It’s not the years in your life that count; it’s the life in your years-- Abraham Lincoln
You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.--Leo Aikman
Remember to click on the page tabs at the top of this blog, particularly "This Week" to see this week's scheduled happenings.School Cancellations: If a school day is cancelled due to poor weather, the following school day will be the missed day in our 6-Day cycle.
GROWTH MINDSET: WITH TIME AND EFFORT I CAN IMPROVE!
THIS WEEK IS VERY IMPORTANT.
IT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR STUDENTS TO DEMONSTRATE THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS THEY HAVE GAINED SO FAR THIS YEAR.
Tuesday of this week presents a wonderful opportunity for our intelligent, capable, creative, and hardworking fourth graders to demonstrate diligence and to showcase their excellent writing skills when they respond to this year’s MCAS Long Composition writing prompt. While the MCAS Long Composition assessment is only administered to our fourth graders, the rest of the school is symbolically writing right alongside them. We understand the extra effort, positive energy, and stamina needed to do well on this task. We are confident that our fourth graders will succeed. We know that the scorers will enjoy reading their essays and will be impressed by the quality thereof.On Thursday and Friday of this week, all Quashnet students (Grades 3-6) will participate in the Reading/ELA MCAS Assessments. Our students are well prepared and should feel confident and capable of demonstrating their skills and knowledge. They have worked hard so far this year, and now it’s their time to shine! These MCAS assessments are similar to other tests taken by our students throughout the school year. Each assessment is designed to be completed in an hour or less; however, each session is untimed. A student may have as much time as needed. Students should carefully reread all text selections and double check their completed work before considering the task to be finished. Our staff has been working very hard to help our students gain mastery of their grade’s common core Reading/ELA learning standards. These learning standards are the foundation of the MCAS assessments.
As with any test or performance, a positive attitude goes a long way towards success. We are hopeful that parents will give their children words of encouragement and also reinforce the importance of excellent effort and perseverance. We also ask that our families support our students by making sure they go to bed early and that they eat a nutritious breakfast each day. All students need to arrive to school on time. We encourage each student to bring a bottle of water (non-glass) to school each day.
OUR SCHOOL IS THE BEST—because of our hard-working students, our supportive families, and our excellent staff.
MATH OLYMPIAD CLUB
Our Math Olympiad Club meets on Tuesdays after school. Mrs. Pimental is looking for additional students to join this group. This club provides students with a fun way to apply and gain math knowledge and skills. If you think your child would be interested, please let me know.
Pictured above is fifth grader Conor Baron. He is grateful to the Mashpee community for the support he received for the Rocky’s Warriors project. Four boxes of supplies are being shipped overseas to support military dogs.
SUPPORT MMS 8TH GRADER FREDERICK HANNA AND PROJECT 351
DONATE CLOTHING YOUR CHILDREN HAVE OUTGROWN
Eighth grader Frederick Hanna is Mashpee’s representative on Governor Deval Patrick’s Project 351. This year’s service project is focused on collecting gently used clean clothing that would fit babies and children up to age 12. If your children have outgrown some of their clothes and you would like to donate them to a worthwhile project you can send the clothing to the Quashnet School. Frederick’s sister, fifth grader Alinna, is coordinating the collection at our school. We have a collection box outside our main office. The donations will benefit disadvantaged children in partnership with another nonprofit, Cradles to Crayons. Any donated clothing will be greatly appreciated.
WE ARE SO PROUD OF OUR DAVE PALMER AND HIS PARALYMPIC CURLING TEAM. EVEN THOUGH THEY DID NOT MEDAL AT THE 2014 PARALYMPIC GAMES, WE KNOW THAT THEY WORKED HARD AND GAVE THEIR BEST EFFORT. WE ARE SURE THAT THEY ARE RETURNING WITH WONDERFUL MEMORIES THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME.
March is Women's History Month. This link is a great resource for learning more about some amazing women and how their work impacted the world. http://womenshistorymonth.gov/
Don't forget to click on the "SY13-14 Pictures" tab at the top of this blog to view all the pictures taken last week.
Patty DeBoer, Principal
YOU COME TO LOVE NOT BY FINDING THE PERFECT PERSON BUT BY SEEING AN IMPERFECT PERSON PERFECTLY. Sam Keen