District Spotlight - February 17, 2017

posted Feb 17, 2017, 2:02 PM by Erin Mountain

WSPS District Spotlight - February 17, 2017


Note:  District Spotlight will not be published on February 24, 2017 (vacation week).

From The Superintendent [Twitter: @WestSideSupt]

  • I am pleased to announce the five West Springfield Public Schools 2017 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award recipients:  Andrew Bell - High School (Fine Arts), Lynne Birks - EC-Grade 5 (Fausey Grade 5), Brendan Landers - Middle School (English Language Learners), Susan Messier - EC-Grade 5 (Cowing Alternative School Elementary Special Education), and Adrianna Lugo-Zayas - New Teacher (West Springfield High School Foreign Language/Spanish).  West Springfield Public Schools congratulates and applauds these outstanding educators for their service to our students and their contributions to the school community!  The educators will be celebrated at a banquet on May 3 at The Log Cabin.  (Photos below)   

  • Stop by the Holyoke Mall to view the CARE Coalition’s Hidden in Plain Sight” display now through February 28.  The display has been developed to help parents and family members identify signs that their loved one may be abusing illicit drugs.  Resources are available, and the display will be staffed by volunteers during high traffic times on the weekends and during winter vacation week (February 20-24). Check out the publicity/news coverage here: Mass Live, WWLP, Business West, Western Mass News.

  • More than 15 teams competed in the Partnership for Education Trivia Night on Wednesday evening.  The event was a festive fundraiser for the organization, which supports West Springfield public, private and parochial schools through funding of enrichment programs such as Creative Day and Mini Grants.

  • Winter Break is February 20-24 - we hope our WSPS families have a restful, healthy and fun vacation!

  • Mark your calendar!  The Partnership for Education Spelling Bee is Monday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m., in the West Springfield High School Mini Theater.  

              


Andy Bell - WSHS Fine Arts


Lynne Birks - Fausey Grade 5


  

Brendan Landers - WSMS ELL


Adrianna Lugo-Zayas - WSHS Foreign Language


Susan Messier - Cowing Alternative School Elementary Special Education

                                                

Cowing Alternative School [Twitter: @WSPSCowingCAS]

  • Thank you to Ms. Mitus at the WS Library!  Every classroom at CAS visits the library each week and enjoys this opportunity.  Choosing “I can read” books is a great way for the students to increase their reading skills.

  • Trivia night was a blast.  “The Alternative Factoids” did not win the grand prize, but we had fun and helped raise some money for the WSPE.  The CAS team consisted of:  Mrs. Sitler (school nurse), Mrs. Messier, Mr. S, Mr. J, and Mrs. Aubin.

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  • The Cowing School family sends a BIG THANK YOU to Mr. Tim, our custodian, who has had to work extra hard these last couple of weeks to keep our school property cleared of snow.  Way to go, Mr. Tim!!


Cowing Early Childhood

  • Mrs. Trznadel’s room has a new Post Office. They even have a postal truck and our Letter Carrier thinks it  looks better than his.

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  • On Valentine’s Day, all of the Early Childhood classrooms participated in a Valentine picture scavenger hunt.  Ms. Maloney’s class all wore funny heart glasses just to make the scavenger hunt even more exciting.  The children also brought in valentines to share with their friends.


Fausey School [Twitter: @WSPSFausey]

  • Mad Science:  The students watched a presentation for the upcoming Mad Science Winter/Spring session:  Crazy Chemworks!  The session is Wednesday, March 1 and through Wednesday,May 24.  Activities include Kitchen Chemistry, Matter of Fact, and the Glow Show.  There’s much more to discover during this After School Program.

UPCOMING

  • Author Renata Bowers visits Grades 1-2!  Ms. Bowers, authored a series about a little girl named Frieda - the world’s biggest dreamer - and Zilla, her fuzzy little dog and loyal sidekick.  The book she shared is “Frieda B. and the Zillabeast.”  The moral of the story:  You are free to see kindness and be kindness.  Pictures to follow!


High School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSHS and @WSHS_guidance]


Weekly Review:

Upcoming:

  • February 20-24 - Winter Vacation


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Athletics [Twitter: @wshsterriers]

  • Please follow @wshsterriers on Twitter for daily WSHS Athletics updates of scores and highlights.

  • Please visit the MIAA Schedule on the athletics web page.

  • Boys Indoor Track placed 6th overall in the Division 3 States on Wednesday and will advance to the All States Championship meet on Sunday, February 26 at Reggie Lewis Center.

  • Natalie Armstrong placed 7th overall in Long Jump in the Division 3 Indoor Track State Championship meet, and set a school record in the process (16’ 3.25”)!

  • The Boys Wrestling will compete in Division 1 states Friday & Saturday at Methuen High School.

  • The Boys Swim team will be competing In the State finals Sunday at Boston University.

  • Olivia Dwyer will be attending the the First Annual Indoor Track Recognition Breakfast at the MIAA Friday representing the PVIAC Conference and West Springfield H.S.

  • Spring Sports Registration is now open.  Go to Family ID and register for your spring sport.

  • Spring Sports Information Night: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6:00 p.m. in the high school Auditorium.  Tryouts begin March 20.

  • Jack Renkens presents “Realities of College Athletics Recruiting” March 29 at 7 p.m., in the high school Auditorium.  Mark your calendar!  For more info on Jack Renkens, click this link.


Alumni News

Please share news of alumni with us!  Email mountain@wsps.org and include the following information:  name, year of WSHS graduation, current job/accomplishment/update.  Thank you!


Memorial School [Twitter: @WSPSMemorial]

  • Gr. 3 students used informational text sets to identify important information (i.e. cause and effect; problem and solution).  Additionally they completed a project-based learning activity.

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  • Math students in Mrs. Meara’s class, practiced their knowledge of comparing and adding fractions as they made a birthday card for Mrs. Tolpa.  They made fraction foldables to help them find equivalent fractions.

  • During this season of snow and sand, Memorial custodian Uly was busy keeping the school floors beautifully clean and presentable using the newly refurbished floor washer!


Middle School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSMS]

  • This week was Spirit Week at WSMS.  Sports Day, Hat Day, PJ Day, Twins Day and West Side Day saw lots of student and staff support and connected with a fun week as a part of the PBIS program!

  • The WSMS Data Team met on Wednesday; selecting Student Engagement as an area of building-wide focus and study.  The team will collect data to work towards advancing student engagement throughout classes at WSMS!

  • On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, randomly selected 8th graders will participate in NAEP testing.  This national exam is administered to 8th graders around the country for national data comparison purposes.  The exam is not meant for individual skill assessment- but is a global glimpse of student performance across varied states.  

              

Mittineague [Twitter: @WSPSMittineague]

  • The students from Mrs. Bartolucci’s class (2026) performed their Reader’s Theatre selections to a group of students, Wednesday afternoon.  The two plays that were performed were “The Legend of King Midas” and “Yeh Shen, a Chinese Cinderella Story” (folktales/traditional literature). (Photo 1: Students present “The Legend of King Midas”)

  • The grade 1 and 2 students participated in a variety of AVMR activities including subitizing, (Subitizing is the ability to 'see' a small amount of objects and know how many there are without counting) number patterns/skip counting and activities around the benchmarks of 5,10 and 20 during their EnCore block this week.  Each multi-grade group will stay with this topic for 4 to 5 sessions and then rotate to the next teacher.  By the end of this EnCore session all students will have gone through all classroom enrichment activities.  (Photo 2 - subitizing, 3 - patterns, and 4 - solid with 5,10,20)

  • The fourth and fifth graders who make up the Principal’s Cabinet organized and planned a Paw Reward activity for late Friday afternoon (1:45-2:30).  The students lead groups of students through various activities they planned.  The activities are: Sport’s Club, What’s Your Hobby, Comfort Bags, Art Class, Graph Art & Origami, Reader’s Theatre, All About Birds, and Animal Club.  The students must earn and pay a set amount of Paw Tickets to participate.  Each group of student leaders chose an adult to help supervise each group.  The student leaders spent their paws to plan and create the activities! (photo 5)

  • Upcoming Events

    • Read Across America Day March 3

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Tatham School [Twitter: @WSPSTatham]

  • The weather was perfect on Tuesday for Tatham fourth and fifth graders, who went  cross country skiing and snowshoeing up in Granville.  The trip was organized by Mrs. Hockenberry. (Photos 1 and 2)

  • Congratulations to Ella Plosky and Meadow Campurciani who won the fifth grade spelling bee.  They will compete in the Partnership for Education’s Annual Spelling Bee on March 6.



Community and Family Engagement [Twitter and Facebook: @westspfldcfce]

  • Community Playgroup has moved to the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.  Held every Tuesday and Friday from 10:30 to 11:30, the activity is free (snack included), and drop-ins are welcome.

  • Parent ESL Classes are up and running at the Merrick Station.  Monday and Friday mornings from 10:30-12pm and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3-4:30.  Child care is available.

  • Community and Family Engagement and Park and Recreation are hosting a Community Sign up on February 28 from 4-5 p.m. at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.  Learn about Park and Recreation programs and enjoy light refreshments and a book exchange. Translators available.

   

English as a Second Language Department (ESL)

  • At morning meeting, beginning ELL second graders use storytelling props to recount a shared reading.  Students use the language in the predictable text to pose and respond to peer questions. This oral practice supports their writing of a class book that incorporates newly-acquired classroom and community vocabulary.  (Photo 1)

  • Ms. DeLong's EL third grade class was busy doing their ELA guided groups.  Students worked on traditional literature characteristics and read a folktale during their guided reading groups.  Ms. Brown, the EL inclusion teacher, worked on the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears, while Ms. Murca and Ms. DeLong's groups worked on The Ugly Duckling.  During independent centers, they worked on the drafting and publishing process for an autobiography poem.  (Photo 2)

  • Congratulations to our grade 6 ESL teacher, Brendan Landers. Brendan was the middle school recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award.  (Photo 3)


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Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment [Twitter: @WSPSCurriculum]

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  • Teaching Why Facts Still Matter

  • Each school continues their work in the area Building Data Team design with many schools focused on student engagement.  The analysis of student engagement is a wonderful starting point that can reveal areas of growth in many aspects of learning.  Studies have found that when a school universally focusses on the aspects of student engagement, they tend to see a reduction in behavior referrals, a reduction of social/emotional referrals and an increase in student achievement.

  

Health Services [Twitter: @cmviens]

  • Please stop by the Holyoke Mall to see the Hidden In Plain Sight display sponsored by CARE (through February 28).  Hidden in Plain Sight is a collaborative effort by the Holyoke Mall, the CARE Coalition, and the District Attorney’s Hampden County Addiction Task Force.

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Coburn School [Twitter: @WSPSCoburn]

  • Tom McCabe has been working with Coburn grades K-2 students around formulating and writing authentic and original stories.  Students have been learning how to develop their stories and embed rich vocabulary.  Tom recently finished working with Mrs. Cameron’s students and they are all compiling one class book about what they see in school.  (Photos 1-2)

  • Nancy Friedman, who frequently subs at Coburn School, brings her therapy dog Cassie to listen to the students read.  Cassie loves to hear stories read by children!  (Photo 3)

Coburn is preparing for Read Across America on March 2.  Photos to follow in the next Spotlight.

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District Spotlight - February 10, 2017

posted Feb 12, 2017, 5:53 PM by Erin Mountain

From The Superintendent [Twitter: @WestSideSupt]

  • Stop by the Holyoke Mall to view the CARE Coalition’s “Hidden in Plain Sight” display now through February 28.  The display has been developed to help parents and family members identify signs that their loved one may be abusing illicit drugs.  Resources are available, and the display will be staffed by volunteers during high traffic times on the weekends and during winter vacation week (February 20-24). Check out the publicity/news coverage here: Mass Live, WWLP, Business West, Western Mass News.

  • The next School Committee meeting is February 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Office Building/Justin Morgan Auditorium.

  • Calling all trivia buffs!  The West Springfield Partnership for Education Annual Trivia Night is February 15 at the Dante Club, starting at 6:00 p.m.  Register your team of up to five (5) people soon - space is limited!  Details are available on this link.

  • Parents/guardians are asked to take a few moments to complete an important survey regarding students’ equal access to academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs in our district.  This is part of our annual "Institutional Self-Evaluation."  Please complete the survey FOUND HERE by February 16.

  • Winter Break is coming up quickly…  There is no school the week of February 20-24.

  • Mark your calendar!  The Partnership for Education Spelling Bee is Monday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m., in the West Springfield High School Mini Theater.  

                                                      

Coburn School [Twitter: @WSPSCoburn]

  • Coburn celebrated the 100th day of school this week and students were engaged in a number of activities to celebrate “100”!  A 100 year old lady subbed in a PE class!  Can you guess who it is? (Photos 1 & 2)

  • The 5th grade students participated in the Coburn School 5th grade Spelling Bee on Friday.  The finalists will represent Coburn School in the District Wide Spelling Bee!

  • ​In Science in grade 3, students are observing mealworms as they progress through their life cycle from mealworm larva to pupa to beetle. The students are recording their observations in both pictures and words in their observation booklets. They will also be doing some experiments to see how the mealworms respond to their environment. (Photos 3 & 4)

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Ashley School [Twitter: @WSPSAshley]

  • John Ashley celebrated being 100 days smarter (100 days of school) yesterday.  The students were great!  Some dressed up, did projects, and counting to 100 could be heard in all the rooms.  Pictures below are from rooms 10 and 15 from the 100 days smarter celebrations.

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  • Mad Science started this week; this is the first of two (2)  six-week programs offered.

  • Teachers and students both celebrated the Patriots Super Bowl win.  Patriots hats, tee-shirts, and sweatshirts were the apparel of choice in many classrooms.

  • February 16, 2016 - Math Workshop for Parents with Elementary Math coach, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. - “Why we teach Math the way we do.”

                    

Cowing Alternative School [Twitter: @WSPSCowingCAS]

  • Mrs. Messier’s class celebrated the 100th day of school with many fun and educational activities.  Counting to 100 in many ways was fun!

  • The CAS PBIS team is preparing for the final PBIS Academy training in March.  The team is in the process of designing a tri-fold to present information about the PBIS program to other schools in the CAS training cohort.

  • Coming soon:  Grade 3 and 4 field trips; Trivia Night at the Dante Club will be well represented by the CAS team on February 15.


Cowing Early Childhood

  • Cowing School celebrated the Patriots’ victory as shown by the picture from Room 5.

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  • Cowing EC held its monthly Community Screening today.  Cowing always looks forward to meeting new three and four year olds from town.


Fausey School [Twitter: @WSPSFausey]

  • Black History Month:  Staff writers on Fausey School's newspaper prepared a Black History Timeline display for the school's south wing.  (Photo 1)

  • Floor Hockey: Our fifth graders are in the midst of some great floor hockey competitions, coached by Mr. Harty.  Along with the obvious health connections, participation in floor hockey is connected to good academic standing, thus promoting strong scholar-athletes.  (Photos 2-4)

  • 100 Day Celebration:  Our first graders celebrated 100 days of being in school on Friday, February 3rd.  Along with various classroom activities, the students dressed as 100 year olds and held a grand parade within the building.  The ‘elderly’ first graders were cheered on the rest of the students and staff.  Look for an article in the Republican. Pictures below.



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FAUSEY UPCOMING

  • Author Renata Bowers to visit Grades 1-2 on 2/17!  Ms. Bowers authored a series about a little girl named Frieda - the world’s biggest dreamer - and Zilla, her fuzzy little dog and loyal sidekick.  The book she will share is “Frieda B. and the Zillabeast”.  The moral of the story:  You are free to see kindness and be kindness!


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High School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSHS and @WSHS_guidance]

Weekly Review:


Upcoming:

  • February 17 - WSHS student Blood Drive

  • February 20-24 - Winter Vacation


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Department Notes:  (click this link)

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Athletics [Twitter: @wshsterriers]

  • Please follow @wshsterriers on Twitter for daily WSHS Athletics updates of scores and highlights.

  • Spring Sports Registration is now open.  Go to Family ID and register for your spring sport.

  • Spring Sports Information Night Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6:00 p.m. in the high school Auditorium.  Tryouts begin March 20.

  • Jack Renkens presents “Realities of College Athletics Recruiting” March 29 at 7 p.m., in the high school Auditorium.  Mark your calendar!  For more info on Jack Renkens, click this link.


Alumni News

Please share news of alumni with us!  Email mountain@wsps.org and include the following information:  name, year of WSHS graduation, current job/accomplishment/update.  Thank you!

  • Olivia Werenski ‘13, was inducted into the Champlain College (VT) chapter of The National Honor Society for Leadership and Success in fall 2016.

  • Christopher Webber ‘15, a Theater-Art Science major at Holyoke Community College, was cast in the fall 2016 theater production, “An American Daughter.”  He has appeared in other HCC productions, as well.


Memorial School [Twitter: @WSPSMemorial]

  • Memorial School has enjoyed much exercise in recent days!  The Winter Walk Day” was a great success.  All students and most staff members participated. The second group of walkers even enjoyed snow flurries on the walk!  Even Memorial School’s youngest grades chose to do the longest version of the walk because they enjoyed the experience SO MUCH!


 

  • Mrs. Doyle’s second grade students in Room 6 are very excited to have Chromebooks, and the privilege of using Kids A-Z.  Students listen to a book at their level, read independently, and answer questions to earn points to level up!  As you can see in the photo below this makes reading very engaging.

  • The PBIS “Let’s Move” activities were hugely successful.  The majority of teachers and paraprofessionals chose to join the students and everyone had a good workout too!

 

Middle School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSMS]

  • 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher Nicole Manning was named a Woodrow Wilson HistoryQuest Fellow.  She’s been invited to participate in a week long summer workshop at Princeton.  Congratulations Nicole on this national honor!

  • This week, counselors from WSHS presented the program of studies and course offerings to 8th grade students as a part of their comprehensive transition process for incoming 9th graders!

  • This week, the WSMS Bell Schedule Committee met for a half year check-in to analyze the new bell schedule and work on adjustments for the 2017-2018 school year.

              

Mittineague [Twitter: @WSPSMittineague]

  • First graders celebrated the 100th day of school by doing a variety of reading , writing and math activities centered around the number 100. The students did a take-home project incorporating the number 100. The students then shared their creative projects with the class. (Photo 1)

  • Students and staff dressed in Patriot’s gear for a school spirit day to celebrate the Patriot’s and the Super Bowl! (Photo 2)

  • Mittineague School was fortunate to be able to purchase a table lovingly crafted by the very talented Whitney Weldon, a local artist and colleague from Memorial School!  It will be a special place for students to use to create their own magic inspired by the magical table!  The students named the table www.imaginationstation@mittineague. (Photo 3 - Sophia Debarge, Kieran Burke)

  • Upcoming events:

    • Tom McCabe parent night presentation February 16



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Tatham School [Twitter: @WSPSTatham]

  • Grade 5 is learning about acids and bases in science. Students worked on experimenting with different liquids to see if they would clean a penny. (Photo 1 & 2)

  • Grade 4 students are learning about static electricity and how positive and negative charges are attracted to each other. (Photo 3)

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Community and Family Engagement [Twitter and Facebook: @westspfldcfce]

  • Community Playgroup has moved to the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.  Held every Tuesday and Friday from 10:30 to 11:30, the activity is free (snack included), and drop-ins are welcome.

  • Parent ESL Classes are up and running at the Merrick Station.  Monday and Friday mornings from 10:30-12pm and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3-4:30.  Child care is available.

  • Parent Child Date Night: Teddy Bear Picnic for children ages 3-6, on Thursday, February 16 from 5:30-6:30 at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club. Bring your teddy bear and enjoys crafts,  refreshments and literacy projects.  Registration required.  Please contact brennan@wsps.org or call 519-2511.

  • Community and Family Engagement and Park and Recreation are hosting a Community Sign up on February 28 from 4-5 p.m. at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.  Learn about Park and Recreation programs and enjoy light refreshments and a book exchange. Translators available.

   

English as a Second Language Department (ESL)

  • ACCESS testing is complete! Thank you to all the ELL students and staff members for their hard work and flexibility during the testing window.

  

Special Services

  • The Miracle League of Western Massachusetts is now accepting player registrations for our Spring 2017 season!  Please click this link for more info.   


Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment [Twitter: @WSPSCurriculum]

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This week faculty in grade 4 received the released MCAS 2.0 Computer Based Assessment practice test. We look forward to the release of the grade 8 practice test, hopefully shortly. Principals are working with their faculty to administer the practice test so students feel comfortable with the new testing format.  

     

Health Services [Twitter: @cmviens]

  • Please stop by the Holyoke Mall to see the Hidden In Plain Sight display sponsored by CARE (2/8-28).


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Hidden in Plain Sight is a collaborative effort by the Holyoke Mall,

the CARE Coalition, and the District Attorney’s Hampden County Addiction Task Force.

Press conference to kick off “Hidden in Plain Sight” included (L to R):

Bill Rogalski, Holyoke Mall General Manager; Superintendent Michael Richard;

Anthony Gulluni, Hampden District Attorney; Kirk Jonah, West Springfield parent.


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District Spotlight - February 3, 2017

posted Feb 3, 2017, 1:20 PM by Erin Mountain

From The Superintendent [Twitter: @WestSideSupt]

  • Wednesday night, I met with a group of interested parents/guardians as part of my Key Communicators series.  The topics of conversation ranged from school safety and security to academic offerings and much more.  If you are interested in attending one of these open meetings, please mark your calendars for April 27 when we will meet at 6:00pm at WSHS.

  • The next School Committee meeting is February 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Office Building/Justin Morgan Auditorium.

  • Calling all trivia buffs!  The West Springfield Partnership for Education Annual Trivia Night is February 15 at the Dante Club, starting at 6:00 p.m.  Register your team of up to five (5) people soon - space is limited!  Details are available on this link.

  • Parents/guardians are asked to take a few moments to complete an important survey regarding students’ equal access to academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs in our district.  This is part of our annual "Institutional Self-Evaluation."  Please complete the survey FOUND HERE by Thursday, February 16. Thank you in advance.

  • Winter Break is coming up quickly…  There is no school the week of February 20-24.

                                                        

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Coburn School [Twitter: @WSPSCoburn]

  • Mr. Gillen, Officer Johnson, and Pike from the middle school went to Coburn last Friday to speak to the fifth graders about what the middle school has to offer and what their transition to the middle school will be like. (Photo 1 below)

  • Coburn School Council met this past Monday after school to discuss taking the Conditions for School Effectiveness Survey and the School Improvement Plan, school budget and needs, Feasibility Study, and the new Coburn School and the upcoming professional development days.

  • Congratulations to the following students for receiving Golden Tickets: Furkan Basibuyuk, Anirudh, Bhardwaj, Makenzie Cortes, Matilda Win, Maab Elssir, Raisa Sirbu, and Ahnar Saad.

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Ashley School

  • Ashley students enjoyed presentations this week from students in rooms 8 and 15 at the All school Assembly on Wednesday!  Wearing John Ashley T-shirts and singing together as one small voice is a highlight at these community gatherings.

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  • Teachers enjoyed touching base with parents at Parent Conferences.

  • Report cards will be going out on Friday, February 10 via Backpack express.  Look out for a NAEYC family survey in the report card envelopes!  Please share your thoughts about your experience at John Ashley school.

  • Everyone had a good time at the Principal Coffee on Tuesday morning.  Thank you to Laura Gorodisher and Paige Jacobs for sharing their math knowledge with parents.

                    

Cowing Alternative School [Twitter: @WSPSCowingCAS]

  • Mrs. Messier’s class continues to work on DreamBox and Imagine Learning on their Chromebooks. The students enjoy these programs because they are fun and engaging…..and it almost doesn’t feel like work!

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  • The CAS January Students of the Month are: Bryan Littlefield and Isaiah Vega.

  • Middle School Term 2 Report Cards were sent home on Wednesday, February 1.  Please be sure you ask your child to share them with you.

  • The students in the Middle School classroom made paper from scratch!  This was their culminating unit project in Social Studies -- it was messy but enjoyable.  

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  • Thank you to the families who attended Parent-Teacher Conferences.  It’s important to continue working as a team for the success of “our” children.


Cowing Early Childhood

  • Mrs. Kania’s class dramatized the Three Snow Bears with story prop puppets and measured the paw of the polar bear using non-standard units of measurement.  They also compared the story of the Three Bears with the Three Snow Bears during their language group time.

  • Cowing hosted a Teddy Bear Concert with Rick Golden.  The children really enjoyed bringing in their Teddy Bears to bring to the concert.

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Fausey School [Twitter: @WSPSFausey]

  • Chinese New Year:  Mr. Bailey’s fifth grade class was visited by Mr. Du, who did a wonderful, informational presentation on Chinese New Year.  The kids had a blast, as you can see in the pictures.  (Photos 1-4).

  • Falcon Focus:  Please use this link to peruse our latest edition of the school newspaper.

  • MANNEQUIN CHALLENGE:  The Fausey Student Council members sponsored the NO NAME CALLING WEEK last month for the week of January 16-20.  Students at Fausey added nice comments onto the Sticky Note Anti-bullying Wall.  The comment each student shared was about another Fausey student doing something positive throughout the school -- a way to be supportive of each other, and to recognize peers.

To complement the Anti-Bullying Wall, the Fausey Student Council encouraged the entire 5th Grade to participate in the popular Mannequin Challenge.  The students posed in various positions, as mannequins, to exemplify bullying situations.  The students were able to learn from their role-playing about the hurtfulness of bullying.  Thank you to all the Student Council members for this insightful exercise and for the support of their advisors, Ms. Murray, Mr. Hardy and Mr. Navone.  Pictures below.


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High School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSHS and @WSHS_guidance]

Weekly Review:

Upcoming:

  • February 6-9 Carnation Sale

  • February 6-9 MCAS Biology Re-testing

  • February 8 - Grade 8 Parent Info Night

Department Notes:  (click this link)

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Athletics [Twitter: @wshsterriers]

  • Please follow @wshsterriers on Twitter for daily WSHS Athletics updates of scores and highlights.

  • Please visit the MIAA Schedule on the athletics web page.

  • Brenda Marti was recognized as the 2016 Division 1 Girls Soccer Coach of the Year

  • Garrett Kendziera was USA Today H.S Massachusetts Baseball Coach of the Year, 2016

  • Dan Haryasz, Boys Cross Country Coach, named 2016 Western MA Coach of the Year

  • West Side continues to excel due to the dedication and effort of coaches, student athletes and community support.  Let’s recognize these great accomplishments.

  • Jack Renkin’s “Realities of College Athletics Recruiting” will take place March 29 at 7 p.m., in the high school Auditorium.  Mark your calendar!  


Alumni News

Please share news of alumni with us!  Email mountain@wsps.org and include the following information:  name, year of WSHS graduation, current job/accomplishment/update.  Thank you!

  • Kerry Farrell, ‘00 is Director of Corporate Communications at Lam Research Corporation, Fremont, CA.

  • Mariya Primakov, a student at HCC, was selected to serve on the Student Senate for the fall 2016 semester.

  • Ryan Stowell ‘13, a senior at Southern Vermont College, is one of nine students from his college who will participate in an Alternative Spring Break program - Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge.


Memorial School [Twitter: @WSPSMemorial]

  • Jen McGrath, Zumba instructor at Six Flags and Fitness First started off our Monday with positive thoughts and the energy to begin the week right!  Through an initiative of our Wellness Committee, first and second graders were treated to 30 minutes of non-stop aerobic activity and dancing.  Parents and staff members joined in the fun.  Many thanks to Jen for her enthusiasm and infectious energy!

  • Ayan presented to her third grade peers about what it means to stutter. She included facts about stuttering and strategies she is learning to help her become more fluent when she speaks. Students were surprised to learn about how many famous people once stuttered.  

  • Grade 4 students published and shared fictional narratives. In this photo, Angela and Anastasia work together in a peer conference, giving one another constructive feedback.  In science, we observed and recorded the results of a closed circuit experiment and tested materials as conductors or insulators. 

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  • In Grade 5, students have been conducting a “penny boat” science experiment asking them to explore which material and design will hold the most pennies!

 


 Middle School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSMS]

  • Mr. Gillen, Mrs. Royer, Officer Johnson, and Pike wrapped up visits to the fifth grade classes this week with a trip to Fausey school.  

  • Term 2 Report Cards were issued to all students Wednesday, February 1.

  • Gr. 8 students in Mr. Chotkowski’s Modern World class participated in the finals of their unit on job interviews.  Students, Mr. Chotkowski., and special guests arrived to interview the finalists who came to school professionally dressed.  Mr. Chotkowski, Mr. Gillen, Mr. Brown, and Mrs. Pieciul offered feedback to students on their techniques.  

  • On Thursday, February 2, Gr. 7 students participated in an annual field trip connected to their world Religions standards.  Students visited a Christian Church, Islamic Mosque, and Jewish Temple in connection with the unit.  

  • Students from WSHS visited with 8th graders this week to answer questions about the academic and social transition to WSHS.

  • On Wednesday February 8, WSHS will host an Open House for Gr. 8 families at 6:00 p.m.

              

Mittineague [Twitter: @WSPSMittineague]

  • Mrs. LaBonte's room is a haven for readers! At any given time during the day, you will find readers nested in one of her chairs sharing books together! "Caught" reading together from the class of 2027 are Isabella Trumbull, Ella Smith and Ella Blacklak. (Photo1)

  • Valentina Shyshla is a student from Westfield State University who is doing her student teaching in Mrs. Canon's Grade 1/2 classroom. She will be at Mittineague until early May.  Mrs. Shyshla got to know the students during a 30 hour pre-practicum in the fall.  She is a graduate of West Springfield High School and is married with two little boys.  Mrs. Shyshla is planning on doing a unit on Habitats.  Room 3 is very excited to have her as a part of their classroom, she is a wonderful addition to the Mittineague family. (Photo 2)

  • Miss Carolyn Donahue is currently a senior at Westfield State University.  She is student teaching in first grade with Susan Gerardi.  Miss Donahue has been working in the classroom since September and will be at the school until May.  Miss Donahue is from Agawam, Massachusetts.  In her spare time she enjoys running and reading.  It is wonderful to have her as a part of the Mittineague family. (Photo 3)

  • The Mittineague PTO generously purchased some headphones for each class for students to utilize when using the Chromebooks. Nicholas Tourville, Micah Rivera, Olivia Kaminsky and Kieran Burke from Mrs. Canon’s class use the headphones as they work through an activity on the chromebooks. (Photo 4)

  • Mittineague School celebrated Winter Walk to School Day by having students walk the perimeter of the playground and down the front sidewalks and back for 20 minutes.  Classes are scheduled to go out one at a time over the next few days  in response to limited room because of the recent snowstorm!  The first class that participated was Miss Becker’s.  The students enjoyed the walk so much they responded by writing letters to the Superintendent to ask if this could happen everyday!!  (Photos 5 - Ndayishimiye Rahabu, Yohalexa Rivas - and 6 Mrs. Nicole LaBonte, Grady Moriarty, Brycen Robertson and Connor Knowland)

  • Upcoming events:

    • Tom McCabe parent night presentation February 16

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Tatham School [Twitter: @WSPSTatham]

  • Friday, February 3 marked the 100th day of school!  All students at Tatham decorated special 100day glasses with 100 items.  It was a fun and creative way to students to think about ways to group 100!

  • On Thursday Tatham School held a Food, Folktales and Fun event.  The staff served parents and children dinner which was followed by a puppet show hosted by the Tanglewood Marionettes.  This event was sponsored by a mini-grant from The Partnership for Education.  Horace Mann Insurance kindly donated the pizza.  It was a great night!  Over 170 people were in attendance!

  • Tatham School Welcomes Ashley Kauffman who will be student teaching in grade 1 and Lauren McMahon in Grade 5.


           



Community and Family Engagement [Twitter and Facebook: @westspfldcfce]

  • Community Playgroup has moved to the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.  Held every Tuesday and Friday from 10:30 to 11:30, the activity is free (snack included), and drop-ins are welcome.

  • Parent ESL Classes are up and running at the Merrick Station.  Monday and Friday mornings from 10:30-12pm and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3-4:30.  Child care is available.

  • Parent Child Date Night: Teddy Bear Picnic for children ages 3-6. On Thursday, February 16 from 5:30-6:30 at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club. Bring your teddy bear and enjoys crafts,  refreshments and literacy projects.  Registration required.  Please contact brennan@wsps.org or call 519-2511.

  • Community and Family Engagement and Park and Recreation are hosting a Community Sign up on February 28 from 4-5pm at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.  Learn all about the programs Park and Recreation has to offer and enjoy light refreshments and a book exchange. Translators available.

  • The Book Drive for the Read 15 Initiative was a huge success!  Over 1700 books donated!  Thank you everyone for your contributions!  Books will be distributed during Educator Mentor visits, CFCE programs and through community partners.  Thank you West Side!

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English as a Second Language Department (ESL)

  • ACCESS testing for ELL students in grades K-12 will be finishing next week - hurray!

  • Early Intermediate (L3 - Developing) high school ELL students are learning to write formal email messages.

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Special Services

  • The Miracle League of Western Massachusetts is now accepting player registrations for our Spring 2017 season!   Founded in 2015 by Tammy and Ernie Fitzell, the Miracle League of Western Massachusetts serves all communities in Western Mass and Northern Connecticut by working to remove the barriers that keep children with disabilities off the field.  Please read below for more information.

“Our Spring 2017 season will begin in April and run through June. We invite children, ages 4+, with special needs (physical and/or cognitive) to join our teams! All Miracle League Players are paired with a “Buddy” who will help them round the bases and hit those home runs! Games will be played at Dean Technical High School Softball Diamond in Holyoke, Sundays at 10 a.m. during the season.  Applications for Miracle League Buddies are also being accepted at this time.

This is an exciting time to join the Miracle League as a player or as a volunteer!  In our inaugural season, we saw tremendous growth and we look forward to serving even more children in future seasons on our very own Miracle Field at Springfield College!  With our newly announced partnership with Springfield College, the construction of this specialized playing field is quickly becoming a reality for our players!  The Miracle Field is scheduled to be completed in September 2017, just in time for our Fall season, making our programming even more accessible for children with mobility impairments.

Interested families may find more information, or register online, this link.  In person registration is also available on Saturday February 18, 2017 and Saturday February 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Holyoke High School Café, 500 Beech St., Holyoke, MA 01040.  Registration fees are $35 per player and scholarships are available for families with financial need.”


Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment [Twitter: @WSPSCurriculum]

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Health Services [Twitter: @cmviens]

  • February is American Heart Month.  Learn more about protecting your heart health and get the Facts about Women and Heart Health from the CDC.

  • Thank you to everyone who made National Drug and Alcohol Fact Week such a success at WSMS and WSHS.

  • Thank you to all who made “The Secret Lives of Teens” last week at WSHS such an amazing success!  Please click this link for Jon Mattleman’s top 15 parenting tips.  He welcomes emails sent to  jonmattleman@gmail.com.

  

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District Spotlight - January 27, 2017

posted Feb 1, 2017, 12:29 PM by Erin Mountain

From The Superintendent [Twitter: @WestSideSupt]

  • On Tuesday, January 24, the School Committee approved the request to prepare a new master plan on January 24, 2017.  This is a complement to the work that the district will be doing to build a new Coburn Elementary School.

  • Parent conferences for grades K-5 will take place February 2, 2017.  This is an early dismissal day for students in grades 1-5 (no school for EC and Ashley).

  • The West Springfield Partnership for Education Annual Trivia Night is February 15, 2017 at the Dante Club, starting at 6:00 p.m.  Register your team of up to five (5) people soon - space is limited!  Details are available on this link.

  • The School Department introduced the One Community public service announcement at the Jon Mattleman CARE Coalition event.  Take a look on this link -- and feel free to share.  Thank you to all of the collaborators on this awesome project!  We Are One!

  • The deadline for filling out the CARE Coalition survey (on this link) is February 1.  The data collected from the survey will drive programming to help combat substance use and abuse.  Thank you!

                                                          

Health Services [Twitter: @cmviens]

  • During this week, January 23-27, middle school and high school students participated in many activities in observance of National Drug and Alcohol Fact Week, including these activities:

    • what to say to help someone struggling with drugs or alcohol

    • daily facts shared with students to shatter the myths about drugs and alcohol

    • positive choices activity at the MS

    • drug prevention poster contest at the HS

    • participation in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week Chat Day.

A very positive experience for all! #NDAFW, #DRUGFREEISUPTOME

  • The community was invited to attend a CARE Coalition collaborative evening event at WSHS on January 26, 2017: Activities included pasta dinner by the Lions Club, youth activities by WS Park and Rec Dept., homework help from WSHS National Honor Society students, and parents heard from parenting expert and mental health counselor, Jon Mattleman.  

  • Many thanks to all who volunteered and helped to make these activities successful!


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Coburn School [Twitter: @WSPSCoburn]

  • Students in Ms. Doyle and Ms. Courtemanche’s autism classroom are working on having students communicate using their communication boards.  Using greetings within the classroom and around the school have been a goal for students.  Some of the other skills the students are working on include but are not limited to imitation, letter recognition and sequencing, matching, numbers and fractions. (Photo 1)

  • Our students have an opportunity to visit the library each week with Mrs. Minnette.  Students in grade 2 posed for a picture after choosing a book to check out and listening to a story read by Mrs. Minnette. (Photo 2)

  • The students in second grade have been learning about persuasive writing.  In my class, they have been using the mentor text, Hey Little Ant, to help frame their thinking.  Written from both the perspective of the ant and a child, the students considered both sides to come up with their own opinions about how the story should end. The students first engaged in a dialogue about their opinions about what should happen to the ant and then they brainstormed reasons and examples to support their opinions.  The students wrote their responses and engaged in the writing process, making sure to have three reasons and examples to support their opinions, a conclusion, and transition words. In addition, the students edited their work to check for complete sentences, punctuation, and spelling. (Photo 3)

  • Go For the Gold is what we want our students to do!  Students displaying positive behavior and following the Coburn Respect Rules can earn a “Golden Ticket.”  When a student earns a Golden Ticket, a postcard is sent home to parents telling them that their child had received a Golden Ticket and the reason why.  The student also receives a pencil and gets to put their painted handprint on the wall.  All Golden Ticket recipients are also announced over the intercom each day at the end of school. (Photo 4)

  • Mrs. Landry, Mrs. Marion, and Mrs. Richards, our special education teachers,  are going to begin a new, online reading program called Raz Kids.  This allows students to practice reading fluency and comprehension both at school and at home.  The teachers are very excited to have access to high interest books that are aligned to the curriculum.

  • Students in Grade 5 are using models and computation while learning how to add fractions with unlike denominators.  During the math block students also are also engaged in math through Dreambox which provides individualized math activities for each student. (Photo 5)

  • The Coburn School dancers from Arts Block performed 2 dances for the grade 4-5 students and their parents on Wednesday afternoon.  They have been practicing their dancing since September and this was a great way to showcase what they have been working on in Arts Block. (Photo 6)

  • Family Paint Night took place on Thursday Night at Coburn School.  Over 60 students and their families participated in this fun, family activity!  The students and their parents had  Students in grades K-2 painted a snowman family and grades 3-5 painted penguins in the snow.  A big thank you to Kohls and the Red Thread Network for for supporting Coburn School and allowing us to be able to hold this event and also to Erin, the artist from Paint, Sip, Fun!  (Photos 7 & 8)

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Ashley School

  • Coffee with the Principal has been rescheduled to Tuesday January 31, 2017. Please come meet our Elementary Math coach Mrs. Laura Gorodisher, Math Committee member and Kindergarten teacher Mrs Paige Jacobs to learn exciting ways to engage your child in Math.

  • This Thursday and Friday in the Library our nurse Mrs. Scripter will be reading a book titled My Tooth is About to Fall Out  to students while promoting dental hygiene.  February is Children’s Dental Health Month.

  • Mrs Narey’s class made penguin puppets with seniors from the Senior Center.  A puppet show was presented called 5 Little Penguins.

  • Mrs Narey’s class also earned popcorn and a movie through the PBIS school expectations.

                    

Cowing Alternative School [Twitter: @WSPSCowingCAS]

  • Last Friday, January 20, the students and staff participated in a special PBIS Incentive Day:  Pajamas and Hot Chocolate.  Even Mrs. Aubin wore her jammies and slippers to school!!

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  • Under the direction of Mr. Rovero, the CAS band students have begun to attend band practice with the Coburn School band on Wednesday afternoons.

  • Thank you to the WS Middle School for inviting CAS to the band and chorus performance on Wednesday.  It was a terrific show!

  • The books have arrived!!!!  The students in Ms. Lindsy’s class wrote books and had them published.  The students were so excited when they arrived and the books are great!!

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Cowing Early Childhood

  • The children in Mrs. Christofori’s class are exploring the globe and searching for the South Pole.  They enjoyed playing in the “snow” and discovering the Polar animals.

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  • Room 4 has been busy this week.  They are the best pizza cooks I have ever seen.

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  • Mrs. Leonard’s class is ice painting and learning about solids and liquids.

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Fausey School [Twitter: @WSPSFausey]

  • Coco Climbers:  Thanks to our new and improved climbing ropes, the students have been challenged to climb to the very top of the two different ropes.  Once they achieve that feat, students are able to put their names on either a coconut or a banana.  Two of the  ‘monkeys’ in Mrs. Feeley’s and Ms. Hockenberry’s classes are shown in Photo 1.

  • Crafty Crafters:  Another session of Kate Florek’s Crafty Crafters, hands on after school craft program, is underway!   Students have been eager to participate in this 6-week program where handmade crafts are created using a variety of tools and supplies.  Students enjoy repurposing items such as mason jars, glass jars/bottles, planting pots, and fabric scraps.  They’re learning how to hand stitch, paint and distress a variety of mediums using coffee stain, chalk/milk paint and finishing wax.  This week, the students are creating conversation heart flowers using fabric, embroidery floss, terra cotta pots, and acrylic/chalk paint. The Crafty Crafters’ creativity resulted in the beautiful masterpieces you see in Photos 2-5!


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High School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSHS and @WSHS_guidance]

Weekly Review:

  • Artwork of the Week by Sophia Coyne

  • January 25 - Medical Career Panel during X-Block, College Planning Night, Scholarship Fair

  • January 26 - School Council Meeting

  • January 27 - Wear Red Day, Drug & Alcohol Chat Day

Upcoming:

  • January 30 - February 3 “Penny Wars” collection drive

  • February 1 - Report cards issued


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Department Notes:  (click this link)

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Athletics [Twitter: @wshsterriers]

  • Please follow @wshsterriers on Twitter for daily WSHS Athletics updates of scores and highlights


Alumni News

  • Please share news of alumni with us!  Email mountain@wsps.org and include the following information:  name, year of WSHS graduation, current job/accomplishment/update.  Thank you!



Memorial School [Twitter: @WSPSMemorial]

  • Mozmal and Antonio are honored for their progress in reading. Mrs. Duquette, Mrs. Doyle and Mrs. Calabrese are extremely proud of their effort!


  • Grade 1 students have mailed their friendly letters to Walt Disney World, and they are waiting with anticipation for a reply. We are doing an author study on Kevin Henkes.  In Science they are learning about Light and Shadows.   

  • Students in Grade 2 are doing an author study on Tomie DePaola as well as practicing addition and subtraction with regrouping.  New AVMR games are being learned.

  • Grade 4 students are publishing and sharing fictional narratives.  In Math, students are exploring fractions.  Students are applying the strategy of asking questions to expand their thinking of difficult texts in Science.

  • Fifth graders will have their first hands-on Science lesson with Mrs. Condon on the topic of matter!

  • Students from Ms. Brunelle, Mrs. Kearing, and Mrs. Fiorentino’s reading groups presented a Reader’s Theater performances for the entire school.  Students performed poems, nursery rhymes, a folk tale, and a Reader’s Theater Play.

 


 


 


 

  • AVMR student groups learned Quick Draw to practice multiples of 2 and 5.

  • Students in Room 6 are accessing their leveled text through an interactive learning portal designed to keep them motivated and engaged.  They listen to a book at their level, read the book independently, and then answer comprehension questions to earn points and level up!  


      

  • Art students in Grade 2 have been learning how to create the illusion of movement on a 2-dimensional surface; Grade 1 are finishing their symmetry/asymmetry creatures; Grade 3 will finish with radial symmetry; Grade 4 have been practicing drawing the human figure; Grade 5 have been learning about cross-contour drawing to create the illusion of 3 dimensions on a 2-dimensional surface.


Middle School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSMS]

  • This week, Dr. Deb Brady,an inclusive practices expert visited WSMS and observed classes.  She debriefed with Mr. Gillen, Dr. Murray, and staff to share her feedback.  She had some wonderful praise for the work in place and some valuable insight for improvement which was shared with all staff this week.

  • Students in all three grades were delighted to see the annual Band and Choral winter concert.  The band and Chorus also performed for families last Wednesday evening to a standing-room only crowd! Mr. Turcotte and Mr. Desgres led an outstanding performance!

  • Mr. Gillen, Mrs. Royer, Officer Johnson, and Pike continued to visit Grade 5 classes this week to welcome incoming sixth graders and begin transition preparations to WSMS next year.  They visited classes at Mittneauge and Tatham and will conclude the visits with a Fausey next week.   

  • Term 2 Report Cards will be issued next Wednesday, February 1, 2017 to all students.

  • Students from WSHS will visit 8th graders next Friday, February 3, 2017 to answer questions and offer advice regarding the transition to high school.  This is a part of the collaborative efforts between WSMS and WSHS to ensure a smooth transition for students next year.   

              

Mittineague [Twitter: @WSPSMittineague]

  • The Principal’s Cabinet held a blanket and comfort bag drive during the first two weeks of January and the response was overwhelming!  The students wrote flyers, informative letters, created posters, and adopted classes to work with to promote the drive.  On the last day, as they collected the donations, they were in awe of what they had accomplished! The students were so excited they invited Mr.Richard to come visit! Later, they made the decision to partner with the West Springfield Credit Union and give all the blankets to add to their drive.  The comfort bags will be assembled and donated at a later date. #bethechange  #mittineaguepride (Photos 1 and 2)

  • Thursday evening was the date of Mittineague’s Family Math Night! The students and their families created rekenreks, 100 bead strings, Quick Draw and Treasure math games as well as solved challenge problems throughout the evening.  A great time was had by all! (Photo 3)

  • The students from the class of 2024 had a spell off with Mrs. Ranstrom and Mrs. Hogan. The last four students were up for an extended time.  It was quite the contest!  Eventually it came down to the two students who will be representing Mittineague in the District Spelling Bee. This year’s representatives are Eleanor Yates and Logan Trainor pictured here (seated) with runners-up Cole Grady and Angelina Robinson!  (Photo 4)

  • This past week, students in Mrs. Gerardi’s room were working on writing an opinion of their favorite character from the Kevin Henkes author study. (Photo  5)

  • Miss Shypula’s class of 2027 processed together as they listened to the book, The Art Lesson by Tomie DePaola from the second grade ELA Model Curriculum Unit: An Author’s Study. They are just beginning their journey into this unit and the world of Tomie DePaola’s books.  (Photo 6)


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Tatham School [Twitter: @WSPSTatham]

  • Our Fourth graders are learning about Forces and motion as they construct “Roller coasters” in science. They experimented with pipe insulation and changed the height to prevent a ball from rolling into a cup.

  • Tatham School’s Student Council is holding a food drive called the “Soup-er Bowl”  Challenge.  The grade with the most donated food items will get an extra gym period!  (Photo 2)

  • Mr. Gillen, the principal from the Middle School, will be talking to our fifth graders about what to expect when they enter sixth grade in the fall. This assembly is followed-up by a trip to the Middle School in June. All this planning helps ease the students’ anxiety as they make the transition to the  Middle School.

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 Community and Family Engagement [Twitter and Facebook: @westspfldcfce]

  • Community Playgroup has moved to the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.  Held every Tuesday and Friday from 10:30 to 11:30, the activity is free (snack included), and drop-ins are welcome.

  • Parent ESL Classes are up and running at the Merrick Station.  Monday and Friday mornings from 10:30-12pm and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3-4:30.  Child care is available.

  • Parent Child Date Night: Teddy Bear Picnic for children Ages 3-6. On Thursday, February 16 from 5:30-6:30 at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club. Bring your teddy bear and enjoys crafts,  refreshments and literacy projects. Registration required.

  • Community and Family Engagement children’s book drive for the Read 15 campaign will end on January 31.  Drop boxes for new or gently used children’s books will be located in the main offices of the all of the West Springfield elementary schools, Ashley and Cowing.  Books will be donated to families in need to support the Read 15 initiative, encouraging families to read aloud to their children 15 minutes a day.  Any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Jen Brennan, Community and Family Engagement Coordinator at 413-519-2511 or email brennan@wsps.org.



English as a Second Language Department (ESL)

  • ACCESS testing for ELL students in grades K-12 will continue through February

  • It has been a busy start to the 2017 year with 12 new English Language Learners enrolling in West Springfield since January 1.

District Spotlight - January 20, 2017

posted Jan 20, 2017, 1:16 PM by Erin Mountain

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From The Superintendent [Twitter: @WestSideSupt]

  • At Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting, the Council overwhelmingly supported the appropriation of $850,000 for the Feasibility Study / Schematic Design of a new Coburn Elementary School.  Our next step is to finalize the enrollment projection figures and sign off on the Feasibility Study Agreement.  I expect that the Phillip Coburn Elementary School will be on the May 10, 2017 agenda of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) for their recommendation for moving to the next phase of our project!  Thank you to the members of the Town Council for their support, and to members of the School Committee, WSPS faculty, staff and administrators, and - of course - students and families for your support at the meeting.  Council President Condon noted well that the attendance at Tuesday’s meeting was the largest in recent memory!

  • Wednesday night, the screening committee for the Administrator of Special Services concluded its interviews of semi-finalists.  At the end of the process, only one candidate's name was moved forward for consideration - Ms. Kathryn Mahony.  I was quite impressed with Ms. Mahony's answers and her understanding of Special Education!  Ms. Mahony will participate in a "public interview" at next week’s School Committee meeting (January 24 at 7:00).  Ms. Mahony will be given an opportunity to present her findings about our publicly available data and to share her ideas for moving the department forward. I would like to offer a special thanks to the members of the screening committee: Kevin McQuillan, Michelle Serafino, Colleen Marcus, Ryan Murray, Laurie Bedard, Peter Gillen, Jennifer Collins, Kathleen Lancour, and Andrea Mitchell.

  • Nominations for the 2017 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards are being collected by school principals.  Anyone wishing to nominate a WSPS educator may complete and submit this form to the educator’s school principal by January 27, 2017.  Organized and funded by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, the annual awards program celebrates the exceptional public and parochial educators in our region.  Five West Springfield Public Schools educators will be recognized at a banquet in May at The Log Cabin.  

  • The School Department is pleased to introduce the One Community public service announcement!  Take a look on this link -- and feel free to share.  Thank you to all of the collaborators on this awesome project!  We Are One!

  • Community input needed!  Please complete a brief, important survey (on this link) for the CARE Coalition by February 1!  The data collected from the survey will drive programming to help combat substance use and abuse.  Thank you!

  • January 26, 2017 - CARE Coalition, Park & Recreation, and the Lions Club present a Free Community Event at West Springfield High School.  Highlights include a pasta dinner (5:45-6:30), “The Secret Lives of Teens” with parenting expert/mental health counselor Jon Mattleman (6:30-8:00), and supervised activities for youth/teens while adults attend the Jon Mattleman presentation.  Supervised activities include activities/homework help (6:30-8:00), The Secret Lives of Pets movie (6:30-8:00), and open swim/pool games (ages 7 and older) (7:00-8:00).  Attendees at the Jon Mattleman presentation will be eligible to win a great door prize -- a large flat screen TV (donated by Ormsby Insurance/Toomey O’Brien/Costco)!  Check out this article from MassLive for more info.

  • The West Springfield Partnership for Education Annual Trivia Night is February 15, 2017 at the Dante Club, starting at 6:00 p.m.  Register your team of up to five (5) people soon - space is limited!  Details are available on this link.   

                                                           

English as a Second Language Department (ESL)

  • Grade 3 ELL students in Mr. Granger’s classroom began their planet research projects this week. They will be using their Chromebooks to gather information through research on a variety of websites and writing their projects using Google classroom.  Throughout this project, students will be utilizing all four language domains, speaking, listening, reading and writing, as they research, write and share their planet projects.

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  • ACCESS testing for ELL students in grades K-12 will continue through February 8.

Health Services [Twitter: @cmviens]

  • In conjunction with the WS CARE Coalition, West Springfield High School SAFE Team and WS Middle School Guidance Team, Health Services is planning for the January 26, 2017 evening parent education event and many school activities for awareness during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week at the middle and high schools from January 23-27.


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Coburn School [Twitter: @WSPSCoburn]

  • The students in kindergarten have been learning all about winter!  The new dramatic play area in Liz Gavioli’s kindergarten is set up so the students can "dress warm," make a snowman, drink hot chocolate, go ice skating on the pond, make snowflakes, and go ice fishing for sight words!  They are having a blast! (see photo 1 below)

  • The Bridges program at Coburn School completed their first session of our Arts Block with grades 4 and 5.  This program brings Senior volunteers into the school to work with our Coburn students.  We have been fortunate to start the program in grade 3 last year and expand the program to enhance our Arts Block this year.  The students have the opportunity to meet with the Seniors each week to read books, engage in authentic conversations and complete projects together as a group; the response has been very positive from the students, the teachers, and the Seniors.  One of our Senior volunteers, Mary Ann O’Connor, created a beautiful watercolor painting of Coburn School and some of our students.  She presented this painting to Ms. St.George during the last Arts Block, as a gift to the school.  Mrs. O’Connor’s inspiration came one day while she was watching the students play outside on the playground.  The painting will be displayed in the office at Coburn and will be a beautiful addition to the new Coburn School in the future.

  • Grade 3 held a parent night on Thursday.  Teachers taught parents strategies to help support their children at home in the areas of math and ELA.

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Ashley School

  • Coffee with the Principal is January 24, 2017 from 8:45-9:15 a.m. at Ashley.  This month, the topic is math.  Math coach Mrs. Laura Gorodisher and Mrs. Paige Jacobs will be presenting.  

  • In room 19, Mrs. Gina Biskupic’s mother has been knitting hats for our students that do not have one.  Any student who needs one gets one to wear and keep.

  • Martin Luther King Day was discussed in classrooms, students learned why he was important to our

nation's history past and present.

  • PBIS is in full effect!  Students are still enjoy earning rewards.  In the past few weeks, students have been library helpers, reading the Pledge of Allegiance room 4 popcorn and a  movie, room 16 costume day, room 7 superhero day.

  • The lunch ladies have harvested the lettuce from the tower garden, the tomatoes have flowers and so do the cucumbers (can not wait for those).

  • Mrs Rodriguez’s class is studying Polar Bears. They did research and wrote reports on Polar Bears.

  • An assembly was held and letters went home reinforcing school expectations “we take care of our things, others and ourselves.”  Parents were asked to remind students to practice this in and out of school.

                   

Cowing Alternative School [Twitter: @WSPSCowingCAS]


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  • After having an electrical issue during the Thanksgiving holiday break and sadly losing all of the vegetables in the Tower Garden, it has been replanted and we are anxiously awaiting some new sprouts!

  • The students in the middle school classes, under the direction of unified arts teacher Mrs. O’Connor,  completed a sewing project this week.  They made Terrier footballs!  A big thank you to Mrs. O’Connor for a great Term 2 Unified Arts!!

  • Middle School grades close on Friday, January 20.  Term 3 begins on Monday, January 23.  During Term 3 the students will have Technology with Ms. Maloney.

  • The students in Mrs. Messier and Ms. Lindsy’s classes began their “Book Buddy” groups today.  The students read books together and enjoyed this new addition to their weekly schedule.

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Cowing Early Childhood

  • Cowing Early Childhood had a Parent/Child Winter Play Date last Friday.  Everyone had a wonderful time!

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  • Today Cowing EC held a Community Screening with 13 children and their parents at Cowing School.

  • Mrs. Leonard’s class is having a fun time with snowmen in their activity center.

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Fausey School [Twitter: @WSPSFausey]

  • Reaping the Harvest:  Thank you to Mrs. St. Peter and her students for tending to our garden tower.  They started the seeds, planted them, and moved them to our front entrance for the whole school to enjoy.  Last week, Mrs. St. Peter made a delicious salad with the lettuce produced from the garden tower.  This week, we all noticed the cucumbers will soon be ready!   (Picture below)

  • Mad Science:  Fausey students have finished Mad Science’s Secret Agent Lab.  The second offering, Crazy Chemworks, will start on March 1st.  More information to follow.

  • No Name Calling Week (Jan 16-20).  Ever active in improving the school climate, Fausey’s student council members are excited about this week!  Members are sharing positive quotes and messages over the intercom and at lunch.  They made posters and decorated the bulletin board in the central hallway with positive messages about being kind.  They also gave each class colored sticky notes on which each of the students wrote their own message, which could be something good they witnessed.  For example, I saw Jimmy hold the door for Jenny, Amy shared her crayons with Tommy, Joey tried really hard at P.E.  They were also encouraged to write their own positive message.  During the week, they left the notes on the outside doors of their classrooms, and student council members picked them up and added them onto the hallway bulletin board so that it would be filled with positive messages.  Mr. Harty, Mr. Navone and Mrs. Murray have guided this group in their latest project, and there’s more surprises on the way for No Name Calling Week!  (Pictures below)


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REAPING THE HARVEST

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NO NAME CALLING WEEK


High School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSHS and @WSHS_guidance]

Weekly Review:

  • January 13 Senior Winter Formal Dance

  • January 19 Ski Club trip to Jiminy Peak

  • January 20 Midterm exams complete, 1st semester grades closed

Upcoming:

  • January 23-27 - National Drug Facts Week; National Drug Chat Day (January 26)

  • January 25 - Medical Career Panel (11:15) Scholarship Fair (5:00) & College Planning Night (6:00)


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Athletics [Twitter: @wshsterriers]

  • Please follow @wshsterriers on Twitter for daily WSHS Athletics updates of scores and highlights


Alumni News

  • Patrick Kelleher ‘10 completed basic training and is an Airman in the U.S. Air Force.

  • Carly Camossi ‘14 is an Outreach Coordinator in the Town of West Springfield Mayor’s Office.


Memorial School [Twitter: @WSPSMemorial]

  • Congratulations to Memorial teachers and Paraprofessional Mrs. Duquette, Mrs. Dickson, and Miss Brunelle, who all received Mo Williems’ Elephant and Piggy books through the First Book Foundation.  First Book provides free and discounted books to students in Title I schools.   

  • Students in Grade 1 have been continuing their writing and editing of friendly letters as well as developing their learning conversation skills in all the content areas.  

  • Grade 2 students have been learning to subtract two-digit numbers.  They have been using manipulatives to represent numbers and complete subtraction problems with and without regrouping.

  • Both third grade classes have been preparing for ELA section of MCAS with the support of Coach Karen Diaz. Students have been studying fractions as a part of a set, on a number line and with length.

  • Grade 4 students worked with books from National Geographic’s “Weird But True” series to merge their thinking with new learning. They have also continued to read informational articles about the properties of energy, use strategies to decode new vocabulary, and ask questions to further understanding.

  • Students in grade 5 will be differentiating between properties of objects (size, shape, mass, weight) and properties of materials (color, texture, hardness) through hands-on discovery with real-life objects.  West Springfield Middle School visited grade 5 students on Friday.

  • A Grade 1 student uses a rekenrek (arithmetic rack) to structure to 20.  This helped students to practice relating addition and subtraction facts by asking other students questions such as, "What did I take away?" "What is remaining?"  "How do you know?"

     

  • Mrs. Doyle’s students have been working hard on improving their reading.  BAS assessments have been taking place and gains in both decoding and comprehension have been observed.

  • Students in Mrs. Meara’s class have been thinking about how a writer shows the influences of early experiences on the subject of a biography.  Math students of all grades have been reinforcing their multiplication facts by engaging in AVMR multiple games.  

  • Art students in grade 1 have been learning about symmetry and asymmetry.  Grade 2 has been drawing figures in motion.  Grade 3 students have been exploring radial symmetry.  Grade 4: Kente cloth patterns; Grade 5: cross-contour drawing.


Middle School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSMS]

  • ACCESS testing for English Language Learner students is underway this week.  

  • All students are taking Benchmark Assessments this week in ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies classes

  • Term 2 Closes on Friday.  Term 3 begins on Monday with new schedules issued in the morning’s homeroom period.

  • WSHS’ Pathways to Prosperity Program met with Gr. 8 math classes this week.  This informational session gave students information about this program option at West Springfield High School.

  • Mr. Gillen, Mrs. Royer (next year’s Gr. 6 counselor), and School Resource Officer Johnson began visits to Grade 5 Elementary classes this week.  These visits will include all five elementary schools over the next two weeks.

  • The WSMS Band and Chorus programs will be presenting winter concerts next week to all students and the evening session for parents and families will be held next Wednesday, January 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Richard L. Berte auditorium at WSMS.  

              

Mittineague [Twitter: @WSPSMittineague]

  • The Principal’s Cabinet has been working hard to host a Blanket and Comfort Bag drive that will end this week.  They have created flyers, written letters, made PACE calls and posters to ask people to support their efforts. They even received a gift card from corporate CVS!  (Photos 1, 2, 3)

  • Mrs. Bartolucci’s class of 2026 was immersed in a writer’s workshop lesson where they read a mentor text, Come On, Rain by Karen Hesse.  The book, set in prose gave examples of very detailed descriptions that the students could practically see, hear and taste!! After sharing the delightful story of a delicious downpour, the students had to locate weak verbs from their own writing and exchange them for stronger, more visual ones.  (Photo 4)

  • Collaboration is the name of the game in room 8!  Two students from Miss Becker’s class complete their math fraction lesson as a team while utilizing the standing desks.  (Jaydis Cappas, Ruvim Derevyanchuk) (Photo 5)

  • The students from the class of 2024 planted a new round of seeds to start their Tower Garden journey all over again This time the students from rooms 4 and 5 planted basil, beans, tomato, and mesclun.  We can’t wait to start to see the results!  (Photo 6)

  • Lily Fitzgerald reads a story to Mrs. Doe to show her the progress she has made! (Photo 7)

  • The staff of Mittineague worked collaboratively to rearrange characteristics of student engagement in order of importance at their last staff meeting.  (Photo 8 Jaime Ranstrom, Julie Penna, and Nicole LaBonte)

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Tatham School [Twitter: @WSPSTatham]

  • Girls on the Run is coming to Tatham School!  This afterschool program trains girls in grades 3-5, through teamwork and confidence building activities as they work towards competing in a 5K race!  Tatham is grateful for the assistance of two parent volunteers, Mrs. Pedro and Mrs. Lavoie, who will be acting as coaches.

  • Students in grades 3-5 are deepening their understanding of fractions.  They are using models, and number lines to help them.

  • The Food, Folktales and Fun Event will take place on Thursday, February 2, 2017.  This family event is funded through a grant from the West Springfield Partnership for Education.  

        

Community and Family Engagement [Twitter and Facebook: @westspfldcfce]

  • Community Playgroup has moved to the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.  Held every Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30, the activity is free (snack included), and drop-ins are welcome.

  • Parent/Child Date Day in the Park is Wednesday, January 25 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 389 Main Street/ Main Street Park for ages 2-5. Come join us for fun science snow activities and a storytime.  No snow?  No problem!  Hot chocolate will still be served, and there will be lots of indoor/outdoor fun. Registration required because space is limited.

  • Parent ESL Classes are up and running at the Merrick Station.  Monday and Friday mornings from 10:30-12pm and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3-4:30.  Child care is available.

  • Now during the month of January, Community and Family Engagement will be sponsoring a children’s book drive to kick off the Read 15 campaign.  Drop boxes for new or gently used children’s books will be located in the main offices of the all of the West Springfield elementary schools, Ashley and Cowing.  Books will be donated to families in need to support the Read 15 initiative, encouraging families to read aloud to their children 15 minutes a day.  Any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Jen Brennan, Community and Family Engagement Coordinator at 413-519-2511 or email brennan@wsps.org.


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Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment [Twitter: @WSPSCurriculum]

  • This week West Springfield Middle School had their first training in the DATA Wise building data team program. Mr. Gillen has nine members of his faculty being trained in this model. The Building Data team will be responsible for analyzing both state and local data to determine areas growth, communicate to the school community, develop an action plan and review data from the action plan to determine action plan effectiveness.

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District Spotlight - January 13, 2017

posted Jan 13, 2017, 12:09 PM by Erin Mountain

From The Superintendent [Twitter: @WestSideSupt]

  • On Monday, January 16, 2017, the district will be closed to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Let us pause and think about the impact this activist had on our country.  

“The time is always right to do what is right” ~ MLK   

  • The School Department is pleased to introduce the One Community public service announcement!  Take a look on this link -- and feel free to share.  Thank you to all of the collaborators on this awesome project!  We Are One!

  • Community input needed!  Please complete a brief, important survey (on this link) for the CARE Coalition by February 1!  The data collected from the survey will drive programming to help combat substance use and abuse.  Thank you!

  • National Drug Facts Week is January 23-27, 2017.  Many activities are taking place at the high school and middle school in conjunction with this important program!  A ‘WSHS Morning Show’ segment was filmed earlier this week, in which students promoted National Drug Facts Week and all of the activities happening on January 26 at the CARE Coalition event (photo below).  

  • January 26, 2017 - CARE Coalition, Park & Recreation, and the Lions Club present a Free Community Event at West Springfield High School.  Highlights include a pasta dinner (5:45-6:30), “The Secret Lives of Teens” with parenting expert/mental health counselor Jon Mattleman (6:30-8:00), and supervised activities for youth/teens while adults attend the Jon Mattleman presentation.  Supervised activities include activities/homework help (6:30-8:00), The Secret Lives of Pets movie (6:30-8:00), and open swim/pool games (ages 7 and older) (7:00-8:00).  Attendees at the Jon Mattleman presentation will be eligible to win a great door prize -- a large flat screen TV (donated by Ormsby Insurance/Toomey O’Brien/Costco)!  Check out this article from MassLive for more info.

  • The West Springfield Partnership for Education Annual Trivia Night is February 15, 2017 at the Dante Club, starting at 6:00 p.m.  Register your team of up to five (5) people soon - space is limited!  Details are available on this link.   

     

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Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment [Twitter: @WSPSCurriculum]

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The District continues to prepare for the new Next generation MCAS. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be providing all districts a practice test that will be provided to the appropriate grade level teachers in preparation for the test. Mass. DESE Next Generation MCAS Test Information

        

English as a Second Language Department (ESL)

  • ACCESS testing for ELL students in grades K-12 will continue through February 8.

  • Parent ESL classes are being held on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00 - 4:30 and Monday and Friday mornings from 10:30 - 12:00.  The classes meet at the Community and Family Engagement Office at 389 Main Street.  Neither rain, nor snow or extreme cold cannot keep these parents and grandparents from attending their classes which are taught by Natalya Belaya, the Family Liaison, and Ban Abdulnoor, an ESL translator and paraprofessional.




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Health Services [Twitter: @cmviens]

  • In conjunction with the WS CARE Coalition, West Springfield High School SAFE Team and WS Middle School Guidance Team, Health Services is planning for the January 26, 2017 evening parent education event and many school activities for awareness during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week at the middle and high schools from January 23-27.



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Coburn School [Twitter: @WSPSCoburn]

  • Tom McCabe has started to work with students in grades K-2 at Coburn School.  His focus has been on writing and vocabulary development in creating stories.  The students brainstorm lists of rich ideas and vocabulary and they will begin to develop their stories over the next three weeks.  This has been made possible through the Massachusetts Cultural Council STARS Grant.  Tom McCabe’s time at Coburn will culminate with a family night in the spring!  (Photo below).

  • Mobile Dentist was at Coburn School to provide a number of services to students.  Some of the services provided include sealants, cleanings, and fillings.  A total of 46 students were able to be seen through the Mobile Dentist program.  Thank you to Mrs. Draghetti for coordinating this for Coburn School.

  • Teachers at Coburn School participated in a Curriculum Day on Thursday.  Grades K-2 focused on embedding AVMR into their upcoming math lessons.  Grades 3-5 participated in a Dreambox Webinar to look at student data reports.

  • ACCESS testing is underway at Coburn School.  The teachers have been testing students in grades K-5.


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Ashley School

  • Coffee with the Principal is happening January 24, 2017 from 8:45-9:15 a.m. at Ashley.  This month, math will be the topic - math coach Mrs. Laura Gorodisher and Mrs. Paige Jacobs will be presenting.  


Cowing Alternative School [Twitter: @WSPSCowingCAS]

  • Great things are happening in the middle school classrooms.  In Social Studies, the students have been studying about the Nile River.  They researched interesting facts and then prepared a Google Slide presentation and presented their project to all of the students and staff. (Photos below)

  • The “specials” classes are going very well!  Mrs. O’Connor has cooked some yummy meals in the middle school classrooms.  Music, art and technology classes in the elementary classes are so fun!!

  • Ms. Lindsy and Mrs. Messier’s classes wrote a book that has been sent out to be published.  Cowing Alternative School is anxiously awaiting the arrival of their books!

   

Cowing Early Childhood

  • Ms. Maloney’s class is talking about winter. The children are ice fishing, dressing up for winter and making a snowman.

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  • Next Friday the fourth Community Screening of this school year will take place.  Cowing EC looks forward to meeting some new three and four year old children from our town.  The screening involves a brief check on the child’s developmental skills, as well as a vision and hearing screening.

  • Mrs. Trznadel has a new igloo in her class. Winter seems to be a popular theme this week!  Her students are also ice fishing.

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Fausey School [Twitter: @WSPSFausey]

  • School Committee  Grade 3 students and teachers from Room 11 presented to the School Committee on January 11.  Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Wilson were joined by their students Nahla Williams, Maeve Turmel, Jonathan Figueroa and Haya Farhan.  The students did a great job speaking about DreamBox math software, which helps them to learn and practice their math skills.  (Photos below)

  • Mrs. Petit’s Graduates!  With Mrs. Petit’s support, Ahmed A and Thomas M are the most recent reading pros who will no longer need guidance.  Ahmed is really excited about learning and is a perfectionist.  Thomas’s plans for the future includes the presidency!  (Photos below)

  • Full STEAM ahead!  Mrs. DeMagistris’ grade 2 students used the steps of the Engineering Design Process to solve a problem using a robot.  Groups of students decided which everyday problem to focus on, such as washing dishes and picking up trash.  The most popular ‘problem’, however, was doing homework!  The prototype they then designed and constructed was a robot made from recyclables such as plastic bottles, egg cartons and paper tubes.  (Photos below)

  • Writing about Art  It’s not unusual for Mrs. Green’s artists to reflect on their own (or others’) art through writing, reading and discussion. Whether it’s reflection or critique, the students are well-versed!  Fourth grader Michael Zubik exemplifies this through his interesting work of art, which is complemented by an imaginative story about a Lexus in space!  (Photo below)

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Mrs. Petit’s Graduates:  Ahmad A and Thomas M

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High School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSHS and @WSHS_guidance]

Weekly Review:

  • ACCESS testing continues

  • January 10 - HCC Instant Decision Day

Upcoming:

  • January 17-20 - Midterm Exams

  • January 23-27 - National Drug Facts Week; National Drug Chat Day (January 26)

  • January 25 - Scholarship Fair (5:00) & College Planning Night (6:00)


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Athletics [Twitter: @wshsterriers]

  • Please follow @wshsterriers on Twitter for daily WSHS Athletics updates of scores and highlights


Alumni News

  • Jessica Lollio ‘08 is a PTA at Wingate.

  • Matt Miles ‘12 graduated from Bentley University and works at Wells Fargo Securities.

  • Ben Sawicki ‘12 graduated from Bryant University and started BaS Marketing.


Memorial School [Twitter: @WSPSMemorial]

  • Session II of the ASP program began last week with great success. One group, Literature Arts and Crafts, incorporates students from grades 1-5.  In this group, a different theme is explored every week.  Students read two related stories, they make a healthy snack that corresponds with the story theme, and finally, they create a craft . The group read books about the new year and they created fruit kabobs that resembled fireworks.  Lastly, students used artistic license to create the year 2017 using different media.  Each week, after the books are read, students engage in learning conversations about the theme, characters and general plot.

  • Class of 2028, Grade 1 students began writing friendly letters to Walt Disney World. They are learning how to organize, edit, revise and mail their letters.

  • Class of 2027, Grade 2 students have been writing persuasive letters to parents. They are also finishing the geometry unit where they have been exploring plane shapes and solid figures, and their attributes.

  • Class of 2026, Grade 3 students are studying biographies. The unit commenced with an interactive read aloud.  Additionally, students have been working on related project based activities such as henna hands a traditional art form of Pakistan.

  • In physical science, Class of 2025, Grade 4 students have been studying how energy is transferred by completing an experiment where they saw how energy from sound waves could cause vibrations of salt grains. Students discovered that the more energy they put into their voice level, the more energy was transferred to the salt grains, causing more movement.  After selecting and reading informational texts, students have been working in “expert groups” to create presentations for their classmates.

  • Class of 2024, Grade 5 students have been finalizing their research on explorers and will be presenting their “Hero or Not” projects to their peers.

  • Math students in Room 6 have been applying their single digit multiplication skills to uncover a hidden image.  

  • Art students in grade 1 have been learning about symmetry and asymmetry.  Grade 2 has been learning about visual and actual texture.  Grade 3 has been learning about radial symmetry.  Grade 4 has been learning about making patterns inspired by Kente cloth.  Grade 5 has been learning about making their work look 3D by using a cross-contour line technique.

Middle School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSMS]

  • This week, Ms. St. Jean from TDBank came to work with Grade 8 Math Exploration students on financial literacy and math in finance activities.  This is her second visit to WSMS with this class!

  • The full faculty and the WSMS Crisis team reviewed the full evacuation and reunification procedures.  This comprehensive plan was refined following the district’s tabletop sessions with WSPD and WSFD.

  • The WSMS data team took part in its initial training with Mr. Connor using the data wise program.  This 10 member data team will be responsible for data analysis and communication.

  • Members of the WSMS administration and math department participated in a conference call with state officials regarding changes to the math curriculum on Thursday.  A similar call regarding ELA is scheduled for later this month.

  • ACCESS Testing and second Benchmark assessments in Math, ELA, and Social Studies are scheduled to begin next week.

  • The WSHS Pathways to Prosperity program will meet with Gr. 8 students in Math classes to share information with all students about the program and its offering.  This will occur next Friday.

  • Term 2 closes next Friday.  Students will be issued term 3 schedules in homeroom on Monday, January 23, 2017.  

              

Mittineague [Twitter: @WSPSMittineague]

  • Leanne Becker’s students started reading an article a day to create a class “Book of Knowledge” on the Chromebooks after the start of the new year.  The students read up to 6 articles over the course of the week and respond to their reading via google classroom.  The umbrella topic for all six articles was “animals.”  After all articles had been read, they gathered together as a class to share everyone’s thoughts compiled in their “Book of Knowledge” of animals.  (Photo 1)

  • Kristen Shypula’s Class of 2027 students were immersed in their lesson “Do Now” as the students were challenged to take a “sticky,” draw a hexagon and use three lines to separate it into a different shape. Their next direction was to stick, sit, and review!  (Photos 2 - Miss Shypula, 3 - Cassady Joseph and Sarhea Johnston)

  • Julie Penna’s students from the class of 2025 were working on the floor in groups to respond to the challenge to create a number line that would show fractions.  Their first task was to create a number line that would show eighths, and then quarters and halves showcasing the equivalent fractions.  As the students worked through the task, they employed a variety of different strategies to be sure that their number lines were true representations.  As groups started to finish, they were tasked with a new challenge, to create a number line showing fifths and to draw a comparison between the two number lines noting similarities and differences. (Photos 4 - Matt Davis, Isaac Pearsons, Elinore Inacio, Androula Bitzas, and 5 - Kyan Jacobsen, Kyaleigh Connor, Nevaeh Pagan, Led Hajrizi)

  • The students from room 5 and room 4 (class of 2024) welcomed their teacher, Mrs. Jaime Ranstrom, back from her maternity leave by teaching her all about the Tower Garden as they start to plant seeds to begin the next round!. They are all excited to get back into the swing of things with her!


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Tatham School [Twitter: @WSPSTatham]

  • The first graders are building forward/backward number sense with an AVMR activity.  Students pick a number and count backwards to find the correct position to place down the card.

  • On Monday, Meteorologist, Jacob Wycoff from News 40 visited our third graders to talk to them about weather and climate.  

  • During the month of January, students can use their Tatham dollars to purchase Math Bingo Cards. Each morning we announce three math clues.  Students use the clues to see if they have the number on their card.  This is a popular activity that keeps PBIS going strong!  Rilie Kopie a first grader was the school’s first winner!

         



Community and Family Engagement [Twitter and Facebook: @westspfldcfce]

  • Community Playgroup has moved to the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.  Held every Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30, the activity is free (snack included), and drop-ins are welcome.

  • Kick Off for the new Friday Playgroup will be January 20 from 10:30-11:30 at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club!  Stop by for music, movement and play!  Free.  Snack included.

  • Thursday, January 19, from 6-7pm at the West Springfield Public Library Parent Cafe:  “No I Won’t and You Won’t Make Me!”  Come hear guest speaker and parent expert Peggy Hoime from Cooperative Kids of Agawam share easy, sanity saving tips to get you through the toughest parenting challenges.  Free. Registration not required.  No formal childcare available.

  • Parent/Child Date Day in the Park is Wednesday, January 25 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 389 Main Street/ Main Street Park for ages 2-5. Come join us for fun science snow activities and a storytime.  No snow?  No problem!  Hot chocolate will still be served, and there will be lots of indoor/outdoor fun. Registration required because space is limited.

  • Parent ESL Classes are up and running at the Merrick Station.  Monday and Friday mornings from 10:30-12pm and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3-4:30.  Child care is available.

  • Now during the month of January, Community and Family Engagement will be sponsoring a children’s book drive to kick off the Read 15 campaign.  Drop boxes for new or gently used children’s books will be located in the main offices of the all of the West Springfield elementary schools, Ashley and Cowing.  Books will be donated to families in need to support the Read 15 initiative, encouraging families to read aloud to their children 15 minutes a day.  Any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Jen Brennan, Community and Family Engagement Coordinator at 413-519-2511 or email brennan@wsps.org.


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District Spotlight - January 6, 2017

posted Jan 6, 2017, 1:19 PM by Erin Mountain

From The Superintendent [Twitter: @WestSideSupt]

  • The School Committee will meet January 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Office Building auditorium (2nd floor).

  • The indoor track at the high school is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 a.m.  Please note that the track will not be open when school is not in session.  Visit wsps.org for more info.

  • SAVE THE DATE: January 26, 2017 - CARE/Park & Recreation/Lions Club collaborate to present a free community event at West Springfield High School.  Highlights include pasta dinner (5:45), “The Secret Lives of Teens” with parenting expert/mental health counselor Jon Mattleman (6:30), and supervised activities for youth/teens while adults attend the Jon Mattleman presentation.  Supervised activities include activities/homework help (6:30-8:00), movie night - The Secret Lives of Pets (6:30-8:00), and open swim/pool games (ages 7 and older) (7:00-8:00).  Attendees at the Jon Mattleman presentation will be eligible to win a great door prize -- a large flat screen TV (donated by Ormsby Insurance/Toomey O’Brien/Costco)!  Check out this article from Mass Live for more info.

    

Community and Family Engagement [Twitter and Facebook: @westspfldcfce]

  • Community Playgroup has moved to the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.  Held every Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30, the activity is free (snack included), and drop-ins are welcome.

  • Kick Off for the new Friday Playgroup will be January 20 from 10:30-11:30 at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club!  Stop by for music, movement and play!  Free.  Snack included.

  • Thursday, January 19, from 6-7pm at the West Springfield Public Library Parent Cafe:  “No I Won’t and You Won’t Make Me!”  Come hear guest speaker and parent expert Peggy Hoime from Cooperative Kids of Agawam share easy, sanity saving tips to get you through the toughest parenting challenges.  Free. Registration not required.  No formal childcare available.

  • Parent/Child Date Day in the Park is Wednesday, January 25 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 389 Main Street/ Main Street Park for ages 2-5. Come join us for fun science snow activities and a storytime.  No snow? No problem!  Hot chocolate will still be served, and there will be lots of indoor/outdoor fun. Registration required because space is limited.

  • Parent ESL Classes are up and running at the Merrick Station.  Monday and Friday mornings from 10:30-12pm and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3-4:30.  Child care is available.

  • Now during the month of January, Community and Family Engagement will be sponsoring a children’s book drive to kick off the Read 15 campaign.  Drop boxes for new or gently used children’s books will be located in the main offices of the all of the West Springfield elementary schools. Books will be donated to families in need to support the Read 15 initiative, encouraging families to read aloud to their children 15 minutes a day.  Any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Jen Brennan, Community and Family Engagement Coordinator at 413-519-2511 or email brennan@wsps.org.


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Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment [Twitter: @WSPSCurriculum]

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Every school in the District will have developed and been trained in the Data Wise Model. This model will allow for common reflection and language as we review student data for to identify areas of success and improvement.

        

English as a Second Language Department (ESL)

  • All English Language Learner (ELL) students in grades K-12 are participating in ACCESS testing beginning January 5.  ACCESS tests fulfill the federate and state laws which require that ELL students be assessed annually to measure their proficiency in each of the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.  

  • The tasks on the assessment will assess the language students need to process or produce in various school contexts.  Each assessment item and task will target at least one of the five WIDA English Language Development Standards:

  • Social and Instructional Language

  • Language of Language Arts

  • Language of Mathematics

  • Language of Science

  • Language of Social Studies


All kindergarten ELL students are tested individually and the speaking test for students in grades 1-2 is also administered to each student individually.  The testing window runs through February 8.

Health Services [Twitter: @cmviens]

  • In conjunction with the WS CARE Coalition and West Springfield High School SAFE Team, Health Services is planning for the January 26, 2017 evening parent education event and National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week at the high school from January 23-27.


Information Technology


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Setting a timer:  Did you know that  you can set the timer option on Google and continue your work in another tab ?  When your time is up, the Google Timer will sound off.  Just type “timer” in the address bar and go from there.


  • HelpDesk Status

  • 1,112 HelpDesk tickets received from 8/29/16 - 1/6/17  ( + 95 this week)

  • 829 of those HelpDesk tickets have been closed. ( + 39 this week)

Coburn School [Twitter: @WSPSCoburn]

  • Just as the year came to a close in 2016, Coburn School ended the year with a beautiful winter concert directed by music teachers Mrs. Meghan Morgan and Mr. Jeremy Milligan.  A big thank you to everyone who helped to decorate, prepare costumes for the students and helped the students practice their songs. (Photos 1 and 2)

  • Students from grade 3 walked over to the West Springfield library to learn all about the library and what it has to offer.  Thank you to Mrs. Minnette, our school librarian for coordinating these walking field trips for our students!  (Photo 3)

  • Dan Brown from Channel 40 visited the grade 2 students and talk about the weather.  The students were excited to hear and learn from a local meteorologist.  (Photo 4)

  • Coburn students attended an assembly on Thursday with Tom McCabe.  Mr. McCabe is a Parent’s Choice Award winning storyteller and educator.  Mr, McCabe will be working with the students and teachers at Coburn School on storytelling and developing student’s writing of stories in grades K-2. (Photos 5 and 6)

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Ashley School

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  • Ashley School ended 2016 with a wonderful winter concert and a visit from Santa played by Mayor Reichelt. Thank you Mayor Reichelt!


Cowing Alternative School [Twitter: @WSPSCowingCAS]

  • CAS students in 4th and 5th grade joined the Coburn Band in the December concert.  They did a fabulous job!!

  • School is in full swing!  Mrs. Aubin is officially back full time.  

  • All of the CAS classrooms now have the opportunity to visit the new West Springfield Public library weekly.  The students enjoy having the library across the street.  Parents -- if you’d like your child to have their own library card, please let the Cowing Alternative School staff know.

     

Cowing Early Childhood

  • As part of a science lesson, Mrs. Leonard’s class hung bird feeders to be kind to the birds that don’t migrate during the winter.

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  • Mrs. Kania’s class created a Winter Senses Book (ie: “I see snowflakes,” “I smell gingerbread”).

  • Ms. Maloney”s class decorated their hall beautifully, as always, with snowflakes and snowmen.



Fausey School [Twitter: @WSPSFausey]

  • Barnes & Noble - Red Robin  Fausey School PTO held a stellar event at Barnes & Noble and Red Robin last month.  There was a large turnout in spite of frigid weather conditions.  Thanks to all volunteers who made the night a success!  

  • At Barnes & Noble, Mayor Reichelt started the festivities by reading to a group of children.  The Fausey band was then joined by some Tatham band members to perform to an appreciative audience. (Photo below) Volunteers staffed the gift-wrapping table while the students made beautiful gift tags at the craft table.  After shopping, many Fausey families dined at Red Robin.  Along with dinner, there were beautiful gift baskets being raffled off to benefit the school.  Among others, there was a movie basket, a baking basket and ‘Good Morning’ basket.  A favorite of the children was a Rubik’s Cube basket!  All baskets were donated by staff.

  • Student Council & Boys and Girls Club  The members of the Student Council worked with the Boys and Girls after school program to make holiday greeting cards.  They were able to make 30 cards that were delivered to very appreciative recipients at the Senior Center.

  • Fausey Santa Project The annual tradition of delivering presents to Fausey families continued this year.  The school’s own ‘Santa’ carefully selected gifts for each child, and his ‘elves’ wrapped and delivered the gifts to 15 families.

  • First Grade Holiday Celebrations  Fausey first graders welcomed their parents in December through Author’s Theaters and presentations of holiday songs from around the world.  See pictures below.

  • December Awards  Mrs. Morneau handed out December Academic & Citizenship Awards to very noteworthy students!  (Photo below)

  • Do You Want to Build a Snowman?  The ever-crafty students in Mrs. Lubas’ class built a ‘snowman’ with cornstarch and lotion.   (Photo below)

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Build a Snowman!

           

High School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSHS and @WSHS_guidance]

Weekly Review:

  • December 19 - Key Club sponsored HS Red Cross Blood Drive

  • December 20 - The Morning Show

  • December 21 - Arts, Media & Communications Career Panel

  • December 23 - HS Band Performance

Upcoming:

  • December 13 - Winter Formal


Socksmas Update: Department Notes:

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Athletics [Twitter: @wshsterriers]

  • Winter Sports Season is well underway with teams performing well on and off the field.  Over the vacation break Boys and Girls Basketball hosted the Connecticut River Classic.  Schools represented in the tournament include: Longmeadow, Chicopee High, and Chicopee Comp.  The Boys lost to Longmeadow in the Championship and the Girls beat Chicopee High in the consolation game.  Ice Hockey took part in the Holiday Classic losing their opener and finishing strong by beating Taconic in the consolation game.

  • Our Swimming and Indoor track teams are atop their division currently.  Student Ambassadors (Joey Paier, Erin Gladu, and Haley Dover) will be heading to the MIAA Headquarters in Franklin, MA to work with ambassadors across the state.  One of the goals of the Student Ambassador program is to give back to area communities through community service.  Speaking of Community Service, the Girls Basketball program over the Holiday break served breakfast at Our Friends of the Homeless Soup kitchen (see photo) and sang Holiday music at an area Nursing home.  Keep up the good work.

           


  • “Life of an Athlete” slideshow -- this link.

  • Please follow @wshsterriers on Twitter for daily WSHS Athletics updates of scores and highlights

  • Please visit the MIAA Schedule on the athletics web page


Alumni News

  • Nicole Palange, ‘08 is Vice President of V&F Auto in Agawam and the cheerleading coach at West Springfield High School.

  • Stephanie Palange, ‘11, is a Registered Nurse at Mercy Medical Center.


Memorial School [Twitter: @WSPSMemorial]

  • Prior to the December vacation, the After-School Program occurred.  Students and their families enjoyed sign language, robotics demonstration, Reader’s Theater and a display of student artwork.  

  • Class of 2028, Grade 1 have been practicing opinion writing and Folktales & Fables.

  • Class of 2027, Grade 2 students are learning about geometry in math. They are exploring many features of solid figures. They also reviewed the concept of erosion with an experiment in which they discussed where sand comes from.

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  • Class of 2026, Grade 3 students are “experimenting with endings” in writing workshop as well as circular and surprise endings in a variety of mentor texts.

  • Class of 2025, Grade 4 students have been working on division resulting in quotients with remainders and discussing what the remainder means within different real life word problems.

  • Class of 2024, Grade 5 students presented a poetry-themed Reader’s Theater during a whole school assembly.  Additionally, many students spoke in their native languages as they wished everyone “Happy Holidays” and a “Happy New Year.”  Memorial is very proud of the students’ ability to speak in front of several hundred people!  

Middle School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSMS]

  • During the week before the winter break, the West Springfield High School Guidance Department met with all Gr. 8 students to help prepare them for scheduling and the transition to West Springfield High School.  Further events are coming later in the winter and spring.

  • On December 23, school staff performed in the annual Holiday show for students.  The staff enjoyed putting this on- which featured some songs and dances from teachers and administrators.

  • On Thursday, January 5, members of the WSMS crisis team met with district and town first responders to review the evacuation and reunification plan.  This plan will be shared and reviewed will all staff next Wednesday.  

  • On Thursday January 12, the WSMS Data team will undergo its first training session.  This group will examine all data relevant to student performance and relate the information back for information and planning.  

              

Mittineague [Twitter: @WSPSMittineague]

  • Mr. Jeremy Milligan and Mr. Don Rovero led the Mittineague students and families in a fabulous holiday concert, played to a standing room only crowd!  The children sang, stomped and danced their way through an hour of delightful entertainment, while the band shared several of their spotlight songs!  The concert ended with a whole group (staff included) rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas.’ (Photo 1)

  • Maddie Smith and Gabby Mogavero (Class of 2024) are two of the students who were spotlighted during the concert with their flute duet, “Up on the Housetop.” (Photo 2)

  • The Principal’s Cabinet, (a group of 22 fourth and fifth graders who meet monthly after school to plan school wide projects/events) met with Mrs. Penna and Mrs. Doe to plan January’s service project. Their idea?  A blanket and Comfort Bag drive to support local homeless shelters. (Photo 3)

  • A group of teachers met with Mr.Tim Connor and were trained in the process of how to start a school Data Team. These teachers are completing a book study together using the book “Data Wise,” as well as creating an inventory of common assessments.  This group will be learning and using different data protocols to help them on their information journey. (Photo 4)

  • The Mittineague satellite site of the Boys and Girls Club celebrated together and kicked off the new year in great style!  This group, under the direction of Mrs. Sue Gerardi, begins each session with exercise, followed by homework help, a snack, some team-building activities and then of course some games!  The group’s numbers have continued to grow and there are now 24 students!! (Photos 5, 6)


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Tatham School [Twitter: @WSPSTatham]

  • Congratulations to Mrs Gale, who received six Chromebooks with a charging station as well as the Google licenses through Donor’s Choose!

  • Students in Grade 3 worked on writing Biographies. STudents made models to go along with the person they wrote about.

  • Tatham School received a $500 Grant to bring the Tanglewood Marionettes, professional puppeteers, to the school in early February, for an evening show for students and their families. Pizza will be served as well.



District Spotlight - December 16, 2016

posted Dec 16, 2016, 10:03 AM by Erin Mountain   [ updated Dec 20, 2016, 9:10 AM ]

Note:  The next District Spotlight will be posted January 6, 2017.


From The Superintendent [Twitter: @WestSideSupt]

  • As a reminder, the WSPS Bullying Prevention & Intervention Plan is available on this link, and wsps.org under ’About WSPS - School Safety,’ and also under ‘Quick Links - Parents.’

  • The application window for Administrator of Special Services closed today, December 16.  The application review and interview process will begin in early 2017.

  • The indoor track at the high school is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 a.m.  Please note that the track will not be open when school is not in session.  Visit wsps.org for more info.

  • Today is the last day to take this brief survey for the CARE Coalition; the survey will help inform promotion and programming of events.  

  • On Thursday, we held a conference call with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to review enrollment projections for the Coburn School project.  I was joined by Mayor Reichelt, Assistant Superintendent Kevin McQuillan, School Committee and PCC member Pat Garbacik, Town Council member Bruce Gendron, and PCC member Doug Mattoon.  We benefitted by learning about the process and formula associated with making enrollment determinations.  Among the items discussed were: the District’s Master Plan, the impact of immigration and refugee resettlement, the impact of the MGM Casino in Springfield, and the consolidation of other schools - including Cowing.  A vote by the Town Council is expected in January for the appropriation of Feasibility funding.

  • SAVE THE DATE: January 26, 2017 - CARE/Park & Recreation/Lions Club collaborate to present a free community event at West Springfield High School.  Highlights include pasta dinner (5:45), “The Secret Lives of Teens” with parenting expert/mental health counselor Jon Mattleman (6:30), and supervised activities for youth/teens while adults attend the Jon Mattleman presentation.  Supervised activities include activities/homework help (6:30-8:00), movie night - The Secret Lives of Pets (6:30-8:00), and open swim/pool games (ages 7 and older) (7:00-8:00).  Attendees at the Jon Mattleman presentation will be eligible to win a great door prize -- a large flat screen TV (donated by Ormsby Insurance/Toomey O’Brien/Costco)!

  • This week, I met with Student Advisory Councils at Fausey, Memorial, Tatham and Cowing Alternative School.  See photos below; the Cowing photo was not available at the time of publishing.

      

CARE - Dining for a Cause.      Recipients of Adams Scholarship; AP “5” score at SC meeting.


  

Student Advisory Councils: Fausey…..         Memorial…..

 

      Tatham….


Tatham School [Twitter: @WSPSTatham]

  • Tatham Student Council collected 125 gifts and wrapped them.  These gifts will will be given to needy families in West Springfield.

  • Ann Connors returned this week with her Dog Duffy, her therapy dog!  The Read to Rover program is a way to help students with fluency.

  • Grade 3 is learning about forces and motion. They used what they learned about strength and direction to solve a real world problem.

  • As Part of Tatham’s PBIS initiative, students used their Tatham dollars to enter into a daily raffle through the month of December. Grade one student, Nora Keane

           won a movie ticket!



Community and Family Engagement [Twitter and Facebook: @westspfldcfce]

  • Parent Cafe - Simplify Your Life: Valerie Smart (www.the413mom.com) will offer tips on how to make life easier this holiday season. December 19, 6-7 p.m., West Springfield Public Library.  Free; registration not required.

  • Community Playgroup has moved to the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.  Held every Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30, the activity is free (snack included), and drop-ins are welcome.

  • Kick Off for the new Friday Playgroup will be January 20 from 10:30-11:30 at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club!  Come join us for music, movement and play!  Free.  Snack included.

  • Now accepting registrations for a new Raising a Reader group Thursdays, 12:30-1:30, starting January 5 at the West Springfield Public Library for 7 weeks;12 spots available.

  • Parent ESL Classes are up and running at the Merrick Station.  Monday and Friday mornings from 10:30-12pm and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3-4:30.  Child care is available.

Thank you to all who came to the December Parent/Child Date Night!  Everyone had so much fun reading and creating!                                                                 

  • Community and Family Engagement and community partners will launch the Read Aloud 15 campaign to encourage parents to read aloud just 15 minutes with their children everyday.  

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Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment [Twitter: @WSPSCurriculum]

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English as a Second Language Department (ESL)

  • The students in Mrs. Connaughton’s grade one ESL classroom are working hard on writing personal narratives. The students are writing stories with a beginning, middle and end and are learning to improve their writing by adding more details. After they have finished writing for the day, a few students each day sit in the author’s chair to share their writing. The rest of the class listens and then they ask the author any questions they have. They turn this into a conversation about how the students can go back to their writing and add these details, helping them to better describe what is happening in their story by answering the questions that were asked. Students are also learning to use transition words in their writing and to check the word wall to make sure that all of their sight words are spelled correctly.  

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Health Services [Twitter: @cmviens]

  • Stay informed about the 2016-2017 Flu season

  • WSPS Nurses would like to share the following important information about E-cigarette Use among youth with the community:

This report confirms that there is no acceptable level of nicotine when it comes to our kids. It notes that e-cigarettes are often a delivery system for nicotine, a highly addictive substance that can harm the developing brain. The report also confirms that the aerosol from e-cigarettes is not harmless. It can contain chemicals and particulates that are dangerous to the person using these products (“vaping”) and to anyone who may inhale that aerosol second-hand.


Information Technology


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Know Where Accessibility Features Live

Chromebooks have a menu of accessibility features suited for students with visual disabilities or those who have trouble typing. You can find these features under “settings” and then “show advanced setting.” There is an “accessibility” section in which you can select “enable spoken feedback.”


  • HelpDesk Status

  • 1,017 HelpDesk tickets received from 8/29/16 - 12/16/16  ( + 52 this week)

  • 790 of those HelpDesk tickets have been closed. ( + 57 this week)

Coburn School [Twitter: @WSPSCoburn]

  • Mobile Dentist came to Coburn School on Tuesday.  They were able to provide dental services such as cleaning and filling to many of our students.   

  • The students in Mrs. DeLong’s grade 3 ELL classroom worked through the writing process to complete a Personal Narrative about a small moment during the Bridges Program.  It was also the last day with the Seniors from Bridges.  The Bridges Program was brought to the grade 3 classrooms by Mrs. Lavelle and Mrs. Albro-fisher, Reading Specialists at Coburn School.  Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Murca helped different groups of children through their writing process.  Students had the opportunity to read their writing and share their illustrations with their Bridges friends while having refreshments. (Photos 1-3 below)  

  • Ms. Becky Connolly, the adjustment counselor at Coburn School, has been teaching students the difference between a big problem and a small problem.  Students are learning how they can solve small problems on their own.  The mantra used in this lesson is:  "we're smart enough & we're strong enough, to solve it on our own!"  Below you will find a group of students who earned lunch with Ms. Connolly for being good “problem solvers”.  (Photo 4 below)

  • The Coburn School band held a concert performance for grade 3 students on Wednesday afternoon.  This concert allowed grade 3 students to see the older students perform and get them excited about the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument and join the band next year!

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  • Coming up next week:

    • Coburn’s holiday concert for grades K-3 is on Monday

      

Cowing Alternative School [Twitter: @WSPSCowingCAS]

  • On Wednesday, December 14, the Cowing Alternative School band students participated in the band performance at Coburn School with the Cobun band students.  Thank you Mr. Rovero for including the CAS students!  All of the students did a phenomenal job!

  • On Thursday, December 15, WSPS Superintendent, Mr Richard, met with the Student Advisory Council.  The students presented a well-planned agenda and shared their thoughts and ideas with the Superintendent.

  • The students in Mrs. Messier’s class are learning about different holidays through reading, interactive videos, and hands-on projects.


     


Cowing Early Childhood

  • Mrs. Christofori’s class is playing different instruments.

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Fausey School [Twitter: @WSPSFausey]

  • RYLIE GEARING - THIRD GRADE:  Rylie Gearing was highlighted on Channel 22 (WWLP), as an inspiration for child who suffer from Juvenile Diabetes.  Rylie and her grandmother worked for months to prepare holiday themed items for a craft show at Grace Lutheran Church.  The family has held various fundraisers for 3 years.  Way to go Rylie!!  

Please use this link the link to view the video.

  • FAUSEY STUDENT COUNCIL  Led by Mrs. Murray and Mr. Harty, the Fausey Student Council continues meeting for the multitude of leadership activities which improve the school and their community!  (Photo 1)

  • BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB - Hour of Code (see above):  The Boys and Girls Club is collaborating with Fausey School to hold an outreach to all Boys & Girls Club parents on Tuesday, December 13.  The students will share the skills they learned at school during Hour of Code this week.  When parents pick up their child, we hope that the adults can learn a thing or two from the coding experts….their children! (Photo 2)

  • STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL:  The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council met with the Superintendent for the first time on Monday.  The discussion included lunches, increased recess, more access to technology and the prevention of bullying.  (Photo 3)

They prepared for the meeting by working with Art teacher Ms. Green to design a Fausey Council logo:

Grade 4 members include:  Ainsley Kearney, Darby Poe, Drew Pomeroy and Hazell Poulin.  Grade 5 members include:  Anthony Curran, Kaelyn Harrison, Charlie Daggett and Ava Methe.  

  • ANIMALS AT FAUSEY:  Mrs. Martin’s menagerie is well known at Fausey.  She supports PBIS by allowing students to ‘rent’ a small animal.  Mrs. Skolnick also has a few hermit crabs in her office that have befriended some of the students, such as Deegan (Photo 4)

  • HOLIDAY VISITOR!:  Mrs. Mulvaney visited Fausey this week, and enjoyed the office decorations set up by Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Crump.  (Photo 5)

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  • BARNES & NOBLE  Fausey School PTO will be holding an event at Barnes & Noble, along with dinner at Red Robin on December 15.

           

High School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSHS and @WSHS_guidance]

Weekly Review:

  • December 12-13 - HS spring musical auditions occurred.

  • December 15 - Winter Concert in Auditorium.


Upcoming:

  • December 19 - NHS-sponsored Blood Drive in HS Auditorium.

  • December 20 - Alumni Panel for juniors/seniors.

Department Notes:

Arts:

WSHS Winter Concert featuring the HS Marching Band, Concert Band and Color Guard, performed a free concert on December 15.

BCTE:

The school store was able to send a check for $900 to the Conor McCormick Foundation for Team Conor shirts sold during the fall. The Intro to Entrepreneurship classes are creating a résumé and cover letter and preparing for a mock interview. Officer Wise will bring a presentation on constitutional rights and due process to Business & Personal Law students who are working on units in criminal law.

ELA and Math:

Do you recognize these top scholars? The West Side High School community is celebrating students who have shown the most growth, since their eighth grade year, on the 2016 MCAS in ELA or Math. From a list of 100 students, randomly selected students will receive Amazon gift cards  and one lucky winner will receive a tablet!  Nineteen (19) of the students have demonstrated top growth in both subjects!  Congratulations to West Side students!

Foreign Language:

World Language Club met on December 14 to hold officer elections and celebrate the winter holidays of many different cultures. Photos from the night of Italian Opera.

Science:

AP Science Saturday was December 10.

Student Support Services:

Terrier Buddies met Wednesday, December 14 after school in Mr. Marcus’s Room.

 

Athletics [Twitter: @wshsterriers]

  • “Life of an Athlete” slideshow -- this link.

  • Please follow @wshsterriers on Twitter for daily WSHS Athletics updates of scores and highlights

  • Please visit the MIAA Schedule on the athletics web page


Alumni News

  • Kelley Dickson ‘08 is an athletic trainer at Framingham State University.

  • Brendan Culver ‘06 was hired as a firefighter/paramedic in the West Springfield Fire Department in 2011 after completing EMT, Fire Protection & Safety Technology and Paramedic training.   

  • Evan Culver ‘11 was hired as a firefighter/paramedic in the West Springfield Fire Department in 2015 after completing EMT, Fire Protection & Safety Technology, Paramedic training.


Memorial School [Twitter: @WSPSMemorial]

  • On Tuesday, Mr. Richard & Mrs. Calabrese met with the Memorial Student Advisory Council which is comprised of grade 4 and 5 students.  It was a very productive meeting and we are so very proud of our students and their ability to continue to make our school community the best it can be.  

  • The Memorial School Lego League (Memorial Dominators) competed against 24 teams from Western Mass last weekend.  FLL Challenge (First Lego League) tied for twelfth place.  The entire Memorial community is so proud of this STEM Program offered through the After-School Program.

  • Students participated in a PBIS raffle using their BEE Bucks.  This raffle is entirely sponsored by Memorial staff members and their families who donate items for children to win.  This photo shows some of the setup.

          

  • The playground is completely finished.  When it is a bit warmer outside, students will have an opportunity to play on the new equipment.

  • Grade 1, Class of 2028, has been studying light in science, and opinion writing.

  • Grade 2, Class of 2027, students have been working on adding dialogue to their realistic fiction stories.

  • Grade 3, Class of 2026, has been learning fact families for multiplication and division.

  • Grade 4, Class of 2025, students have begun creating fictional narrative writing through use of interdiction story structure as well as dividing.

  • Grade 5, Class of 2024, has been exploring elements of realistic fiction through a whole class read aloud of Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.

  • Students in Mrs. Doyle’s class have been writing sentences summarizing information from a text as well as reading for meaning.

  • Below are photos from the Memorial School Family Luncheon.

 

  • Mrs. Kearing’s LLI students are learning how text features in an informational book can support the text and provide more information.

  • Art students are in beginning stages of preparing projects for African American History Month in January.

  • Friday was the After-School Program Showcase for Session 1.  Memorial is very proud of what the students accomplished, and the photos will be included next week.

Upcoming:

  • The Band & Music Concert was postponed due to inclement weather last Monday.  This wonderful concert will be December 19, 2016, with a special treat from staff members!  


Middle School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSMS]

  • On December 13, the WSMS Outreach team met for training.  Mr. Gillen and three teachers will serve on this important team!

  • On December 14, the WSMS Technology team hosted an open house for training and support on using instructional technologies.  Teachers were able to stop in with tips and questions to further develop their ability to use the latest technology with students.

  • Next week, from December 19 to December 21, high school guidance counselors will be meeting and presenting to all 8th grade students in order to prepare for high school course selection and begin the orientation process for transitioning from middle to high school

  • Next week, on December 23, the WSMS staff will present its annual Holiday Show to students over 3 assemblies (45 minutes each per grade level).  This annual event is highlighted by performances by our staff rock band!

              

  Mittineague [Twitter: @WSPSMittineague]

  • Some students from Miss Becker’s multi-grade 3-4 classroom presented at the School Committee meeting on Tuesday. The shared the narrative planning and writing process with the audience, taking them through the writing process steps with explanations and examples of each piece. The presentation ended with one complete narrative that showcased all of those steps!  #mittineaguepride (Photo 1)

  • Artist in Residence, Tom Mc Cabe is finishing up his time with Mittineague students, working with them to revise and refine their writing. He facilitated a teacher workshop on Wednesday and worked with teachers on strategies to help students revise their writing. His time working with the children went by quickly and hopefully he will be back to work his magic again!! (Photo 2)

  • First trimester report cards went home on Wednesday and with them, the first term “Most Improved” awards. This terms recipients were: Jackson Lacienski, Sophia DeBarge, Dylan Morrissey, Jada Brunelle, Gia Marini, Alex DePina, Kelvin, Lubwama, Jordan Roberts, Asia Livingston, Alexis Rivera, Blake Pierce, Kayleigh Connor, Erin Jacobson, Roxana Ciocalau, Adien Guindon, Briana Fulton and Ethan Geddis.  These students have been recognized for all around improvement, to improvement in specific subjects (i.e. reading, math), improvement in behavior, etc… Congratulations to all of them! #mittineaguepride (Photo 3 - Jackson Lacienski and Aiden Guindon missing from photo)

  • Once again, Paul Johnson and his high school trainers brought the TAB (Training Active Bystanders) anti-bullying initiative to the fourth and fifth graders. They shared stories of experiences with various forms of bullying.  They had the students write about their own experiences, draw pictures and act out various bullying scenarios.  The students really enjoyed their guests and the time they spent with them.

  • Kindness Elves are working incognito at Mittineague School! Each class has been surprised by an act of kindness (or several) by some mysterious kindness elves!  Mittineague children show that they understand that the season is about giving… not receiving through acts of kindness! (Photos 4 and 5)

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District Spotlight - December 9, 2016

posted Dec 12, 2016, 8:53 AM by Erin Mountain

From The Superintendent [Twitter: @WestSideSupt]


  • The indoor track at the high school is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 a.m.  Please note that the track will not be open when school is not in session.  Visit wsps.org for more info.

  • The CARE Coalition encourages the community to take this brief survey by December 16 to help inform promotion and programming of events.  The data collected will assist in the identification of issues influencing our community.  Please support the CARE Coalition at the Dining for a Cause fundraiser on December 12, from 5-9 p.m. at the Ninety Nine Restaurant (1053 Riverdale Road).  A voucher must be presented (paper or electronic version) to the server to ensure that CARE receives 15% of the guest check!  Click this link to access the voucher.

  • This week the Town Council recognized the Division 1 Western Mass Champions: Girls Soccer and Boys Cross Country.  Thank you for your support of our teams!

  • A contingent of middle school and high school students and chaperones attended the Massachusetts Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness  in Lowell on December 6.  The event, presented by the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, featured various speakers (including sports celebrities), the short film “If Only,” and a focus on how students can help fight the opioid epidemic.  Special thanks to the CARE Coalition and the Mayor’s Office for supporting this excellent collaborative field trip.

  • Today members of the School Committee joined me for a brief visit to the high school, middle school, Fausey, Ashley, Coburn and Cowing.  A future date will be scheduled to complete the tour of schools.

  • The next School Committee meeting is December 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Office Building auditorium.  One agenda item is the recognition of high school students: 2017 National Merit Commended Student, students who earned a 5 (perfect score) on 2016 Advanced Placement exams, and the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship recipients.

                     

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  Mittineague [Twitter: @WSPSMittineague]

  • The Superintendent met his new fourth and fifth grade advisory council members on Wednesday. They shared a working lunch and spent some time getting to know each other while gathering ideas and suggestions about ways they could help Mittineague School on its mission to “Be the Change.” (photo above!)

  • Multiplication in its many forms can be observed in classes throughout Mittineague School!  Students working with arrays, working on whiteboards, timing each other for fact fluency, multiplication with decimals, estimating with multiplication, multiplication and its role in division, and even multiplication through skip counting are just some of the many “multiplication superpowers” that can be evidenced around the school! (photos 1,2, 3 and 4 below)

  • This week, the students had a visit from a musician who also happens to be a former Mittineague  student.  Mrs. Linda Payne plays several different instruments and performs at many different venues throughout the northeast.  The highlight of the performance was when Mrs. Payne had the students and staff involved in a rousing rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas. (photo 5  below)

  • The Principal’s Cabinet, a group of excited fourth and fifth grade students met this Thursday to discuss their ideas about how to promote more school spirit as well as to work together to make a difference in our school and community.  

  • Three fourth grade students were awarded handprints this week! (Alexis Silva-Cassidy, Molly Markham and Lamara Taksilova). They were awarded this recognition for perseverance and always putting forth excellent effort, for outstanding kindness to others, and for never-ending stamina and a desire to succeed at all times!  #Mittineaguepride (photo 6 below)


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Tatham School [Twitter: @WSPSTatham]

  • Tatham Students were invited to sing at the Rotary Meeting on Tuesday.  They certainly got the members into the holiday spirit! (photo 1)

  • In PE, Students are learning to jump rope.  As a warm up, she had students review their multiplication facts by having them shape the rope to create the products.

  • Officer Johnson visited our first graders to read a story about how dogs help people. (photo 2)

     

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Community and Family Engagement [Twitter and Facebook: @westspfldcfce]

  • Community Playgroup has moved to the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.  Held every Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30, the activity is free (snack included), and drop-ins are welcome. Playgroups will also be offered on Fridays starting in January at the same time and place. This group is free, drop in and will focus on movement or STEM activities. Stay tuned!! (photo 1)

  • Now accepting registrations for a new Raising a Reader group Thursdays, 12:30-1:30, starting January 5 at the West Springfield Public Library for 7 weeks;12 spots available.

  • Parent/Child Date Night: The Polar Express December 9, 5:30-6:30, at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.  Come celebrate this literary classic with a storytime, crafts and cookie decorating.  All participants receive a copy of the Polar Express. Free. Registration required.

  • Parent Cafe - Simplify Your Life: Valerie Smart (www.the413mom.com) will offer tips on how to make life easier this holiday season. December 19, 6-7 p.m., West Springfield Public Library. Free; registration not required.

  • Parent ESL Classes are up and running at the Merrick Station.  Monday and Friday mornings from 10:30-12pm and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3-4:30.  Child care is available.

  • Community and Family Engagement and community partners will launch the Read Aloud 15 campaign to encourage parents to read aloud just 15 minutes with their children everyday.  Visit. IMG_1009.JPG

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Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment [Twitter: @WSPSCurriculum]

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  • The West Springfield High School Building Data Team worked this week learning the extensive data tools offered by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  The team will spend this year collecting, analyzing data and developing a draft action plan to be shared with the entire faculty and staff.  The team is engaging and learning the The Data Wise Model  format of data structure. The next Data Team meeting is December 19.

        

English as a Second Language Department (ESL)

  • Students in Mrs. Duggan's grade 2 ELL class have been working to improve their “Within The Text” understandings during guided reading.  After reading a text, groups are using a graphic organizer with a word bank to help facilitate a learning conversation that summarizes the text.  Then, they use graphic organizers as a resource for writing a summary in their reading response notebooks.  Students are also gaining fluency with the correct use of capitals, end marks, transition words, and spelling strategies when completing their written response.

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Health Services [Twitter: @cmviens]

  • Stay informed about the 2016-2017 Flu season

  • District nurses assisted in planning and preparing for many school, student and staff needs and events

  • All nurses received renewed nasal naloxone training

  • Christine Viens, CARE Coalition program director, attended The Massachusetts Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness with a group of students from the middle and high schools, CARE Coalition members, and guidance/adjustment counselors.


Information Technology


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  • HelpDesk Status

  • 965 HelpDesk tickets received from 8/29/16 - 12/9/16  ( + 55 this week)

  • 733 of those HelpDesk tickets have been closed. ( + 40 this week)


John Ashley School [Twitter: @WSPSAshley]

  • Mrs. Busiere's Kindergarten class utilized their new pond, learning about frog life cycles!  All classes are learning about animal habitats, how they live, life cycles and special requirements that are needed to live. (photo 1)

  • Ava from room 17 brought in hundreds of bottle tabs!!! These bottle tabs are brought to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield by Mrs Narey. (photo 2)

  • Rooms 2 and 4 helped the school celebrate “KINDNESS” this week.  Each class took a letter of the word and created a poster with a kind thought, word or gesture.  This is evident at John Ashley -- we take care of ourselves, others and our things.

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Coburn School [Twitter: @WSPSCoburn]

  • On Tuesday, December 6, teachers participated in Professional Development during the early release and curriculum day.  

  • The staff at Coburn School celebrated the retirement of Kathy Stadniki during lunch on Tuesday.  Kathy will retire at the end of December and is wished the best of luck in the next stage in her life.

  • Students in grade 3 have been watching the plants and vegetables grow in the Tower Garden.  They were able to enjoy a salad made from the lettuce produced in the Tower Garden! (photos 4 and 5)

  • Students in Mrs. Gavioli’s kindergarten have been learning the names of the parts of the body and they have also been practicing their handwriting skills using the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum.  Students are getting lots of practice by “Rainbow Writing” their letters.  (photos 2 and 3)

  • In physical education, students are working on basketball knowledge and skills to prepare them to be able to use those skills when playing in a game.

  • Art teacher Mrs. Lewis worked with the kindergarten students on creating a snowman portrait.  Students used their drawing skills as well as cutting and pasting.  Pictures of the beautiful creations can be found below. (photo 1)

  • In computer class, the students in grades 3, 4, and 5 have been working with Mrs. Finn on Hour of Code and internet safety. (photo 6)

  • The Coburn School Winter Concert is December 19.  Students in music have been practicing songs for the winter concert.

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Cowing Alternative School [Twitter: @WSPSCowingCAS]

  • Mrs. Aubin is back!!  She sends her gratitude to all the staff and students for a wonderful job done in her absence.

  • A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Mrs. Susan Mulvaney for substituting at Cowing in Mrs. Aubin’s absence.

  • Students of the month for November are: Andre Descheneaux and Jovonni Gonzalez.  These boys have exhibited mindful behavior, are working hard in all academic areas, and have been leaders in their classrooms.  Congratulations!


Cowing Early Childhood

  • Mrs. Maloney’s class started talking about nursery rhymes this week.  They practiced reciting Little Jack Horner and took turns re-enacting the nursery rhyme using the correct pronoun for girl or boy.

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  • Cowing Early Childhood will hold a Community Screening next Friday, December 16.


Fausey School [Twitter: @WSPSFausey]

  • Mrs. Florek - Hour of Code:  Students participated in the Hour of Code this week (12/5 - 12/11) with Mrs. Florek.  By learning coding skills through interactive activities, they are honing their skills for the jobs of the future.  There will be a follow-up parent outreach activity for participants of the Boys and Girls Club (see below).  Fausey School encourages families to explore the wonderful activities on the Hour of Code website:  https://code.org/learn

  • Mrs. Sousa - Fourth Grade:   Historical Fiction Reader' Theater parent presentation. It was a supplement to our study of the Historical Fiction genre in reading.  (Picture #1-2).

  • Mrs. Morneau - November Academic and Citizenship Awards:  Students at all grade levels are nominated by their teachers for the monthly awards.  Mrs. Morneau presented the awards (and a neat bracelet!) to each of the notable students during their lunch period. Grade 2 (Picture 3), Grade 3 (Picture 4) and Grade 5 shown (Picture 5).

UPCOMING

  • Calling all volunteers!!  Fausey School PTO will be holding an event at Barnes & Noble, along with dinner at Red Robin!  Looking for volunteers to help out from 4:30 - 8:00, even if it’s a portion of the time.  If unable to volunteer, please participate with your families!  Flyers were sent home.  

  • Boys & Girls Club - Hour of Code (see above):  The Boys and Girls Club is collaborating with Fausey School to hold an outreach to all Boys & Girls Club parents on Tuesday, December 13.  The students will share the skills they learned at school during Hour of Code this week.  The hope is that adults can learn a thing or two from the coding experts….their children!  

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High School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSHS and @WSHS_guidance]

Weekly Review:

  • December 9-10 The Foreigner Drama Club performances in HS Auditorium

Upcoming:

  • December 12-13 Spring Musical auditions in HS Auditorium

  • December 15 WSHS School Council Meeting.

  • December 15 7 p.m. Winter Concert featuring HS Band and Colorguard in Auditorium.

  • December 16 WSHS Spanish IV students perform story translations at the WS Public Library during preschool story hour.


Student Spotlight:  Click here Department Notes:  Click Here

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Athletics [Twitter: @wshsterriers]

  • “Life of an Athlete” slideshow -- this link.

  • Please follow @wshsterriers on Twitter for daily WSHS Athletics updates of scores and highlights

  • Please visit the MIAA Schedule on the athletics web page


Alumni News

  • Ashley Puls ‘07 is a social studies teacher at Pathfinder Technical High School in Palmer.

  • Megan Patruski ‘14 is an associate at The Lift Salon.

  • Lauren Sandillo ‘11 is a manager at Marshalls.


Memorial School [Twitter: @WSPSMemorial]

  • Memorial was very fortunate to partner with Paul Johnson, the advisor for the Training Active Bystanders (TAB) program at West Springfield High School. TAB is the high school's anti-bullying initiative that began in 2012 through Quabbin Mediation Services in Orange, MA. Upperclassmen have been trained by Paul and a representative from Quabbin Mediation Services to then teach their new-found knowledge on bullying or harm doing to all students in the freshmen class.  Recently, they have trained 8th graders at West Springfield Middle School.  Once 8th and 9th graders have successfully completed the program, they have the opportunity as a sophomore, junior or senior to then become a student-trainer.  As of now, there are already 25 student-trainers!  Mrs. Calabrese was thrilled to see some of her former students participating in the program!


  • The Annual Family Holiday Luncheon in the cafeteria was full of the school’s wonderful families and happy children.  The PTO and paraprofessionals did an amazing job decorating the gym with beautiful student work.  The ladies in the kitchen prepared a delicious and festive lunch for everyone.


  • The playground is just about ready for an official unveiling!  The mulch is on the ground and the work crew is almost ready to say goodbye to a job well done!


  • PBIS Team prepared a holiday raffle for students.  Each student had an opportunity to shop with their earned BEE Bucks.


  • Under the guidance of Mrs. Mozolevskiy, the tower garden in Grade 1, Class of 2028, has been flourishing! Students have been able to pick the first crop of vegetables and share with staff.  

 

  • Grade 2, Class of 2027, has been wrapping up addition with regrouping.  

  • Students in Grade 3, Class of 2026, have been comparing and contrasting their lives with that of a Pilgrim or Wampanoag Indian.

  • Grade 5 Class of 2024 students have experienced a bullying prevention presentation from high school students through the TAB program.

  • Mrs. Heroux-Slachetka’s Grade 5 class presented projects about theme and author’s purpose supported with text.

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  • Memorial School is taking part in Computer Science Education Week.  The whole school will be programming using the Hour of Code Block Coding. They will solve challenges and program various characters to complete a wide range of activities.  The Memorial Dominators Lego League will be competing at the Agawam Junior High School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 10.  They have been programming a Lego robot to complete various tasks.  Students will be competing against 25 teams.  All are welcome to attend.

  • Ms. Largey’s Art students have finished their watercolor paintings and color wheels this week.


Middle School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSMS]

  • On Tuesday, December 6, a group of WSMS students attending the MA Youth Opioid Summit in Lowell, MA with a group from the West Springfield CARE Coalition.  Students heard from former Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown along with local groups and families regarding important information about opioid use and abuse.  

  • On Tuesday, December 6, teachers continued their work towards aligning common assessments.  The district’s half day allowed for this work to continue.

  • On Wednesday, December 7, teachers continued training during their faculty meeting on using the workshop model of lesson planning and delivery.  

  • On Thursday, December 8, a group of 8th grade students attended a field trip to Symphony Hall.

District Spotlight - December 2, 2016

posted Dec 5, 2016, 7:06 AM by Erin Mountain

From The Superintendent [Twitter: @WestSideSupt]

  • December 6 is a district half-day (early dismissal) for students.  Faculty and staff will engage in professional development activities/workshops.

  • The indoor track at the high school will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 a.m. beginning December 6, 2016.   Please note that the track will not be open when school is not in session.

  • The CARE Coalition is asking members of the community to take this brief survey by December 16 to help inform promotion and programming of events.  The data collected will assist in the identification of issues influencing our community.  Please support the CARE Coalition at the Dining for a Cause fundraiser on December 12, from 5-9 p.m. at the Ninety Nine Restaurant (1053 Riverdale Road).  A voucher must be presented (paper or electronic version) to the server to ensure that CARE receives 15% of the guest check!  Click this link to access the voucher.

  • The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently developed an educator licensure public lookup tool on its website that allows people to find basic information about the licensure status of educators who have a Massachusetts license.  All information on the site is a matter of public record, and the new public lookup is designed for very basic inquiries.  If you have any questions about the information contained in the public lookup tool or about licensure, please do not hesitate to contact the Licensure Call Center at 781-338-6600.

  • Attorney General Healey established a new hotline for residents to report bias-motivated threats, harassment, and violence that will be managed by attorneys and staff in the AG’s Office. The hotline number is 1-800-994-3228.  Any Massachusetts resident who has witnessed or experienced bias-motivated threats, harassment or violence may call the Attorney General’s hotline or fill out a civil rights complaint form at this link.

  • Thirty-seven (37) West Springfield High School juniors/seniors were inducted into the National Honor Society last night.  Joining me in delivering remarks were Mayor Reichelt and Dr. Perrone; Mr. Pettengill was the keynote speaker.  I congratulate these accomplished students for their dedication to scholarship, leadership, service and character.   

  • I am happy to report that all of the schools have formed a Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council.  This week I met with Coburn’s Advisory Council.  I enjoyed talking with these students over lunch, and I look forward to my Superintendent’s Student Advisory meetings at many of the schools this month and throughout the year!   

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Middle School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSMS]

  • Last Wednesday’s half day featured a Camfel motivational presentation for all grades.  Themes included focus, positive choices, and goal setting.   

  • A Grade 6 American Pickers Quality Fair was held last Tuesday afternoon.  The community turnout was tremendous for this event that featured ncredible projects that utilized Science, Math, ELA, and Social Studies in selecting, researching, and repurposing an artifact.  

  • On December 5, a group of WSMS students will meet as part of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council.  These 8 students in grades 7-8 completed an application and were selected to meet with Superintendent Richard to offer insight into the student experience at WSMS.  

  • Next week, on Tuesday, December 6, teachers will continue their work on developing rigorous common assessments during the early release day.  

  • Also, on December 6, a group of students will attend the MA Youth Opioid Awareness Conference in Lowell, MA in conjunction with the CARE Coalition.    

  • On December 8, Gr. 8 students will visit Springfield Symphony Hall for a show in conjunction with their ELA classes.  

        

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    Mittineague [Twitter: @WSPSMittineague]

  • Do you know that Mayor Reichelt once offered to trade his brother for a puppy?  That was one small piece of information he shared in an interview with Mrs.Bartolucci’s third graders last week!  The class of 2026 composed a list of questions for the Mayor and he answered all of their questions, delighting them with stories about himself! (Photos 1 and 2)

  • Twice a week, on Wednesday and Friday, Mittineague School is fortunate to have volunteer grandparent, Mrs. Joan Pearsons, spend time with first graders.  For the past three years she has volunteered her time to read with students, ask them questions about their reading and do activities for a few hours each day that she visits. (Photo 3)

  • The Massachusetts Cultural Council’s STARS grant has made an Artist in Residency featuring Tom McCabe possible at Mittineague. This week, he began his work in the classrooms.  “Don’t know what to write about?? Find a problem”! “Writer’s write about their problems.”  He has enchanted and entertained students from grades 1-5 while teaching them some strategies about writing.  Mr. McCabe is pictured below in Mrs. Gerardi’s first grade and in Mrs. Penna’s fourth grade. (Photos 4 and 5)

  • Grade 1 and 2 students in Mrs. Canon’s room are working with the Model Curriculum Unit literature study on fairy tales.  They have just begun to track the characteristics from this genre on an anchor chart. Pictured below are Julia Salman, Maddie Minalga and Kieran Burke. (Photo 6)

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Tatham School [Twitter: @WSPSTatham]

  • Tatham students hosted the town’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Town Green December 1.  Mrs Morgan worked hard with the students to ensure a great performance.

  • The third graders are reading and writing about  extreme weather. Jacob Wycoff, a meteorologist  from News 40, will be visiting them as they finish up this unit in science.

  • Both fifth grade classes are enjoying reading the book Wonder by Rachael Palacio. It’s wonderful to see them enjoying a good book.  

  • The fourth grade is getting ready to see the stage production of A Christmas Carol in Hartford.  This is the ninth year that Tatham students will see this live performance.  


Community and Family Engagement [Twitter and Facebook: @westspfldcfce]

  • Community Playgroup has moved to the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.  Held every Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30, the activity is free (snack included), and drop-ins are welcome.

  • Parent Cafe: Cooking Matters - Learn to Shop and Cook on a Budget. Participants receive a $10 gift card to Big Y.  To register for the above programs please call Jen Brennan at 413-519-2511 or email brennan@wsps.org.

  • Parent ESL Classes are up and running at the Merrick Station. Monday and Friday mornings from 10:30-12pm and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3-4:30. Child care is available.


Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment [Twitter: @WSPSCurriculum]

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  • Depth of Knowledge vs Bloom's Taxonomy

  • Together We Learn

  • Teaching the Whole Child

  • This week we planned for the launch of our new data platform entitled Mastery Connect. Teachers in grades 3-5 will be trained on December 6, 2016, and grades 1 and 2 on March 9, 2017.

  • The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has released the following update in the area of MCAS testing and revised standards:

    • On November 29, the Board of Education released for public comment drafts of revised curriculum frameworks for English language arts/literacy and Mathematics. The drafts and a survey on the proposed revisions will be available next month.

    • The Department has named 44 pre-K–12 educators, higher education faculty, and community members to serve on the panel that will recommend revisions to the 2003 History and Social Science learning standards. To support the work of the panel, ESE is seeking input from educators and others on ways to update and improve the current standards. Additional information regarding the revision of the standards is available online.

  • Board votes to extend existing grade 10 MCAS as graduation requirement:

    • The Board voted on October 25 to extend the existing 10th grade MCAS to the class of 2020. This means that the first class of students to take the next-generation grade 10 MCAS in ELA and Math will be the class of 2021, this year's eighth graders, who will take the grade 8 next-generation MCAS in spring 2017.

        

English as a Second Language Department (ESL)

  • At the high school, students have begun an interdisciplinary project in their history and English classes.  In this project, students write narratives about their experiences as immigrants to the United States, using information gathered in interviews conducted with family members.  Once completed, the narratives will be compiled into a book, and students will present the narratives to their peers.

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Health Services [Twitter: @cmviens]

  • Stay informed about the 2016-2017 Flu season

  • District nurses assisted in planning and preparing for many school, student and staff needs and programming including:

    • Screenings: Vision, Hearing, Height, Weight, Postural

    • Prevention Programming including SAFE Team and CARE Coalition

    • Student health plans, IEP’s and 504’s

    • Athletics including concussion and wrestler weights

    • Field trip safety and medication planning and attendance

    • Immunization compliance

    • Fluoride mouthrinse program

    • PBIS

    • Health and wellness awareness and teaching

    • CPR certification for staff

  • Next week: Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness with students from the middle school and high school.


Information Technology


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Did you know that you can “right click” by pressing or tapping the trackpad on your Chromebook with two fingers?  Becoming proficient with the trackpad can free you from your mouse.   See this document for more trackpad gestures on a Chromebook.


  • HelpDesk Status

    • 910 HelpDesk tickets received from 8/29/16 - 12/2/16  ( + 94 this week)

    • 693 of those HelpDesk tickets have been closed. ( + 67 this week)

  • In addition to addressing HelpDesk requests,  during the month of December the IT Department will be applying basic PC maintenance routines to WSHS teacher/administrator computers.  Five computers each day will be collected, updated, cleaned, and repaired as necessary until all HP Revolve laptops have been refreshed.  

John Ashley School [Twitter: @WSPSAshley]

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  • On Monday,November 28, 2016, volunteers from Kohl's on Riverdale Street (Rt 5) in West Springfield came, picked up food donations and dropped them off at the Parish Cupboard on Main Street in West Springfield. We thank all the families for donating during our November food drive!

  • Rooms 7 & 8 are lighting up their classrooms with “kindness” for the month of December. Each light will represent a “kind” gesture, phrase, or thought among classroom community.


  
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  • On Wednesday, the students experienced their first Drop Everything Day for doing such a great job following our school rules!  The focus of the day was on taking care of ourselves and helping others. The students made friendship necklaces, dog treat bags, cards for children at Shriners and bookmarks for Senior Citizens as well as participated in Yoga!


Coburn School [Twitter: @WSPSCoburn]

  • On Monday the students had an opportunity to visit a huge inflatable planetarium which came to Coburn School.  It was an amazing experience for the students!  They climbed inside the planetarium to see planets, stars, constellations, astronauts, and other things in space. (Photos 1,2,3 below)

  • The Coburn Student Advisory Council met on Tuesday during lunch to discuss the goals of the group, establish norms for the meetings, and begin an initial discussion about some of their ideas for Coburn School.  The students had a lot of great ideas and they enjoyed meeting with Superintendent Richard on Friday.

  • Students in Darbie Pettengill’s grade 2 classroom made play dough using KOOL-AID.  They wrote and illustrated a book, How To Make PlayDough to share with their families.  They also created a shared list of all the good things that playdough is good for:

  • Family time

  • Math skills (measuring)

  • Muscle practice (helps with handwriting

  • Building letters and numbers

  • Creative play (helps storytelling and writing)

The students’ books were sent home (translated) with a package of KOOL-AID for all to enjoy.  (Photos 4,5,6 below)

  • Lisa Delong’s third grade ELL classroom made Thanksgiving Day Cornucopia with a sequential order lesson. They have been working on sequential order in guided reading.  Joanne Brown and Lisa DeLong did an inclusion co-teaching model for this differentiated activity.  The differentiated activities were having to find sequential order terms (first, next, then, last), placing the steps in order when making a cornucopia, matching their vocabulary terms with pictures, and using poetry.  The final products were amazing! (Photos 7,8,9 below)

  • Coburn School decorated a Christmas Tree for the Yuletree Jubilee at Balise Toyota.  The Coburn tree was adorned with decorations from around the world which represent the diverse cultures at Coburn School.  Thank you to all of the staff and students for helping to create such a beautiful tree to represent Coburn school!  (Photo 10 below)

  • The first round of Coburn’s after-school program wrapped up with a family showcase on Wednesday night (Photos 11-13 below).  The students were proud to display their hard work and perform the skills they have learned during the after school program.

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Cowing Alternative School [Twitter: @WSPSCowingCAS]

  • Interesting things are “shaking and erupting” in Mrs. Cassidy’s middle school classroom.  Students recently completed their study of earthquakes and have moved on to study volcanoes.  This week students created their own volcanoes.  They are now writing about them and look forward to watching them erupt soon!  

  • From the Counselor’s Corner with Mr. Bialek:  Elementary students are enjoying the use of GoNoodle for fun movement breaks and as a new way to learn relaxation techniques. Meanwhile, students at the middle school level have re-created their yoga break as a self-care break.  Students also continue to use movement to take care of themselves and are exploring relaxation using guided imagery and sound.

  • Staff and students look forward to Mrs. Aubin’s return to work on Monday, December 5!


Cowing Early Childhood

  • Mrs. Christofori’s students in Room 4 are sharing all about Family Holiday Traditions.  Its great to learn about each other and how we celebrate during the month of December!

  • In Room 3, Mrs. Leonard’s students are reading the Three Little Pigs fairy tale and constructing  the pigs individual houses with a variety of materials in their block play center.

  • Cowing School had visitors this week: School Administrators visited individual classrooms on Monday.

  • Mrs. Kania’s students are talking about family and creating their unique family shield with their parents as a home school connection.


Fausey School [Twitter: @WSPSFausey]

  • Falcon Focus - Please enjoy the November issue of the school newspaper on this link.

  • Mrs. Radon - First Grade -  First graders in Mrs. Radon’s class performed their first reading group readers’ theater on Tuesday.  Students presented a fairy tale play which correlated with the literacy focus on that genre this month. (Photos 1-2)

  • Mrs. Sousa - Fourth Grade - The students carried out an experiment entitled “Water Cycle in a Jar”.  Led by Stephanie Roy, student teacher and West Springfield alumni, the students reviewed the water cycle in preparation for a unit on weathering and erosion.  (Photo 3)

  • Mrs. Gibney - Fourth Grade -  Publishing Party - The students have worked hard drafting, revising, and publishing their Small Moment Personal Narratives over the past six weeks.  Their families were invited to listen to listen to the final presentation.  Fausey families are so welcome!  (Photo 4)

  • Mayor Reichelt - First Grade -  The Mayor visited first graders to talk about his job, as a tie-in to their Social Studies unit on leaders and their importance in our community.  (Photos 5-6)

  • Elks Presentation - Thank you to the Elks for presenting a dictionary to each third grader!  Thank you to Superintendent Richard and Mr. Connor for attending the ceremony.  (Photo 7 )

  • Indy 400 - A group of students met with Mrs. Morneau and Mr. Doyle as a reward.  They used the Indy 400 science kit to make their own vehicle.  (Photos 8-9)

  • Pajama Day - Students and staff dressed in their pajamas to support Parish Cupboard. (Photo10)

  • Friday, December 2 is Holiday Apparel Day & Parish Cupboard

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High School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSHS and @WSHS_guidance]

Weekly Review:

  • November 22 Homecoming Dance

  • November 23 WSHS Pep Rally & Powderpuff Game

  • November 24 Thanksgiving Day Football Game vs. Agawam

  • November 30 P2P (Pathways to Prosperity) Parent Night

  • December 1 NHS (National Honor Society) Induction Ceremony

  • December 1 Lions Club Speech Contest

Upcoming:

  • December Service Projects: TAB & Terrier Buddies presents Toys for Tots Drive, Socksmas Drive

  • December 8-10: WSHS Drama Club Production, "The Foreigner"


Student Spotlight: Department Notes:

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Athletics [Twitter: @wshsterriers]

Please see below for fall sports tournament information and winter sports updates:

  • Winter Sports tryouts began November 28.  Mr. Doulette presented an informative slideshow, “Life of an Athlete” at Winter Sports Information Night -- here is the link.

  • Please follow @wshsterriers on Twitter for daily WSHS Athletics updates of scores and highlights

  • Please visit the MIAA Schedule on the athletics web page

  • Registration is now open on Family ID for Winter Sports and Ski Club.


Alumni News

  • Emily Roy ‘09, graduated from UMass Amherst with a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Microbiology.  She is currently a PhD candidate in the UMass Amherst Microbiology Department studying the coordination of group behavior in bacteria.

  • Ed Roy, Class of 2011, completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from UMass Amherst and is currently working as a mechanical engineer at L-3 SSG building space-based optical systems.  He is currently pursuing a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering at Northeastern University.


Memorial School [Twitter: @WSPSMemorial]

  • Prior to the Thanksgiving break, Parish Cupboard director Martha Tighe came to speak with students and staff about the importance of donating, collecting and supplying food to needy individuals. Mrs. Tighe was very happy that Memorial school exceeded its food drive collection goal!

  • Family Math and Literature Night was a huge success.  We thank our children, families, staff, community members Mr. Alamed of Bumblebee Booths and Nancy Farrell of the School Committee for attending.

  • Mr. Rossmeisl of the West Springfield-Westfield Elks Club distributed dictionaries to all third grade students.

  • Paul DiGrigoli of DiGrigoli Salons visited to distribute Eric Carle bookmarks and school supplies to the children.  Paul is a wonderful Link to Libraries Sponsor!


  • The new playground slides have been installed.  The project was coordinated through the WS Park and Recreation Department and Vicky Connor.  Students can’t wait to begin utilizing the playground!

  • Grade 1, Class of 2028, has been investigating light sources in Science and continuing to develop learning conversation skills in all areas.

  • Grade 2, Class of 2027 have begun addition with regrouping.  They are learning new strategies for regrouping with 2 two-digit numbers.  To continue their math skills, they have also been helping to collect Nature’s Vision fundraisers.  Students are excited to see how much they have raised for our school!

  • Grade 3, Class of 2026 has started learning strategies for division.

  • Grade 4, Class of 2025, has been analyzing texts addressing similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge and to compare authors’ approaches.

  • Grade 5, Class of 2024 have  been exploring various types of soil through hands-on and virtual explorations.

  • Prior to Thanksgiving, Room 6 reading classes of all grades made a book filled with all of the things they are thankful for as well as “factor family feather” turkeys.  Students made many connections while completing works within the families.  They saw how numbers were related (i.e., there are many ways to get to a specific number).  Each factor family will serve as reference for future work. To discuss social skills and etiquette with others, students in Room 6 also enjoyed a mini Thanksgiving Day feast with Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Meara.


  • The first round of Instructional Support Team (IST) meetings has finished and the team is now looking into ways to provide more academic and behavioral support to students who need the help to close gaps.  

  • Students are working on mixing secondary and tertiary colors to make their work more interesting.  Younger students are also working on using warm and cool colors next to each other to make their work pop.  Older students are working on using complementary colors next to each other to make their work eye-catching.

  • Upcoming Events:

  • Annual Holiday Luncheon next week!

  • School Council and PTO meeting - December 7 beginning at 5:30.

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