DAVIS HILL COMMUNITY WEEKLY UPDATE

April 9, 2018

Dear Davis Hill Community,


I hope that everyone is enjoying their weekend (despite the continued 'chill' in the air and the snow on the ground!).


Have a great week everyone!


Kindly,

Jay C. Norton, Principal


*Don't forget to read through the entire update... there are always more dates in the Upcoming Events Section. If any questions/ concerns- please don't hesitate to contact me/ the office.

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Highlighted Events/ Information for the Week!

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Voluntary Placement Questionnaire For 2018-2019

This information was sent home this week with students. However, just in case the paper copy did not make it home, please find a link below that can be printed and sent in.


LINK TO LETTER AND QUESTIONNAIRE

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MCAS ASSESSMENT GRADES 3-5

This week, our 5th Graders will be taking MCAS on Tuesday and Wednesday. The MCAS dates have been shared via the Weekly Update for some time and remain available via the following link (MCAS Schedule).


This year our students will be taking the MCAS on the computer. This is a change for our students as we have historically completed MCAS testing using paper/ pencil materials. As is true with any change, there will be some challenges associated with our transition to the computer based platform. We have worked hard with our students to prepare them for this change and feel confident that they are ready!


For more information on MCAS, please see the link from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).


Link: DESE Information on Student Testing


GENERAL NOTES ON MCAS ASSESSMENT:

It is understood that standardized testing can create anxiety for some students. The Massachusetts Statewide Parent Information and Resource Center has provided the following list of guidelines for parents to help prepare their child for the testing:

  1. Make sure your child is well rested and eats breakfast.

  2. See that your child arrives to school on time and is relaxed.

  3. Encourage your child to do the best work possible and to have a positive attitude.

  4. Dress comfortably!

  5. Remind your child to read all test taking directions carefully and listen to the teacher’s directions.

  6. Encourage your child to take his/her time and check work for accuracy.

To help reduce anxiety:

  1. Talk about the test in a positive way.

  2. Encourage best efforts rather than perfection.

  3. Encourage your child to focus on his/her strengths, such as good memory.

  4. Assure your child that the test is only one measure of academic performance.

  5. Emphasize that test scores do not determine a person’s worth.


At Davis Hill, our message to students reinforces the following:

-Be confident and ‘relax’! It is an opportunity to ‘Show What You Know!’.

-You are prepared and ready!

-The MCAS does not define who you are as a student and/ or a person.


Our hope is that at the end of the MCAS assessment, Davis Hill students will feel a sense of pride in themselves that they have put forth their best effort and feel proud of themselves for meeting the challenge.


*Please note the following re: MCAS:

Students are not allowed to have electronic devices (cell phones/ SmartWatches) during assessment. If your child owns/ wears a SmartWatch to school, they will have to take it off during the assessment.


If you have any questions/ concerns regarding MCAS, please contact your child’s classroom teacher and/ or administration.


MCAS SCHEDULE CHANGES

Provided our responsibilities in regard to the MCAS assessments, there will be some schedule changes (recess/ lunch and special changes) that will be taking place for some grade levels on the listed assessment days.

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Once again this year, our Davis Hill Teaching Staff will be working with the PTA to hold the Davis Hill Spell-A-Thon. We plan on running the Spell-A-Thon in a similar manner as we did last year and we held a brief 'Pep Rally' in late March to kick things off! We are working together as a staff to finalize the items that we are looking to fund via the fundraiser (ex: Additional technology/ Chromebooks, Teacher materials, etc.). Paper copies were sent home with students last week. If they didn't make it home, please see the links below for information. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!


Spell-A-Thon Description/ Key Dates and Pledge Sheet


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PTA INFORMATION

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PTA BOARD For 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR/ BINGO NIGHT

A message from the Davis Hill PTA:
It will soon be time to determine the PTA Board members for next year. If anyone is interested in becoming a part of the Board, or would like to find out more, please email davishillpta@gmail.com.

Thank You!

Spirit Wear Sales Update

Due to all of the snow days there is a delay in filling the Spirit Wear Order. As of right now orders are expected to be in by 4/15. Thank you for you patience!

BINGO NIGHT

PARENT CORNER- HOW TO RAISE SUCCESSFUL KIDS WITHOUT OVERPARENTING

Article with embedded links to videos. Lengthy, but interesting for those interested.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Flyers and Brochures for parent convenience.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Report Cards Available (PowerSchool Parent Portal)

Monday, April 9th, 4pm

80 Jamieson Road

Holden, MA

MCAS- Grade 5 ELA

Tuesday, April 10th, 9am

80 Jamieson Road

Holden, MA

MCAS- Grade 5 ELA

Wednesday, April 11th, 9am

80 Jamieson Road

Holden, MA

SIMCO Meeting

Thursday, April 12th, 4pm

80 Jamieson Road

Holden, MA

PTA Meeting

Thursday, April 12th, 6:30pm

80 Jamieson Road

Holden, MA

Student Council Spirit Wear Day

Friday, April 13th, 9am

80 Jamieson Road

Holden, MA

April Vacation

Monday, April 16th, 9am to Friday, April 20th, 4pm

80 Jamieson Road

Holden, MA

Back to School!

Monday, April 23rd, 9am

80 Jamieson Road

Holden, MA

MCAS Grade 4 ELA

Wednesday, April 25th, 9am

80 Jamieson Road

Holden, MA

MCAS Grade 4 ELA

Thursday, April 26th, 9am

80 Jamieson Road

Holden, MA

Student Council Spirit Wear Day

Friday, April 27th, 9am

80 Jamieson Road

Holden, MA

PTA Bingo Night

Friday, April 27th, 6pm

80 Jamieson Road

Holden, MA

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