Kindergarten Returns Full Time Starting March 1

The Board of Education has approved two changes to the instructional model: 1) Kindergarten students will resume five days a week of in-person learning starting on Monday, March 1. The Full Remote Program is still available to families. 2) Live Virtual Wednesdays will be eliminated for students in grades 1-5 starting March 10 to provide one additional in-person school day every other week. March 10 will be an in-person school day for B Day students and A Day students will have a remote day. The schedule will alternate going forward.

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Apple cider is a fall favorite in Upstate New York, especially at Bell Top Elementary School. First graders operated an assembly line of sorts in the Learning Barn in back of school on Friday to make their own brand of fresh and all-natural apple cider.

The fun activity continues a tradition that many former students still fondly remember.

Students washed the apples, crushed them in the wooden hand press, poured them into small plastic bottles and then capped them. They learned about the apple cider process as well as simple machines such as a wheel, a crank and an incline plane. At the end of the day, they got to bring a bottle of cider home with them.

The three first grade classes rotated through cider production in the Learning Barn with Mrs. Lyte, an art project in Mrs. Lussier’s classroom and math and science activities in Mrs. Arket’s classroom, all involving apples.

In the spring, Bell Top students will make maple syrup in the Learning Barn.