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News and Highlights from Butler Elementary School

Inquiring Minds

Students in grades 3-5 integrate written, oral, research, and technology skills in creating multi-media presentations for their inquiry projects in reading. The inquiry process generates great excitement and engagement in a classroom. As readers of nonfiction, our students’ goals are to go beyond a personal understanding of text and to begin to grasp the importance of “thought leadership.” Thought leadership allows readers to delve into a topic of personal interest in order to learn and understand more and then share that learning with a wide audience. During the inquiry process, children generate ideas and questions, make conjectures, read for understanding, collect/organize information, synthesize, and utilize technology. Click here to view a sample inquiry project presentation.

What are Portfolio Conferences?

Through the process of Student-Participation Portfolio Conferences, the student will be able to share his or her understanding of the skills and concepts that have been presented to date, which will allow the child to accept greater responsibility for personal learning. This process of student and parent participation in examining work products in relation to applicable standards, anchors and rubrics allows for a more meaningful experience for all participants.

In the coming days, your child’s teacher will be scheduling portfolio conferences. Please remember that we DO ask that children in grades 1-6 attend these conferences, as all students in grades K-6 participate on some level (K students do an in-school preview on another day). In order for the conferences to be as productive and successful as possible, teachers send home your child’s portfolio which contains work samples designed to show your child’s strengths and areas for future development. Rather than having you page through many examples of your child’s work, the portfolio is focused on a more limited set of work products designed to demonstrate your child’s progress over the course of the year. Sitting down with your child to review his or her work prior to the conference will allow for a more meaningful conversation between you, your child, and your child’s teacher.

Each grade level has established a window during which portfolios will be sent home for you and your child to preview together prior to your actual conference in school. We invite you to spend time with your child to review his or her work, celebrate progress that has been made, and talk about goals you might want to establish for the fourth marking period.

Butler Students' Artwork on Display at the Doylestown Post Office

The Doylestown Post Office proudly showcases district student artwork on a rotating basis. What wonderful art by our Butler students! Please check out Butler's rotating displays in our main hallway next time you're visiting.

2013 PSSA Dates

Below are the dates for PSSA reading and math for students in grades 3-6. Please ensure that your child arrives on time for school, has a good night's rest, and a healthy breakfast each morning during the assessment window. Students in grade 4 will also participate in PSSA science later in April.

Grades 3-6 reading and math: April 8-15

Grade 4 science: April 22-23

Please help us get the word out about registration for next year

If you or someone you know has a child who needs to be registered for K or 1st grade next year, please set up an appointment with Central Registration as soon as possible. Late registrations impact class sizes and teacher placements, so the earlier students are registered the more effectively we can plan for next year. If you have any questions, please call the Butler office at 267-893-4250 or click on the link above. Thank you.

Boomerang Nominations for March

March’s Asset is #28: Integrity.

Young person acts on his/her convictions and stands up for his/her beliefs. Young person talks openly about what he/she believes in and values: they “talk the talk and walk the walk.”

Nominations for March’s Asset will be due by the end of the day on Friday, March 22, 2013. Click here to nominate your child. Nominations can be sent to Mr. Anderson or Mrs. Milotich.

Central Bucks School District Board Briefs for March 12, 2013

At the March 12, 2013 School Board Meeting, the Central Bucks School District School Board:

1. Heard the Holicong Select String Ensemble performance before the school board meeting.

2. Heard the Superintendent’s State of the District presentation and the I.U. Board Committee Report.

3. Approved School Board Minutes.

4. Approved the Aramark Contract extension and the Water Tank Hydrostatic Coating Contract for Gayman Elementary School.

5. Approved School Board Policy 806 – Child Student Abuse.

6. Approved various personnel items, student trips, and staff workshops.

7. Received a Sabbatical Leave of Absence and the Board Calendar as information items.