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A weekly newsletter of HBB news and happenings

Report Cards Coming Home Next Week!


Report Cards are coming home December 7th. Discussing report cards with your child, especially in the age of standards based report cards, can be challenging. The reporting system we use is very different from the grades we all received when we were students and understanding what it all means, in the context of how your child is doing, can be tough.

When you receive the report card you will see numbers next to standards. The numbers on the report card are as follows


4.Demonstrating mastery of the standard

3. Demonstrating significant progress toward the standard

2. Demonstrating some progress

1. Demonstrating minimal progress


The numbers indicate the progress your child is making towards meeting the grade level standard. The standards listed throughout the report card list what we want your child to know and be able to do by the end of the year.


Not all standards will be “graded” on this report card because we have not yet taught all the standards. While there may be instances where your child is Demonstrating Mastery of a particular standard, students are not expected to be receiving 4’s at this point because those standards are what we expect for students by the end of the year.


The scores that students receive for each standard does not reflect how hard your child is working. The scores reflect what your child is able to do in relation to that expectation. To find out how hard your child is working, and if they are completing work, you should refer to the section of the report card titled Successful Social and Learner Behaviors. This section lets you know how your child is doing in a more traditional sense, meaning effort, work completion etc. It is possible for a student to struggle with their Learner Behaviors yet still Demonstrate Mastery of a Standard. It is also possible for a student to struggle with a standard and do great with the Learner Behaviors. The Learning Behaviors section is an incredibly important area because that really reflects how hard your child has been working!


Should you have any questions at all about the report card or your child’s progress in school please do not hesitate to contact us!

STEM WEEK!

The week before Christmas break (Dec 17-21) is going to be STEM week here at HBB and we need your help! STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We have activities planned throughout the week to celebrate STEM, including a fun assembly funded by the PTA called Playful Engineers! We are looking for anyone who might have something to share related to STEM and would be willing to visit a class to talk to our students. If you think you might have something to share or know someone who would be, I would love to hear from you. Let me (Mr. Thompson) know by emailing or calling. You can email me at dthompson@middleboro.k12.ma.us or just respond to this email.

Extra Recess With Ms. Beird's Class

Today I had the chance to take Ms. Beird's class outside for some extra recess. I set a challenge in front of them and they earned it through their hard work and great behavior. I am proud of them and we had a great time!
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Family Night Out!

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New Student to HBB!

This week Mrs. Dyer and Mrs. Lakey's class had a new student join their room. So how do we welcome new students here at HBB? By making them feel comfortable and welcome. We are always so proud of how our kids make new students feel welcome and part of the HBB Community!
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Mixed Specials for Grade 5!

This week all parents in grade 5 should have received a letter from Mr. Gobeil talking about our new approach to specials for 5th graders. In an effort to better prepare our kids for life in the Middle School, we are creating mixed groups for specials. This will also allow us the opportunity to build Chorus into the school day! Overall we are excited about the change as we feel confident that, while a small step, it presents us with an excellent opportunity to address some of the questions and concerns that come up in Middle School with our students.


As our kids learned of their new groups this week there was a mixture of excitement and disappointment. This has really given us a great chance to talk to our kids about how things will be in Middle School and beyond as they transition to multiple classes and deal with mixed groupings more often.


At the end of the day the groups are only mixed for the 45 mins during special. For the rest of the day they are still with the same group and they still have the same teacher! Moving forward we will continue to experiment with ways to ensure our kids have ALL the skills needed to succeed in life beyond HBB!


Should you have any questions please let us know, and thank you to all the Special Subject Teachers and Mr. Gobeil for working so hard to make this happen!

Boys In Blue!

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Holiday Giving Tree

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Donations Needed!

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Providence Bruins

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Paws-itive Office Referrals

Congratulations to all our students who were sent to the office this week for being Burkland's BEST! Great Job!
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Congratulations to our Student Athlete of the Week!

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Congrats to all our Character Word of the Week Winners!!

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News and Notes from the Middleborough Public Library

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