The Incredible 4 Critters and Plants Company

Brown colored anole with green eyes, poking its head over a bundle of leaves.
We looked closely inside the glass tank, which is located in the upstairs hallway. Inside the tank we saw lots of live plants and some not alive. We saw branches, some thick and twisted, and one that looked like it came from someone’s backyard. A small, round, dish containing mealworms was sitting on a brown substance covering the bottom of the tank. We looked closely into all the green leaves looking for the three anoles. Finally, we walked around the tank and spied all three in a clump of leaves on the back wall. We saw one large green anole and a large and small one that were brown.

We were curious to know why we had a Critter Corner and why anoles were our new neighbors. Dr. Reinemann, our Assistant Principal, established the Critter Corner. View of the entire body of an anole from his nose to his tail.We interviewed her to learn more. She said, “it’s a way to learn about a critter that doesn’t live outside” [in the Northeast region of the United States of America]. Anoles are easy to take care of, she shared. They don’t need to be fed everyday. The anoles live in tropical environments; you might see them climbing on screens in Florida. One died over the summer and she bought another anole at the beginning of school, this year.

We heard there might be a new critter living upstairs. She explained, “Something that’s not an anole.” She’s considering a turtle because they live on land and in water and are different from anoles. They are also vegetarians; the anoles are carnivores. She’s still thinking of having something different from anoles. Dr. Reinemann can’t choose an animal with fur or feathers because of people’s allergies. She’s still open to suggestions.

Most people name their pets, so we could have a naming contest? She remarked, “we need to see him or her first before we name it”. We didn’t name the anoles because it is to hard to tell them apart. Maybe we could have a contest to name the new critter.

Finally, we wondered what other plans she has for the Critter Corner. Dr. Reinemann informed us that she would like to have posters to tell people about the animals. Convincing more kids to be involved with the Critter Corner would be a great thing.

Glass shapped open donunt housing an air fern plant which doesn't require any soil.
Since we last spoke with Dr. Reinemann, there is no new animal but there are changes in the Critter Corner. She has added some plants to the corner. These plants require different amounts of water; a plant that lives in water with a Betta fish to keep it company, there’s also some desert plants that only need to be misted once a week, to an air fern which requires no water or soil to grow. Please check back in and we will let you know wPlant that lives underwater with a friendly Betta Fish for company.hat the new resident, in the Critter Corner, will be.

Reported by Abigail, Jenna, and Samuel


A “Moving” Installation

Do you know what a kinetic sculpture is? There is a rumor going around our school that we are getting a kinetic sculpture in our lobby. We thought that the best person to talk to was our Art teacher, Mrs. Pelletier.

Main staircase in Chickerings lobby showing the large blank wall to the right of the staircase where the new artwork will be installed.Not only did we wonder why we are getting one but why does Chickering need one. “It’s not that we need a kinetic sculpture, it’s that we want a kinetic sculpture,” explained Mrs. Pelletier. Our lobby has a huge two-story high, wide main staircase. Mr. Harte, our Technology Integrator, had an idea. Hundreds of students and teachers go up and down the stairs everyday and his idea is to have a “cool,” interesting piece of art which moves and maybe makes sound, Picture showing the large blank wall to the right of the main staircase.installed on the large, blank wall to the right of the stairs. As a result, of his idea, they wrote a grant to the Dover Sherborn Educational Foundation [DSEF], for the artist in resident, Joshua Winer.

We wondered if she had worked with Josh Winer before. She explained that eight years ago, the artist worked with everyone in the building. The mosaic mural in the lobby was created. Students and teachers gave ideas on what to include in the design. In our school, when we talk about reading fluency, we know to “Read like a River,” which is the theme of the mural.

Image of mosaic mural in the lobby with the theme "Read like a river."Its interesting to know that the students worked on the mural, we were curious to learn if the students would be working with the artist on the kinetic installation. She stated that he will be set up outside the art room on tables so students can watch what he is doing. He will talk to teachers and hopefully students about their ideas for the kinetic installation. Mrs. Pelletier plans to have students make their own kinetic sculptures, inspired by Josh Winer.

We were curious to know what the kinetic installation will look like. She thinks that he will use re-found items and it will make a little sound and move slightly. She is anxious to see the model.

Our mural has been up in the school for 8 years and we wondered Our Art teacher, Mrs. Pelletier wearing large, funny long the new sculpture will be up in the lobby. “Forever!”, she exclaimed. You can come back in twenty years and it will still be here.

Mrs. Pelletier uses the words “sculpture” and “installation” when talking about the new art piece, so we wondered what was the difference. Mrs. Pelletier said that it was an interesting question. She said that a sculpture could be an installation and an installation could be a sculpture. Ours will be a combination she thinks. A sculpture is 3D, and our new installation will be 3D she thinks. It may have a little mobile quality, “so it will encompass a lot of different art venues.”

Who knows what the final installation will look like. But one thing is for sure, it will be an exciting piece of artwork. The fact that students will be able to create their own kinetic sculpture, with Mrs. Pelletier, is very exciting. Stay tuned everyone, Chickering Reporters will share further information once Josh Winer arrives In-Residence!

Reported by Iris and James T.

U.S. Rockin’ Regions

We wanted to try our hands at using the library’s new green screen and lights, so we offered to create an introduction video for our 4th teachers to use in their classrooms. We used the iPad app, Green Screen by Do Ink, and it was pretty easy.

We hope you like our first attempt using a green screen for a video production.

Created and produced by: Liam, Ollie and Margaret B.