On March 28th the after-care students in Sharon Team USA were given a very special treat-we watched US astronaut Chris Cassidy and his Russian crew launch in a Soyuz rocket to the ISS!
It was so exciting to see and hear New England native astronaut Cassidy (along with his crew-mates, Pavel and Alexander) rocket into orbit, we were joined by many of the teachers and after-care staff. Since all of the children had recently taken part in Mission X or the junior lead-up activities for the younger grades, it was so exciting to watch them cheer and applaud as the rocket rose into the night sky. Many of the youngsters earlier had made posters to display in school to show their support for the crew, as we declared it "Chris Cassidy Week" at Heights Elementary.
We will watch you orbit overhead in the sky, have a safe and most enjoyable journey!!
Go Mission X!!!!!!!!!!
The Closing Ceremonies Webcast for Team USA Sharon was held at the Heights Elementary School Gymnasium on March 22. Among the guests included were a number of elected officials including Representative Louis Kafka and staff assistant Edward Philllips, Representative Elizabeth Poirier, staff members from the office of Senator James Timilty and assistants to and US Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy, 3rd who delivered the opening welcome speech to the audience of staff, students, school administration and members of the Sharon Education Foundation. We had a wonderful event!
Here in these pictures you can view some of the guests, the "Volunteer Crew Assembly" station made up of our special guests, and some of the work behind the scenes in Houston!
Let's do this again!!!!!!!!!!
The Team USA "Game-Show contestants" were chosen from all three schools making up Team USA Sharon. NASA had a surprise for our marimba band teacher, Mr. Tarantino. The video showing MX highlights for this year was done to last year's Grade 5 Heights marimba band playing their song appropriately named "Gravity".
Kudos to "Mr T" and the Heights marimba band!
Nice job Jeff, Andrea, Don, Laurie, Michael H. and Dr. Michael Barratt!!!!
PS Laurie and Yamil "burned up" the astro- agility course, we could see the smoke all the way up here in New England!!!!!
Our live closing ceremony was a huge success for Team USA Sharon held at Heights Elementary School last Friday, March 22nd. We had many important guests here to visit, including the grand-nephew of President John F. Kennedy, Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy, 3rd! In addition to the Congressman, we had several state and local officials who took time from their busy schedules to join us for the afternoon. We are most grateful for all of these important people who showed their appreciation to Team USA and NASA. Thank you for all of your support and kind words!
We had lots of fun, and astronaut Dr. Michael Barratt played a game-show host like the popular American television game "Jeopardy!" We had so much fun, and it was a very festive afternoon that was complete with our marimba band providing live music!