DAVIS HILL COMMUNITY UPDATE

June 12, 2020

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Dear Davis Hill Community,


Emotions are high as the parade is over and the 2019-2020 school year has come to an end. Mixed feelings abound as the summer is upon us and we will now begin the process of looking back on the journey we have been through and wondering what will come next. Personally, the end of the year always has a joyful sadness to it. Transitions are often emotional and seeing our students 'leave' for the summer is always bittersweet. Especially for our 5th Graders, who will not be returning and are moving on to middle school.


In March, in one of my first messages after the shutdown I made the following statement:


"I am sure that we will find the road ahead to be filled with challenges, but I know that we will do our best to work together to find solutions and help each other. Ultimately, we want to make the best out of this unfortunate situation, and in the process, model for our students effective problem solving skills. I know that our students will be watching our response to this situation, and the more that we can model a sense of calm and supportive behavior, the better for our children and the larger community."


In looking back, I am proud to say that the DHCommunity met this challenge together! Parents and teachers... I can't thank you enough. Everyone had to transition into different roles at warp speed. I am overwhelmed at the grace and patience our students demonstrated through the course of this process. Our DHDragons are amazing! I am awed by our community and feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude to be a part of it.


Thank you DHCommunity!


I will be 'updating' as the summer progresses and the school receives updates about what the future holds.


Kindly,
Jay Norton, Principal


*If anyone has any great pictures from the parade today... please email me at jay_norton@wrsd.net with the Subject: Parade Pictures. THANK YOU!

DRAGON NAME WINNER!!

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REPORT CARDS/ GRADING QUARTER 4

Dear Davis Hill Community,


First of all, thank you for supporting remote learning during this unusual time. Secondly, thanks for working with us to share your concerns. Your questions and ideas made good work better. The small adjustments we have made “along the way” were made possible with your feedback, and we remain really grateful for your help.

One of the questions we’ve fielded has to do with grading. How will we assess children in a remote environment? Across the Commonwealth, everyone has been asking this same question. It’s critical that we acknowledge just how challenging an experience this has been for students and families. Just as we cannot hope to replicate school, we do not plan to replicate typical grading practices. We established grading guidelines as part of the WRSD Remote Learning Plan.

What will be the same?

The report card itself will look the same. Families will access report cards online to allow for safe and efficient sharing of information. Educators will continue to use the comment section as a place to convey specific and individualized information.

What will be different?

In a word, grades. The meaning of the word ‘assess’ comes from the Latin assidere, or ‘sit by’ . We have not had the opportunity to sit by our students for far too long. Further, we know that some students have experienced difficulty just trying to remain connected to school. For this reason, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has strongly recommended that districts use a Pass/ Fail approach to grading. In Wachusett, educators in grades Pre K-5 will report final grades using the terms “progressing towards expectations” or “not progressing towards expectations.” Of course, all of our teachers will give flexibility and consideration for each family’s circumstances. You will see that there will not be any “grades” listed in the quarter four columns. Teachers will only be entering information in the comment section of the report card.

Some parents have expressed concern about students being retained as a result of the school closure. Your child will not be retained; he/she will be moving onto the next grade. As you know, given the extended closure it’s expected that all children will return with some gaps- and our educators will be prepared to address them when we come back together.

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DAVIS HILL COMMUNITY GARDEN NEWSLETTER

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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Provided the school closure, the District has created an online Kindergarten Registration Process for those families who had not had an opportunity to register prior to the closing. I understand that this information will only apply to a small percentage of our current Davis Hill Families; however, if you have any neighbors/ friends who may have asked about Kindergarten Registration please spread the word. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions/ concerns.


Please see the link here: www.wrsd.net/registration

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