• Dance Residency: IMPORTANT

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/27/2022


    Hi folks, 

    Here is a note from Karen Amirault, our dance teacher. 

    We are excited about the fun dancing we have been doing with our artist-in-residence, Karen Amirault.  She will conclude her eight-day stay at Hiawatha School with two whole-school performances on Thursday, June 2nd. On that day, our students will show the dances they have been working on, Karen will share some of her dances, and there will be a teacher surprise! Family, friends and community are invited to attend 1-2:15PM and/or 6:15-7:15PM.  We have moved the rest of the residency inside, so the performances will be in the school gym.

    Students are asked to wear the following “costumes” to school that day (please borrow, do not buy anything).  If any child needs assistance finding or borrowing something, please be in touch with Alice Weston (aweston@ewsd.org) or 802-857-7781.   

    2nd Grade: THE JITTERBUG- wear EITHER white shirts or tee shirts, long ties & pants with the cuffs rolled up to show your white socks OR twirly skirts and ponytails.

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  • Naming the Chicks

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/27/2022


    Yes, we created birth certificates for our chicks today. Please welcome Midnight, Katherine, Mini-Messi, Adventure, Raven, and Blackberry. The students have proved to be such wonderful  "parents" that we've decided to keep the little friends for another week. There is a pretty good chance that our new pets may try to fly about the room, but we will be sure to keep a close eye on them for the extra days they are with us.  

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  • Toe the Line

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/26/2022


    Sometimes we blow off steam in creative ways. Here's what we did today for a five-minute break. Students learned what it means to "toe the line," and then jumped on to the bubble wrap to dance. 



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  • A Visit from the Fire Department

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/25/2022

    fireToday we were visited by the Essex Junction fire department. Mr. Miller, one of our former school parents, is a volunteer fireman for the department. He and his fellow firewoman, Cat came to school and taught us all about the in's and out's of the firetruck. It was a real treat. At the end of the presentation, we got to watch Cat climb all the way to the top of the ladder. 

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  • Chicks (continued)

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/24/2022

    chicks chicks chicks

    Today we removed the chicks from the incubator and put them into a box. When the children arrived at school, they were able to hold them. I think we will settle on names by the end of the day. We will say goodbye to the chicks on Friday as they make their way to their new home.

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  • Dance Residency

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/23/2022


    Today we spent an hour with our artist in residency, Karen Amirault. She is teaching the second graders the jitterbug! Our class will dance with a partner to In the Mood later next week. We can't wait to perform for the school and our families. 

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  • The Chicks are Here!!!

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/23/2022


    A day ahead of schedule! This morning I arrived early to find two out of their shells and one on the way. By the end of the day, we had six baby chicks. We will hope for more overnight and pull them out of the incubator tomorrow. 

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  • A Special Treat

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/20/2022

    We have been reading about the Westward Expansion, the Pony Express, the building of the Transcontinental Railroad and other historical events during the 1800's. Many of these stories mention the tribal nations and the importance of buffalo. Ms. McCloud, one of our school's paraeducators, stopped into the classroom today to share a narrative written by her grandmother many, many years ago. Students heard stories of life on the prairies during a time when the fields were "black with buffalo." What a nice treat and a fantastic connection to what we've been doing in the classroom. Thank you, Ms. McCloud! 

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  • Outdoor Learning

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/20/2022


    We've been taking advantage of the tent by dragging our learning materials outside and enjoying the weather. What a treat!

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  • Never a Dull Moment

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/19/2022

    wet mess

    We have had a lot of rain this week, and unfortunately, our classroom has paid for it. There are often problems with flat roofs and our classroom is an example of this. On Tuesday we experienced a bit of a mess overnight. Several tiles came down because of the excessive rain. The mess was sopped up and tiles were replaced later in the day. Today there were several men trying to fix the situation. While on the roof, we were surprised by another surprise leaking of the roof. No worries! We all had a good laugh and moved on with our day. 

    In case you want to see the reactions...

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  • LOCKDOWN: Day 17

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/19/2022


    It's day 17 with our eggs and time to lockdown the incubator and hope for the best. We tended to the eggs daily by checking the temperature and humidity inside the incubator. Today we removed the tray that moves the eggs and placed the little guys on the cheesecloth. Fingers crossed, we will hear chirping on Monday or Tuesday. 

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  • Four Winds: Dandelions

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/18/2022


    Today we joined Mrs. Whitmore's second grade class for Four Winds as we learned about dandelion plants. Students sorted pictures of the stages the plant goes through from flower to seeds. We then went outside to find traces of the plant in it's different stages. Here's a quick video.



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  • Academy Awards: Official Invitations

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/18/2022

    Get ready folks! If you haven't already, you will soon be presented with an official invitation for our upcoming Academy Awards. Hopefully your child presented it to you with excitement and lots of drama. Inside the envelope you should find the invitation AND an RSVP card. Please check your calendar and see if you are able to attend, and return your RSVP as soon as possible. Thank you!

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  • Artist in Residency

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 5/17/2022



    Hi Everyone! Next week our dance artist in residency begins. We will be dancing for an hour each day, and we are all very excited about that. There will be a performance on the evening of June 2 at 6:15. I hope everyone will be able to make it.

    We have some homework before the residency starts. Here is the assignment: Talk to a person in your family or a friend. Ask them what dances they know and how they learned them. We will talk about it in school later this week. We will be keeping a journal about our experience each day.

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  • Fundations: How we learn to spell in second grade

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/12/2021


    Fundations® is a multisensory and systematic phonics, spelling, and handwriting program that we use in our classroom on a daily basis. If you've ever watched your child tap out a word or refer to specific key words when thinking about how to spell a word, you will know that this comes from Fundations. Every day we practice spelling and reading specific sounds and letter patterns. Your children are learning how to form letters correctly and with appropriate spacing. I've received lots of great feedback around handwriting this year! One of the components of the daily Fundations work is called "Drill sounds/Warm up." Pictured above is a student modeling for the class how to spell and mark up words in order to demonstrate letter patterns. 

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  • For your entertainment...

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/11/2021


    A very special thank you to our school's SLP, Ms. Eliason for working with this small group and pulling this together. These children took the story, There is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems and created a play. Great work kids! 


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  • STEAM: Why are so many toys made out of plastic?

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/10/2021

     candy candy


    In today's lesson, students learned about melting, about the solid and liquid states of matter, and then discovered why plastic was invented. In the activity, Candy Melt, students conducted an investigation to determine which types of candy melt in hot water. Using their observations, they decided which candy is the best choice to bring to a hot summer camp.


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  • Reading Fluently: Scooping up words into phrases

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/9/2021


    Students are working SO hard to become fluent readers. One way to NOT sound like a robot when we read is to notice the smaller, more common words in sentences and to scoop them up into phrases. Here are a few examples...

    *to the store

    *in the woods

    *by the park bench

    *in a while

    *said the man

    You can help your child to read fluently by pointing out when you notice small words being read in isolation, (like a robot) and encourage your young reader to scoop up the words and read them in a fluent chunk. 


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  • A special invitation

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/8/2021


    I hope you all received your special invitation to join us for a live performance on Friday. The students in Room 25 have worked hard to learn the lyrics and the motions to the song, Fireflies. We invite you to watch on Friday at 8:05 sharp through ZOOM. Here is our class link. The password is FUNCLASS. We hope to see you there! 


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  • A reminder from Nurse Reyna

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/5/2021

    Happy Friday folks!

    Nurse Reyna asked that I share the following reminder with you regarding COVID test-to-stay in school. Please read her note and be sure to sign up TODAY, if interested. Thanks!

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  • What makes you proud?

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/5/2021

    What makes you proud? This is the question we explored today during our Social Emotional Learning time. Students thought about and discussed situations when they accomplished a difficult task and felt proud. They thought about times they worked with a friend and times when they worked with a group of people and felt proud. Take a peek at our work in the slideshow below.

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By Month

  • Mystery Science: Can you really fry an egg on a sidewalk?

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/4/2021

    During STEAM today, students considered the insulating and conducting properties of different materials. They tested different materials and determined which would make the best oven mitts.

    insulation  insulation insulation


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  • Writing: where we're at...

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/3/2021

    *I can use transition words to show time passing in my writing. 

    learning target

    Today students learned how to use the word EVENTUALLY in our writing. We learned that this word means

    * after a long time, or

    *some time later.

    When a learning target is posted, students then try to apply the skill in their own writing. Here is an example.

    writing And, here's a student reading her personal narrative after adding the word EVENTUALLY to her writing. Well done!


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  • Friday Fun

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/2/2021


    What a day for a parade. Students spent some time decorating paper masks in celebration of another 100 bees. The entire school headed out for a beautiful walk through the surrounding neighborhoods. Thank you to all who were able to celebrate with us. 

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By Month

  • Cooking at home

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 11/1/2021


    Yum! Look who decided to try out the apple darlin's at home this weekend. Well done!

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  • SEL: perseverance

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/29/2021

    practiceOh yes! They are getting it! "Mrs. Hultgren, take a picture of my shirt! It's what we are learning about." WOWZA! You got it! 

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  • Apple Darlin's

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/28/2021


    Spontaneity is a MUST every once in a while. We've spent a lot of time learning how to persevere, how to learn from our mistakes, how to ask for help and how to change unhelpful thoughts into helpful thoughts. Today we took part in a (very spontaneous) cooking project. Each child made their very own mini apple pie. The task was not that easy for second grade little hands. I sat back, listened and watched as students encouraged one another to complete the task. Many noticed how helpful thoughts, ("I can do this!") got the job done and how unhelpful thoughts, ("I give up,") were easy to change. I am so impressed by the way these children continue to help one another to set and accomplish goals. And, in the end, each child had a special treat to enjoy before the end of the school day. Ask your child about this amazing experience.  If you would like to try this fairly simple, (and delicious) recipe at home, click here for the recipe. 

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  • Four Winds: Seeds

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/27/2021


    Special thanks to Meg Belyea and Nikki Mayhue for teaching the children all about seed dispersal during Four Winds today. The class gathered seeds and concocted seed bombs which they took home after school. Hold on to them and in the spring toss them in the yard so you can see what your child gathered two seasons earlier. 

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  • Glitter Glasses

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/26/2021


    Great minds think alike! It's Glitter Glasses Day!

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  • Decorating Masks

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/25/2021


    Today the children decorated paper masks as part of our 100 Bee Celebration. Stay tuned for Friday as the children will parade the streets of Essex Junction in their colorful creations. 

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  • Working together in the library

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/22/2021

    wall of cups

    Here's another great photo of the children working together to build a wall of cups. Ms. Snow, the librarian shared her excitement for the students when the wall fell and the overall attitude of the group was, "Oh well, we can build it again." I am so proud of this bunch. We've spent a lot of time learning how to change "unhelpful thoughts" such as "I can't do this" into helpful thoughts like, "I can't do this YET, but soon I will." We have such a positive bunch of second graders this year. Yay!

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  • STEAM: Mad Hatter

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/21/2021


    Yesterday our young engineers spent several hours exploring the different properties of materials used for clothing, such as texture, flexibility, and absorbency. In the activity, Mad Hatter, students used this information to design and build a hat that protects them from the sun. You can view some of the hats below in the slide show. 

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  • STEAM: Messy Room

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/20/2021

    messy room 

    Our room was a complete disaster today after taking on a messy STEAM project. Luckily, the weather was gorgeous, so instead of cleaning up in a hurry the kids enjoyed a fall lunch outside. 

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  • Hiawatha Celebrates 100 Bees

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/19/2021


    hanging around

    (Yes, the photo is upside down.)

    Mrs. Grykien announced this morning that our school has reached 100 Bees on the "Be Kind, Be Safe and Be Your Best" bulletin board. So, today we celebrated this news by having grade level extra recess. Yes! All second graders went out to the playground at 1:30 and enjoyed each other's company as they ran around and reconnected. Fun!

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  • WIN time: Rhyming

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/18/2021

    This group of talented musicians practiced their rhyming skills through music today. 


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  • Counting Beans: Estimating

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/15/2021


    Today students worked together to count a large collection of beans. They grouped the beans into cups of ten and then worked together to combine ten groups of ten to make a hundred. We discovered that there were 954 beans in our class collection. 

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  • Fourth Century: Guess My Number

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/15/2021


    In math we are learning to count by tens to 1,000. Today we played a game called Guess My Number. One student led the group while the rest of the class guessed. The two students on the end would narrow the choices based on the leader's response. For example, the leader may say, "My number is greater than <chosen number>." Then the helpers would squeeze the number line to show a smaller range of choices for the class. 

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  • Working together in the Learning Center

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/14/2021

    Ms. Snow, our school's librarian challenged the children to problem solve today and stack cups. Check out these kiddos who worked together to create a Solo Cup wall.

    wall of cups

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  • Improving a Playdough Process

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/13/2021

    snowman  play playdough

    We concluded our first STEAM project today with the final attempt at creating high-quality play dough. Students worked in teams to improve their play dough process. Some failed at the first try, but then adjusted and worked together to fix their mistakes. What a fantastic learning experience!

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  • Essex Junction Walking Tour

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/11/2021

    sketching  sketching

    It was the perfect day to take a walking tour of our community. We started at the post office and made our way up Pearl Street and down to Five Corners. Students stopped along the way to sketch pictures of some of the local buildings: Town Hall, Senior Center, Fire Station, Lincoln Inn, and the Post Office. We ended the tour with one of our favorite spots- Rocky's Ice Cream! 

    ice cream

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  • RL2.2 Fables and Identifying the Moral

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/8/2021


    Students have been working hard to use what they know about stories to retell the books they read. This week we shifted to a new genre: fables. Students continue to retell stories, and are now learning to identify the lesson or moral in fables. 

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  • What Mistakes Tell Us

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 10/7/2021

    make a mistake

    We've been talking about what we can do to get better at things we enjoy. We learned that no matter what we're good at, we all practiced, tried hard, and asked for help. Together we recognized that we all make mistakes. We may not like mistakes, but everyone makes them, including adults. Mistakes are part of learning. In fact, mistakes can actually help us learn. Today the children gave examples of something that they can do to keep going when they make a mistake. You can ask your child what they do when they make a mistake. 

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Our future is so bright, we gotta' wear our shades!

  • Meet Mrs. Hultgren

    Hi friends. Thanks for visiting my page. Let me tell you a little about myself. I'm thrilled to be in my 25th year of teaching here at Hiawatha Elementary School. I've been teaching second grade for about nineteen years, but I started at Hiawatha as a kindergarten teacher. I am super-lucky to report that I absolutely LOVE my job. I have a lot of fun with kids because quite honestly, I believe that I am still a kid myself.

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