Monday, October 26, 2015

Outdoor learning with Vermont's teacher of the year - WCAX.COM

 WCAX reported, Kyle Midura joined us for ECO last week. We had a great time in the forest. In this filmed clip, students are busy building "insect hotels." This task encouraged thinking about the needs of insects as the colder weather approaches. Teams worked together to create environments which would help those insects that "winter over".

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Outdoor learning with Vermont's teacher of the year -

Friday, October 23, 2015

Where do bugs go when winter comes?

This week at ECO we noticed the changes in the weather, and began to think about insects and their winter needs. Students spent time planning and creating bug hotels~cozy winter homes for the smallest critters. Some groups collected insects to add to their hotels.

Amy Butler from North Brach Z Nature Center joined us for ECO!

Kyle from WCAX has a blast at ECO and leaves a little muddier than he expected!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

An Exciting Day

I was honored and humbled to accept the 2016 Vermont Teacher of the Year award today. Please click here for more information.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Great Pumpkin Visit

Kevin Companion, a UES grandparent, visited with his prizewinning pumpkin on Wednesday. It weighed over 1300 pounds!!

UES Parent Coffee Hour

Thursday, October 8, 2015

No school on October 12th

School will be closed on Monday, October 12th.

Echo Center Field Trip

Many thanks to all families for your help in making our field trip so successful. Students were prepared and excited, and the many parent volunteers allowed each group to explore the entire science center!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


We have been practicing yoga in first grade. Chrissy Lefavour, from Grateful Yoga studio, has been coming to visit two classrooms each week. What a wonderful way to become more mindful. Namaste

Nature Art

We had a wonderful ECO day today! First graders worked in groups to create nature art!
Brody, Jackson, Johannes,Liam and friends worked on this shooting star:

Thea and Molly worked together too!

A freckled leaf!