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Let’s Welcome Ms Curran (Gr 5 Special Education)

July 18, 2017 · No Comments

We are excited to welcome Katie Curran, our new Grade 5 Special Education teacher. Katie recently worked as a high school science teacher.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

I had fantastic teachers growing up and have always loved to share my interest in science with others. I went to college in Maine where I got to help with science day at an elementary school through activities like geocaching and plant dissections. When I was younger, I always enjoyed classroom work most when I could help others. I found explaining math helped me learn and I kept doing it as a tutor in high school, teaching assistant in college, and now as a teacher.

What makes you excited about coming to the Lane School?

I am really excited to meet all of the students, staff, and chickens at the Lane School. I am looking forward to hearing about Project Adventure from all of my fifth graders!

What is your fondest memory when you were in Gr 3-5 as a student?

My favorite memory in fifth grade was reading Tuck Everlasting. We read aloud in small groups and I became engrossed in the story as well as larger questions about life.

Tell us one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

I grew up right next door in Concord so my favorite ice cream is purple cow chip from Bedford Farms.

Any highlights from the summer so far?

I chaperoned a camping trip in Maine and everyone finished the hike without any falls as the name Tumbledown might suggest !

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Interview with new Special Education Administrator

July 17, 2017 · No Comments

As some of you may know, Luann Foley retired last December from the Special Education Administrator position at Lane. We were fortunate to have Sarah Orlov take over the job for the remainder of the school year. However, Sarah has recently accepted a promotion in a district closer to her home. Although multiple changes can be difficult for a school, here at Lane we take great pride in ensuring smooth transitions for staff, students and families. With this in mind, we are very excited to announce Michelle Dellavalle will be coming over to the Lane School from Bedford High School to be our long term Special Education Administrator.  Michelle brings lots of well-rounded experience to the position. I know parents will appreciate her support in making sure students with disabilities are successful at Lane.

Here is a short “Q and A” with Michelle to introduce her to the Lane community.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

I officially decided to become a teacher after accepting a part-time job while in college as a long-term substitute teacher in an alternative learning program in Amherst. This was my first introduction to the world of special education and I knew right away that it was my career path. It made me realize that I had always been interested in this population- from a job in high school reading to a blind elderly woman to babysitting a family friend who had cerebral palsy to my interest in our 5th grade curriculum, Understanding Disabilities. I have always had a fondness for working with people with unique differences but hadn’t known much about Special Education. Although it was too late to change my undergraduate major from Psychology to education (though I tried!), I planned to pursue Special Education for my Master’s degree.

What makes you excited about coming to the Lane School?

I am excited to see Bedford from a new perspective! I have been in the district for ten years at JGMS and then BHS. I am excited to come to Lane to be a part of the work that goes into building our students’ foundational skills. I am also really looking forward to field day!

What is your fondest memory when you were in Gr 3-5 as a student?

I think that my fondest memory from grades 3-5 was the Understanding Disabilities curriculum that I mentioned in the first question. As 5th graders, we were exposed to people with a variety of different disabilities and participated in activities designed to help us to experience life as a person with a disability. I have no doubt that this helped me gain empathy and understanding for those with differences.

Tell us one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

People are often surprised to learn that I lived in Las Vegas! After living in California and looking for a new adventure, my husband and I moved to Nevada where I finished my Master’s degree and worked at a high school in the Clark County School district. Although a wonderful and unique experience, we happily moved back to Mass in 2007.

Any highlights from the summer so far?

At the end of June, we traveled to Asheville, North Carolina to visit family. We ate BBQ, hiked and toured the Biltmore mansion. What a great way to kick off the summer!

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Field Day Video

June 11, 2017 · No Comments

A great day with our third and fourth graders for Field Day 2017. Enjoy the video!

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Staff showing some “talent”

April 8, 2017 · No Comments

In honor of the Grade 5 Talent Show, here is our staff showing their stuff….

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Grade 4 Online Testing

February 6, 2017 · No Comments

In April-May, all Grade 4 students will take the MCAS test online. This will pose and interesting challenge since this is the first wide-scale administration of online testing we have ever done at Lane. Below is a short video I created to help you understand the testing experience for the students for the English Language Arts section.

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January 22nd Newsletter

January 23, 2017 · No Comments

Hello Lane Families….

Here are some notes and pictures to keep you updated on what has been happening at Lane recently:

-Hats off to the Bedford Education Foundation (BEF) for hosting a 1980s-theme fundraiser Saturday night at the Doubletree Hotel. For those who might not know, the BEF gives out grants to Bedford teachers to try out innovative ideas in the classroom.

-Our new cafeteria addition should be ready at the end of February vacation. The West Wing addition is still scheduled to be finished by the end of summer.

-Our Grade 3 students had a visit from Sarah Wroblewski, a meteorologist at local Fox News. All Grade 3 students learn about the weather as part of their science curriculum. I appreciated Sarah talking to the students about her job and how it involves science, math, and even some art.

Here is picture of Sarah talking with a few Grade 3 students

Our Grade 4 students visited Lowell Mills as part of their study of the Northeast region and the role of manufacturing.

As part of our library maker space, students in several classrooms got to build and program robots

Great picture of this Gr 3 student, who elected to “purchase” a fine dining experience courtesy of Ms Nolan (note the flowers and fancy glass)

When you read this, hopefully the Patriots will have won (that is Mr Kinney below on Friday)

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Mannequin Challenge…..Lane style!!

January 8, 2017 · No Comments

Very proud of everyone’s efforts….lots of fun!

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Friday Video…Enjoy

October 31, 2016 · No Comments

A brief look at Lane School…put to music of course.

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Grade 3 Recess Video

September 27, 2016 · No Comments

Ever wonder what Grade 3 recess looks like? Take a peak.

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Q and A with Ms O’Shea (new ELL teacher)

August 17, 2016 · No Comments

What makes you excited about coming to the Lane School?

I’m excited about becoming a part of such a friendly and welcoming learning community.   When I first walked into Lane School this spring, I was thrilled to have so many warm faces greet me.  While I have worked in K-5 schools before, I have never worked in an assigned grade 3-5 school, which I am really looking forward to.

What’s your favorite memory from when you were a kid in grades 3-5?

My favorite memory from when I was a kid in grades 3-5, was learning about Greek Mythology.   My third and fourth grade teacher, Mr. Mahady, was passionate about teaching us about the gods and goddesses and all of the stories/fables connected to them.   I was fascinated by the stories and I even named my cats after Greek/Roman goddesses!

What made you want to become a teacher?

First of all, my mother and my paternal grandmother were both elementary school teachers, so it’s in my blood.  In addition, I loved playing school as a child and even had a neighborhood school called “Happy Club.”   I decided to become an ELL teacher because as the grandchild of immigrants, I was very interested in the way we acquire a different language and culture and become part of a broader community.  It’s an amazing process to me!

Tell us one thing that people would be surprised to know about you.

One thing that you would be surprised to know about me is that four summers ago, in July 2012, our house was hit by lightning.  Luckily, no one was hurt, but our house did sustain substantial fire and water damage.

What have you been doing this summer?

This summer, our family has been in the process of moving and transitioning from Burlington, VT to Massachusetts.    Unfortunately, moving can be a stressful process!  Fun things that I have enjoyed doing include running frequently on the Burlington bike path and hiking with my daughter and friends in the Green Mountains of Vermont as well as the Adirondack Mountains in New York State.

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