Raise the Bar

The end of the school year is always an exciting time for our students, staff members, and school community. We are only two weeks away from the graduation ceremony for the class of 2016 at Apponequet Regional High School.  Please be sure to take a look at the individual school calendars for opportunities to participate in some of the many end of year school activities.  I will be announcing some new leadership appointments in the coming weeks for the 2016-17 school year.  

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 meeting next Tuesday, May 24, 2016.  The 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.

   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 23 school days left in the academic year. Our last day of school is currently, Thursday, June 23, 2016.  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  


Dear Apponequet Parents and Guardians,

Good afternoon, this is an exciting time for both students and parents, prom and graduation season are upon us.  This letter is to assist parents and students in making this the safest prom and graduation time possible.  I do not want to see tragedy hit our Lakers and hope this letter will assist in opening up communication with your teenager.  

Below is a link for a parent’s resource guide entitled “Safe & Substance - Free 2016” to assist in keeping your teen safe this prom and graduation season.  I believe you will find it helpful, as it includes many topics to speak with your child about, including Underage Drinking, Social Host Laws, and parenting resources.  We want your teen to be safe and show responsibility during this season.  


I wish all our seniors the best of luck in their future endeavors.  

Best Regards,

Officer Valerie Bartholomew

Apponequet Regional High School           
Hello Laker Nation,

Quarter 4 “Grade Release Update 3” was made accessible through the PlusPortal on Friday, May 20th at 3:00 pm.  Please check your student’s progress.  

Grade 12 Quarter 4 Grades (including Final Exams) close on May 27th.

We are very proud of our Unified Sports Team! The Lakers had several outstanding performances during Tuesday's Unified Track sectional meet held at Taunton High School. Kyle Huston 1st place javelin, Jack Dupre 2nd long jump, 1st in 400, Wyatt Pinto 1st shot put 2nd in 100 M, Hannah Carter 1st shot put, Ryin VanVoorhis 1st in 100, 2nd javelin, Meredith Cosgrove 2nd shot put, Victoria Ashley 2nd in 400, Andrea Leombruno 2nd in shot put, and Sarah Antalek 2nd shot put.

There were 18 schools and more than 200 athletes and partners participating.

Apponequet qualified for the state finals in its first-ever season of Unified Track. The finals take place next Tuesday at Fitchburg State!

Congratulations to Senior members of National Honor Society who received their Honor Cords at the Cord Ceremony held on May 17, 2016.  In addition, a great big welcome to newly installed officers Devin Ahearn, Aaron Connolly, Sydney Abbott and Carolyn Cody. Special thanks to Mrs. Nardi whose planning and coordination made for a wonderful night.

Approximately 45 Wellness 12 students enjoyed a field experience to SkyZone in Kingston, MA.  Mrs. Hubbard oversaw the trip and, along with several other chaperones, demonstrated yet another way to be active while having fun.  

The “Cup of Destiny” was captured by Danny Quinn, aka Isabella Baumfree (Sojourner Truth).  This prestigious Award was bestowed after a school-wide US History I competition tkk place.  Contestants rapped about historical figures and faced off in an unparalleled verbal battle.  Congratulation to all contestants who dropped mad rhymes while capturing the lives of significant people in our nation’s history.  Thanks to Mrs. Barnicoat, Mr. Couet, Mr. Lee, and Ms. Galvin for this great assignment and for the opportunity to help our students present their acquired knowledge in a unique manner.

It is never too early to begin discussions about career and college plans!  Mrs. Fontaine was spotted at With All My Heart Daycare and Preschool, in East Freetown, doing just that.  She met with youngsters and explained her role as a Guidance Counselor and talked about the importance of doing well in school.  Please check out the photos on our web site!

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

Math MCAS was administered this past week to all grade 10 students.  Please be mindful that the grade 9 Biology MCAS will take place on June 1st and 2nd.  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 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
Scholar Leaders:

On Tuesday, May 17,  8th grade students Andrew DiGiammo and Faith Schader were honored as Scholar Leaders representing the Freetown-Lakeville Middle School. Along with teachers and their families, Andrew and Faith attended a banquet that  was held at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough MA.  Andrew and Faith were chosen by their teachers and were recognized for academic excellence.


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.

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.

Promotion Ceremony:

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

Socials Sponsored by the PTO:

June 9Grade Six

May 20Grade Seven

June 11Grade 8

Field Trips:

June 8th (rain date June 10th) - Canobie Lake Park (NJHS)

June 9th - 5 Wits Patriot Place (6100 team)

June 10th - 5 Wits Patriot Place (6200 team)

June 15th - Newport Mansions/Breakers - (8100 team)

June 20th - Museum of Science - (8200 team)

June 22nd - Colt State Park (7100 and 7200 teams)

George R. Austin Intermediate School
Goodbye MCAS!  The fourth and fifth grade students have finally completed their MCAS testing and we have happily packed up the boxes!  Again, I speak for all staff when I say how proud we are of the boys and girls for their tremendous effort.

The next PTO meeting will be on Monday, June 13th @ 7:00p.m. in the GRAIS cafeteria.  We will be voting on a new board and encourage anyone to attend.  

4th Grade ELA & Social Studies:

Students have been excitedly finishing the novel, Number the Stars.  During this novel, we have discussed plot, character development and theme.  Friendship, bravery, honesty, pride, patriotism, and responsibility are all themes in this novel.

Most classes are winding up our travels through the United States regions, finishing up in the West.  We have learned a lot about natural resources, landforms, and the climate of our country.


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

4th Grade Math & Science:

4th graders are working on many different skills in math. We are working on fine tuning our measurement skills, geometry skills and fraction skills!! Keep working hard grade 4!!

In science the grade 4 students are learning about weather. What causes wind? How do the storms happen? What does high pressure mean? And many more important topics as well!! Have the kids watch the weather reports to share in class what they are learning and understanding!!

Don't forget about our field trip next Thursday, May 26th!! BAG lunches are a must and please have your child wear their Austin Pride Shirt!!

5th Grade Math:

This week, the fifth graders completed the Science and Technology/Engineering MCAS. We are proud of the effort and perseverance shown by the students during the four days of math and science testing! In math, we are now diving back into our Geometry and Measurement unit. At home, you can go on the website <studyjams.scholastic.com> to use videos, quizzes, and songs to reinforce the topics we're studying. The triangles karaoke and quadrilaterals karaoke go perfectly with our current unit.

5th Grade ELA:

In Grade 5 ELA, the students are busy using their creativity and all of the strategies they have been learning this year to write an imagined narrative piece.  They have come up with their own main character and written a description of the character that "shows" the reader what he or she is like, rather than just telling a list of traits and physical attributes. Now, they are working on developing the plot of their stories by determining a problem for their character and how it will be resolved.  Classes are also continuing to work on improving reading comprehension through a variety of activities as they read texts of different genres.


This week 4th grade students are starting to prepare for the Music and Art show on Friday, June 17th at 6:00 here at GRAIS. They are working on new note C and D as well as finding their singing voices again. 5th Grade students had their homemade instruments recorded and those recordings will be put up on my YouTube channel by the end of the week (search Mr. Duff).

The band and chorus concert will be held on Thursday, June 16th at the middle school auditorium. The concert will start at 6:30PM and students are expected to arrive 15 minutes early to set up and prepare.


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  for Freetown and Lakeville hosted by GRAIS Kid’s Cabinet 9:00-10:00

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

May 31st - Parent Informational Night for 4th grade Nature’s Classroom Parents @ 7:00 p.m.

Assawompset Elementary School
Classroom Chatter


This week in Kindergarten we read The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper.  This book encouraged students to believe in themselves and never give up even when circumstances become difficult.  Our focus letter this week was Uu and students continued to work on the sight words what, said, and was.  In math, students were introduced to positional words and used words such as above, behind, below, beside, and in front of to describe the position of objects in the environment.  Students also described objects using shape words.  

Grade One:

This week we learned all about our country’s treasures including The White House and The Statue of Liberty.  Our phonics skill was words with oa and ow.  We also practiced identifying facts and details in expository text.  

Grade Two:  This week in second grade, the students are talking about the Question of the Week, “ How can we be responsible when we make a mistake?” and they are reviewing the main idea/details comprehension skill. The students will be reading a humorous fiction story, Signmaker’s Assistant by Tedd Arnold. In math, the students continue exploring measurement by telling time to the nearest five minutes and problem solving with money amounts.

Grade Three:

Grade three completed their Math MCAS over the past two days. Teachers have worked hard all year with our students and felt confident with their preparation in regards to coverage of Massachusetts Frameworks and test taking strategies. Students will celebrate the end of their first MCAS experience with an MCAS Ice Cream Party tomorrow, sponsored by our AES PTO. Way to go Grade 3!!!


This week we spent time looking for missing books! Overdue notices will be going home soon - please let me know if you think your child has returned the book and we will check again!

Kindergarten: This week, we are reading the story That’s Good! That’s Bad!Students are enjoying making predictions and figuring what what is going to happen next!

Grade 1 is working on their dinosaur research project. Students are now typing their information into Google Slides and will make a slide presentation of their hard work!

Grades 2 and 3 spent time in the library looking for lost books and using our MakerSpace!


Kindergarten children began using rulers this week.  THIS IS A GREAT SKILL TO PRACTICE AT HOME!  We drew “pigs in blankets”, with the blanket being more like a quilt.  The pig is modeled after the “Elephant and Piggie” book series.  Please check out www.thankorama.com to see a Mo Willems drawing tutorial with your child.

In grade one, we are learning how to draw the proportions of the face.  Did you know that the eyes are half-way down on the head?  We do!  We will also learn how to draw the neck and shoulders the correct size.  No more lollipop necks for us!

Grade 2 students are learning about symmetry.  They are drawing half an insect on large paper with oil pastel, then folding it over, smudging to appear on the other side.  They will paint them when done.

The third graders are learning about tertiary colors.  It involves math!  On the color wheel, the color between each primary and secondary is a tertiary, meaning three.  Since primary means one, and secondary means two, we need a primary and a secondary to make a tertiary color.


K: The K children learned the song, Make a Friend, and played a steady beat pattern on the xylophones this week.

1st: The 1st grade children learned the song learned more about Solfege Syllables and played Mi, Re, and Do on the xylophones.

2nd: The second grade children learned the song, No One in the House. They were divided into groups and assigned different patterns to play on the xylophones. They also had time for a small group game using rhythms on index cards where they needed to identify the rhythm pattern that I played.

3rd: The third grade children reviewed the notes of the Treble Clef staff and how to play B A and G on the recorders. We all enjoyed identifying the note names as I played the recorder and played recorder Bingo as they located the note pattern they heard me play on the recorder.

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.

School Nurse

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. 

Freetown Elementary
Art Show: The FES Art Show was a tremendous success! Students enjoyed showing off multiple pieces of art to their families. This year, families had the opportunity to discuss the art through the use of a guided discussion pamphlet created by Mrs. Walters. Thank you for attending this event and thank you to Bridget Walters, our art teacher, for organizing it. It was a huge undertaking!

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 continued with our insect theme this week. We reviewed their characteristics and took a look at various bugs to see if they could be considered an insect. The preschoolers in each class got to learn a dance that related to their insect study. Mrs. Bacon’s class practiced some “waggle dancing” as they pretended to be bees communicating where to find more nectar and Mrs. Isaksen’s class learned the bug dance to go along with the Bug Dance story by Stuart J. Murphy. Both classes listened to music that helped them to integrate their new knowledge of insects. Math was brought into our insect lessons as we learned about new shapes and patterns.   It was a fun week.

Kindergarten: The chicks have hatched! The students were very excited about making observations in their science notebooks and having discussions about a chicken’s life cycle. We also had an in school field trip from “Mad Science of Southern MA and RI” about bugs! This coincides with our caterpillar life cycle unit. Some of the chrysalises have hatched and the students are eagerly awaiting the arrival of more butterflies! In math, the students were introduced to 2D and 3D shapes. They have completed many activities comparing, contrasting, grouping and classifying the shapes.

Grade 1: This week first grade worked on vowel digraphs ie and igh along with consonant patterns kn and wr. We discussed why we treasure special places. In math we are working on measurement and comparing height and length of 3 objects. We also started our author study unit in writing. We now have 11 chicks! Classes are welcome to visit until Friday.

Grade 2:  In reading this week, the students focused on ways to be responsible friends and neighbors using the weekly story selection. In writing, we worked on opinion writing using different topics.  In mathematics, we began reviewing concepts in geometry to complete this domain. In social studies/science, we continued traveling through Africa.

Grade 3: This week we will presenting our Freedom Trail projects. We will also be completing iReady Math and GRADE benchmark testing. In math, we will be reviewing skills previously taught. Our unit on whales will begin in science. Please remember to keep studying math facts at home. Our focus this week is division of 9.


Music:   Kindergartens are enjoying learning about patriotic songs for the first time. In preparation for our Flag Day Assembly, we are exploring patriotic music and understanding its’ importance. First Grade took part in a singing assessment to “Button You Must Wander”. This is a fun game where students are using their singing voices to identify each other. Second Grade students finished their work adding percussion ostinatos to the song “Obwisana”. They are internalizing the steady beat as they play varying  rhythm parts. Third Grade students did the final draft of their recorder song compositions. Their work is incredible! We can’t wait for you to check them out at the chorus concert next week!

Art:   Kindergartners drew head to toe self portraits with crayons. Grade 1 reviewed the elements of art-line, shape, color, texture, space and form. They used their knowledge in their free choice crayon drawings. Grade 2 students listened to the story For You Are a Kenyan Child and looked at some art from the Masai People. Finally, they drew a simple line drawing of a Masai village while including a foreground and background. Grade 3 students drew beautiful flower designs with a Sharpie, then painted with watercolors. They have done a great job at making knowledgable color choices!

Physical Education: Kindergarten students continued learning the game of hopscotch. They learned outs, and game play rules while sharing a beanbag for a marker. First, Second, and Third graders continued the Presidential Fitness assessments. This week’s focus was on push-ups and the V-sit and reach which measures flexibility. While students were being assessed, the rest of the class played hopscotch or continued adding up the miles during walking club. Our school has walked over 1,800 miles so far this year.

Important Dates:

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