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Center School third graders learned about electromagnetism as Brendan Cole from the Museum of Science Boston Traveling Program showed them what positive and negative charges can do.

Cole, with the help of lab assistants, AKA the kids in the audience, demonstrated how invisible forces are at work everywhere.

Although “we’re mostly made of the same number of positive and negative charges,” Cole explained, there is a way to unbalance that.

Mackenzie Crowley stepped up as the guinea pig.

“Do you mind of I separate your charges?” asked Cole, who proceeded to rub the third grader’s head with a balloon.

The resulting static electricity stood her hair on end.

Using a Van de Graff generator, Cole next invited Maya Warren up to the front. As it charged, Warren touched the large metal globe, which gave the same effect as the balloon.

Cole took the kids through several other experiences that demonstrated how electrical currents are conducted, including how an electric current can catch fire.

Throughout the program, Cole stressed the importance of testing ideas as a foundation of science.

“It’s great to admit you don’t know something,” he said.

The program was sponsored by the Parent Teacher Association.

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By Georgia Sparling | Mar 03, 2017
All Photos by: Georgia Sparling

The Cape Cod African Dance and Drum group kept kids on their toes Friday morning.

The performers, lead by Tara Murphy, visited Old Hammondtown School where they introduced students to traditional drums, songs and dance.

One dancer, Wyoma, told kids that she started dancing when she was young, and the stories of resilience behind the dances helped her.

“I was very bashful,” she said. “All of the dances have meaning to them. It helped me have courage.”

Throughout the performance, the kids were invited to participate – practicing their rhythm on the drums, joining in on dances and exercising their ululation skills.

Murphy and her group closed out the performance with a lively dance and encouraged kids: “Keep dancing, keep singing, keep drumming.”

The Mattapoisett PTA sponsored the event, which was also performed for students at Center School.

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By Georgia Sparling | Jan 27, 2017
Photos by: Georgia Sparling

Teacher Appreciation Days 2016

October 25, 2016

On Wednesday, October 19th, Old Hammondtown School staff was treated to a beautiful and delicious breakfast buffet hosted by the PTA. Center School received the same pampering the next day, October 20th. Thank you to Lauren Czerkowicz, Lauren Dubuc and Beth Oliveria for organizing this tribute to our school’s staff. We would also like to thank Shipyard Galley for their donations!

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The Mattapoisett PTA is pleased to announce a special combined workshop event for the 2nd Grade!

March 21, 2016

I am especially excited about coordinating these two workshops. One of the delights of being the Chair of Arts & Humanities is sharing the things you love with the students. Last March, Lyn Littlefield Hoopes and Karen Chace were at Center School on the same day. Lyn was coaxing synonyms and descriptive imagery from our second graders in her poetry workshop while […]

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Center School gets introduction to origins of ‘Frozen’

March 10, 2016

New Bedford Ballet performs ‘The Snow Queen’ By Georgia Sparling | Mar 10, 2016 | Sippican Week Jessica Silva portrays Kaiah, who is put under the spell of the Snow Queen, which separates her from her best friend Gerda. Photo by: Georgia Sparling MATTAPOISETT — Elsa and Anna were nowhere to be found, but the […]

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Mattapoisett elementary schools celebrate on eve of Halloween

November 2, 2015

By Georgia Sparling | Sippican Week     Original article MATTAPOISETT — Elementary school kids and their parents converged on Old Hammondtown School Friday night for the Mattapoisett PTA’s annual Halloween celebration. This year in addition to games and snacks in the cafeteria, there was an inflatable obstacle course outside where kids could race against each […]

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Assistant principal goes to great heights for canned food drive

June 15, 2015

By Georgia Sparling | Sippican Week MATTAPOISETT — Throughout the school year, the health offices at Center School and Old Hammondtown School urged students to “help can hunger.” And by May, the students from preschool to sixth grade had collected 1,700 non-perishable food items to donate to a local food pantry. In May, Assistant Principal […]

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Up on the rooftop … to help needy in Mattapoisett

June 10, 2015

By John Garcia Contributing writer | SouthCoast Today MATTAPOISETT — When educator Kevin Tavares wanted to make sure of a strong response from his students for their schools’ Food Drive, he promised them that he would sleep overnight on Center School’s roof if they brought in more non-perishable food items than he did. His motivational […]

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Author, ‘citizen scientist’ to visit tri-town

May 26, 2015

Children’s author Loree Griffin Burns will visit Old Hammondtown School, Rochester Memorial School and Old Rochester Regional Junior High School between May 27, 28, 29 and June 1 to speak to students in grades 5 through 7 about various science topics. Burns holds a PhD in biochemistry and uses her experiences as a working scientist […]

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Center School kids get surprise before holiday break

December 19, 2014

By Georgia Sparling | Dec 19, 2014 Mattapoisett — Not only did kids get to wear their pajamas to school on Friday, but Center School students also got an unexpected summoning to the gym for a surprise cooked up by their teachers. As they walked down the hallway with paper gingerbread “tickets” in hand, they […]

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