Raise the Bar

The Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District School Committee adopted a FY 17 budget of $35,967,772 which includes $515,000 of Excess and Deficiency funding and additional documented revenues. The total spending is $36,844,772. The school committee and administration continue to work hard to restore staffing positions, address large class size numbers, and provide support in the following areas: technology, instructional materials, security, and capital projects.  As we prepare for our town meetings on June 6th, this commitment must be balanced with the fiscal parameters established by both towns. The FY 17 budget is a 5.86 % increase in total spending from the FY16 budget.  This translates to a 2.31 % assessment increase in Freetown and a 6.28 % assessment increase in Lakeville. We will continue to work on a fiscally responsible budget in the coming weeks that provides staff support and the necessary resources for all our children.        

The Assawompset Elementary Facility Study Sub-Committee will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.  The next meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. in the staff development room across from the library. We continue to examine some of the proposed work from the recently released Existing Conditions Report of AES as we look toward next steps in the process. This may include submitting a Statement of Interest to the Massachusetts Building Authority for a potential future project.    

The FLRSD voted to remain a School Choice District for the 2016-17 school year, but did identify grades 4, 6, 9, and 10 as the only grades to accept new students with a total of 16 slots open. The district currently has 43 school choice students attending the five regional schools.  The lottery for selection of applications took place, Friday, May 6, 2016.   Letters will be mailed out this week.   All pertinent information on this topic including all forms may be found on our website www.freelake.org    

Our next School Committee meeting will be Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Apponequet Regional High School beginning at 6:30 p.m. There are only 28 school days left in the academic year. Our last day of school is currently, Thursday, June 23, 2016.  Please take a look at the individual school calendars for opportunities to participate in some exciting end of year school activities.   I appreciate your support for all our schools and I look forward to our continued drive toward excellence.   If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call at 508-923-2000 ext. 1703 or e-mail me at rmedeiros@freelake.org.

“The greatest danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark” – Artist - Michelangelo             

Apponequet Regional High School           
May 13, 2016
Hello Laker Nation,

Spring Athletics are well underway!  Please visit here for a schedule and support our teams by attending a game/meet/match.  http://www.southcoastconference.org

The ARHS Guidance Department reports that 92% of our Class of 2016 members will be attending either 4 year or 2 year colleges, 1% will be joining the military, and 7% will be joining the workforce.  We are proud of our soon-to-be graduates and certainly offer thanks to Mrs. Fontaine, Class of 2016 Guidance Counselor!

Shout out to Officer Bartholomew who has been teaching self-defense and offering personal safety information to grade 12 Wellness students.  Pictures of their engagement in training sessions can be found on our site.

Congratulations to our Third Quarter Honor Roll Students!  A complete list of names is located in the bottom left corner of ARHS’s Home Page for your review.  

Math MCAS is upon us!  All grade 10 students will engage in the Math MCAS on May 17-18th.  Students taking the exam will attend a pre-exam presentation on May 16 during AO. Grade 10 students are reminded that breakfast will be served on exam days.

Over 80 physics students from ARHS traveled to Six Flags and participated in the theme park's annual Physics Day.  While at the amusement park, students explored the physics behind amusement parks by riding selected rides, making observations, collecting data and answering conceptual physics questions. This field trip provided many opportunities for students to apply concepts they learned in class in a fun and exciting way.  The trip was also a great launching point for up-and-coming units on momentum and energy. Thank you, Mrs. Mills, for making this trip possible!

A special thank you to Mrs. Lori Palazzi Gonsalves and her son, Cory who will present their family narrative to our grade 11 and 12 students on Monday, May 16, during AO. Mrs. Gonsalves and Cory, who spoke at our school-sponsored parent/guardian community gathering in January, are residents of Taunton and their story is one that most certainly resonates. Please visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CorysCause/ or watch their video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DTd0Da9yOU&nohtml5=False  

As we conclude AP Exams, here are some interesting facts from Mrs. Money, Guidance Department Head and AP Coordinator.  We will administer 279 exams to 174 students.  This year we will be administering9 more exams and have 20 more students testing than we did in 2015.  More significant is the fact that we have around 30 fewer students in grades 11 and 12. This means that an amazing 49% of students in grades 11 and 12 are taking one or more AP exams! In 2012, the first year that we started keeping stats, we administered 165 exams to 113 students.  That’s a 68% increase in exams in five years, with fewer students!  Great work!

ARHS’s second engagement in a Unified Sports track meet took place last week. Pictures of this event are on our site. The following ARHS athletes competed: Ryan VanVoorhis, Andrea Leombruno, Hannah Carter, Kyle Huston, Jack Dupre, Wyatt Pinto, Victoria Ashley, Sarah Antalek and Ally Seablom.  A great time was had by all!  Special thanks to Mr. Vital and Mrs. Brides for being our coaches.  More information about Unified Sports can be found at http://www.specialolympics.org/unified-sports.aspx

Free Biology MCAS tutoring is available.  Students in grades 9 seeking assistance with Biology MCAS preparation are welcome to attend on Thursdays, from 1:53 - 2:53 pm, in Room 132.  If you have any questions, please contact your Guidance Counselor at (508) 947-2660.  

Upcoming Events:

May 13  - AP Exams end

May 13 - Spring Coffee House

May 20 - Grade Update Release

May 21 - Jr. Sr. Prom

May 24 - Senior Final Exams begin

May 25 - School Council Meeting

May 27 - Quarter 4 Grades Close for Grade 12

May 30 - Memorial Day - School Closed

May 31 - Senior Send Off

May 31 - Senior Awards Night

June 1  - Marching Rehearsals

June 1  - Biology MCAS Exams

June 2  - Marching Rehearsals

June 2  - Senior Banquet

June 2  - Biology MCAS Exams

June 3  - Graduation


Freetown-Lakeville Middle School
Seventh Grade Science:

The seventh grade is building ecosystems in a bottle. These self-sustaining ecosystems are made up of two parts including aquatic and terrestrial systems, each containing living organisms. Through observing these ecosystems, students will be learning about the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.

This project would not be possible without the generous contributions and donations of our seventh grade parents. Thanks again to our wonderful parents.  You are all great!

National Junior Honor Society:

Our new members of will be inducted in a ceremony held at FLMS on May 26th at 6:00 p.m.


National Junior Honor Society and student government students will be hosting a carwash on Saturday, May 21st and May 28th from 9am-12pm at New England Farms on Chase Road in Freetown. Please stop by to get your car washed and support these organizations.

Cube News:

We've got an update on the New England Rubik's Cube Tournament that was scheduled to be held here at FLMS on Saturday, June 11th. Due to a couple of scheduling conflicts, we have decided to postpone the FLMS Cube Tournament. The tentative date for the tournament in now Saturday, December 10th. This just means that it will be bigger and better, so it will be worth the wait! Keep on cubing, and we will see you next school year!

Promotion Ceremony:

The promotion ceremony for our eighth graders will be held in our gymnasium on June 22nd from 9:15-10:45.  

Grade Seven Math MCAS:

May 16 and 17

Grade Eight Science MCAS:

May 18 and 19

Socials Sponsored by the PTO:

June 9Grade Six

May 20 Grade Seven

June 11Grade Eight

George R. Austin Intermediate School
What a breath of fresh air this week after such a depressing week of rain.  The nice weather hopefully helped to motivate students in putting forth their best effort during the math MCAS testing. We are very pleased with the positive attitudes and effort that we have seen.  Nice job boys and girls!

The next PTO meeting will be on Monday, May 16 @ 7:00p.m. in the GRAIS cafeteria.

The dates for testing in the spring are outlined on our website and are below:

The dates for MCAS testing are:

May 12 & 13, 2016 - 4th Grade Math

May 17 & 18, 2016 - 5th Grade Science & Technology

4th Grade ELA & Social Studies:

All fourth graders are wrapping up their readings of "Number the Stars"by Lois Lowery.  We have also been working on creating metaphors in our poetry.

In social studies we have continued our work on the regions of the United States.  We have definitely learned a lot about the climates, landmarks, landforms, and cultures of each region.

Upcoming events- Our 4th grade field trip is scheduled to be on May 26th!  Be sure that you have sent in the permission slip and money so that your 4th grader can head to the Museum of Science.

4th Grade Math & Science:

The fourth graders put in great effort on their math MCAS test this week.  We're so proud of them!  Also, please remember that our 4th grade field trip to The Museum of Science in Boston is May 26th.  Students will need to bring a bagged lunch on that day (no glass bottles/containers).  

5th Grade Math:

This week, 5th graders completed the 5th grade math MCAS. We spent the beginning of the week making sure students were ready to show everything they've learned through all of their hard work this year. The 5th grade Science and Technology/Engineering MCAS is next Tuesday and Wednesday. Please make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a good breakfast in preparation for those days.

5th Grade ELA:

This week in ELA students continued their literary analysis of the fictional story "Weslandia".  They are all very excited to start their next writing piece, an imaginative narrative where they will be creating a fictional story created from their own imaginations!  The teachers are excited for them to stretch their writing skills into a new genre.


4th gradersare in the middle of their clay unit. They are learning how to create a pinch pot, how to attach clay, and how to glaze.

5th grade classes are working on various collaborative artworks in preparation for our the Art & Music Show in June!




May 16th - School Council @ 2:30p.m.

May 16th - PTO Meeting @ 7:00p.m. in Cafeteria

May 19th - Kid’s Cabinet Meeting

May 23rd - 6th Grade Math Teachers  Meet with 5th grade students

May 25th - School Committee Meeting at Apponequet (Top 10 Recognition)

May 26th - 4th Grade Field trip to Boston Museum of Science (please have students wear their Austin Pride Tshirts)

May 27th - Senior Breakfast Hosted by GRAIS Kid’s Cabinet 9:00-10:00

May 30th - Memorial Day - No School - Building Closed

Freetown Elementary
Grade 3 MCAS - Our third graders will participate in MCAS Mathematics on Wednesday and Thursday, May 18 and 19, 2016. Please be sure that your child is present, punctual, well rested, and has a healthy breakfast each day.
Art Show: The FES Art Show is scheduled for Thursday, May 19 from 6:30 - 7:30. Each student has selected multiple pieces to display. The student work is spectacular! Please be sure not to miss this incredible event!

Spring Concert: The FES Grade 3 Chorus will be performing their annual spring concert on Thursday, May 26 at 7:00. The students have worked so hard this year and are excited to entertain their families at this event.

Classroom and Teacher News:

Preschool: We have been learning about insects and some of their special characteristics. We completed insect vs. non-insect sorts and used this knowledge to determine if the first bug we were focusing on was an insect. We introduced a new letter and learned about that letter and sound. We worked on our math skills as we counted bugs and finally got outside to enjoy some spring weather.  

Kindergarten: The students had a great week observing their classroom caterpillars that finally have turned into cocoons! In literacy, the students worked on the medial /u/ sound, new sight words and comprehension skills. In math, the students were introduced to positional words and shapes.

Grade 1: This week in first grade, we discussed treasures found in our country, worked with “oa” and “ow” and 3 letter consonant blends. In math, we analyzed graphs and compared data. In writing, we started our author’s study and opinion writing. We are expecting our chicks to hatch on Monday! It’s a very exciting time in Grade 1.

Grade 2:  In writing, we are working on formulating and supporting an opinion. The students are discussing their opinions on various topics and giving reasons to support their position. They are using graphic organizers to help them write their opinions. In mathematics, we are working on fractions (halves, thirds, and fourths).  In social studies/science, we began our travels through Africa.

Grade 3: This week we will be reading “Gertrude Ederle” and continuing with the skill fact and opinion. In social studies, we will be discussing the Declaration of Independence and famous figures during the American Revolution. On May 18 and 19, Grade 3 will be taking MCAS Math. Best of luck to all of Grade 3!


Music:   Kindergarten students are having fun exploring their singing voices while singing songs like “Down by the Bay”, “Hello Echo” and “Ga Gong”. First Graders have developed very creative lyrics to add to the song “Down By the Bay”! They were tasked with following the rhyme and rhythm scheme to write their own words for the song and their work is displayed in the specialist’s hallway for all to enjoy! Second Graders participated in a team beat keeping activity to the folk song “Old Joe Clarke”. They worked together to maintain the macro and micro beat which clearly showed the importance of always using the steady beat. Third Graders are continuing to impress with their songwriting abilities. They are in part 2 of their song compositions projects where they are beginning to add pitch to their rhythm patterns and place the notes on the staff. Their work will be displayed in the auditorium! Chorus will be performing their Spring Concert on Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 PM. All families are invited to attend this wonderful event that the chorus has been preparing for all year!   

Art:   Kindergartners have been working on a few different projects to get ready for the art exhibit. Grades 1-3 also finished up a few projects and helped to hang the artwork that is transforming our halls into an art gallery. Please join us next Thursday, May 19 from 6:30-7:30.  

Physical Education: Kindergarteners ran a ½ mile in ¼ mile intervals with a game called SPUD in between the runs. First, Second and Third grade students were timed as they ran the mile. So far the students at FES as a collective group have run over 1,400 miles this year.

Important Dates:

Wednesday and Thursday, May 18 & 19, 2016  - MCAS Mathematics (Grade 3)

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Art Show from 6:30 - 7:30

Friday, May 20, 2016 - Freetown Family Night at Fenway Park at 7:05

Monday - Wednesday, May 23 - 25, 2016 - Kindergarten Screening by Appointment

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - Grade 3 Concert at 7:00

Monday, May 30, 2016 - No School in Observance of Memorial Day

Assawompset Elementary School
Starting May 18th, AES will begin the ABC Countdown to summer. A flyer will come home today with your child highlighting a fun theme for each of the last 26 days of school. This flyer will also be put in the Activity Flyers link on the AES webpage.


Grade 3 MCAS dates:

ELA- April 6 and 7

Math-May 18 and 19

Parents please be mindful about making every effort to have students present on those days. We do have a few make up days set aside for illness but our window for administering this assessment is limited.

Classroom Chatter


This week in Kindergarten we read the text Trucks Roll by George Lyon.  We continued our discussion about different types of transportation and what kinds of transportation help people do their jobs.  Our focus letter this week was Uu and students were introduced to three new sight words: what, said, and was.  In math, students explored sorting objects into categories and counted and compared the number of objects in each category.  Students explained their thinking by using math vocabulary such as equal to, same as, less than, greater than, etc.

Grade One:

This week we discussed how stories can be treasures.  Our main selection was Cinderella.  We discussed theme and the key features of a fairy tale.  Our phonics skill was words with ea.  We also focused on adjectives for colors and shapes.  During math we have been exploring measurement, telling time and identifying/counting coins.

Grade Two:  This week in language arts, the second graders will be reading a fantasy story titled Horace and Morris but mostly Dolores by James Howe.    They will be  participating in a variety of activities to learn about character, setting, and plot of a story. They will continue to write  persuasive letters.

In math, the students continue to explore measurement as they learn about line plots, bar graphs and pictographs. Also, the students are exploring time.

Grade Three:

This week in ELA third graders will be reading another biography titled America’s Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle.  Some skills that students will work on this week in ELA include comprehension skills including questioning, generalizing, and determining if a statement is a fact or opinion, they will be looking at contractions in conventions, and using words involving suffixes in spelling.  In mathematics, students will work on geometry concepts and learning about the attributes of shapes. In S.S., third grade students will continue learning about the American Revolution.


Kindergarten Screening was held in the library three days this week and as a result, most students were not able to check out books.

Kindergarten: This week, we are reading the story The Recess Queen as well as __________.  Students were also working on a surprise for Miss Dmitruk!

Grades 1 and 2 were challenged this week to create a maze and then program the Blu-Bot to go through. It was a lot of fun constructing these mazes and then trying to figure out how to program the little robots to navigate through them.  We had a blast!

Grade 3 completed their End of Year Vocabulary Test! 83% of our students earned a 3 or higher - congratulations and great work!


Kindergarten children were introduced to modeling clay.  They learned how to soften it with their warm hands, how to flatten it safely, and how to return it to the bin.  This is a wonderful thing for your child to use at home to build fine and gross motor skills.  It is very inexpensive and can be found in craft stores.  

Grade one students heard the story of Silly Billy, by Anthony Browne.   A boy worries about EVERYTHING, but his grandmother teaches him to make a worry doll.  He whispers his fears to his doll, and his worries go away!  Ms. Dmitruk made worry dolls with the children so they can do the same!

Grade 2 students are learning about Keith Haring. We are having discussions about his life and beliefs.  Keith was a champion for human rights groups like Amnesty International, believing that everyone deserved to be treated equally and with kindness. The children are making his style of art by starting with stick figures, then making them “fatter”.  They are making comic strips.

The third graders are beginning to talk about PEACE.  We used contact paper and watercolors to create an analogous painting that creates a harmonious mood.  We will finish it with words that symbolize what peace means to us.

This week we say goodbye to our student teacher, Ms. Dmitruk.  She will be graduating from UMass Dartmouth on Friday with her degree in Art Education.  Good luck!


K: The K children learned the song, Bluebird, Bluebird. We held hands in a giant circle and the children had a great time becoming birds and “flying” in between our windows. We also had time to use unpitched percussion instruments to keep the beat, after we were done singing our song.

1st: The 1st grade children learned the song Doggie Doggie Where’s Your Bone. Everyone did a great job using their singing voices. Many children practiced singing a solo as we played a game together as a class.

2nd: The second grade children discussed form in music and listened to the William Tell Overture, by Rossini. We then put the sections to different movements with a parachute-we had a blast! We also had a little bit of time to work in small groups playing a rhythm game with index cards where the children dictated the pattern they heard. The first group to dictate it correctly, played their instrument and the answer was revealed.

3rd: The third graders did a little folk dancing this week. We traveled all the way to Italy in the classroom and danced the Tarantella. Everyone did a great job and had safe feet.

Physical  Education:

Thank you to everyone who has decided to volunteer for Field Day this year!  We have reached the required number of volunteers that this event will need.  If you would still like to volunteer, I can add you to the backup list, in case individuals are not able to assist.  I look forward to making this a memorable event for all the children!  Thanks Again!

Fitness Testing is complete!  All Students (grades 1-3) will receive a fitness testing results sheet, which has been placed in their respective teacher’s mailbox.  Now that the nice weather has FINALLY arrived, all grade levels will begin their flag football Unit this week!

Grades 1-3: This week, students will begin to practice the necessary skills in order to play a successful flag football game.  Children will make their way through various stations in order to practice skills, such as, 1) kicking a football, 2) passing and catching a football, 3) footwork, and 4) flag pulling techniques.

Kindergarten:  Students will be shown how to both throw and catch a football, and will make their way through various stations in order to practice this skill.

A gentle reminder that Assawompset is a Peanut Safe school. Children may not bring in nuts or products that are made with nuts. 

This includes: peanuts, all tree nuts and products like Nutella.

Products like Sunbutter are safe alternatives and are allowed at AES. If you do send a Sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) product it would be helpful if you include a note in your child’s lunch stating so.  

Lifetouch Spring Pictures: Spring picture make-ups will be offered at the Lifetouch office in Lakeville on June 7th between 3-6:30 PM. Please call them for an appointment @ 508.946.0777

Lifetouch is offering us a free bicycle to raffle off if we have 100% of all students either return the pictures they are not buying or purchase all or part of the package. If we reach our goal, every students’ name will be entered into the raffle and we will draw the name on field day...but first we need you to do your part.   We are at 70% !!

Keep sending back your packets or placing an order, either way it helps us to meet our goal.

Grade 3 MCAS Prep:         April 5, 12, 26, May 3,11*, 17 (* Wednesday)

Grade 3 MCAS dates:

ELA- April 6 and 7Math-May 18 and 19

Parents please be mindful about making every effort to have students present on those days. We do have a few make up days set aside for illness but our window for administering this assessment is limited.

Students in grade 3 are required to have an updated physical examination form for their record.  I will be sending home a reminder to all grade three students who are in need of a current form.  

Warmer weather is on the way, please send your child with a water bottle to help them remain hydrated during the school day.  

Have a healthy week!