2015 - 2016 School Year
Cupcake Wars (7th grade)
Cinco de Mayo (6th Grade)
World Language Week
In April, students participated in World Language Week. There were different things going on all week.
Earth Day Webcast - Grade 7
Earth Day Webcast Archives are located here.
Rye Students Play National Anthem at UNH Hockey Game!
Garden Music Video!
Wedgewood Enrichment Day - October 7, 2015
Our Wedgewood Enrichment Day was a success.! On Wednesday, October 7th students and staff participated in a series of workshops as part of our Wedgewood Enrichment Day. Classes met Sheila Charles, historian and archaeologist; Fred Borman, Rockingham County Extension Forester, and Alan Aulson, farmer and environmental consultant.
Mr. Aulson of Goats-to-Go, brought 30 goats and 8 sheep to clean up the fence area behind the RJH garden and into the woods. He explained the use of goats to eradicate the poison ivy, bittersweet, and other non-native and/or invasive species. Our own Ms. Cronin led one of the sessions about the goats, as she used to raise goats when she was growing up.
Mr. Borman discussed forest health, wildlife, diversity, and forestry practices. He brought many samples of insects and wood types. Ms. Charles lead activities focused on interpreting artifacts, natural and cultural resource mapping, and archival research, helping to answer the question "How do we discover and understand the archaeological history of the Wedgewood property?" Students and staff also had an opportunity to ask questions and visit with our visitors during lunch/recess.
We would like to extend many thanks to the Rye PTA for sponsoring our archaeologist Sheila Charles. Ms. Charles provided lessons for RJH teachers, researched historical maps and put together a binder of those maps for use in the classroom, and shared professional development opportunities.
Goats To Go! (and sheep)
The goats were here to eat the woody plants such as poison ivy and bittersweet on the new property behind the garden. You can now see the stone wall behind the metal fencing!
We reached our fundraising goal! With over $90,000 in donations over the summer, the Rye School District purchased the Wedgewood land on September 30. The Wedgewood Project will provide a natural, real-world setting for students to apply classroom learning and problem solving. It will “push the boundaries” for students.
We would like to thank the community members, parents, teachers, and students who donated time and support for this project. A number of donors made significant financial contributions: including the following individuals--an anonymous donor, Missy and Christopher Ekstrom, Christine Metzner and Steven Falci, Alex Herlihy, Anna Grace and Paul J. Holloway, Susan and Greg Johnson, E.M. and J.A. Labrie, Debra Holloway and Scott Marion, Jess, and Tim Moran, Dianna and John Pearson, Christine and Mark Sedam; businesses--Bottomline Technologies, Digital Prospectors Corporation, Granite State Bank, Holloway Automotive Group, Piscataqua Savings Bank, Portsmouth Computer Group; and foundations--the Rye Education Foundation, the Rye PTA, the Joseph G. and Jean E. Sawtelle Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and the Barbara K. and Cyrus B. Sweet III Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
We reached this crucial goal, but the Wedgewood Project could still use your help. Currently, we need donations to construct a fence as well as prepare the site for student learning and community use. If you have not already done so,support the Wedgewood Project and help inspire student learning with this natural resource. All donations should be made to Rye School District and are tax deductible.
Come to the Harvest Festival at Rye Junior High on October 29 to learn more about the project and continue to follow The Wedgewood Project on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1403698943291940/
JoAnn Hodgdon and Debra Holloway
3-D Printer Arrives!
With the generous support from REF, our school has a 3D printer! We received it one day before school started! It is now located in the hallway between the cafe and gym. We have it running during the day for the students.
The staff have many plans for the printer to be used in their classrooms. We expect the students to be able to go through the design process and print their products.
Here are some first day photos.