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Forever Summer Musical Production, Biography Fair, Principal Helper and Greek & Roman Mythology Awards

With temperatures in the the 90's for the last few days of school, it surely feels like summer has officially begun! The last few weeks of school were jammed pack with field trips, award nights, musical productions, plays, class programs, and farewells.

Forever Summer Musical Production: Ice cream, baseball games, and the beach. School is officially out and fourth graders had such enthusiasm for the next few months that their end of the year musical was all about summer fun. Composed by Michael and Jill Gallina, Forever Summer had a cast of 58 students who sang and danced about summer activities that make us all wish that summer was forever.

Fourth grade teachers Colleen Griffin, Melinda Kement and Donna McAuliffe, as well as other staff members, were busy working with the students through many rehearsals over the last few months.

The play takes place in a one room schoolhouse where happy summer memories are told by the students. Many familiar songs such as Take Me Out to the Ball Game, When the Saints Go Marching In, and By the Sea are featured. Fun props and costumes were used throughout the play to enforce the summer themes of the songs, and audience members were fully engaged as they clapped along to many of the songs.

Principal Scott Bazydlo even made a cameo appearance.

Biography Fair: If you happened to be at on Tuesday morning, you probably bumped into Shirley Temple, Rosa Parks, Johnny Appleseed, Martin Luther King, Jr., Steve Jobs, or a number of other famous people. 

It had nothing to do with time travel. Third graders held a spectacular biography fair and each student did a tremendous job in dressing the part of their biography character, studying their character’s background to be able to answer visitor’s questions, and exhibiting an information board for their famous person.

The project incorporated reading, research skills, and a lot of creativity. Parents and other visitors commented on how elaborate some of the costumes were and how much fun the students had putting the fair together.

Principal Helper and Greek & Mythology Awards: Principal Margaret Donohoe shared some of her responsibilities for a half day on June 14 with Isabella Mulkey, who won a raffle at the spring PTO fair to be the Principal for a Half Day.

Mulkey took her new duties seriously as she assisted Donohoe in recognizing 63 third, fourth and fifth graders who participated in the National Greek and Roman Mythology Program. This was an after school program coordinated by fourth grade teacher Liz O’Neill for the eighth year.

These students were recognized at an all school assembly and it was noted by both Donohoe and O’Neill that this program has gained interest among the students since being brought to the school, and provides students with a fun and exciting challenge. It gives the students an opportunity to explore something else and develop a possible new interest.

Ten students were awarded the Athena Gold Award of Excellence for receiving a perfect score on the exam. Seventeen students received the silver medallion, one student received the bronze medallion, 17 received an honorable mention and 18 received a certification of participation.

NSCBA Book Winners: Peaslee School Librarian Nancy Kellner announced that the top three books have been chosen for the (Northborough Southborough Children's Book Award) for 2012. 

Approximately 500 students in third, fourth and fifth grades in Northborough and Southborough participated. 

The winners were Candymakers by Wendy Mass, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, and Guinea Dog by Patrick Jennings.

"I was very pleased with the outcome this year because the three books are so different and reach such different audiences," said Kellner. "We notified Wendy Mass, author of Candymakers, and she was delighted. She actually won in 2010 as well with her book 11 Birthdays."

Lincoln's Fifth Grade Graduation: Fifth graders at  bid farewell to the staff and the school that most have known for the past six years. During a ceremony on Wednesday morning that was attended by the students’ families, the fifth graders gave their last band and chorus performances as Lincoln Street School students.

Principal Jennifer Parson commented that this was a milestone for the students, not their first one and certainly not their last one.

Lorna Helms, a parent, prepared a slideshow, which included photographs of students throughout the years at Lincoln Street School. 

Have a safe and happy summer! 

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