Friday, April 28, 2017

April Showers Bring Smarter Balanced Testing!

As March (hopefully) goes out like a lamb, Friday the 31st marks the 131st day of our school year, despite Mother Nature’s interruptions with 4 snow days and a record 7 delays as of this writing.  Weather notwithstanding, there is always much to report and celebrate here at Barnard School.
During April and May, as we near the end of the school year, Barnard students in Grades 3-8 will be participating in the third year of Smarter Balanced Testing in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  The assessment is computer adaptive and most of the testing is done in our Computer Lab with some individualized locations in classrooms, offices, and the Conference room.  Getting the schedule developed is a whole school effort coordinating regular and special education teachers and teaching assistants.  A letter was sent home and the schedule has been posted on my Principal’s Page.  There was a last minute schedule change to accommodate Grades 3-5 and notice of the change has also been sent home to keep parents informed and promote family support for optimum student performance in this important measure
As I said in last month’s report, Barnard School has a rich and rewarding partnership with the South Hampton Public Library, which helps satisfy requirements under ED 306.29 Alternative Compliance for School Accreditation.  On March 22, I met with Sue Harter, our Library Consultant, to review the draft of the request document that was developed as a result of input from the committee.  Many thanks to Carole McCarthy, SHPL Librarian, Sue Harter, Seabrook Middle School’s Library Media Specialist and Barnard School’s Library Media Consultant, Lori Laverty, who works both at SHPL and as Barnard School’s Library Facilitator (also a parent), Carol Dugan, Reading Specialist, Sara Casassa, Grades 6-8 Reading and Writing teacher and Grades 1-8 Tech Integration Specialist, and the entire staff who reviewed the 2013-2017 Plan and help craft the 2017-2020 plan drafted for Board review and approval at this April meeting.

Facilities:
  • The March 14th snow storm blew the cap off the chimney in the main building and Precision Roofing has been contacted and is expected to get it back on or replaced as weather and scheduling permits.
  • The donated storage building in the garden was also blown apart in the storm and we will collect the debris and equipment as soon as the snow melts.
  • During the middle weeks of March it appeared that the Gym was very warm in the bathrooms and kitchen but not so much in the main building.  Breen and Sullivan was contacted, and the technician discovered a relay problem in one of the circulating pumps switches and it has been repaired.
In the month of April the staff and students look forward to a much-deserved Spring Break April 16-23.  PTA has invited Ken Aspeslagh of Code and Circuit to do hour-long robotics workshops with Grades 4-5 and 6-8 during our April 7 Early Release.  That afternoon the Faculty will be reviewing our K-8 Social Studies curriculum sequencing as it aligns to state and national standards, special educators will be looking at Assistive Technology, and we all will be getting some training on our new copier now that we’ve had a little time to get to know and use it.   Looking forward we have the Grade 8 DC Trip for May 30 to June 2 and they thank everyone for their continued support. Lastly we’re planning a K-8 trip to the Museum of Science on Tuesday June 6. Please continue to visit the school and staff web pages, blogs, Twitter, and like us on Facebook. 


Thank you all for your continued kind support.

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