Welcome to the 2015/2016 school year! Staff were busy in the classrooms this summer and we also attended the SDE National Conference on Reading, Writing, Math and More in late June --- networking with educators from all over the United States and taking classes with some of our favorite presenters. Of course, we have come back with lots of new ideas and strategies for our classrooms!
This year we have 8 students with Mrs. Lane in the K-3 classroom and 8 students with Mrs. Cote in her 4-8 classroom. Ms. V. will spend time with our eight graders working on "project based learning", an opportunity for the students to do a series of independent, individualized research projects. Students will be assigned their first project but will then be able to choose their own subjects and products --- based upon approval from Ms. V, Mrs. Cote and Mrs. Urso.
Mrs. Urso will be spending time in Mrs. Lane's room for a few weeks, helping to get the new K's used to their classroom and new responsibilities as students.
We are very excited about adding new apps to the IPADS and computers so that the students can begin learning a language, in addition to their other core subjects. We have two apps we are trying out to see which is best. Currently, students are working on beginning Spanish, French or German.
Progress reports for the first trimester have gone out and we are currently meeting with parents who wish to have conference regarding their child's progress.
We have also completed our first series of testing for the fall, our NWEA/MAPS tests. All students in each grade level have been tested in math and language arts. This year, we will not be taking the NECAP tests, which were the NH state standardized test --- the paper and pencil tests we have taken for years. Those tests are being replaced by the Smarter Balance tests which will be taken in the spring, and which will also be taken on either the computers or IPADS.
We are gearing up for our annual Halloween party, planning our games and baking for the cake walk. We are also doing lots of pumpkin math and decorating!
Our Seniors are back on Thursdays for Senior meals and we have lots of activities planned for them, as well --- it is wonderful to have them back!
It is a new school year and we are so happy to have the students back in the building! We have made changes to the rooms and the bulletin boards, and we have a new lunch order form and billing system, which we hope will make things easier for everyone. We are now working with the Common Core State Standards in all classes and will be using our new standards based report cards for academic assessment and reporting at the end of each trimester.
But the most important changes are to the staff. Mrs. Hall has left us to work in the town library and Donna Williams will now be my administrative assistant. Ms. Saucier has also moved on and will be replaced by Martha VanderWolk. Please help me welcome them to the ECS family.
We are glad you are with us for what we expect to be a very busy, fun school year!
The mission of the Errol School Board is to support a safe and nurturing learning environment for our children. The board will help to cultivate individual student success, positive self-esteem, self-motivation, a sense of responsibility and a respect for others.