Shirley Hills School News

February 2023

Title I Parent Satisfaction Survey

Your opinion is very important to us, so we are asking you to complete a very short survey, which will provide us with feedback regarding your experience with the Family Engagement Program here at Shirley Hills Elementary.

A hard copy was sent home with every student very recently. If you haven't had a chance to provide your feedback, we are providing another way for you to do so. You can scan the QR Code (English or Spanish Version) below or click on the links below to access the survey.

We will use the results to help us plan and improve our Family Engagement opportunities here at SHES. All results will be posted on our school and district websites later this spring.

We appreciate your feedback and support!


Preparing your child for testing

Types of Tests

Testing is used in schools for two main purposes. One is to find out how well an individual

student is learning in the classroom. For instance, teachers can test how well a child is

responding to reading instruction by using assessments that measure specific skills necessary for fluent reading.

The other purpose is to find out how well the school is meeting local and national benchmarks for student achievement. For this purpose schools use standardized tests, usually administered in the spring.

How to Help

Take a deep breath. Step away from the flashcards. As a parent, the most important way you can help your child do well on tests is to read with your child regularly, talk with her about her experiences, and provide a quiet work space at home.

When well-meaning parents focus too much on test results, they put undue pressure on young children. For kids who struggle with attention or memorization tasks, testing can be extremely stressful because it requires students to draw entirely on these skills.

To help prepare for routine classroom assessments:

  • Provide a variety of books, children’s magazines, and enriching experiences to spark your child’s curiosity and build vocabulary
  • Make sure your child gets time and space for homework
  • Make sure your child gets enough rest and a well-balanced diet
  • Consult your child’s teacher to find out if there are specific skills you can practice at home

To help prepare for standardized tests:

  • Ask the teacher for the testing schedule and a practice test so that you can familiarize your child with the format ahead of time so he knows what to expect
  • Respond to any concerns your child has with encouragement and support. Emphasize that there are lots of ways to express what you know, and that these tests are just one measure

Interpreting Test Scores

Ask the teacher to share the results of standardized testing to see if your child’s performance on the test is consistent with his or her performance in the classroom. Meet with the teacher about any concerns you have. If you are interested, you can also ask how the school compares to other schools in the district, state, and across the country.

For more information about testing, visit:

Cómo preparar a su hijo para las pruebas

Tipos de pruebas

Las escuelas usan las pruebas con dos fines principales. Uno es averiguar cuánto aprende un

estudiante individual en la clase. Por ejemplo, los maestros pueden evaluar qué tan bien

responde un niño a las instrucciones de lectura usando evaluaciones que miden las destrezas

específicas necesarias para la lectura fluida.

El otro fin es averiguar qué nivel de cumplimiento alcanza la escuela con respecto a los

estándares locales y nacionales de progreso estudiantil. Con este fin las escuelas usan las

pruebas estandarizadas, que generalmente se toman en la primavera.

Cómo ayudar

Respire hondo. Aléjese de las tarjetas de vocabulario. Como padre, la mejor manera de ayudar a su hijo para que le vaya bien en las pruebas es leerle con frecuencia, conversar sobre sus experiencias y brindarle un espacio de trabajo tranquilo en la casa.

Cuando los padres, pese a las buenas intenciones, prestan demasiada atención a los resultados de las pruebas, les ponen presión innecesaria a los niños pequeños. Para los niños con problemas de atención o dificultad para memorizar, las pruebas pueden resultar muy estresantes porque les exige usar estas destrezas en particular.

Cómo ayudarlo a prepararse para las evaluaciones de rutina en clase:

  • Facilite a su hijo variedad de libros, revistas infantiles y experiencias enriquecedoras que despierten la curiosidad del niño y aumente su vocabulario.
  • Asegúrese de que su hijo tenga tiempo y espacio para hacer su tarea.
  • Asegúrese de que su hijo descanse bien y tenga una dieta equilibrada.
  • Consulte al maestro de su hijo si hay destrezas específicas que puede practicar en casa.

Cómo ayudarlo a prepararse para las pruebas estandarizadas:

  • Pregúntele al maestro sobre las fechas de las pruebas y pida una prueba de práctica para que su hijo se familiarice con el formato con tiempo y sepa qué esperar.
  • Responda a las inquietudes de su hijo con una actitud de incentivo y apoyo. Ponga el énfasis en que existen muchas maneras de expresar lo que uno sabe y que las pruebas son sólo una.

Cómo interpretar las calificaciones de las pruebas

Pídale al maestro que le muestre los resultados de las pruebas estandarizadas para verificar si el rendimiento de su hijo en la prueba guarda relación con su rendimiento en clase. Reúnase con el maestro si tiene alguna duda. Si le interesa, también puede preguntar sobre el rendimiento de la escuela en comparación con otras escuelas del distrito, del estado y del resto del país.

Para obtener más información sobre las pruebas, visite:


Celebrating Black History Month

It's February, Black History Month! | Jack Hartmann


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Shirley Hills Elementary PBIS Mission Statement:

Our mission is to provide a positive and fair environment where teachers can teach, and students can learn by encouraging behaviors that are responsible, respectful, and safe by all students.

Shirley Hills School-Wide Expectations for students are:






These expectations, along with the appropriate positive behaviors, are displayed in different areas of the school as reminders for students. Students will receive on-going instruction from staff on our school-wide expectations in all areas of our school. The classroom, restroom, cafeteria, hallways, bus, computer lab, media center, playground and assemblies are all settings where students will be expected to act in a respectful, responsible and safe manner.

Students can earn DOJO points daily for having positive behaviors. Students who earn 200 points or more the third nine weeks, will attend the good behavior celebration. If you have any questions concerning DOJO points, please reach out to your child's teacher.

Below is the SHES Behavior Matrix Chart. This chart is located all throughout the school as a reminder to students and faculty of positive behaviors.

Also, below is a chart showing office referrals by grade level.

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Upcoming Events

February 10- 3rd-5th Valentines Dance- 6PM-8PM; $5 in advance or at the door.

February 20- Presidents Day Holiday

February 21- Student Distance Learning Day/Teacher Workday

February 22- Picture Day

February 23- Skate Night- 5pm-7pm- $5

February 28- Pastries and Parent Learning with Dr. Baker-Busby

March 7- 3rd-5th Grade Parent and Student Testing Information Night