Fifth graders look back on times at Colonial (year-end print edition)

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The class of 2014 posed with their teachers in front of the school doors most entered six years ago.

5th GRADE CLASSROOMS — This year once again, another group of Colonial School fifth graders will graduate elementary school. Every fifth grader has memories of their school years that stand out in their minds.

The Colonial Times surveyed all of the fifth graders on their favorite moments of their years at the school and is publishing all the responses that were returned.

Many students wrote about Colonial’s teachers and the big field trips from this year, particularly the Challenger Learning Center space mission simulation and the Ring Homestead team-building trip.

“All of my teachers at Colonial have been totally amazing,” said Sophia Leung (5S). “I loved going to Ring Homestead because we got to do a lot of teamwork.”

Some fifth graders reached way back to their early school years to recall a day when they met a best friend or overcame a fear. “When I was in first grade, I met my best friend named Aidan Resnick,” said Matthew Alexander (5S).

“My favorite memory was on my first day of first grade,” said Juan Carlos Matos (5S). “I was new. I didn’t know anyone. But one person, he introduced me to my best friends along with him.”

Said Natasha Sarcinella (5S), “When I was in Kindergarten, I was scared of everyone, but Mrs. McCarthy introduced me to everyone.”

Added Maddie Gallivan (5S), “I really liked my first day of Kindergarten because I met one of my best friends Isabelle.”

Here are the memories from all the graduating fifth graders who responded to the survey:

Marco Gracie (5S): “One of my best experiences in Colonial is, when in Kindergarten, Charles Kolin called me Indiana Jones because of my shirt.”

Haley Wall (5S): “My favorite memories at school were the first days of school.”

Eliza Bratone (5S): “All my teachers were really nice and taught me a lot, and I loved the field trips.”

Kate Smith (5V): “The thing I liked most about Colonial School was the teachers.”

Christian Shiels (5H): “One of my favorite experiences at Colonial was the Challenger. I loved writing emails and doing cool space stuff.”

Honor Durham (5V): “My favorite memory at Colonial was when I did my anti-bully PowerPoint.”

Robert Bischof  (5-H): “When we got to the Challenger Space Station. It was so cool.”

Sophia Leung (5S): “All of my teachers at Colonial have been totally amazing. I loved going to Ring Homestead because we got to do a lot of teamwork.”

Ava Shotkoski (5V): “My favorite memories at Colonial are going on field trips with my friends.”

Matthew Alexander (5S): “When I was in first grade, I met my best friend named Aidan Resnick.”

Nicholas Cross (5S): “The space Challenger Center was awesome! Best field trip ever!”

Julia Davis (5V): “My favorite memory from Colonial was the Invention Convention. It was so much fun and I learned so much.”

Maddie Gallivan (5S): “I really liked my first day of Kindergarten because I met one of my best friends Isabelle.”

Grace Radonis (5H): “I really liked Colonial. I loved all the art, projects, gym classes and more.”

Jack Murphy (5V): “I really liked the Challenger field trip because it involved teamwork, and I love my teacher Mr. V because he always encourages me to work hard.”

Olivia Fenwick (5H): “I really liked the jazz at Lincoln Center because it was our grade’s only music experience, and the music sounded awesome.”

Chloe Catana (5S): “My favorite memory was the first of day of fifth grade because I got to see all my friends and past  teachers.”

Miranda Barrett (5S): “When we went to Ring Homestead and went on the zip line and rock climbing.”

Zoey Campos (5V): “My favorite memory at Colonial was meeting my best friends.”

Tommy Fontanella (5H): “My favorite experience at Colonial was the 100th day of school in Kindergarten.”

Emma Colkin (5H): “After early morning orchestra on Thursday mornings, I helped Ms. Bean and Mr. Benkwitt put away the music stands and chairs.”

Brett Bober (5H): “I remember at Ring Homestead I swung on the tallest zip line I’ve ever been on.”

Noah Breskin (5S): “Invention Convention.”

Olivia Berkery (5S): “Me and Margot W. dressing as businesswomen for the Invention Convention.”

Finn Cork (5V): “My favorite memory is of the Pelham Palace in third grade.”

Matthew Gregware (5V): “When me and my best friend used our creative minds to think of an invention.”

Juan Carlos Matos (5S): “My favorite memory was on my first day of first grade. I was new. I didn’t know anyone. But one person, he introduced me to my best friends along with him.”

Jackson Sylver (5V): “I think that Colonial is a wonderful school.  I learned so much. My favorite part was being with my friends and having extra recess.”

Logan Mueller (5V): “My favorite memory was the field trip to Philipsburg Manor in fourth grade.”

Tommy Roche (5V): “I had the best teachers with the best field trips. My most memorable event at Colonial was at the Challenger Center when I was the communications officer.”

Nya Haseley (5V): “Ever since I’ve seen my Kindergarten buddy, I’ve known we would be very close.”

Cece Caldwell (5H): “My favorite experience at Colonial was making all of my friends.”

Aidan Resnick (5V): “A memory I had at Colonial was the 24 tournament.”

Jacob Hartmere (5S): “When we went to Orchard Beach in third grade.”

Hunter Fleming (5V): “My teachers were always nice to me.”

Thomas Tapogna (5S): “Playing with my friends and going on field trips.”

Matthew Canella (5H): “When me and my fifth grade buddy first met.”

Vinicius Rodrigues (5S): “My favorite experience at Colonial was when we went to the Challenger because we did a simulation of going to the moon.”

Emmett Doyle (5H): “The endangered species project because I loved making my animal.”

Gavin Fear (5H): “The Challenger trip.”

Maxwell Resnick (5S): “My favorite part of Colonial was the Invention Convention.”

Maddie Saaman (5S): “My favorite experience at Colonial was Ring Homestead.”

Nathaniel Hetzer (5H): “I liked all of our field trips because they provided fun ways to learn.”

Lila Caminiti (5H): “My favorite experience was the Nutcracker ballet trip.”

Mika Korvyakov (5H): “When we had the Challenger field trip.”

Jamie Burke (5S): “I had a great experience at Colonial. I made lots of friends and learned a lot from my teachers.”

Natasha Sarcinella (5S): “When I was in Kindergarten, I was scared of everyone but Mrs. McCarthy introduced me to everyone.”

Kyra Riedel (5V): “My favorite memory was the Challenger Space Center. Both my brother and sister went and said it was fun.”

Natalia Cherner (5V): “One memory is when we were at Ring Homestead and I was on the zip line and the guy said, ‘Look at the leaf down there,’ and he pushed me.”

Sela Roth (5H): “A lot of funny things happened this year.”

Harrison Sylver (5H): “My favorite memory was at lunch time, when me and Antonio sat next to each other everyday and said ‘yo mama’ jokes.”

This story appeared in the June print edition of the Colonial Times.