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All good things must come to an end....

posted Jun 14, 2021, 8:56 AM by Melissa MerconSmith

The following is a letter I submitted to Superintendent Adams and the School Committee...

Dear Superintendent Adams and Members of the School Committee,

            It is with very mixed feelings that I submit this letter of retirement/resignation of my position as the Director of the Ashland Extended Day Program for the Ashland Public Schools, effective December 31, 2021. I cannot think of a better way to have spent the last 32 years of my teaching career than having served the students and families of Ashland. I am humbled to think back over these years at the unwavering support I’ve received and the faith that was put in me by the Parent Advisory Board, Superintendent Ruthfield, the School Committee, and the APS community, as well as all of the successive administrations, up to, and especially including, you.

            I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the hundreds of staff members who have contributed to the development and progress of the Extended Day Program, the parents who entrusted their most precious gifts to our care, and the students who brought their enthusiasm and wonder each and every day. I particularly appreciate the generous spirit that families have shown to us as we navigated the various challenges of creating a brand new program, expanding it to meet growing needs, all the way to today’s challenges of providing a program of excellence, despite the current pandemic.

            The success of EDP did not happen in a vacuum, and I know that I stand on the shoulders of many people who have worked behind the scenes, giving advice, time, and talent without any expectation of recognition. Some of those who come to mind are the members of the Business Office, the IT department, custodial and maintenance staff, Nutrition Services, and the administrative assistants in each building. Without the help of these (and countless others), I know that EDP would not be the program it is within the Ashland Public Schools.

            As I imagine what is to come for EDP, I am excited and confident that what has been started will carry on, becoming even bigger and better as the next generation steps forward, never forgetting that it takes a village, and we are that village.


                                                                                                                        Most Sincerely,

                                                                                                                        Melissa Mercon Smith


Get Ready For The Bitskullz Invasion!

posted Jun 10, 2021, 6:03 PM by Melissa MerconSmith

You heard it here first! Get ready for the BitSkullz Invasion! BitSkullz is a company created by 5th grader Liam F. and his dad. With the help of Liam's younger brother, they design pixelated characters for tee-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, masks, and other apparel. Liam's product line also includes wall art, pillows, totes, pins, and more. Check it out for yourself at bitskullz.com!

I Scream You Scream WE ALL vote for Ice cream

posted Jun 10, 2021, 10:39 AM by Jennifer Concetti   [ updated Jun 11, 2021, 2:54 AM by Melissa MerconSmith ]

With this heat it was only right for the Mindess EDP to take a walking trip to Murphy's. Our monthly bulletin tied in this fun field trip. 
Students were asked to vote for their favorite frozen treat! The clear winner was Oreo. What a fun week it was at EDP.

Swimming, Swimming, Just Keep Swimming...

posted Jun 8, 2021, 4:01 AM by Melissa MerconSmith

Things may be winding down for the school year, but we're still going strong at EDP! Mr. Sam launched a Marine Biology unit yesterday, and Monday's lesson focused on fish adaptations. Students were introduced to the concept that fish anatomy is adapted in part based on its environment. They then were challenged to create fish that could live in a reef, then the open ocean, and then any place of their choosing. The results were wonderful!

Pay Dirt!

posted Jun 1, 2021, 7:58 AM by Melissa MerconSmith

Everything this year has been about adapting situations to provide the best possible experience in spite of you-know-what.... Gold Rush is one of the biggest highlights of the year and something that even our high school volunteers recall fondly. We weren't sure how we would be able to pull it off this year without the help of all of the parent volunteers, but after thinking about it for a bit, we realized we could spread the games and activities out over the course of a week and offer a similar experience to all of the children. Gold was hidden each afternoon and various games an activities were set up in the gym. Friday was saved for cashing in tickets at the prize table and enjoying fried chicken and hotdogs. We did miss having all of our families together, along with brothers and sisters for a big family meal, but we kept the spirit of the event intact!

Pedometer Predictions

posted May 25, 2021, 10:51 AM by Kim Brissenden

The Pittaway EDP staff were gifted a handful of new pedometers.  Now that we've been permitted to use the playground, we came up with an interesting idea...

The students were asked to write predictions of how many steps they might take while at recess.  We clipped the pedometers to their beltloops and sent them on their way.  

Watching them check their pedometers while they were playing was so fun.  One student spent the majority of his time on the swings, so his number wasn't too far from his guess.  Another student played Noodle Tag, and his steps far surpassed his prediction.

And later in the day, when the rest of the class was playing with toys, this girl kept moving, literally walking around in circles! When she finally did sit to color with friends, her number was 3,218! 

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

posted May 19, 2021, 2:56 PM by Jennifer Concetti   [ updated May 21, 2021, 8:25 AM by Melissa MerconSmith ]

One of Project Adventures' guiding principles is team work. At EDP, the students got an opportunity to play a hula hoop house challenge. This game had multiple levels starting with students making there own hoop house. Then they had to build there house around a teammate. Additional challenges involved crawling through the house without breaking it, and the last challenge was picking up their house and moving it. Needless to say this game took a look of teamwork, collaboration, and strategizing amongst the students. What an amazing time to problem-solve together, all while learning how to listen and achieve a goal . The learning and fun never ends at EDP!

It's A Wrap!

posted May 13, 2021, 6:59 PM by Laura St. Pierre

Warren EDP's first Variety Show Movie has finished production!  
From writing to choreography to learning some sign language skills, 
these students have weathered the stormy and sunny days 
of what we call "Variety Show Season". 
 Take a look at some of the groups during the filming of the show.  
A big thank you goes out to Ms. Michelle Smith, 
who was the cinematographer on this production.
                            Dance Monkey

Secret Life of
Quarantined Pets

Pillow Kids

Dance Monkey

Secret Life of 
Quarantined Pets



Pillow Kids

Finale-"Stand By Me"

Survival of the Fittest

posted May 5, 2021, 12:08 PM by Melissa MerconSmith

Survivor themed Discovery Center encouraging critical thinking, vocabulary, creativity, problem solving, research, reading, fine motor, teamwork, and decision making. P.S. And best of all, nobody gets voted off!

Out With The Old, In With The New

posted May 4, 2021, 10:19 AM by Melissa MerconSmith

EDP staff met with Ms. Anne Cantin today to receive a training on New Google Sites.

Our goal is to have the new version updated and live some time over the summer.

Stay tuned for some exciting updates!

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