JHE News

October 2016

Important October Dates

We will practice fire drills, lock down and shelter in place procedures throughout the school year. We have several scheduled for this month. During these drills visitors will not be able to enter school and a message will be placed on the front door. We will also use School Messenger to alert parents that we are conducting a lock down or shelter in place drill.

October 3

  • Galway Scholars Begin 2:30-4:30 p.m.

October 5

  • School Banking 7:45-8:15 a.m JHE library

October 7

  • Practice lockdown 1:15 p.m. (visitors will not be able to enter school during this time)

October 10

  • Columbus Day-no school

October 11

  • 9th period support lab cancelled due to mandatory faculty meeting

October 12

  • School banking 7:45-8:15 a.m. JHE library

October 13

  • Fire Prevention Day

October 15

  • Homecoming Breakfast, HS cafeteria featuring French toast, sausage, fruit, donuts and a drink for $5

October 17

  • Galway Scholars 2:30-4:30 p.m.

October 19

  • School banking 7:45-8:15 a.m. JHE library
  • Mandatory Ski Club meeting 6:30 P.M. JHE Computer Lab

October 24

  • Galway Scholars 2:30-4:30 p.m.

October 27-Nov. 3

  • PTSA Book Fair

October 31

  • Galway Scholars 2:30-4:30 P.M.

  • Halloween-please see guidelines below

Planning Ahead

Nov. 23-25 No School-Thanksgiving Break-please note this is a change from the district printed calendar

  • Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 will be 1/2 days with dismissal at 11:00 a.m. due to parent teacher conferences

Celebrating the success of our 2015-2016 academic school year!

Take a look at how Galway Central School District ranks in the area!

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To view your child's individual reports visit School Tool by clicking the box below. Once logged in you will be able to view your child's results from the NYS Spring 2016 assessments. Please locate the icon that looks an E under your child's picture. Click on the icon and your child’s report will be visible. STAR reports will also be available as soon as all classes have completed the computer assessment.


On Monday, October 31, 2016, we will once again hold a non-spectator Halloween parade for students. Children are encouraged to bring costumes to school. Please be sure costumes are labeled with your child's name and teacher. Safety is our first concern and while parents and friends will not have an opportunity to view the parade, students will be able to view friends' costumes during the indoor parade and video will be uploaded to our Facebook account for friends and family to see. In addition, thanks to our 2:30 p.m.

dismissal, children will have a lot of time after school for trick or treating and visiting friends and neighbors. If you have signed up to help your child’s teacher on the 31st, you will receive a visitor wristband prior to that day. Please have that wristband visible and available when you arrive at school. As children interpret the frights of Halloween differently depending on their personal situations, guidelines for costumes will be strictly enforced in order to mitigate any fear or worry. If your child wishes to particpate in the parade, please be sure their costume meets our guidelines.

The guidelines are as follows:

  • Costumes must fit over existing clothing
  • Costumes must not imitate blood or injury
  • Weapons associated with costumes need to be left home
  • Costumes that hide student faces (masks) may not be worn. Use makeup only

Thank you very much for your support in helping to make this student-centered activity fun and enjoyable for all.

Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention week is October 10-14. On October 13th we will have a fire drill, followed by a visit from the local fire department, along with firetrucks and demonstrations. This drill will allow your child to ask questions and become comfortable with the fire trucks and fire fighters in full gear.

School Banking

School banking is up and running! Please consider opening an account. Opening an account requires an initial deposit of $2.50 and no minimum weekly deposit. Please encourage all family members to become involved. Deposits are made each Wednesday by bringing an envelope marked with your child's name, account number and amount. We will record the amount, write a receipt and deposit the money at the Credit Union. If a family member opens an account they can go directly to the bank to make deposits as well. Please call Barb (Agresta) Semo at 882-1033 ext. 4240 for an application.

Grandparent or Special Person Breakfast

Please plan ahead and share this event with your child's grandparent or special person. Grandparents of students whose last name begins with:

A-H are invited for breakfast on November 30 from 7:15-8:00 a.m.;

I-P are invited for breakfast on December 1 from 7:15-8:00 a.m.;

Q-Z are invited for breakfast on December 2 from 7:15-8:00 a.m.;

All adult meals are free and sponsored by the Board of Education. Staff and students of Galway Central School District will provide live music.

Parking will be available at the track with a bus shuttle to and from the front door of JHE.

Reservations will be required. Please use the attached form to sign-up.

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Support your child's effort mastering math facts!

XtraMath is an online site that helps increase speed and accuracy in arithmetic. The program is restricted to five minutes each day. An enrollment code will be sent home with your child. This program is not required and only suggested as a resource. The following benchmarks are expected at each grade:

  • Grade K: addition of 2, 3
  • Grade 1: review of addition and subtraction of 0-10
  • Grade 2: review of addition and subtraction of 0-10
  • Grade 3: multiplication facts by 0-10
  • Grade 4: multiplication facts by 0-12
  • Grade 5: division by 1-10
  • Grade 6: division by 1-12

We provide numerous ways for children to practice their math facts during the day and at home. A computer is not always required. If your chid does not have access to the internet or a home computer, but would like to use the on-line program to practice, please let your child's teacher know. We will create times during the school day for him or her to go to the computer lab. If you would like additional suggestions for ways to support your child's automaticity of math facts without using a computer, please contact your child's teacher as well. Students who successfully meet their grade level benchmark (as measured with STAR-Math Facts in a Flash) during our winter and/or spring benchmark assessment, will be honored at the end of each semester.


JHE will continue our character education program this year by reinforcing "Bucket Filling" initiatives along with teaching mindfulness strategies. The following themes will serve as the outcome or result when students initiate mindful strategies. For more information on the MindUP curriculum please click the attached link.







Last year we were required to remove our wooden play structure. I am very happy to report that beginning in mid-October we will be adding several pieces of equipment to our playground. The additional equipment will complement the existing equipment and will include a custom 96' hill slide, SwayFun glider, Eclipse Net, OmniSpin Spinner, Cozy Dome, ADA bucket swing, Ga-Ga pit and several picnic tables with shade umbrellas. Once the building project gets underway, there will be a concrete sidewalk leading from the ramp to the pavilion with several access points to the new equipment. We look forward to the new additions and the fun JHE students will experience.

Response to Intervention Support Lab 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Support lab began the week of September 26th for 5th grade ELA support and 3rd grade mathematic support. Additional grades will begin the week of October 17th. Notifications will be sent home for any student who needs to attend. Transportation continues to be provided to all students required to attend. 9th period support lab is part of our official school day.

Standard Based Grading

JHE along with the District's Academic Advisory Committee will continue to identify and review ways to increase parent understanding of their child's academic strengths and weaknesses. Several classrooms will be exploring a report card which identifies specific grade level state standards and a child's mastery of these. For example, rather than display a math grade of 80%, you may see each standard associated with the expected benchmarks for a semester. Please refer to the images below as examples

The first image is a Traditional Gradebook

The second image is a Standards-Based Gradebook

Both gradebooks have a lot of information, but they tell you very different things.

Traditional Gradebook

  • identifies how well each student did on each assessment
  • shows what percentage of the points each student has earned
  • provides information for tracking assessment completion

Traditional gradebooks do not tell much about the individual students. For example,

you can see that Eric failed to complete work and is struggling, but what would a parent or teacher tell Eric to work on?

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Standards-Based Gradebook (2nd picture)

  • provides a quick visual to know how students are doing
  • provides more detailed feedback: Instead of a C that offers no clear path to improvement, students get positive feedback along with specific things to work on
  • provides the teacher with a quick visual for what objective(s) the whole class/or individual student must be retaught
  • provides a teacher and student with detailed knowledge of their strengths; while a student may not master one standard, they may be an expert in another

Standards-based grading shows students what they can be proud of and what they need to work on. SBG shows teachers exactly what a student needs support with and no longer identifies students as an A or C. Instead, SBG provides students with a visual map of what standard they need to master.

We will pilot a few different versions of the standard based report card to elicit feedback from parents and staff throughout the 16-17 school year. We will use this feedback to create a more useful tool for future reporting.

Reminder of the Board of Education's Transportation Policy from Mr. Shine-Superintendent

2016 - 2017

Dear Parent or Guardian:

As transportation requests arise during the year and as staff members serving in different capacities are sometimes unaware of district policy regarding this issue, we developed this letter for parents/students making such requests to ensure you receive accurate information regarding our district’s transportation policy.

If you submit a transportation request or bus pass, which falls outside the limits of the district’s policy, we will be unable to honor it. Although you may view the entire policy on the district website, the applicable portion of Policy 8414, "Transportation Policy" notes, "To ensure student safety and consistency of bus runs, students are to be picked up five days per week at the same pick up point and dropped off five days per week at the same drop off point. The pickup location may be different from the drop off location." Even as district Superintendent, I lack the authority to directly contravene against a district policy (with limited exceptions related to student safety, court ordered custodial agreements and emergency situations), so we are unable to grant your request.

A small bit of good news for you may be that, in the same policy, there are some allowances for occasional/intermittent drop offs at a location other than the primary designated drop off spot. This requires a bus pass, which is issued after a parent writes in a note and the building Principal authorizes it. Again, this is not intended for regular or "permanent" use, but may be of help to you on occasion. Requests for “every Monday, or every other Tuesday etc..." are unable to be honored.

As this letter is generic, if this does not provide you enough information, or if you have further questions, please feel free to first contact the transportation department and then, if warranted, contact me directly.


Shannon C. Shine

Superintendent of Schools

Support the Greater Galway Community Services Association

Joseph Henry Elementary school is teaming up with The Greater Galway Community Services Association. Each month the food pantry will select an item they are in need of (toothpaste, paper towels etc...). We will tell you what the item is for the month in the monthly newsletter. If you wish to participate, please have your child bring the item of the month to school. The item can be dropped off in the computer lab and will be brought to the pantry each week.

This month's item is toilet paper.

Thank you in advance for making our community a great place to live.
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Library News - JHE is teaming up with Accelerated Reader!

From the Library…

As the 2016-2017 school year gets underway, the students of Joseph Henry Elementary school are being introduced to a new reading incentive program called, Accelerated Reader! The Accelerated Reader program is a computerized program that tests reading comprehension. Students select books on their reading level, read independently, and take an independent comprehension test on the computer. Each book is worth a certain number of points based on its length and reading level. At the end of the school year, students who have earned a certain number of points with the Accelerated Reader program will be eligible to win a prize from Mrs. McDougal!

The library has a rainbow of different colored carts, each with different reading levels for the students to be able to quickly select a book based on their reading levels. The students can then check the book out of the library, read the book at their convenience, and the take the test on that particular book wherever they have access to Accelerated Reader, (library iPads, classroom iPads, Chromebooks, computer lab, etc.).

Parents can check to see if books their child already owns are part of the Accelerated Reader program. Here is the link to find out if a book has a quiz associated with it: http://www.arbookfind.com/ .

If you have any questions regarding the Accelerated Reader program, please feel

Free to email Mrs. Derwin in the library. aederwin@galwaycsd.org

(Krayon Kiosk with iPads for Accelerated Reader & other reading apps)
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(Krayon Kiosk with iPads for Accelerated Reader & other reading apps)