The year has gone by so quickly, and this school year continues to fly by. We are already more than half way through the 2016-2017 school year. The students have been working hard, and are showing a lot of progress. It is so exciting as the principal to see the emotional, physical and intellectual growth that our students make in this short amount of time. It leaves me feeling very optimistic for the remainder of the year.
Even though we’re almost finished with winter we still have a couple months of cool temperatures and limited sunlight which means plenty of hours spent inside. Encourage your young scholar to spend a portion of that time studying notes, doing homework and pleasure reading. Education Weekly recently published a short article about the positive effects of pleasure reading.
As with most endeavors, the final moments often define the experience. If you’re not pleased with an aspect of the school year, I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teachers to work on setting attainable goals for the second semester. If you’re pleased with how the year has gone encourage your son or daughter to explore options that will enhance the remainder of the year like making the Principal’s List, playing a spring sport, joining a club or volunteering in some other extra-curricular activity. Follow the link below for advice on how to help your son or daughter set goals and work towards achieving them:
New York State 3-8 State Testing is just around the corner. The English Language Arts exam will be administered from March 28th to March 30th. The math exam will be held from May 2nd to May 4th. There have been many positive changes made to the format and methodology of the testing including unlimited time, shorter exams with less questions, greater teacher input and increased transparency and access to scores, reports and questions. Please consider visiting What Parents Need to Know About NYS Testing. For answers to frequently asked question please click the link: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
Thank you all for the fantastic first half of the school year. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, concerns or just to say “hi.”
Please use our calendar to keep up to date on all the school events and remember that my door is always open.