March Madness with Mr. Fraser

Chickering Student Radio

We interviewed our gym teacher Mr. Fraser and asked him what he thinks about the exciting tournament of March Madness. Do you enjoy March Madness? If you would like to know his point of view, watch our podcast to learn more!

Reported by Rory, Finnegan, Lucas, and Ronan


Dismissal Plan

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Did you notice the way the dismissal is changing? We interviewed Dr. Reinemann to find out the reasons why the dismissal plan is changing. If you would like to know why, then you should listen to this.

Reported by Antonis and Malachi


Geothermal, Potential, Kinetic Energy… and More

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5th graders at Chickering School have a new science unit this year. It is called ‘Energy”. We investigated to find out what Mrs. Chiavarini and some of her students thought about this unit of science.

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Reported By: Amanda and Esme

If you’re a teacher, is it hard to change grade levels?

Eight teachers moved grades this year at our school! We were curious to know what their experience was like. We chatted with two of these teachers, Mrs. Hickey and Mrs. Gentilli, who both moved into grade 3, to learn about their experience and teaching.

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Mrs. Gentilli

We wondered, if they could choose a grade to teach, which grade would it be. Mrs. Gentilli shared, she is “happy teaching grade 3 and there is a lot of new material”. She also likes the American Revolution unit and the science units. Mrs. Hickey said, “If I could choose a grade to teach, it would be either grades 3, 4, or 5.” She also likes to teach in grade 3 because she gets to know where the kids start in 3rd grade and where they end up in 5th grade.

Mrs. Gentilli commented, she liked moving to 3rd grade because she already knew most of the kids from the previous year and didn’t have to go through the “get to know you stage”, when asked if it was hard to adapt to 3rd grade from second grade. She also thought it  almost felt like extending the school year.

Image of new third grade teacher, Mrs. Hickey.

Mrs. Hickey

“Not hard to adapt” from 5th to 3rd grade, responded Mrs. Hickey. The major difference between 3rd and 5th graders is fifth grade students are more mature and independent so they can do a little bit more independently.

Do you like teaching different grades? Mrs. Gentilli claimed that she does like getting to teach different grades, and has taught grades 1, 2, and 3. Also, she likes it because she gets to work with different teachers and different curriculum  in each grade. Mrs. Hickey shared that she also likes getting to teach different grades and she has been in grades 1, 3, and 5. She thinks it is good for teachers to get to teach different grades, so they can learn what kids are learning in other grades.

We wanted to know if they preferred their old room or their new room. Mrs. Gentilli prefers her new room better because it is much quieter and much cooler than her old room. Also, she gets the view of the trees instead of the kids at recess. She thinks her room is the best room in the building. Mrs. Hickey said that she likes her old room because she fixed it up over the years. She is getting used to her new room, but it is still a work in progress. She is starting to put things where they belong, trying to make it look like her old room.

Clementine and Roald Dahl books are favorite books Mrs. Gentilli likes to use with her students. She also likes to teach using Knuffle Bunny books because everyone can relate to them or has a favorite stuffed animal. She always likes to do some sort of countdown at the end of the year. A lot of things she does with the students, she can adapt from grade 2 to grade 3. Mrs. Hickey shared she can also adapt things from grade 5 to grade 3; she just has to make it easier. She likes to use picture books and her favorite books are William Steve and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.

We were surprised to know that both Mrs. Gentilli and Mrs. Hickey like to read some of the same books that we do. They both also use some of the same strategies as each other. We hope they have a great rest of the year in grade 3.

By: Ava B. and Caroline  R.

Fifth Grade Physical Education

Squeak, squeak, bounce, bounce, bounce!  A fifth grader swishes the basketball into the basket. He screams, “Who dat! Who dat!”  Those are the sounds you hear in our gym class. 

Our gym teacher, Ms Riordan, has been working as a PE teacher for 23 years. Can you believe it, 23 years? Our other PE teacher, Mrs. Gillis, has been teaching for 17 years. That is 40 years combined. 40!!!  Ms Reardon and Mrs. Gillis choose their job because they really liked children and P.E. Mrs. Gillis said the community of Dover supports the instruction Physical Education music, art, band and Chickering Reporters. They chose this school because our kids are very nice. They love our school. Love it! They also love coming to their job every day. Can you believe it?

This year the fourth graders will practice flag football skills. They had to have the fourth graders play flag football because they couldn’t find Frisbees for there unit on Frisbees.  We wish we could have done that last year.

Their favorite games to teach are ‘cooperative games’ were you work together. Grades 3-5 do fitness testing; we do the mile. We do curl-ups.  Together we did 90 curl-ups! We also did pushups. We also do sit and reach and the shuttle run.  A few of Ms Riordan and Mrs. Gillis’ favorite games are:  “Cone Knock Down”, “Dodge Ball”, “Cooperative Games”, “Flag Football” and “Hula-Hut Throw Down”.

We wish that we could have PE Class EVERYDAY!

Reported by,
Jonathan and Peter