Sunday, April 5, 2015

"We can choose our challenges, but sometimes they choose us.  Believe in yourself." 
Travis Roy 
 Always click on the "This Week" tab above to be informed about the current week's schedule.  
Dear Quashnet School Community,

     Reminder:  Monday, April 6th, is a full regular school day.      
     As you know, Monday, April 6th, through Friday, April 10th, our SIXTH GRADERS will be participating in the online PARCC assessment.  The first three days of testing (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) will focus on assessing our sixth graders in the area of English/Language Arts—Literacy.  The last two days of testing (Thursday and Friday) will assess them in the area of Mathematics.  These assessments are designed to produce timely, actionable data for students, teachers, and parents, to test key skills, such as critical thinking, and a student's ability to problem-solve, and to assess and signal whether each student is on track for college or career success. I know that referencing college and career success for sixth graders seems a bit early, but the knowledge and skills our students are learning in sixth grade provide an important foundation for future learning.  Each school year builds upon the previous year’s learning and is equally important in getting every child to the final goal of graduating from high school prepared for success in college or in their career.  Each PARCC assessment is designed to be completed within a 75-minute block of time.  All testing at the Quashnet School has been scheduled to take place in the morning.  Sixth graders will be having recess from 11:55 AM - 12:20 PM and will eat lunch from 12:20 PM - 12:45 PM.  Their special will take place each day from 2:00 - 2:45 PM.  Third graders will go to recess at 11: 30 AM and will eat their lunch from 11:55 AM - 12:20 PM each day this week.  Special for fifth graders will take place from 12:25 PM - 1:10 PM each day this week.     
     We are asking for parent support during this school week.  Please make sure that your SIXTH GRADER is present on all five of this week's testing days and that he/she arrives at school on time.  Test-takers should eat a healthy breakfast each day that includes protein to fuel them through the testing block.  They should arrive at school well-rested, having gone to bed at a reasonable hour.  Each tester should also bring in a plastic bottle of water.  Please reinforce with your sixth grader the importance of their giving their best effort during each day’s testing.  While test scores will not be reflected on a student’s report card, they will be analyzed and incorporated into our instructional planning for each student.  We have discussed the PARCC testing with our sixth graders and have emphasized the importance of working hard from start to finish on each day’s assessment—demonstrating stamina.  We are hopeful that every SIXTH GRADER will be very proud of his/her effort and end each day’s testing session feeling good—knowing that they did their very best. 
     We have great confidence that our sixth graders are well-prepared for success on the PARCC tests.  They have the content knowledge, skills, and strategies--we just need our students to apply them with their best effort.  We greatly appreciate your support.  Your child needs to hear from you that these assessments matter. 
OUR SCHOOL IS THE BEST because of our hard-working students, our supportive families, and our excellent staff!

Upcoming events to mark on your calendar: 
Thursday, April 9—Recital Night at Quashnet (5:15 PM)
Monday, April 13—Red Sox Day at Quashnet—Wear Team Apparel/Team Colors
Tuesday, April 14—STEM Night at Quashnet (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Wednesday, April 15—“Purple Up Day”—Wear PURPLE to show support of military kids
Friday, April 17 – Monday, May 4—Book Fair (Buy one/Get one free)
Wednesday, April 29—Quashnet School Spelling Bee (5:30 PM)
Friday, May 1—Paint Night #2 at Quashnet

Please click on this link to visit the District/School Report Card page on our website.  District and School Report Card

To clarify Term 2 report card performance data:  The learning standards shown are goals for the academic year.  Between terms, some students may experience performance fluctuations (moving from a “3” to a “2”) as texts become more complex and/or as expectations for the depth of application of knowledge and skills increases.  2s and 3s are what you want to see as a parent. 

QUASHNET SCHOOL YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW!  Visit:  (Yearbook ID Code:  9872815)  If you order online you will receive a free class photo.

With Gratitude,
Patty DeBoer
8:30 AM

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