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Pittston Consolidated School
Elementary Grades K-5
Principal: Shelly Simpson
8:10 Doors Open
8:30 Classes Start
Did you know there are well over 40 different types of Engineers? Would you like to experience the process of Engineering? If so, please join us for a fun evening and be an Engineer on Thursday, November 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sign-up sheets will be coming home with students soon!
There will be several different types of engineering activities for you to try. The “Openers” will be short activities, lasting about 10 minutes, and the “ Challenges” will run approximately 30- 45 minutes. Please join us for a great evening of Science and learning.
You will have several choices of activities throughout the evening such as:
* Tumbling Tower-prevent the structure from falling
* Happy Feet – Design a shoe
* Engineering Cards- Can you match the engineer to the product?
Once again (this is our 8th year!) Pittston School has teamed with Spectrum Generation for our annual Penny Drive! This fundraiser is for the Meals on Wheels/Nutrition Program. All pennies donated will help our homebound friends and neighbors eat a hot, nutritious meal at least once per day.
Please donate pennies and other change now thru November 30th. Every Penny Counts!
What will your penny provide?
* Approx. 42,000 meals to our homebound seniors in Southern Kennebec County including: Augusta, Manchester, Winthrop, Wayne, Mt. Vernon, Fayette, Monmouth, Readfield, Gardiner, Hallowell, Farmingdale, Chelsea, Pittston, Litchfield.
* 25,000 meals served at the Cohen Community Center
* the ability to offer other services needed
* Let them know that our community cares!
Patricia Adams, grade 4/5 team teacher, is hosting an after school program called "Shake Things Up: Engineering Earthquake Resistant Buildings." Students from team 4/5 meet 2 hours a week after school. Students have simulated an earthquake by building a shake table (just what it sounds like). They have also made a magnitude meter. The whole purpose is to come up with building codes for building earthquake resistant structures. To build these structures students are using common materials such as pipe cleaners, coffee stirrers, and index cards. A pretty cool way to spend the afternoon!
Pittston School awarded a $2500 Fuel Up to Play 60 grant.
Pittston School was awarded $2500 to bring additional physical and nutritional activities to the school this year. This is the second year Pittston has been awarded the monies. Last year, the first year of participation, awarded them $500, along with being the only elementary school in the state to achieve Touchdown status. Touchdown status is reached when you have met and/or exceeded the grant expectations.
This year Pittston School has received a SciTech Grant. Our year-long theme is Engineering Around the World. We are so excited to be one of two schools in the state to receive this grant! We held our first engineering project on October 31st., dropping pumpkins from the school roof! There were 40 in all! Students were grouped with their Book Buddies, each group created a mechanism to protect their pumpkins. Eight pumpkins survived the drop, five split and all the remaining pumpkins had slight cracks! Congratulations to all our future engineers!
As part of our SciTech Grant, we will be sponsoring a Family Engineering evening on November 29. It should be a wonderful evening for families and staff alike. More information will be coming home at a later date.