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Chickering Student Radio

When we interviewed our principal, Mrs. Dayal, she told us about the importance of accepting people, no matter who they are or where they’re from. In the interview, Mrs. Dayal shows that Chickering Elementary welcomes any child. Children all need a good education, and that is what this school is here for. 

Reported by Liana and Esme

Who Works in the School Office?


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Did you ever wonder who works in our school office, and what they do? Sit back and relax as you meet the many people who keep our school in good order.


Reported by Paige, Ashley and Bella

Principal for the Day

Have you ever been in charge if the school? Well I have! I was the principal of the day on Read Your Heart Out Day, April 13, 2012.

Principal-of-the-Day is a fun activity that one fifth grader wins at the Dover PTO Auction. One student gets to walk in Dr. Nugent’s steps for the day, and be in charge.

My name is Lucy and I won the opportunity to be the Principal-for-one-Day on Read Your Heart Out Day, a day when all the students and staff are able to wear pajamas and slippers to school.

On Monday, 4 days before I was Principal, Dr. Nugent and I had a little talk about what we wanted to do during my special day.

These are the things I thought of for each grade,

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders were read a story by the Librarian, she was so nice because she dressed up as Viola Swamp!  (A character in a really good book.)
  • 4th grade had the ability to sit wherever they wanted, (They usually have to sit by class).
  • Lastly the 5th graders, they received popsicles. I wanted my grade to be happy with me since all the other grades had something great!student principal for the day with her principal

After this fun experience, I feel like I can do anything. Being a principal is like you are the Queen of your own Castle. In the morning I had to get there really early and I greeted all the teachers as they arrived to school. They were being really funny, by asking me for raises, giving me candy and just treating me like I was an adult. All the students thought I was an awesome Principal. At the end of the day I was sad, I did not want to give up being Principal. It was a fantastic day. The only downside to the day is that I never sat down, so my legs really hurt from all the walking!  

A Priceless Proficient Principal

Chickering logoChickering School is a place where children learn, laugh, grow, care, and make a difference. When Dr. Nugent saw our mission statement she instantly knew this was the school for her and she was home.

We asked her a couple questions.  Her past includes many jobs such as, education for children from 5th to 8th grade. For a while she was an art teacher, a technology teacher, an English teacher, and a mathematics teacher. Click below for more information in her own words.
Dr. Nugent’s work experiences

So we can grow in our learning,  Dr. Nugent suggests that staff and faculty progress in their instructional practices. From our principal’s point of view, everyone should be responsible for their learning and enjoying each others’ company.

One of the many things she adores about Chickering School are the children and staff. Everybody is so nice to each other. She is so inspired by the children that she created an art gallery for 1st and 5th graders in her office. She has mounted strips, to display their artwork on the walls. Each month a class’ creations are presented on the wall. Dr. Nugent’s goals are to make sure every child improves in their academics and learns how to become a better person. We are so happy that our new principal Dr. Nugent can be a part of our school.

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Elizabeth E., Tara, Laura, Madison, Julia, Melanie, & Molly.

Principal Chats

We interviewed the mastermind behind “chats with the principal” and his name is…Mr. Downing, the principal of Chickering School. He got this wonderful idea from the principal of Sunrise Elementary School in Colorado when he was a fifth grade teacher and later the assistant principal. A “gift of time”, as Mr. Downing puts it, is a break for the teachers to get some work done,  or get a cup of coffee.  So you wonder – what in the world is a principal chat?  Well, we will answer your wonderful question. So, here goes nothing, a Principal Chat is where a principal and, maybe, the vice principal, informs children, of up-coming events  and holidays, ways to prevent the transfer of viruses, bus safety, the importance of dressing for the weather, and other important issues.  He believes that Principal Chats will help the students get to know him and for him to get to know them.

In our interview with Mr. Downing, we asked him various questions.

Jackie: Do you think Principal Chats are influencing the kids?”

Downing: Yes, I do because I sees us living the Mission Statement.   It is impacting each child in a diffrent way.  Each child walks away with something diffrent from the Principal Chats by how I see them live the school mission.

Julia: Are the principal chats similar for each grade?

Downing: Yes and no. For example, some topics might be bus safety, good sanitation habits, and other topics might be grade specific. Ms Keniry, our vice principal, might talk about fifth grade student council information, which she advises.

Alice: Do you enjoy Principal Chats?

Downing: I enjoy Principal Chats a lot.  Overall, I  think it really affects the way students behave and learn.

We want to thank Mr. Downing for all he’s done for setting up the Principal Chats and helping us learn the rules of the school.  We really appreciate his kind gestures to make us all feel comfortable in our school environment.   We wish to thank him for taking the time to meet with us.  We really appreciated his enthusiastic and detailed answers to our many questions.  Our most recent Principal Chat was Tuesday, January 5, 2010.

Reported by: Alice, Annie, Jacquelyn, and Julia