January 9

4th, 6th, and 7th Grade Student Work

4th graders in Ms. Singer-Zhou’s class shared their favorite holiday from their home country. Check out Chinese New Year, Festa Junina from Brazil and Christmas.


Ms. Connor’s Grade 4 EAL students read and discussed cultures and cultural symbols.  Students interviewed family members about family heirlooms.  Students then created a PowerPoint presentation to share about their family heirlooms and the significance it holds for them and their culture.

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And our 6th and 7th graders….

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December 5

4th, 6th, and 7th Grade Highlights

Read on to see what our 4th, 6th and 7th graders have been up to!

6th and 7th Grade:

EAL Bentley House students studied John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s presidency and celebrated the centennial of his birth by seeing an exhibit at the New York Historical Society. Issues such as the Space Race, Cuban Missile Crisis and the assassination of JFK were covered.

7th Grade:

Using imagery, Shirley made “a mood board” for our story,”To Build a Fire” by Jack London. She depicted feelings, tone, motif, sights and sounds in this short story.
4th Grade:
4th graders each read 4 books over the Thanksgiving break. They then chose their favorite book and created a PicCollage to share the book with their classmates.
November 20

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s almost Thanksgiving break! We celebrated with a movie and lots and lots of popcorn!

The high school art and music assembly was wonderful! Congratulations to all participants!

View one of the performances here.


November 6

What have our students been up to?


In 1st grade, students read the book “Five Little Monsters,” learned vocabulary from the story, and created their own monster puppets. After, students practiced singing the song “Five Little Monsters” and then performed it all together.

View the video here!


In Grade 4, students participated in a Reader’s Theater called Mister Monster to celebrate Halloween. After many rehearsals and costume discussions, the 4th graders performed Mister Monster in front of the entire Timothy House at Community Meeting. We are so proud of them for being risk-takers and performing in front of everyone! They did an amazing job! Congratulations, 4th graders!

Watch the play here and here!


In Grade 5, we began our unit on leadership.  Students chose a leader from their real life to write about.  They also chose a leader from history to “interview” and write about.

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October 16

Welcome Back!

We are so excited to be starting our blog again for the 2017-2018 school year! We are in the swing of things here at Dwight and are excited to share with you what we have been working on so far this year!


We speak 11 different languages! Portuguese, Chinese, Norwegian, Japanese, Dutch, German, Hebrew, French, Russian,  Spanish, and Danish.

We have lived in 9 different countries! China, Brazil, Norway, Singapore, Bangladesh, Australia, Portugal, Denmark, and of course the USA.

We dream in 11 different languages!

We have 48 students in the EAL program.  We have 15 students in Timothy House, 16 in Bentley House, 9 in Franklin House, and 8 in Anglo House.

We ave 16 new students this year!

Our hobbies include: playing the piano, playing soccer, listening to music, using technology, PE class, eating sushi, hanging out with family, looking at train schedules and maps, doing acrobatics, horseback riding, ice skating, dancing, playing basketball, playing with marbles, doing puzzles, playing video games, and making art.


In 1st grade, students made “About Me” books to start off their Who We Are unit and get to know each other.

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In 2nd – 5th grade, students took a quiz to find out their spirit animal and then picked out adjectives that they had in common with their spirit animal.

6th graders have been reading spooky short stories including “Tell Tale Heart”, “The Raven” and “Death of Red Mask” by Edgar Allen Poe. They explored Poe’s eerie style and scary vocabulary in time for Halloween.

June 6

Fashion, Non-verbal Communication, China, and A Typical Day

Ms. Singer-Zhou’s 9th-grade class completed a four-part final project for their EAL class. The project included an impromptu speech, an outline of CNN Student News, a summary and glossary based on an article, and an iMovie on non-verbal communication. Cordilia and Helen worked very hard on all parts of the project. They created wonderful iMovies about non-verbal communication in China. Enjoy!





Sixth grader, Maria Paula, held a fashion show of her latest collection on Friday, June 2nd. She showcased her designs, modeled by her classmates. Short sets, skirts, and outfits with a tropical flare were shown as was her signature reversible jacket. All in all, the clothes were a hit! Congratulations, Maria Paula!

Ms. Benfante’s 6th-grade students created videos on a topic of their choice. First, they wrote scripts for the video which included the 4 types of sentences: simple, compound, complex and compound/complex. They added pictures/video and practiced their speaking by narrating the video. Enjoy!