October 2011

October 3, 2011

Week at a Glance:

Soccer playoffs begin Thursday at 2 PM here at SBS.

Long Weekend Ahead!: No school Monday, Oct. 10th. 

Upcoming Events:

No boat shop this Friday. 

Community Clean-Up has been postponed to Oct. 17th. 

In the Classroom:

NECAP season is upon us. Students will be taking 1-2 exams Tuesday - Thursday mornings over the next few weeks.

Round of Applause:

Journal entries for language arts class are looking rather wonderful overall. Good work thinking deeply about the readings and making connections!

What time is it? NECAP Time!

The New England Common Assessment Program is here!

Move over Halloween! October is officially the season for NECAPs. Although for some, NECAPs are about as scary as a haunted house full of spooky surprises, I prefer to look at them like a game of bobbing for apples, especially when it comes to the reading and writing sections. The group of standardized tests are designed to assess what students have learned in the previous year. Over the next few weeks, all middle school students will be taking these exams. It is important that students try their best and take them on with a positive attitude. 

As I said, it’s like bobbing for apples: Kids all know how to eat an apple - in the game they just have to go after one without using their hands in a bucket full of water. In school, the apple is the information they already know. Now they must take the test and show how they can reach that information without any outside help and within the confines of a testing atmosphere. It is not an easy task, but the end result is rewarding -  not quite as delicious as an apple, but still. The scores from the NECAP exams help boost student confidence in personal abilities and provide insight for teachers to help focus our teaching. They show the school where we need to concentrate our efforts in RTI and help the school keep government funding.   

To ensure that your student is able to play the NECAP game at his or her best, please encourage your child to get plenty of rest, eat a full breakfast, and not get overly stressed about taking the exams. It is also a good idea to send your child in with a water bottle to stay hydrated and to avoid getting up for a drink during the tests. None of us needs a standardized test to tell us that we should be proud of everything our students have accomplished and achieved over the last year. All I ask is that students remain positive and try their very best so we can prove it to the state.  

As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or ideas, please feel free to email me at ldeangelis@aos93.org

A Word about Computers:

If you’re not missing the presence of laptops at home this year, I’m sure your child is. Allow me to clarify a few things about procedures for taking laptops home:

  • 8th graders may take their computers home over the weekend to do homework for the boat shop.
  • 7th graders are awaiting a training session regarding internet safety and proper protocol for laptop usage at home.
  • 5th/6th graders may use their laptops in school, but are not permitted to take them home.

Students will only be allowed to take computers home when absolutely necessary for homework. The school reserves the right to search computer history to ensure proper usage of this educational device.