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Volume 2.2 - March 2017

Welcome back from February vacation, Talbot family! We hope you had a chance to relax, rejuvenate, and have some fun! We're back with a fresh edition with more student articles, artwork, and upcoming events. Dive in!

Literacy Night

by Hannah Sousa, Bryannah Gifford, and Liana Cabral

Literacy Night is a night where Talbot students and their families come to school and teachers plan things to do to promote reading and writing. 

This year, Literacy Night will take place on Tuesday, February 28. 

Last year, Literacy Night was well attended. It included a free spaghetti dinner, and activities like bingo for books, a poetry scavenger hunt and a workshop for parents learn about their kids. This year’s activities will be similar, with some new ones as well.

“We want families to come in and share some time with us talking about some of the really good and hard work [the students] do all year,” said Mrs. Plourde, a Grade 8 ELA teacher who organized the event.

Students who attend could receive certain perks from their ELA and social studies teachers.

“My favorite part is sharing the dinner and seeing everyone outside of the classroom,” Mrs. Plourde said. “It was really awesome last year when Mrs. Vecoli and Ms. Conchina had all of these poems in the hallway with kids looking for examples of the different literary terms.”

Girls Basketball

by Nalah Jovan and Desttanie Harris

The Talbot girls basketball team is preparing for the city middle school playoffs, which will begin on March 4.
The team’s first game was held at Durfee High against Henry Lord on December 17, and the Tigers won 23-7. Since then, they earned wins against Argosy Charter, Doran, and Roosevelt Middle school in New Bedford, while suffering losses to Kuss Middle School and Morton Middle School.
          We asked the girls coach Amanda Salois what she thought of the progress from the girls. She said, “The progress from the girls has actually surprised me in the most positive way. The beginning of the season is always an unknown and that can be scary. I do believe that each day we are getting better, and as a coach, that is what I strive for. There are some days we do not practice or play to our potential and there are some days we exceed our potential. Playing on a team (and coaching) is an emotional rollercoaster and no day is the same. There is always progress to be made but despite that, I have seen both individual and team progress.” 
             We also asked if the girls are working at their full potential to become better as a team. She replied, “I do not think that we are working to our full potential but I believe we are close. I personally think that we are a much better team than what the girls may believe. This is a difficult question to answer as I believe we are giving 100% some days and 50% other days. I believe one aspect of the team not working to their potential is due to a lack of confidence. I think that if we play with confidence and continue playing as a team, we can definitely play to our potential.”
Talbot’s top scorers have been eighth graders Nalah Jovan and Yuliane Rivera. They and the rest of the team will lead the Tigers into the playoffs starting on March 4th, 2017 which will be held at Durfee High School also in Fall River.

Student Artwork
We have some incredibly talented student artists here at Talbot.
Check out some of their latest work!
Artwork by Samantha H.
Upcoming Events
School Events
2/28 - Family Literacy Night
3/9 - Early Release Day

3/12 - Daylight Savings Time Begins!
3/16 - Progress Reports
3/21 - Parent/ Teacher Conferences
3/31 - Jimmy Fund Dress Down Day

4/3 - MCAS Testing Window Begins
8th Grade Class Events
(Tentative Dates)
June 1st - Franklin Park Zoo 
June 7th - Dinner Dance
June 13th - Canobie Lake Park

June 15th - 8th Grade Class Day
June 16th - Graduation Night!
Talbot Google Calendar

8th Grade Field Trips

by Kaylee Oliveira and Karen Pimentel

The 8th grade field trips that has taken place already are Plimoth Plantation and the New England Aquarium. Most teachers that chaperoned the field trip thought it went very well.
‘’The Plimoth Plantation field trip was very successful. The students had a chance to learn about local history almost 400 years after the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth. And they conducted themselves very well, representing Talbot in an excellent way," said Mr. Casavant, one of the 8th grade social studies teachers. 

          The Plimoth Plantation trip was a great experience. This was the first year of Talbot going to Plimoth Plantation. At Plimoth Plantation we got to view how life was like almost 400 years ago. The students got to see a pilgrim village and a Native American tribe. The students learned a lot about the Pilgrims’ and Native Americans’ daily lives. 
           The most recent field trip the 8th grade went on was to the New England Aquarium. That field trip was really successful. Everyone had a great time. Some things the aquarium included were live animals and many other things such as ‘’ ...the interaction of the large-ocean-tank divers and ‘Myrtle’ the large green sea turtle, the feeding of the Pacific octopus, the shark and ray touch tank (always a hit with the kids), and the antics of the year-old sea lion,’’ said Mr. Champlin, one of the 8th grade science teachers.
           Overall the field trips were great and everyone behaved really well. Hopefully the next field trips will be as great as the first two. These will include the Franklin Park Zoo and Canobie Lake Park.

For more information on these events and more please see the special 8th Grade Events section of the Talbot web page, coming soon! 

MCAS Testing
The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) testing period for 2017 is slated to begin on Monday, April 3rd and end on Friday, May 26th. Schools are being given some flexibility to schedule their testing days within this time span this year, and we'll keep you informed as plans and Talbot testing dates are finalized. Check out the Talbot web page for more info coming soon!
Rally for the Jimmy Fund

For the seventh consecutive year, Talbot will again be participating in Rally for the Jimmy Fund to raise money for Dana Farber. Students and their families can help support our efforts in several ways: bringing in a donation to their homeroom teacher, donating online via our Talbot team website (link coming soon to the Talbot web page!), or by participating in our Dress Down Day on 3/31/17. By making a $2 donation and wearing Red Sox gear. More info will be coming soon!

Over the past 6 years, our Talbot faculty and staff have raised an incredible $17,180!!! Please help us achieve our 2017 goal of $3,000. We can do this, Talbot family! Thank you for your support!
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Fall River, MA 02723

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