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posted: Wed, Apr 10th, 2019

Second-graders spread kindness

The world is a kinder and happier place thanks to 110 second-graders and their teachers. All classes participated in the annual second grade Kindness Tour, a daylong event dedicated to spreading kindness and good cheer throughout the community. 

After a rousing clap-out by first-graders who had made Kindness Tour signs to show their encouragement, the second-graders boarded buses and traveled to Warren Haven Nursing Home in Oxford. There they visited with residents and sang kindness-themed songs.

The next stop on the whirlwind tour was Trinity Church in Hackettstown. The second-graders delivered schoolwide donations of canned goods to the food pantry and saw a presentation about Midnight Run, a program that distributes food and clothing to the New York City homeless. 

Before returning to school for lunch, the buses stopped at the Mount Olive Post Office where students mailed letters of thanks and support to U.S. servicemen on active duty. 

Back at CMS, the spreading of kindness continued. Pinot’s Palette from Hackettstown led students in painting kindness rocks. The rocks will be placed in the courtyard of Goryeb Children's Hospital in Morristown and in the healing garden of East Brook Middle School in Paramus. (In the spring of 2018, an EBMS student and teacher were killed in a bus crash on I-80 near exit 25.)

This was the CMS’ eleventh annual Kindness Tour. Mount Olive High School’s TV production department produced a video that featured the recollections of past CMS students who participated in the Kindness Tour in years past.

“It warmed my heart to hear how the kids remember the tour after all these years and how it has stayed with them in some way,” said Ann Scotland, second grade teacher.

The New Jersey Education Association supported the Kindness Tour with a grant that was used to purchase t-shirts for the students and some supplies needed for the trip.

A video from the TV production department of MOHS features student recollections of the Kindness Tour


Weather facts and TV magic come together

CMS students learned about weather and TV special effects magic from John Marshall, a meteorologist known for his work on WCBS and WNBC. 

During his assembly presentations Mr. Marshall discussed weather patterns, types of precipitation and clouds, seasons, weather data, and weather forecasting. He also showed videos of hurricanes and tornadoes. Using radar imagery of Hurricane Michael, Mr. Marshall explained how meteorologists assess the strength of the different bands based on color.

Mr. Marshall conducted two presentations, one for grades K-2 and one for grades 3-5. Each reinforced student learning since he carefully included elements of New Jersey state science standards that were specific for those grade levels.

“The students were completely engaged,” said Jennifer Curry, instructional supervisor. “The way he differentiated the content for the different age groups was amazing.”

The second part of the presentations provided students with a behind-the-scenes look at weather forecasting on live TV. Mr. Marshall brought along a mobile studio that included a green screen and some students in each group had an opportunity to deliver their own weather reports.

Mr. Marshall’s visit was sponsored by CMS’ School Community Association.




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