Husky Howler

February 26, 2021

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Dear Families:

Every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. Just as your child’s report card shows how they are doing in different subjects, the school’s report card is designed to show families how our school is doing in different areas. A link to our school’s report card is available by clicking the following: Hill-Roberts Elementary 2020 Report Card.

The report card includes multiple measures of a school’s performance – more than just MCAS scores. It represents a new way of looking at school performance, by providing information on student achievement, teacher qualifications, student learning opportunities, and more.

Report cards are designed to be useful tools for everyone connected to our school. Families can use the information to have meaningful conversations with us about what the school is doing well and where there is room for improvement. Community and education leaders can use the information to better understand how to support students and our school.

You will notice on our report card that we are continuing to focus on academic growth while supporting our students’ social emotional needs throughout this year and the past school year. To improve student performance in our school, we are working on continuously developing our skills and providing well thought out and planned academics while providing positive reinforcement and emotional support. We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. We see parents as critical partners in the success of our students and school, and we are grateful for your continued support.

Finally, if your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:

  • Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach,
  • Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver,
  • The college degree and major of your child’s teacher, and
  • Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

If you have questions about our school’s report card, would like to become involved in school improvement activities, or would like to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher, please contact Frank Rich. To see our district’s report card or to search for other schools’ report cards, visit


Frank W. Rich, Principal

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Pooled Surveillance Testing

We're thrilled that both of our testing groups came back negative this week.

In order for this program to be successful, we need to have as high a participation rate as possible. As it currently stands, we have 46% of our 1st through 4th graders participating.

If you have previously responded, "No" on the consent but wish to change your answer, you can follow the same steps (see below) and complete the consent form again. This is also true if you have previously responded, "Yes" on the consent but want to change your answer.

For more information please see the FAQ document that was created to answer questions surrounding the pooled testing program. The video below shows a first-grade and a fourth-grade Hill-Roberts student demonstrating the procedure.

Useful Links

Instructions for Completing the Informed Consent Workflow in Aspen

Instructions for Completing the Informed Consent Workflow in Aspen Using a Cellphone

Como dar el Consentimiento Informado Electrónico para la Prueba Colectiva de COVID-19

Nasal Swab Self Collection Demonstration

This Week in Art

Dear Hill-Roberts families,

This week in art class, kindergarten students are learning about patterns and how to create them by repeating lines, shapes, and colors. They read the story, 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle and then created pattern caterpillars!

First-grade artists also reviewed patterns this week! They started with a fun pattern song as well as a poem called Patternland and created their own Patternland self-portraits!

Second graders learned about the artist Romero Britto, a Brazilian artist who uses vibrant colors and patterns in his work to express feelings of hope, peace, and happiness. They chose an animal to draw in the style of Romero Britto and used paintbrushes with water to turn their markers into watercolors!

Third and fourth-grade artists created robot art this week! They started with the story, 'Boy and Bot' by Ame Dyckman, and discussed how robots could be a part of everyday life. They designed their own robots using the elements of shape, pattern, and color.

Keep up the great work Huskies!

-Ms. DeOrsey, Visual Arts Teacher

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If your student (either Hyrbid or AVA) did NOT get their school picture taken this year through Lifetouch, please send a picture of your child to so we can include them in the yearbook. **

Pictures should be:

  • Portrait orientation, waist up preferred
  • Student-centered in the image
  • Quiet background
  • When sending, please include student’s full name, grade, and teacher’s name.

Portrait Example

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Hill-Roberts CREST Winners

During the school day, (whether in-person or at-home) huskies who exhibit our core values of Caring, Respect, Excellence, Safety & Trust can earn a CREST ticket from any Hill-Roberts staff member (including the bus drivers!). Each student who earns a CREST Ticket has their name placed into a drawing to earn a weekly prize that is picked by Mrs. Cotsalas. Their name is called during the morning announcements and they get their photo taken with a CREST Certificate.

Congratulations to the following students for being our CREST winners for the week of 2/22:

K: Alejandra Bosos

Alleeyah Scaramuzzo

Gr. 1: Anabella DeSousa

Maximillian Amaya

Gr. 2: Evan Lankford

Ariannah Young

Gr. 3: Peighton Rizzi

Leah Sylvester

Gr. 4: Chrisha Etienne

Maddox Ronayne

CREST Winners from Last Week

Upcoming Important Information & Dates

March 4: Kindergarten Information Night (Remote)

March 4 & 5: 100th Day for K students (see below)

March 5: Term 2 Ends

March 8: Specials switch (in-person vs. remote)

March 19: Virtual Paint Night (See flyer above)

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