools has been supporting gifted and talented programming for a decade! The Nesters' work will continue to exemplify the best of what project based learning can be! Please check in during the months to come to hear about the wonderful academic and artistic projects the students are exploring in the Nest.

And keep and eye out for the Quest Enrichment Hour! This is a pilot program designed to provide more enrichment opportunities to all of our students. Ms. Shapiro and I are teaming up to bring fun critical and creative thinking activities to all of our 4th, 5th and 6th graders.

 Here's to a great school year!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Last few days in the Nest

These past few weeks have been a flurry of activity! Frantic sculpting, painting and typing are happening everywhere as we finish up the 2016-1017 year in Falcon's Nest. It is always bittersweet to say goodbye to the sixth graders. As always they have much to be proud of, they have proven themselves to be scholars, artists, scientists, historians and so much more. I am so fortunate to have been able to spend so much time with these terrific kids! They have taught me and each other about animals, sports, anatomy, technology and an endless number of other topics. But more importantly they epitomize joyful learning. I hope they carry that enthusiasm and curiosity with them throughout their lives.
Happy Summer!

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