Holicong Middle School
Updates From Mr. Bucher (Week of 10/1)
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Holicong Students Communicating With Students From France!
If Your Child Has Mr. Novick For Math.......
We all know that learning some mathematical concepts can be challenging! Mr. Novick recognizes the challenge so he has developed a resource for all students to use from their home computer. Instead of only having the opportunity to review textbooks and class notes, students in Mr. Novick's classes now also have the opportunity to review brief video tutorials of problems being done to reinforce mathematical concepts that were already experienced in class. Check it out for yourself by visiting Mr. Novick's webpage. Click on the link below.
Just Some Points Of Pride At Holicong
We continue to be very proud of the performance of our students on the PSSA standardized tests that are used by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to measure student achievement in schools across the state. The results of the PSSA tests are summarized and reported to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The attached NCLB report card summarizes the proficiency levels of our students in reading and mathematics.
While these tests are an important indicator of our students’ performance, they do not tell the whole story about our school. Test scores are only one indication of the performance of our students, and I continue to be very proud of the work that I see our students and teachers doing each day. As I reflect on the daily performance of our students, a few key “Points of Pride” come to mind:
- Holicong students accept the challenge of performing at a high academic level. The majority of our students earn honor roll status in each marking period, and many students achieve distinguished honors for their diligence in the classroom. We take time to celebrate these important accomplishments, as academic success is crucial to our students’ future endeavors.
- Holicong students are highly involved in extracurricular activities. One of our fundamental beliefs is that students benefit academically, socially and emotionally from being involved in school-sanctioned activities outside of the classroom. Many of our students take part in sports, clubs, band, chorus, and theater. Our students also participate in community sponsored writing contests, science competitions, and history competitions. As a result, many of our students obtain individual recognition for their performances.
- Holicong students demonstrate an awareness of community that extends beyond our school. Our students participate in many community service activities to increase social awareness. Holicong students participate in Relay for Life, the creation of “Caring Quilts” for the elderly, and clothing drives each year. Community Service activities help establish an understanding among our students of the diverse needs within our community.
I would like to thank parents for the support you provide to your children, as well as the continued support you provide to Holicong Middle School. Please click on the link to review the PSSA test summaries that comprise the Holicong No Child Left Behind Report.
The Boomerang Award Sponsored By CB Cares
Why do some kids grow up with ease, while others struggle? Why do some kids get involved in dangerous activities, while others spend their time contributing to society? Why do some youth "beat the odds" in difficult situations, while others get trapped?
Many factors influence why some young people have successes in life and why others have a harder time. Economic circumstances, genetics, trauma, and many other factors play a role. But these factors-which seem difficult, if not impossible, to change-aren’t all that matters. Search Institute, a nonprofit, independent research organization based in Minneapolis,
Minnesota, has identified 40 concrete, positive experiences and qualities -- developmental assets--that have a tremendous influence on young people’s lives and choices. Research shows that the 40 developmental assets help young people make wise decisions, choose positive paths, and grow up competent, caring, and responsible.
To further promote the 40 Assets in the community, the Boomerang Award was created. The Boomerang Award is a student recognition program sponsored by CB Cares, Outback Steakhouse in Jamison, and the Bucks County Herald. This program recognizes the students for living by a 40 Asset principle highlighted for the each month.
The Asset for October is Responsibility. Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility for his/her behavior. Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility for their actions and decisions at home, and/or at school, and/or in the community.
If you know a student who meets the above description, nominate that student by completing the form using the following link
Anyone can nominate a student for the Boomerang Youth Recognition Award. All nominations must be submitted to Mrs. Kleeman email@example.com by Friday, October 26.