Mill Creek Magic Messages
News and Updates from Mr. Ortman and Mr. Murtha 9/9/2022
Back to School Nights - Back to Back!
We look forward to seeing our 5th and 6th Grade parents next Monday!
Student Laptop Expectations
Additionally, if your child loses or misplaces their laptop case, please reach out to the Mill Creek Main Office.
- Monday, September 12 - Red, White, and Blue Day in rememberance of 9/11
- Monday, September 12 - Back to School Night, 5th and 6th Grades, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
- Friday, September 16 - Food Truck Event @ Mill Creek, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
- Monday, September 26 - Rosh Hashanah, No School
- Wednesday, September 28 - Kindergarten/1st Grade Picnic, 5-7 p.m.
HSA is Seeking Volunteers for the October 7 6th Grade Ice Cream Social!
Important HSA Documents for Mill Creek Parents!
- Link to Home and School Dues Letter for the 2022-2023 school year:
Dues letter 2022-2023.docx
DUES CAN ALSO BE PAID THROUGH MILL CREEK HSA VENMO (QR CODE LINK TO MILL CREEK HSA VENMO IMAGE BELOW)...
FROM MR. ORTMAN and MR. MURTHA
Now 2 weeks into the school year, we have had lots of opportunities to visit classrooms and gain insights into both what is happening in classrooms and how classrooms look and feel. Some of what we are seeing is "old hat," and that is a good thing! Among these, we are seeing small group instruction, flexible seating, interactive learning activities, and wonderful classroom communities from both visual and other sensory perspectives. However, we are also seeing some new things. Most notably, many of our teachers now have Clear Touch Screens, which provide tremendous visual clarity for instruction and access to a plethora of educational apps. for extension, enrichment, and reteaching. Students have commented about them, "We can see the screen without having to turn out the lights!" which has them more excited than you would have thought!
We are grateful to have the most normalcy we have had in school for quite some time, and we also appreciate that we educate in a district where our teachers and students have access to powerful and novel learning tools each and every year!
Thanks to our students, teachers, staff, and supportive community for a great start to the school year!
Shawn M. Ortman
John C. Murtha
Important Information - MTSS and STAR Reading and Math Assessments
Parents and Guardians,
Central Bucks School District is committed to ensuring that each child makes significant academic progress. To do this, we have been implementing a research-based process to link academic support with specific student learning needs. This process is known as a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and provides all students with timely and targeted instruction based upon the results of various assessment tools in reading and mathematics.
The universal assessments provide baseline data that will allow our educators to design and deliver targeted instruction to ensure that your child is learning the appropriate skills at each grade level. These screening assessments are typically administered to all students two or three times per year. Student and grade level scores are reviewed by the MTSS School Team. Using the data, teams identify students or student groups in need of targeted, skill-specific intervention or enrichment. The use of universal assessment tools refines and strengthens our efforts to help all of our students be successful by allowing us to take positive and preventative measures as early as possible.
The universal assessment tools in math and reading are very similar to tools we use every day to help us determine where students might have gaps in knowledge and need assistance. They replace the tools we have used in previous years such as the Developmental Reading Assessment (or DRA), the Leveled Reading Assessment (or LRA), and the CB Math Screening Assessment.
The Star Assessments by Renaissance, which were adopted by the district last year, are completed by students electronically in class. More information for parents is available on the Renaissance website at Parent's Guide - Star Assessments | Renaissance. The Star Assessments are simply one tool amongst many that Central Bucks uses to help determine and deliver timely, targeted instruction for our students. As in the past with our prior assessments, you will be notified if your child is in need of intervention or enrichment supports.
Thank you for your willingness to assist us in building a system of student supports that is linked directly to data. This will ensure that each of our students has the opportunity to receive the assistance they need to achieve academic success. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.
Shawn Ortman – Principal
John Murtha – Assistant Principal
Instructional Spotlight - Ms. Sorenson, 3rd Grade
Extra-Curricular Opportunities/Community Events...
FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSE...
REQUIRED HEALTH EXAMINATIONS FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR:
The State of Pennsylvania mandates the following health examinations:
- Students entering Kindergarten and all students new to the district-- Dental Exam and Physical Exam
- Students entering Grades 3 and 7--Dental Exam
- Students entering Grade 6 and 11-- Physical Exam
DENTAL EXAM FORM---https://www.cbsd.org/cms/lib/PA01916442/Centricity/Domain/403/Forms/dentalexam_formH514027.pdf
PHYSICAL EXAM FORM-- https://www.cbsd.org/cms/lib/PA01916442/Centricity/Domain/403/PHYSICAL%20EXAM%20form%202012.pdf
Parents are urged to have physical and dental examinations completed by their family physician or dentist. Exams may be completed any time after September 1, 2021 The completed health forms are due to the health office no later than October 15, 2022. Please keep a copy of the health form for your records.
Voluntary Information Sharing Across Programs for Free and Reduced Lunch Families...
Dear Mill Creek Families,
Please see the link below to a form that allows Free and Reduced Lunch families to share their information with other programs and ease the burden of having to sign up for support for each one individually.
Thank you, and have a great day!
Estimadas familias de Mill Creek,
Consulte el siguiente enlace a un formulario que permite a las familias de almuerzo gratuito y reducido compartir su información con otros programas y aliviar la carga de tener que inscribirse para recibir apoyo para cada uno individualmente.
¡Gracias, y que tengas un gran día!
District Laptop and iPad Care
- Please encourage your children to use their laptop/iPad bags for carrying devices in school, at home, and to and from each location.
- Please encourage your children to report issues/problems with their devices, so they can be properly address and fixed as soon as possible.
- The laptop/iPad payment fee covers accidental damage. Intentional damage may result in a family being billed for the damage.
Schools will be communicating these messages in school as well.
We appreciate your support!
Inclement Weather Procedures for Car Riders - Dismissal
New Volunteer Procedures...
Mr. Shawn Ortman
Mr. John C. Murtha