Stupendous Support Staff

Who makes the floors shine everyday? Or who makes lunches for over 550 kids? Or how about who answers the countless phone calls everyday? These are the jobs of the Chickering Support Staff. They work long hours for the students and staff, and work hard at their jobs.

Head CustodianMr.Steve and the custodial staff work really hard to make the school look nice and clean. They also work in the summer and clean the rugs, wax the gym floors, and all other rooms in Chickering, to make sure they are clean when we come back each fall.Cafeteria Director 

     Ms Majkut and the cafeteria women get to school very early, everyday, to make lots of lunches for us. They work hard to make sure we have good, delicious lunches.

Secretaries     Mrs. O’Donnell and the secretaries answer all the calls in the daily operation of the school.  In the summer, the secretaries plan the class lists, order new school supplies, and send important notices for when we come back to school. They get over 50 phone calls everyday!

Here is our podcast with our interview with these super important people:

Support Staff Interview 

    As you can see, the Chickering support staff play a very important role at Chickering School. The next time you see them, be sure to thank them for everything they do, because they keep this school running smoothly.

Reported by: Alex, Anabel, Avery, Caroline W. and Maggie

Taiko Drumming

On May 23rd, 5th graders at Chickering pulled off a great performance on Taiko drums. Taiko drumming is a Japanese style of drumming. Ms Pappas, our music teacher had a meeting with the district music teachers and decided some of the curriculum for 5th grade would move to the middle school. So she had to think of a new project and someone suggested Japanese music; so that’s how she got the idea of Taiko drumming. Ms Pappas had to learn everything in order to teach the students. Ms Pappas would love to continue this unit but claimed that this assembly will determine if she will do this next year.

 Ms Pappas made 4 types of drums by herself, which are small white buckets, big blue barrels, white barrels and a humongous blue drum supported by a tall stand. Ms Pappas’ favorite drum is the blue barrels and an Indian drum.

Each class had its own signature color and Japanese name for their class group. Each class was split into 4 groups. We thought you would like to see a short movie showing the 5th graders playing a section they composed themselves.

 Taiko Drumming Video


Reported By Seika and Mariam

Fantabulous Field Day

    Field day is aKickballn outdoor activity that we have once a year. We do lots of different sports at field day. Each class plays two games of kickball against other classes in the grade. We also play tug-a-war, a scavenger hunt, lacrosse, and lots of other fun activities. It is usually an hour and a half long. 

 We have interviewed two students, Rachel H. and Jonathon M., asking what they like and dislike about field day. If you would like to listen to their answers, please clBean Bag Tossick below.
Field Day Interviews    

Field Day is a fun activity that we students have enjoyed. Thanks for reading our blog post.


~ Tara R., Grace D., and Caroline C.