Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

In this edition of the Happenings, please find...

  • Dr. Angulo's Executive Summary of our Remote Learning Survey
  • Student Council's first Virtual Advisory Trivia Challenge
  • A reminder that the form for parent insight regarding student placement closes on Monday, May 18.
  • Daily Video Announcements
  • A message from the office

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,


Remote Learning Survey - Executive Summary

Thank you to those of you who participated in our parent survey on Remote Learning two weeks ago. In all, we had 192 parents respond. We have compiled the results, analyzed your feedback, and continue to work with teachers to improve students' experiences in Remote Learning.

We heard from many of you that your child would benefit from more video meetings and/or video lessons from teachers. While the majority of parents reported that their child is spending an appropriate amount of time engaging in school work on a daily basis (roughly 2 to 3 hours), we also heard that some of you are concerned about the amount of screen time to which your child is exposed. We see that parents are eager to get more feedback from teachers on their child's progress. With the amount of work that students are doing in their core classes and the logistical challenges of navigating multiple websites, work for specials is being put on the back-burner. Finally, we heard an outpouring of support and appreciation for everything that teachers are doing. I cannot echo that loudly enough. We are so appreciative of the work that our faculty and staff are doing, with little notice or training, to keep educating our students as best as possible during these uncertain times.

On May 4, we entered Phase 3 of our Remote Learning Plan. This plan brought with it a shift towards new learning of the most essential standards for student success at the next grade level. It also brings with it an emphasis on connections. You may have seen an increase in the number of video meetings as a result of our ongoing work. We understand that we continue to exist in a national crisis, and you must do what is right for your family. If your child isn't fully engaging in the remote learning opportunities, that is okay. We all have to make choices to preserve the safety and health of our families and you know what is best for your children. This is hard, but we will get through it together. If you would like to learn more about the programs that your child is using (i.e., how to view the work/feedback that your child is getting in Google Classroom), please take a look at this parent resource page on our Remote Learning website. As always, please let us know if there is a way that we can support your family.

Kaitlyn Angulo,

Assistant Principal

FSS Student Council presents Virtual Advisory Trivia Challenge

We are very pleased with the way our virtual advisory program has been going. As an advisor myself, I can say that it is one of the highlights of my week.

Our hard-working Student Council has developed a Virtual Advisory Trivia Challenge that will begin tomorrow and run through next Thursday. Each advisory group will compete against the other advisories at their grade level with the advisor serving as the quizmaster.

Please encourage your child in grades 5-8 to participate with their advisory group in what we hope will be a fun community strengthening activity.

Daily Video Announcements

Additional feedback on our Remote Learning Survey indicated that we need to be more consistent in getting the Daily Video Announcements posted and that there should be an easily accessible archive for those not following us on Twitter. You can now find the Daily Video Announcements on the home page of our website. They will be updated daily and archived from week to week.

Monday (4/27) Tuesday (4/28) Wednesday (4/29) Thursday (4/30) Friday (5/1)
Monday (5/4) Tuesday (5/5) Wednesday (5/6) Thursday (5/7) Friday (5/8)
Monday (5/11) Tuesday (5/12) Wednesday (5/13) Thursday (5/14) Friday (5/15)

Also, if you subscribe to our Youtube Channel, you can get updates to Daily Video Announcements as soon as they are posted.

A message from the office

Please remember to inform the office when you move homes either within Bolton, within the Nashoba Regional School District, or outside the District. This will allow us to update our records or provide you with the next steps to process your Transfer Out. Please note, without a signed Release Form, we are unable to forward any school records. As always, FSSAttendance@nrsd.net is the best way to reach us.

Opportunity for parent input regarding student placement

As we begin our placement process for the coming 2020-2021 school year, we want you to know that we value your input and will take it into consideration over the next month as the teachers and administrators work through this process. The following form will allow you to share your perspective with your child's current team of teachers. FSS 2020-2021 Class Placement Parent Input Form

Please know that this form is optional. Our teachers have worked hard to get to know your child as a learner and school citizen and are confident that they can create well-balanced classrooms for the coming school year with the many data points they have collected. If there are other elements you would have us take into account, please do so before Monday, May 18.

FSS Riddle of the Week

I can be long, or I can be short. I can be grown, and I can be bought. I can be painted or left bare. I can be round, or square. What am I?

Send your answers to Mr. Bates, Dr. Angulo or Dr. Levine

FSS Math Problem of the Week

Ryan’s family is planning a trip to his grandmother’s house to celebrate her birthday in another state. On the first day of the trip, they will drive half of the total distance.

On the second day of the trip, they'll drive half of the remaining distance before stopping for some sightseeing and camping.

On the last day, they'll drive 45 miles to finish the trip and arrive at Grandma’s house. How far is the total trip to Grandma's house?

When you figure it out, send your answer to Dr. Levine at mlevine@nrsd.net to be eligible to win an "I solved the FSS Math Problem of the Week" mug.


Nashoba Regional School District is serving up Breakfast and Lunches to all youth up to age 21. Come to one of our three locations to get breakfast and lunch for anyone in your household aged 21 and younger, free of charge with no personal information required. Free meals can be found at the following locations:  Luther Burbank Middle School, 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA (Front Entrance)  NRSD High School, 12 Green Road. Bolton, MA (Auditorium Entrance)  Hale Middle School, 55 Hartley Road, Stow MA (Rear-Left Entrance) **Meals are available Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11 am-12 pm** Contact thoule@nrsd.net or 978-779-0539-x3045 with any questions

FSS Family Challenges

You can find all of our voluntary family challenges on our Remote Learning site or by clicking FSS Family Challenges

This week's Challenge - The Pledge of Allegiance

For our daily video announcements, several families have submitted video recordings of the Pledge of Allegiance and they have been terrific! If you would be willing to record your family reciting the Pledge of Allegiance we will add the video to our Daily Announcements. Send the videos to me at jbates@nrsd.net