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Corridors and classrooms

Highlighting activities in and around 246 Warren St.


Learning about plants

grows on students


Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

     In Mrs. Rono’s second-grade class, we are learning about plants.

     We have been taking care of marigolds in class.

     To have a plant grow, it needs soil, water, sun, and air.

     We did an experiment to see if a plant would grow without sunlight but with water, and if a plant would grow with sunlight but no water.

     And guess what? The plants grew!

--May 20, 2012--


A trio for fifth-graders

Cunniff class set to take three field trips this spring


Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

     Guess where the Cunniff School fifth-graders are going?

     They are going to M.I.T., the Freedom Trail, and Project Adventure.

     They will first be going to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.)  in Cambridge on May 24-25. On the first day at M.I.T., the fifth-graders will make circuit boards and learn to solder (or melt) iron.

     On the second day, they will go to the M.I.T. Museum, which has many things that the college students have created.

     The next field trip that the Cunniff fifth-graders will go on is to the Freedom Trail in Boston. They will go on June 5 and tour through the grave sites of many famous figures in history. The tour guides will be in full character, meaning that they will be dressed up in clothes that people would wear back in Colonial times -- and they will act like that, too.

     The Freedom Trail trip will be very educational for the fifth-graders and it was a success last year with the current sixth-graders.

     The last field trip that they will go on is to a place called Project Adventure in Beverly, Mass. The students will go on June 14 and there will be a lot of challenging obstacle courses that the fifth-graders hope to accomplish.

     Have fun, fifth-graders!

--May 10, 2012--




Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

     Stars are huge, hot balls of glowing gasses.

     A star’s color depends on how hot it is. The hottest stars are blue. Yellow stars are not as hot as the blue stars. Red stars are the coolest.

     The sun is a yellow star. Most stars are bigger than the sun.

     Stars can make planets! There are more than 9000,000,000 stars.

     Stars, like people, have a birth, life, and death. Every star begins its life in a large gas-and-dust cloud called a nebula.

--April 21, 2012--



Cunniff Kids News staff reporter

     Mermaids can swim. Mermaids can swim really fast.

     Mermaids are beautiful. 

     A mermaid lives in water. Fish live in water, too. Fish can breathe in water. Sharks live in water, too. Mermaids always live in water because they breathe in water.

     Mermaids swim around and play for fun. Mermaids have friends. Mermaids have mothers.

     I have never seen a mermaid in real life.

     If you want to know more about mermaids, you should watch the DVD “The Little Mermaid.’’

--April 21, 2012--

A busy day in kindergarten


Cunniff Kids News staff reporter

     My kindergarten teacher at Cunniff Elementary School is Mrs. Tanguay.

     In the morning, it is noisy because kids are talking to each other and they’re hanging their backpacks and jackets in their cubbies.

     I keep all of my stuff in my cubby, but in the classroom I keep all my stuff in my folder.

     I have to come into school in the back door of my classroom.

     When I go to school, the first thing I do is my morning work, and then morning meeting, and then snack.

     After that, on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have gym. But on Thursday we have music and on Friday we have art.

     Then we do math, and then we have English class. Then we have recess! Some days, we get to play in the big kids park. I really like when that happens.

     After recess, we have lunch. Next, we have quiet reading, then writer’s workshop, and then centers. After centers, we have closing circle. Then we get to go home!

     It is a little bit noisy at the end of the day because kids are talking a little bit in line. And there are a lot of kids talking in the hallway because there are so many kids!

     I think the least favorite part of the day is literacy and sound games and the most favorite part of the day is centers.

--April 19, 2012--

Digging up info
on Dinosaurs!


Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

     In class, we are learning about dinosaurs. We are learning from our classroom website.

    The teacher who is teaching us is Mrs. Rono.

    We did reports on these dinosaurs: Apatosaurus, T-Rex, Compsognathus, Stegosaurus, Velociraptor, and Triceratops.

     Dinosaur means terrible lizard.

     Dinosaurs could not swim or fly. There were plant eaters, meat eaters, and some ate both!

     Dinosaurs and people never lived together, but some dinosaurs lived here!

     We know where dinosaurs were because of their fossils.

     Dinosaurs lived 65 million years ago.

     Some scientists think most dinosaurs died because a meteor hit the earth.

--April 14, 2012--

Fifth-graders out front in
move up to middle school

Cunniff Kids News staff reporter

    After recess on May 2, Kimo Carter, the Watertown Middle School principal, came to Cunniff School to talk with the fifth-graders.
    The Cunniff, Lowell, and Hosmer fifth-grade kids will be moving from their old schools to the middle school. Many of them will become friends when they are at the same school.
    Mr. Carter said the students have to get up early, because middle school starts at 7:40 a.m. 
    “We had six years of being here and it’s going to be harder than here,’’ said Meagan, a fifth-grader.
    There are only three grades -- sixth, seventh, and eighth. The middle school is a couple of blocks from the Cunniff School. Mr. Carter’s assistant is Jason Del Porto.
    The middle school has an honor roll and every parent will see their child on stage for getting A’s. The middle school has detention, too. For some, the hardest event will be having gym every other day.
    Some kids can’t wait to go to middle school.
    “I think it’s going to be fun,’’ said Eva, another fifth-grader.
    Next year, the elementary schools are going to have new fifth-graders and today’s fifth-graders will be sixth-graders at Watertown Middle School.
    “I’m going to be very scared,’’ said Renee, a Cunniff fifth-grader, “but I know I’ll get used to it.”

--May 20, 2011--

Understanding autism and Asperger’s

Activities help Cunniff fourth-graders
appreciate what it’s like for other kids

Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

    The fourth-graders at the Cunniff School learned about autism in April. They watched a video and a powerpoint presentation on a type of autism called Asperger’s.
    In the video, a lady interviewed kids with Asperger’s syndrome. She talked about historic people that might have had Asperger’s, people such as Albert Einstein, Thomas Jefferson, and many more.
    The fourth-graders did activities to experience what Asperger’s is like. One activity was they did a puzzle without talking. Another test was doing a worksheet while sitting in a cramped space and listening to loud noises at the same time. They also had to go into the hallway to do a puzzle, but this time they could talk to see which puzzle went better.
    Then the fourth-graders listened to a speech that was written by a person named Erin, who has Asperger’s snydrome. He talked fast and he was really nice.
    At the end of his speech, he let the fourth-graders ask him questions. He said he liked game shows and he knew some really old ones. After the speech, he read an acrostic poem about Asperger’s.
    That was how the fourth grade learned about Asperger’s snydrome and autism.
--May 4, 2011--

With a sparkle in their eyes

Gemologist's visit add luster to fourth grade

Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

    Hardness, streak, luster, phenomenon, and cleavage/fracture. These are some of the amazing things about minerals.
    On Jan. 20, the fourth grade learned all this when gemologist Kelli Marcou came to the Cunniff School and taught us.
    She visited because the fourth grade was learning about minerals.
    First, the class watched a movie that taught us about minerals. Then we moved to stations that were fun and educational.
    A fun fact that Kelli taught us was that the queen of England has the biggest diamond in the world.
    After that, she told us a little more about the stations we had just been at.
    The first table was Streaking.  There were a lot of minerals and four big tiles. The students could scratch a mineral on a tile and it would leave a color on the tile. Kelli gave us a book that told us what the minerals were according to the color.
    Another station had all the months’ birthstones, so the students could see
theirs. For instance, April’s birthstone is a diamond and August’s is a peridot. It was exciting to see your birthstone and to see them in different forms.
    That station was a lot of people’s favorite. 
    It was a pleasure to have Kelli Marcou visit. She taught us so much.
    Thank you Kelli!
--March 11, 2011--

Display of affection
New art installation graces second-floor hallway

Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

 ckn-winter3.jpg   Fourth-graders Haley M. and Katie G. made a new display with the themeckn-winter-5.jpg “Winter is Fun!” for the glass case on the second floor of Cunniff Elementary School.
    The case is in the hallway near Ms. Appugliese’s classroom.
    Haley and Katie made the display Feb. 15 during school.
    The display of the Eiffel Tower with King Kong on top was taken down after being in the case for many years. 
    A new display to replace the winter scene is coming soon.

--March 1, 2011--


As she has every Friday for seven years, Kathy Kopp (right) works with students in Mrs. Munger's class on their reading.
Words can't describe

Kathy Kopp continues to donate her time
and help Cunniff students with their reading

By CAILEIGH S. and JULIANA L.kopp1.jpg
Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

     Even after retirement, Kathy Kopp is still working in the Watertown community. 
     Every Friday, Ms. Kathy comes to Mrs. Munger’s third-grade class in the Cunniff School for an hour to help kids that need extra reading help.
     “I read in my bed every night,” Ms. Kathy.
     When she is in the class, she brings a few kids, one at a time, to the back table to read. She helps them by having them bring their books and read to her, and she helps them when they mess up. 
     She has lived in Watertown for 35 years, and she has helped in Mrs. Munger’s class for about seven years. She volunteers at the Parent-Child Home Program when she is not helping kids at the Cunniff School. 
     “My mother’s legacy was to always bring a book wherever you go,” she said.
     At the end of the day, she has helped a lot of people in our community!

--Jan. 30, 2011--


Matt, the Mad Science teacher, poses in the Cunniff School hallway outside his afterschool labratory.
Shocking how much fun it is!
Mood is electric inside Cunniff's Mad Science class

Cunniff Kids News staff reporters
    In the teachers’ lounge, an educational, shocking, and fun class was going on ... the Mad Science Class!
    This afterschool class was held in the fall on Tuesdays at the Cunniff School. It will be held again on Wednesdays in January. Science1.JPG
     “I love it more than anything else”, said Catherine, a third-grader. “We learn about static electricity and what the world would be like with out electricity.”
    This class is different than anything else in the school. First, it is one of the few classes that uses kindergarten-age students. Second, they experiment on things.
    They ask questions like, “What happens when you mix two ingredients?” They do fun activities like launching rockets, rubbing balloons on their heads, and having a static electricity fight.
    The person who was teaching the fall class was a man named Matt. He teaches the excited students about science. Matt got interested in science when he was 4.
    “My brother brought a chemistry kit home and we made volcanoes with baking soda and vinegar. I have loved science ever since.”
    Thanks to Matt, Mad Science is a really cool class.

--Jan. 12, 2011--

Keeping on Tops of it

Mrs. O'Connor helps turn box tops into cash for Cunniff

Cunniff Kids News staff reporters
    When you donate box tops, you are helping educate the children at the Cunniff School.
    Marilynn O’Connor, a Cunniff parent, helps get money for the school by collecting special box tops marked Box Tops for Education. These box tops are found on boxes of any size.
    When you come into the Cunniff School, you will see a pink box near the front office, which is were you put them. She will check the box every once in a while, take them home, and count them. She also has to check them and see the date, because if they say 2008 when the year is 2011, she has to throw them away.
    When a lot of box tops are in the box at her house, she ships them off to Box Tops for Education, and the company sends a check to Cunniff School.
    Another thing called Labels for Education gets collected, too. These are on Campbell’s soup labels.
    These are good ways to help your local school earn money for materials to educate the kids at that school.

(For information about Box Tops for Education, go to http://www.boxtops4education.com/. For information about Labels for Education, go to http://www.labelsforeducation.com/.)

--Jan. 4, 2011--

Former Cunniff teacher Mena Ciarlone (front row, center) is now helping shape the teaching in Watertown's three elementary schools.

Learning a new job

Ms. Ciarlone now helping all Watertown children

Cunniff Kids News staff reporters
     Former fifth-grade teacher Mena Ciarlone left the Cunniff School because she found a new job: Elementary Curriculum Coordinator for the Watertown Schools.
     She is helping all three of Watertown's elementary schools make decisions about what they will teach and what they will use to teach. She meets with principals and teachers. Sometimes she's in the car all day, driving around.
     Ms. Ciarlone has started some interesting things. For example, on Friday, Oct. 29, she is going to have a big meeting at the Watertown Public Library for parents all about independent reading. The second exciting thing is that she started an online math enrichment program for fourth- and fifth-graders.
     Ms. Ciarlone taught for 29 years and she taught all grades. She sys she misses being a teacher because she loved all her students, and she looks at a picture with her students every day in her office in the Hosmer School.
--Oct. 22, 2010--

Ready, set ... read!

Second-grade contest a real page-turner



Cunniff Kids News staff reporters
     Mrs. Sauder's and Mrs. Rono's second-grade classes are having a reading contest.
     It started Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. Principal Crimmin read a book to the classes and the students had popcorn.
     The students have to read outside of school. 
     At the end of the month, the teachers will determine who wins.
     I wonder which class will win?

--Oct. 14, 2010--


Bryan Magliocca (left), who spent the last 12 years at Cunniff Elementary, talked recently about his retirement
with reporters in the Cunniff Kids News newsroom. 

Retiring, but not stopping
Mr. Mags ready to build new start after 36 years in Watertown 




Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

     Special Ed teacher Bryan Magliocca is retiring after 36 years in Watertown. He spent the last 12 years at the Cunniff School, but he also taught at many other Watertown schools, including the Hosmer, Phillips, middle school, and high school.

     “I love teaching,” he said. “It’s time to get a new job.”

     Mr. Mags, who will be 62, said he is going to move to Maine and build a log cabin with his three sons, who are 38, 33, and 29 years old.  He will also take his dog, Tom Brady, who weighs 100 pounds.

     His first teaching job was 38 years ago in New Hampshire. Since then he has taught many subjects and worked with many nice people.

     There will be at least two parties for Mr. Mags and the other teachers who are leaving. A Cunniff

     “It’s kind of sad, but I’m ready,” he said.


     (The Cunniff PTO will be holding a farewell reception for Bryan Magliocca, Stephen Billhardt, and Greg Marcotte on Tuesday, June 15, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Cunniff library. Contact PTO presidents Marisa Petrillo (mpetrillo@corey.com) and Susie Hughes (susiehughes1@gmail.com) for more information.)


--June 11, 20010--


Magnificent science

Data shows success when Mrs. Kearney's class starts experimenting

Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

     Judy Kearney, a first-grade teacher at the Cunniff School, did a great job with her first year of Scientist of the Day and the Science Fair in the cafeteria.
     What made her think of this brilliant idea? A first-grade teacher at Lowell Elementary, Kathy Fucci, told Mrs. Kearney in February about how she does it. Mrs. Kearney thought it was a juicy and decided to try it.
     For the students to become scientist of the day they need to do a project.   In one of the projects, a Cunniff first-grader dissolved an eggshell. Some other projects that the students did for Scientist of the Day were food coloring celery; food coloring a flower; a wind spinner with cups on the ends; goop; a bird feeder;  shoe box;  ocean;  and gerbil habitats. All were done by different students in the class.
     “I can’t really say which one was my favorite, but I was really proud of all the students and their presentations,” Mrs. Kearney said.
     Mrs. Kearney’s first year doing Scientist of the Day was such a success, she hopes she can do again in the following years. 

--May 19, 2010--


Projecting yourself

Rabbitt's class sees results from extra monthly work

Cunniff Kids News staff reporters
     Ms. Rabbitt's fourth-grade class has a monthly class project. They have webquests and book projects. Some months, she requires a reading group to do it.
     Students have one month to complete the project. She makes it work and fun. Work can't be that fun, but it keeps you busy!
     Why does she do them? Parents and some students requested them.
     When do she come up with the projects? Different times. For example, she was at the movie theater some time in October whe she thought of the Halloween webquest.
     If you are not yet in fourth grade, now that you know about these projects, do you want to do these?
--May 7, 2010--

Time well spent
Fifth-graders take to Harvard math program


Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

     Ms. Ciarlone’s class may not be super smart, but it still went to Harvard University.

     The fifth-grade class went on the field trip to Harvard on Monday, March 15. They left Cunniff Elementary at 9:15 a.m. and took a bus to Harvard. When the students got to Harvard, they used a program called Time to Know.   

     Time to Know uses a pretend carnival with some wacky characters and talking animals to teach math to kids. Even though they teach math, they are really fun.

     Julia L., a fifth-grader who went on the field trip likes it.

     “It was a fun way to learn,” she said.

     She also liked the wacky characters.

     The people at Harvard hope that soon every classroom will have Time to Learn in their classrooms.

--March 30, 2010--


The world comes to them


Skype connects kindergarteners with far off lands 



Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

     The kindergartners at Cunniff Elementary have a new way to learn about the world. They use Skype.

     Skype is a way to talk to people around the world at any time and place using the computer.

     Kindergarten teacher MaryKate Fitzpatrick has asked all the parents if they know anyone who lives in a different place beside Watertown. Then the person reads to the kindergarten and the students ask questions about where the person is reading from.

     People around the world have read to the kindergartners. Only one person has read to the kindergartners twice. His name is Mark Lymbery and he read from Tokyo and New York.

     The kindergarteners now have a whole new experience with learning about the world.


--March 17, 2010--



Theme of the day: Fun!


By JULIA C. and TIA P.

Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

     Five, 10, then 100 buttons in the jar.

     “We earned a theme day!” shouted our teacher, Ms. DiIeso. “Excellent teamwork!”

     We all roared with excitement. The buttons were for our good behavior. “Yeah! Yeah!”

     So the class voted on a theme. The choices were Wacky Hair/Hat Day, Sports Day, or Stripes and Polka Dots Day.

     Our hearts raced. We were eager to find out which theme won.

     The votes were in and we were going to have Wacky Hair/Hat Day!

     The next day, kids came in with the most insane and crazy hats. Timmy wore a hat with tinfoil and won the award for wackiest hat.

     Tia had two buns stick out and dyed blue, followed by a few ponytails also dyed blue. Kerri left her hair down beside her bangs, which were sticking straight up and dyed with green hairspray. Tia and Kerri both won the award for wackiest hair.

     Ms. DiIeso’s class had so much fun on Theme Day, we want to do it again.

--Jan. 27, 2010--



                                                                                                CKN photos by Michael M.

Easy to Find

Clothes, shoes, and books in plain sight at

Lost and Found table, Holiday Cleanout box


Cunniff Kids News staff reporters


     When you walk inside the Cunniff School, you will see a table. It is in the front hallway, across from the art room and the main office.Cradles.jpg

     On it are clothes, coats, shoes and boots.

     It is the Cunniff’s Lost and Found table.

     Underneath the table is a big empty box. The table is set up in front of a glass case with art work inside. There is string art and fluffy art inside the case. The case and the table are to the right of the water fountain.

     Next to the Lost and Found table is a big cardboard box. The sides are decorated with drawings. Inside are books for babies, a cookbook, and a Thomas the Tank Engine sing-along book.

      The box is for the Holiday Cleanout. It was put there by the Cunniff Girl Scout Troop 1988.  They are looking for toys, books, and clothing for kids. Anything put in that box will be donated Cradles to Crayons in Quincy.

     The Holiday Cleanout box will be in the lobby until Friday, Jan. 22.

     The Lost and Found table is set up all year.    

     (Cunniff Kids News correspondent Charlotte D. contributed to this report.)


--Jan. 20, 2010--

Shrieks of delight hallowen9--hallway1.jpg
Annual Cunniff Halloween party
another successful evening
-- despite a frightening start

Cunniff Kids News staff reporter

     The Cunniff School Halloween party on Oct. 30 was very exciting.

     It started off with an unexpected fire drill.  Everyone evacuated safely, but it was really loud. A smoke machine in the basement set off the alarm.

 halloween3--skeleton.jpg    When everyone went back in the building, it was very crowded. Mrs. Munger, Miss Ciarlone, Mrs. DiMascio, Mrs. Lacy, and Mr. Billhardt were part of the Haunted House. halloween10--hallway2.jpg

     The cafeteria was full of kids and crafts.  The front hall was crowded with people getting wristbands, getting their picture taken, and people signing up for the scavenger hunt.

     If you didn’t go this year you should go next year.


QUITE A SIGHT! The annual Cunniff School Halloween Party brought out all sorts of costumes and plenty of spooky sights to behold, including (above left) a witch and skeleton at the end of the Haunted House. Also seen were (below, clockwise from top left) Miss Ciarlone, Mrs. Munger, and Mrs. DiMascio, who greeted students at the end of the Haunted Hallway; Mrs. Lacy, who enjoyed her time in the teachers’ lounge inside the Haunted House watching TV, chewing gum, and reading Captain Underpants books; a plate of eyeballs; a raven as it kept an eye on Baby, one of the many decorations adding to the unique atmosphere in the Haunted House; Mr. Billhardt (obviously in the party moooooooo-d!); and Caitlin Donovan as she helped capture the evening at the PTO photo booth. 
-- Nov. 8, 2009--
 Costumed guests help make the Cunniff's Halloween party head and shoulders above the rest.


The fright stuff
Annual Cunniff Halloween party set for Oct. 30



Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

     Calling all boys and ghouls! halloween08marie.jpg

     Are you looking for something to do this Friday night? If so, come to the Cunniff School!

     This Friday, Oct. 30, the Cunniff School PTO is hosting its annual Halloween party. The party will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and is open to Cunniff families.

     There will be games, like the Monster Walk, crafts, a scavenger hunt, and the haunted house. Come show off your costumes, but please leave costume accessories (such as weapons, sports equipment) at home.

     Marie Gendron, a Cunniff parent and chairperson of the party, said, “[The haunted house] might be scarier than last year!”

     She also said that there will be two paths at the haunted house, one scary and one less scary. She said there will be allergy-free snacks.

     Admission is $2 per child with a $5 maximum per family. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

     For additional information, please contact Marie Gendron (pictured at right, with hat), at 617-923-1114 or Eileen Walsh at 617-926-3804. 

--Oct. 27, 2009--
Some of the Cunniff's fourth-grade class tackle a display on pulleys at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.
Shipping up to Essex
Museum carries visitors away into history
Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

     If you are looking for a good time, then you should go to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. That is where the fourth-graders from the Cunniff School went Friday, May 22. The museum is educational and extremely fun.

     The bus ride took one hour from Watertown. The students brought books, gimp, word puzzles, and riddles to pass the time

     At the museum, there were four stations to go to: simple machines, trunnel making, steam bending, and scavenger hunt. There were groups of students that went to each station with a guide.

     Some of the buildings didn’t have air conditioning because the museum tried to re-create what it felt like long ago. Plus, it was an 80-degree day, so it was really warm.

     The simple machine station was all about simple and compound machines. Students experimented with a lever, a wedge, and a few pulleys. They saw a very complicated compound machine.

     The second station was trunnel making. First, the guide showed the children a movie about a ship being built. The students went to a shed and got to make a trunnel, which is basically a wooden peg that would be driven into a ship to hold essex1.JPGthe wood together. The guide told us that in the olden days, shipbuilders got 5 cents for every 100 trunnels he made.

     The third station was steam bending, which is where you take a long piece of wood and heat it.  It was steaming hot! Then the students got to clamp it down so it bends.

     The last station was a scavenger hunt. It was set up in an old school house. There were many questions the students had to answer that were hidden in the schoolhouse.

     One of the exhibits showed all the tools that were used to build the ships. All of the other exhibits showed different ships. One exhibit showed a ship with colorful strings that pointed to the person’s house in Essex that helped build that part of the ship.

     After exploring all four stations, the students ate lunch. Then they went back on the bus for another hourlong ride back to the school.

     (For more information about the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, go to http://www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org/index.html.)

--June 5, 2009--

Juniors achievement
Brownies to celebrate bridging with camping trip, ceremony
Cunniff Kids News staff reporter

     Brownies. They’re not the brownies you eat! They are Girl Scouts!

    The Brownies are a community group. Troop 1988 is made up of 15 Cunniff students. Every year they do something that helps the community. This year they did a food drive, last year they collected towels and rags for an animal shelter.

    This is the Troop 1988’s last year in Brownies. They will be bridging on June 10. “Bridging” means moving from Brownies (first, second, and third grade) to Juniors (fourth, fifth, and sixth grade).

    To celebrate, they are going camping at Cedar Hill in Waltham. They will do water games and cook over a fire.

    To pay for it, they are using their money from selling cookies.  The Troop sold 1,165 boxes of cookies this year and earned $699.

    They will also have a bridging ceremony at the Cunniff. At the ceremony, they will get Junior sashes and make a recipe. Family and friends are going to come and stay for food.
     (Editor's note: To read about Troop 1988's food drive, see story below; to read about Troop 1988's work for the animal shelter, see Archive: Corridors and classrooms at left).


--June 3, 2009--

Quite a feat!
Jump Rope for Heart clears $5,000 in donations
Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

     The third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders at the Cunniff School were jump roping to help prevent breast cancer and stroke.


     Greg Marcotte, the Cunniff’s physical education teacher, ran Jump Rope for Heart.

     “This was the second year doing Jump Rope for Heart,” he said.

     The third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders went around and asked family and friends to donate money. They raised over $5,000, which was the goal, then they had a jump rope competition.

     Here are some amazing third-grade records: Wenston did 206 backward jumps and Timmy C. did 15 big rope pushups, which is where he does a pushup and the rope swings under his hands.
In fourth grade, Shannon and Elizabeth did 72 partner face-to-face jumps and Tatum did 159 backward jumps.

     In fifth grade, Christian did 15 minutes 25 seconds of nonstop jumps and Sarah L. did 63 criss-crosses, which is when a person jumps and then crosses the rope and then jumps again and so on.

     Danika Johnsky held the teacher record: 5 minutes 15 seconds of timed jumps!

     Mr. Marcotte told us next year he might add the second-graders to this exciting fun event.

     A few weeks after this year's event, students got prizes for how much money they raised.

     “But it doesn’t matter about the prizes, it matters about helping people,” Mr. Marcotte said.  
--May 31, 2009--


                   Some of Watertown's veterans watch as Cunniff third-graders raise the flag as part of the
                   Memorial Day assembly. 
Honoring our heroes
Cunniff third-graders host veterans at Memorial Day program
Cunniff Kids News staff reporters
     The third-grade classes had an assembly May 22 to honor the veterans who fought in wars. Over a dozen veterans came to the assembly in the cafetorium, along with Cunniff staff, students, and parents.
     Most of the third-graders had a speaking part, along with poems and songs. The songs were “Michael Row the Boat Ashore” and “This Land is Your Land.”
     The poems were “Americans in Strength,” “The American Hero,” and “Freedom is not Free.”
     The common theme in these songs and poems was freedom, because the veterans fought and died for our freedom.
     The veterans wore their uniforms and hats that they wore the time they fought. They sat below the stage as they were being honored. Their names and where they fought were announced.
     The assembly went well because everyone remembered their lines and the audience was very respectful.

--May 29, 2009-- 

A look inside
Candling lets students see chicks before they hatch

Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

     Have you ever seen the inside of a chick egg? Mrs. Munger’s third-grade class has by candling the eggs!
     The first thing Mrs. Munger did was get green construction paper and cover all of the windows in the upstairs supplies closet. While she was doing that, the students did their morning cursive.

     When she came back, she picked one of the groups and that was Group 2. She got a green egg out of the incubator and Group 2 went upstairs with her into the supplies closet. Fatima brought a flashlight and an oatmeal container with a hole in it.

     Then Mrs. Munger closed the supplies closet door. It took Mrs. Munger a couple of times to get the flashlight working. But she got it working and put the flashlight in the oatmeal can and then took the green egg and held it in front of the oatmeal can.

     Fatima said, “I can’t see anything,” so Mrs. Munger went downstairs, back to Room 161, and got a white egg out of the incubator. She came back to the supplies closet, shut the door, put the white chick egg in front of the oatmeal can, and turned on the flashlight.

     Fatima said, “I can see a black spot.”

     Mrs. Munger said, “That black spot is the chick.”

     When the class was done with cursive, the students went out to the Cunniff playground for recess. Group 2 came down from the supplies closet for recess.

     After recess, Mrs. Munger took the rest of the class to the supplies closet to see the chick
     Now everyone knows how to candle an egg.

--May 27, 2009--


 Warming to the task
Third-graders don't raise a fuss when it comes to eggs


Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

     In the third grade, the classes are hatching chicks!
     The eggs are in Mrs. Munger’s classroom. There are two white eggs, two green eggs, and two brown eggs. The chicks hatch in 21 days.
     Only three eggs can fit in one incubator, so there are two incubators. The incubators keep the eggs warm so the chicks won’t die. The incubators are round, like a bowl. They are in the back of the classroom on the sink counter. On the top of the incubator there is a glass window so you can look at the eggs.  There is a little light in the incubator.
     Mrs. Munger got the eggs so she can teach the third-graders about the life cycle of the chicks.
     The chicks arrived three weeks ago. The third-graders were very excited when the chicks arrived.
     In class the chicks chirp and it gets very distracting.
     The students can’t touch the eggs because the shell might crack and the chick might die.

     --May 26, 2009--


Big results from Mini Dells


Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

     Have you ever seen a laptop smaller than your lap? Well there is!

     It’s called a Mini Dell. The fourth and fifth grades at the Cunniff School have been using them for about two months. They are mostly used for recording and researching.  The keyboard is smaller than a normal computer keyboard.

     Fourth-grade students Jillian Russo and Christopher Baccari both agree that the Mini Dells are fun to work with.

     Fourth-grade teacher Mena Ciarlone said, “I love the Mini Dells because they are so small that you can have one on one side of your desk and have a project on the other side.’’

     If you want to see the Mini Dells, then come to the Cunniff School!

     --May 2, 2009--

             Two Cunniff Kids News reporters pose with WBZ meteorologist Todd Gutner (center) during his
             recent visit to Cunniff Elementary School in Watertown.

Blue skies, green screens
WBZ meteorologist points out secret to being on television



Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

     One of the most interesting things about being a meteorologist on television is the green wall.

     Todd Gutner from WBZ news on Channel 4 came to the Cunniff School to teach the students about weather. He spoke to the second-, third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders about pressure systems and the different symbols on the television weather map.

     He explained that the green wall is a big screen that shows people watching TV the weather map. The meteorologists point to the empty green screen and the computer fills in the map for the people watching.

     Mr. Gutner said it’s important to not wear green clothes on a work day because people at home can’t see you!

     Mr. Gutner is 33 years old and has loved weather since he was in high school. He has been on television for nine years, but has been working at WBZ for only 1.5 years. His favorite part of his job is visiting schools because he gets to see kids and because he gets out of the office.

     Tune in to WBZ from 6:30-7 a.m. to see Mr. Gutner report the weather, with the help of his cameraman Terry.

     (To learn more about meteorologist Todd Gutner and the WBZ news team, go to  http://wbztv.com/bios/todd.gutner.wbztv.9.566575.html.)

--May 1, 2009--


Members of the Watertown Girl Scouts Troop 1988 pose with food donated by the Cunniff School community.

 Food drive a success
Cunniff scouts help neighborhood pantry


Cunniff Kids News staff reporters
    Walking through the Cunniff School, you could see boxes everywhere. Why? Because the Girl Scouts had a food drive.

     Troop 1988 of the Watertown Girl Scouts, made up of students from the Cunniff School, had a food drive recently. The scouts said they wanted to help people who didn’t have enough food.

     First, the scouts made signs and put them up all over the school walls. Then the scouts put the collection boxes everywhere. Some kids read the signs and then brought in food the next day.

     At the end of February and the beginning of March, when the food drive was over, the scouts collected all of the boxes. The troop delivered all of the food to the food pantry at St. Patrick’s Church.

     According to troop co-leader Marie Gendron, the scouts collected “four big, plastic bins” filled with food for the pantry.

     (The St. Vincent de Paul food pantry is located at St. Patrick's Church, 26 Chestnut St., Watertown, Mass. The pantry is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10–11:45 a.m. For information about the pantry, please call, 617-926-7121.)

--April 1, 2009--



Everybody profits
Popular second-grade store benefits school, needy families


By SHAY D. and JULIA F. 
Cunniff Kids News staff reporters 
     Shannon Sauder's second-grade class started the first school store at the Cunniff School. The school store began STORE13.jpgbecause the second-graders wanted to raise money for families in Africa.
     The class voted on different ani-
-mals it could send to people who needed them. The animals the class chose were a llama for Peru, a goat for a village in Africa, and chickens for Guatemala.
     “The students decided that a goat would eat pretty much anything and that they could keep it anywhere, so that would be the best bet, said Mrs. Sauder. “The students also decided that any money above the goat and chickens would go to purchase recess toys for the second grade at the Cunniff.
     The school store sold $270 worth of merchandise and made $142 in profit.
     Kids could come to shop before school, between 8:05 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Each classroom received two coupons for students that had good behavior. One coupon was for 10
cents and one was for 25 cents.
     Jump ropes, crayons, and yo-yos were the most popular items. However, each time the store was open, it sold out of its inventory.
     This class will not be reopening the school store, said Mrs. Sauder, but, “there is a rumor that Mrs. Uccello's class will be starting it up again.

--March 17, 2009--

In a land far, far away
Second-grade teacher goes on a family vacation -- to Japan


Cunniff Kids News staff reporters 

   Would you travel 14 hours to eat fried octopus? Elizabeth Uccello did. It was one of the interesting things that she did when she went to Japan for the first time.

   Mrs. Uccello, a second-grade teacher at the Cunniff School, flew there during winter vacation with her husband, mother, and father. They went to see her younger brother, Zack, who is there teaching English. Her dog Molly and her cat Zoe did not make the trip with the rest of the family.

   Molly stayed with my husband's sister, and Miss Doherty watched Zoe,” said Mrs. Uccello.

   Mrs. Uccello and her family did many things during their week in Japan. They went to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. They saw statues of people and a statue of Buddha. They went to a place where deer ran wild.

   One even stole a map out of my mom's hand and tried to eat it!” said Mrs. Uccello.

   They also ate interesting food, including fried octopus, fried chicken, and sushi.

   It was a very exciting vacation.

  --March 10, 2009--

Now there's plenty to do
Signups for afterschool programs close Jan. 15


Cunniff Kids News staff reporter

Have you signed up for one of the many great courses offered after school at the Cunniff? If not, let’s get to it.  There is still time and many to choose from.  

The first group of courses is called Courses for Kids and is run by Watertown Community Education. The courses offered are:

* Drama Club on Mondays for grades K-2

* All About Animals on Wednesdays for grades K-2

* Karate on Wednesdays for grades K-5

* High Touch High Tech on Fridays for grades K-2

All of these courses begin the week of Jan. 26 and run for eight weeks. The Drama Club is free for all students. However, there is a fee of $115 for all of the other courses.

Rita Foglia of Watertown Community Education said about the afterschool program, “It is very popular.  It gives kids a chance to learn new things and have fun after school.

“The favorite courses at the Cunniff are Karate, Drama, and Science.”

 Another afterschool activity offered is the Cunniff Afterschool Sports program.  This program is for grades 2 and 3 run by Greg Marcotte, the Cunniff’s gym teacher, on Mondays.

It will start Jan. 26 and run for 10 weeks. The fee is $65.

Students will participate in sports activities such as soccer, football, volleyball, lacrosse, basketball, and floor hockey. They will even get to use the new climbing unit.

Each course has a different limit to the number of kids.

If you are interested in signing up, return the registration forms to your teacher soon. Deadline for signups for all courses is Jan. 15.

If you didn’t receive the information about either Courses for Kids or the Cunniff Afterschool Sports Program, you can find information flyers just outside the front office at the Cunniff School.

(For more information about Courses for Kids, contact Rita Foglia at rfoglia@watertown.k12.ma.us. For more information about Cunniff Afterschool Sports, contact Greg Marcotte at gmarcotte@watertown.k12.ma.us. ) 

--Jan. 12, 2009--


A (crawly) hands-on experience


A giant African millipede (above), a giant Asian praying mantis (below), and a tarantula (bottom) at the Cunniff.

BugWorks visit
a touchy subject

Cunniff Kids News Staff reporters


     It had 288 legs.

     It was big, scary, and black.

     And when she took it out of its case, everyone was grossed out.

     It was a millipede that Maire Anne Diamond from BugWorks brought to the Cunniff School Oct. 16.

     Diamond and Andrea Kozol went to all of the classes to show students bugs and teach about them.

     Diamond told Mrs. DiMascio’s class that insects have three body parts: the head, thorax, and abdomen.  The different kinds of bugs are millipedes, insects, centipedes, and crustaceans. Bugs are all anthropods.

     First, she showed the class a praying mantis and the students got to hold it. Then she showed the students a baby mantis.

     The class saw a grasshopper with all of the warning colors. The warning colors are black, yellow, red, and sometimes orange.                              

     Then the class saw a giant hissing cockroach. She told the students that the cockroaches make a humming sound. So she took a cockroach and started to tickle its legs, which looked like she was squishing it. 
     When she was done, she took out a tarantula, but it is not as scary as you think!  It was very hairy. It had hair on its eyes. She didn’t let the students touch it.
     When she was done, she put all the bugs away and let the class ask more questions. When everyone was done, the students said goodbye and thank you and she left and went to another class.
     (To learn more about BugWorks, go to http://www.bugworks.net/)



So much fun to be had, it's scary



Cunniff Kids News staff reporters

     Beware of ghosts!

     There will be a Halloween Party at the Cunniff School on Friday, Oct. 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. for Cunniff kids and their families. It will cost $6 per family at the door, which covers the rest of the night.

     At the Halloween Party will be a haunted house, Spooky Boo-tique disco, bean bag tic-tac-toe, monster walk, ghost scavenger hunt, and lots of crafts.

     Nut-free, milk-free, egg-free snacks and drinks will be available.

     Kids are encouraged to wear a Halloween costume, but you don’t have to. Please don’t bring any weapons (knives, swords, axes, guns, and light sabres).

     Marie Gendron, who is one of the people helping to run the event for the PTO, said, “The reason we have a Halloween Party is to have fun and celebrate Halloween.”





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