Goshen Center School

Regional School District No.6

Principal's Message for December 17, 2015

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Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

This is the final e-blast of 2015, so I would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. The last day of school will be Wednesday, December 23rd and we will resume on Monday, January 4th.

Our Commitment to Your Child’s Academic Growth

At last week’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Drapp updated the Board on students’ academic growth from September to November. Below are districtwide STAR achievement results, as measured by their percentile ranking, for grades 2 through 9 in both reading (red) and math (blue).

The results demonstrate significant growth for grades 2 through 7. Subsequent testing in grade 8 showed significant improvement and the district will continue to provide the resources and direction needed to improve the results of grade 9. The next round of STAR testing will occur in January.

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Thoughtful and Purposeful Use of Testing and Assessments in Region 6

One of the concerns often hear about in the media is the amount of time schools spend on testing versus teaching students. Region 6 recently reviewed the time its students spend on state testing and local assessments and the results indicated that a minimal amount of time is consumed on standardized testing and assessments, leaving the vast majority of time for direct instruction.

For instance, In kindergarten and grades 1 and 2, over 98% of classroom time is directed on instruction, and in grades 3 through 6, 97% of classroom time is spent on teachers directly impacting student learning. On average, over the course of a year, approximately one hour a week is spent on state testing and local assessments.

New Director of Special Services Named

After six years of service in Region 6, Kevin Hollis, the current Director of Special Services, has announced that he will be leaving Region 6 to take a similar position in his hometown of Wolcott. Kevin’s last day will be January 15, 2016. The district is grateful for the time Kevin dedicated to Region 6.

Superintendent Drapp named Deb Foley as the interim director.

Progress Report Feedback - TOMORROW is last day to submit

Please also take a moment to provide feedback on the progress report. The link to the survey is here. Results from this survey will be used to improve this communication tool. If you are interested in participating in a focus group, please provide your email address at the end of the online survey.

Please note the following UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • December 18th - Penguin Patch holiday shopping for students 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • December 21st - Holiday Cheer Outfit - Sponsored by Student Council - Dress up
  • December 21st - Holiday Sing-Along 2:45 p.m. at GCS
It has been a long-standing tradition at Goshen Center School to host a Whole-School Holiday Sing-A-Long. This event is a great way for parents, staff, and students to celebrate the holiday season as a community. This year's Holiday Sing-A-Long will take place on Monday, December 21st, 2015 from 2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

in the Goshen Center School Gymnasium. Hope you can attend!

  • December 24th - January 1st - Winter Break - No School

Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments or concerns.


Tracy Keilty

GCS Principal