Students teach mindfulness to HES visitors

Students in Mrs. Olds’ fourth-grade class had the chance to become teachers recently, when visitors from Camden Elementary School came to Herkimer to learn more about mindfulness. The Camden Elementary principal and three teachers visited Herkimer following a mindfulness presentation given by Mrs. Olds, with Sherry Spina of Central Valley, at a statewide conference for …

Assembly gives students mindful reminders

Herkimer Elementary students gathered for a few moments of mindfulness during a recent assembly. Led by Mrs. Olds, the students heard an acrostic poem of mindful reminders created by Mr. Schoff’s class, and watched a skit written and produced by Mrs. Olds’ students that showed how mindfulness can help students pay attention during class. The …

Mindfulness moves forward at Herkimer Elementary

Jen Olds wants you to breathe. On a recent Friday afternoon, Olds stood in front of a room full of her fellow teachers at Herkimer Elementary and led them through a breathing exercise designed to increase focus and become present. Olds has been leading an effort to bring mindfulness into the lives of Herkimer Elementary students …

Elementary teachers talk mindfulness

Fifteen members of the Herkimer Elementary faculty and staff met on a Saturday in November discuss the book “10 Mindful Minutes: Giving Our Children the Social and Emotional Skills to Lead Smarter, Healthier, and Happier Lives” by Goldie Hawn. The 2016 book presents strategies from the MindUP program developed by Hawn’s foundation, which aims to …

Retiring elementary staff has combined century of service

Herkimer Elementary will be saying goodbye to four staff members who between them have close to 100 years of employment with the district. (Read about high school retiree Franca Wandell here.) Marianne Jones Herkimer CSD employee since 1984 Marianne Jones’ path to becoming a special education teacher began when she was in the seventh grade, …

Herkimer Elementary names police robot

The Herkimer Police Department recently visited Herkimer Elementary School to re-introduce students to its Special Response Team robot — or, as it is now known, Badger. Read more: “Herkimer Elementary students name police robot” Elementary students voted during the spring to pick a name for the robot, picking Badger over the other two suggestions of …

Chemo Bag drive a success for second year

Donations from Herkimer Elementary School families were among those packaged during a Chemo Comfort Bag drive on March 31 in Little Falls. Read more: “Volunteers donate, load bags for chemo comfort bag project.” Herkimer Elementary students, staff, parents and community members donated personal care items for the effort, which assembles “comfort bags” to be given …

Language Club says ‘hola’ to Herkimer Elementary

Herkimer High School Language Club students visited Herkimer Elementary School in February to show students that Spanish can be as easy as “uno, dos, tres.” Language Club students gave presentations to fourth-graders and led elementary students in a variety of educational activities and games. “Today was a wonderful success,” fourth-grade teacher Cheryl Jory said of …

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