School News

official_photoSt. Michael’s and The Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) recently signed a Conservation Collaboration Agreement recognizing the role students at SMS will play in determining the quality of Aquidneck Island’s environment in the years to come. The agreement highlights plans for clean-ups, presentations and lesson guides, as well as use of the Sakonnet Greenway Trail for field studies.

For more information, and to learn how you can support St. Michael’s Young Friends by sponsoring a student, please visit the ALT’s website by clicking here.

bikenewportOur friends at Bike Newport will be holding two youth bicycle skills classes at St. Michael’s in early May for local families. Children ages 10 & older are invited to attend on Saturday, May 4, while the class for children up to age 9 will be Saturday, May 11. Both sessions take place from 9am-12pm.

Participants will learn bicycle handling, avoidance maneuvers, and rules of the road. While most of the training will be on a course set up here on campus, there will be brief practice properly entering the road and moving through an actual intersection. Only 15 spaces are available in each class.

dsc07114The A-Band performed for students in the Lower and Middle schools this afternoon. The annual showcase puts the spotlight on the efforts of our talented young musicians, along with their fearless leader, our band director Mr. Manchester. The Chorus will perform later this week.





dsc07099_0Students in the Theatre Ensemble and Drama Tech Program had their moment in the spotlight last night as their talents were on display in their performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless tale, “Cinderella”. Congratulations to the cast and crew for another terrific production! If you missed opening night, you still have two more opportunities to see our incredible young thespians in action. The curtains open tonight at 7pm and tomorrow at 2pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. Donations are much appreciated, and will go directly to the drama program.

dsc06950As part of “March Into Reading,” a celebration of children’s books presented by the Aquidneck Collaborative for Education and Salve Regina University, author and illustrator David Macaulay visited with middle school students this afternoon. Mr. Macaulay is the author of “The Way We Work,” “Mosque” and “The New Way Things Work.”

dsc06874The first grade has been immersed in their study of tropical rainforests. Yesterday, they were visited by Reptiles Rock, a traveling educational program that brings a wide variety of animals into classrooms for hands-on learning. The students enjoyed the opportunity to touch and hold a number of exotic creatures, including a boa constrictor, Savannah monitor, and a small alligator.


dsc06814Mrs. Stieff and Mrs. Hutchinson’s fifth grade students hosted an Ancient
Egypt Museum this afternoon, in culmination of a six week unit on the subject. Ever wonder how those pyramids were constructed? Curious about the mummification process?  The students had all of these answers and more, as they presented their research to members of the school community. Their handmade costumes that replicated outfits from the time period provided an interesting contrast to the iPads they used during their presentations!

dsc06800_0Mr. Drayton’s eighth grade science classes recently put their physics knowledge to the test to create homemade musical instruments. Constructed from materials like plastic piping, funnels, cans, and water coolers, the students demonstrated their ability to produce different musical notes and rhythms.