Thank You - Science Night

posted Jun 1, 2018, 10:44 AM by MESA Secretary

A big MESA thank you to Dr. Bob Morris, Ph.D of Wheaton College who hosted an exciting and educational Science Night for our 2nd through 5th grade students Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week! His enthusiasm was contagious! Thank you to all of our parents and students who attended this wonderful program! The students learned a lot about atoms and molecules. They created their own unique animals, learned how molecules spread using markers and water and made their own slime! Visit to see other upcoming events and recipes!

And thank you to Brittany Collins for organizing this program for MESA!

Thank You Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

posted Jun 1, 2018, 10:44 AM by MESA Secretary   [ updated Jun 2, 2018, 12:29 PM ]

We want to take a moment and thank everyone that came to our Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Friday!  A special thank you to administration Teresa Murphy, Edward Donoghue, John Nieratko, Kerri Sankey and Tanna Jango for taking the time out of their day to show their appreciation to our MESA volunteers. We want to thank our board members who will be leaving this year, Lisa Balzarini, Christine Gardosik and Stephanie Znoj! We want to welcome our newest board members -- Carrie Dunn and Erika Mia (J/J co-VPs), Kristen Pierce (Robinson co-VP), Tiffany Mazzeo (Recording secretary) and Sara Carnevale and Allyson Crowell (Co-chairs Ways and Means). We also want to give a shout out to some volunteers who have given their time to MESA for many years and will be crossing the street next year -- Tammy Loftus, Mary Dalton, and Erica Marzella to name a few.

Whether our volunteers were able to come to the breakfast or not, we want to say THANK YOU! We could not put on all the wonderful events and activities we do for our students without you!! Thank you all so much! We are so lucky!

In-school Field Trips

posted May 11, 2018, 4:15 PM by MESA Secretary

MESA wrapped up their in-school field trips this week with the 4th Graders, 1st Graders and Kindergarten students.  MESA spends over $15,000 every year to bring exciting STEAM assemblies to all of the students.  We want to take a moment to thank the Discovery Museum, Museum of Science, Wingmasters and Plimouth Plantation for traveling to our schools to enhance our curriculum and reinforce our learning!  Thank you to the staff at Robinson and Jordan/Jackson who organize these events! Lastly, we also want to thank all of our families who participate in our fundraisers throughout the year to make programs like this possible! 

On May 7th, the 4th Grade classes were visited by 
Wingmasters who taught their knowledge and appreciation of birds of prey.  The students were introduced to different type of birds of prey, owls and falcons.  The students saw these live birds of prey up close and learned about the special features these birds have that enable them to be successful predators, as well as viewing various artifacts.  

1st Grade students had an in-school field trip visit with the Discovery Museums on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, learning about Sound! Students plunged a vibrating tuning fork into a bowl of water and created quite a spray as students learned that sound is vibration. Students also actively engaged in exploring sound, creating unique sound makers with household materials with string, wrenches, spoons, mashers, hangers. Students also got the opportunity to use vibration to hit a ping-pong ball and play ping-pong with their friends! Each student brought home a laughing cup that they created that sounds similar to a duck!

Our Kindergarten students wrapped up our in-school field trips with a visit from the Discovery Museum on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Our Kindergarten students learned about Force and Motion! What makes an object move? Can we control the movement? Does the strength of a push or pull have an effect? How about the direction of the push or pull? What happens when objects move past each other or collide? Students explored concepts of force and motion while interacting with a variety of toys, balls and vehicles. They were able to invent and take home their own toys that moved!

2nd Grade Movie Night - THANK YOU!

posted May 11, 2018, 3:54 PM by MESA Secretary

Thank you to all of our 2nd Grade families who attended MESA's 2nd Grade Movie Night, Charlotte's Web this past Tuesday at the Orpheum in Foxboro as part of our One Book One Grade program!  We had so much fun watching this movie with our families and friends and enjoying refreshments!  The best part was the pig noses!  

Special thank you to Brittany Collins, Jenn Cooper, Lisa Beall and Karen Mark for organizing this fun night! And thank you to the Orpheum in Foxboro for hosting!

5th Grade - Water for South Sudan

posted May 6, 2018, 12:48 PM by MESA Secretary

We are so proud of our 5th Grade students who in the fall read A Long Walk to Water as part of MESA's One Book One Grade program and then took it upon themselves to raise money for Water for South Sudan.  These 5th Graders, the teachers and staff at Jordan/Jackson along with MESA organized a fundraising walk in November which raised over $13,000.  With that donation, the students of Jordan/Jackson were able to build a well at Ajiekdit Primary School in Kangi Wau, South Sudan.  This week we received a letter from Water for South Sudan stating that Jordan/Jackson Elementary School sponsored the 336th well.  

Dear Mrs. McCarthy and students: 

We are pleased to report that Water for South Sudan has drilled the well that you sponsored.  We have now drilled over 300 wells since 2005 -- and yours was our 336th well.  We are deeply grateful for the continued support of donors like you which enables our work.  

WFSS will continue to provide access to clean water and hygiene education, led by our South Sudan team.  Although parts of South Sudan continue to experience unrest, we have been able to continue drilling wells safely.  Our work continues to provide grassroots development and sustainability for rural villages and schools.  The installation of a new well can also serve as a starting point for conflict resolution between different groups, bringing peace and stability.  

Attached please find photos of the well that your donation helped drill.  Your well is located at the Ajiekdit Primary School in Kangi Wau South Sudan.  The village chief is Malou Akech Malou.  GPS coordinates are 8.300397, 27.801872.

Thank you for your support and generosity, which is now helping to provide fresh, clean water and a new future to the students of Ajiekdit Primary School in South Sudan.  


5th Graders Learn About Electromagnatism!

posted Apr 16, 2018, 6:43 AM by MESA Secretary

On Monday, April 9th, our 5th Grade students learned about Electromagnetism with the Museum of Science.  During this presentation featuring high-tech museum equipment, students explored voltage, current, resistance, and the interrelationship between magnetism and electricity. They got to see someone's hair stand on end, create a human extension cord by sending an electric current through several people, and shoot a metal ring to the ceiling of the school!  

Each year MESA spends about $15,000 to provide these in-school field trips to each grade! 

2nd Grade In-School Field Trip with Discovery Museum

posted Apr 14, 2018, 12:42 PM by MESA Secretary

Did you know every year, MESA spends more than $15,000 on in-school field trips. We raise this money through our fall fundraiser, spring fling and other fundraisers throughout the year! This week our 2nd graders enjoyed a visit from the Discovery Museum! They had a fun time learning about Changes in Physical Matter! It was so cool to see steam from boiling water and ice cubes melt before their eyes! But the best part was being able to play with dry ice (in a safe way) and seeing how liquid nitrogen can freeze a banana to make it hard enough to hammer a nail or to freeze a flower so that it shatters with one small touch! The students had amazing questions and such wonderful guesses!

4th Graders Learn about Motion and Forces of Energy!

posted Mar 12, 2018, 12:57 PM by MESA Secretary

In-school field trips/enrichment programs are sponsored annually by MESA. MESA spends over $15,000 every year to bring exciting STEAM assemblies to all of the students at the Robinson and Jordan/Jackson. 

On Friday March 9th, our 4th Grade students learned about Motion with the Museum of Science.  During this presentation, students learned students how forces create motion, what simple machines have in common, and why this helps us perform a large amount of work with minimal force. Students used mechanical advantage to turn a wheel and axle against a stronger opponent, hauled their classmates across the room using pulleys, and lifted a teacher using a giant lever.

FYI -- 5th Graders were going to learn about Electromagnatism with the Museum of Science on March 13th, but this has now been postponed to Monday April 9th due to the weather.  

Plimoth Plantation

posted Mar 2, 2018, 8:23 AM by MESA Secretary

In-school field trips/enrichment programs are sponsored annually by MESA. MESA spends over $15,000 every year to bring exciting STEAM assemblies to all of the students at the Robinson and Jordan/Jackson. 

On February 27th and March 1st, the Pilgrims came to visit our 5th Grade classes.  The pilgrim portrayed a resident of 1624 Plimoth Colony.  The pilgrim spoke with a regional, English dialect of the 17th century and wore accurate reproduction clothing to bring the world of Pilgrims to life. Using reproduction artifacts to enhance the classroom's experience, the pilgrim shared their story, from hiring the Mayflower in England, through the journey and the first winter, to Thanksgiving in Plymouth. As a highlight of the program, several students were invited to try on Colonial clothing!

Bookworms - Jordan/Jackson

posted Mar 2, 2018, 8:22 AM by MESA Secretary

This past week, on February 26th, the 3rd and 4th Grade students attended Bookworms with their classes for the very first time ever at Jordan/Jackson.  Every student in 3rd and 4th Grade left the school with a book he/she chose.  This is an early literacy program funded by MESA with books purchased through Scholastic.  We are able to run this program at both schools by using the almost 10,000 "Scholastic Dollars" we earn when our families make purchases at the book fairs. You may remember that all of our 5th graders received a copy of A Long Walk to Water purchased by MESA in the fall.We would like to thank the AMAZING committee of parent volunteers who make this program run smoothly!  

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