Raise the Bar

The Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District School Committee revised the FY 17 budget to $35,506,867 which includes $515,000 of Excess and Deficiency funding and additional documented revenues. The total spending is $36,383,867. The decision of the school committee and administration to meet the expectations of both towns must be balanced with our continued efforts 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, we look for your support with our operational budget and the capital project article involving the GRAIS swimming pool that is long overdue. The FY 17 budget is a 4.54 % increase in total spending from the FY16 budget.  This translates to a .02 % assessment increase in Freetown and a 4.12 % assessment increase in Lakeville. We will continue to work on a fiscally responsible budget that provides staff support and the necessary resources for all our children.        

The Assawompset Elementary Facility Study Sub-Committee held their last meeting for this school year on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.  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, June 1, 2016 at Apponequet Regional High School beginning at 6:30 p.m. At this meeting we will recognize our ARHS Top 10 Students and the 2015-16 Staff Retirees.

ARHS “Top 10” Students

Michaela ArguinKevin ArnoldNathan Sylvia

Abby CarchioKelly EmersonMichaela Schaff

Abigail KeithAddisyn KenallAlyssa Nolin

Jacquelyne LevesqueMegan Medeiros

2015-2016 Retiree Recognition

Mary Jean Libertore-23yrsJean Monte-24yrsJo-ann Brierley-34yrs

Jody Pimental-14yrsDonna French-21yrsHolly Deane-39yrs

Denise Wiswell-10yrsNora Murphy-28yrsCharles Moszczenski-31yrs

There are only 18 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.  Please enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend and take time to help honor the memories of Massachusetts men and women who served and gave their lives for our nation.  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           
Hello Laker Nation,

We begin our week-long good-bye to the Class of 2016!  

Tuesday, May 31st

“Senior Send Off”, 7:00 am, ARHS Cafeteria

Sr. Awards, 6:00 pm, Falcon Auditorium

Wednesday, June 1st

Marching Rehearsal, 7:00 am, ARHS Gym

Presentation of Top Ten at School Committee, 6:30 pm, ARHS Library

Thursday, June 2nd

Marching Rehearsal, 7:00 am, ARHS Gym

Senior Banquet,  6:00 pm, LeBaron Hills Country Club

Friday, June 3rd

Senior Walk, 9:15 am, ARHS, AES, FES

Graduation, 6:00 pm, Griffith Field or ARHS Gym

The National College Fair, held in Boston, was attended by a group of grade 11 students last week.  Mrs. Kashner, Class of 2017 Guidance Counselor, organized the trip and reported that students gleaned a plethora of information about post-secondary options.

AP Physics students worked feverishly on their end-of-year Rube Goldberg machines.  This year, there were 4 machines: * A Rainbow Goldfish themed machine that drops a bottle into a recycling bin, * A Space themed machine that zips a zipper, * A Candyland themed machine that puts toothpaste on a toothbrush (oh, the irony) and * A Donald Trump-themed (yes, you read that right) machine that raises a flag.  Each machine had a minimum of 8 steps, used at least 4 different forms of energy and at least 4 different simple machines.  They were showcased by Mrs. Mills during class.

On May 19th, the Science Department held its annual Science Awards.  Over 60 students were awarded certificates for academic excellence in their science classes.  Science teachers chose students to receive the top science student awards by considering such criteria as academic performance, work ethic, enthusiasm and dedication to learning science. Many supportive family members were there to see students receive honors.  

Thanks to School Committee Member Mrs. Fox, Mrs. Kashner and Kate Fentress, former Executive Director of the Women's Fund of Southeastern MA, a team of ARHS students actively participated in Women’s Advocacy Day.  Pictures of this excellent event are on our site and information about the event is located athttp://www.mass.gov/women/advocacy-day/

It is not too late to catch a Spring Athletic event!  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 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

Congratulations to our FLMS robotics students on their success in competition last Friday. The seventh and eighth grade ASPIRE (After School Program in Robotics Engineering) had its yearly competition with Dartmouth Middle School on Friday, May 20. The seventh grade won first place in best overall, winning in the long shot and 3/4 meter categories and tie in the 1 meter category. The eighth grade won first place in the mobility category and second place in the creativity category while Dartmouth won the manufacturing category.

All of our future engineers worked hard over the last few months and deserve recognition for their hard work, perseverance and creativity. Well done, you make all of us proud!

Memorial Day Ceremony:

On May 27 at 10 a.m., the sixth grade will participate in a ceremony with honored guests, music performed by our chorus, and a tribute to our veterans.


National Junior Honor Society and student government students will be hosting a carwash on Saturday, 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.

Art Show:

Please join us on the 14th of June from 5-9 pm for our annual Spring Arts Night. The main hall of the middle school will be transformed into our very own gallery. There will be hundreds of 2D and 3D works of art created by our 6th, 7th and 8th graders. You will be amazed by the ceramic tiki, monster sculptures, Kandinsky inspired pastel drawings, 2D technical drawings, kinetic sculptures, and more.

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

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
We had another great week here at the Intermediate School.  We began the week with a visit from the sixth grade math teachers to discuss expectations and curriculum.  The visit was very successful as it helped to alleviate some of the sixth grade jitters and anxiety.  The week continued with a fourth grade field trip to the Boston Museum of Science and today the Kid’s Cabinet hosted a breakfast for the Council on Aging in the towns of Freetown and Lakeville.  We would like to thank Mr. Alex Duff, the GRAIS music teacher, for providing the entertainment for the breakfast.  A huge shout out also goes to the boys and girls that performed with Mr. Duff in the choir and/or playing an instrument.  In addition to the GRAIS staff and students,  we would like to thank all the local businesses that donated items that were raffled off free to the senior citizens.  It was truly an amazing event and an honor for the GRAIS team to serve the community.


Local Donations:

Heritage Flowers and Balloons, Lakeville - 75 Carnations

Somethin’s Brewin of Lakeville -

Baldie’s Pizza of Lakeville - $30.00 gift card

Dave’s Diner of Middleboro - $25.00 gift card

Harry’s Cafe of Middleboro - $25.00 gift card

Friendly’s Ice Cream of Middleboro -  $35.00 dinner for two

Peaceful  Meadows of Middleboro - $10.00 gift card

Hannaford’s of Middleboro - $25.00 gift card

Shaw’s of Fall River - $25.00 gift card

Dunkin Donuts of Freetown - (2) $25.00 gift baskets

 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:

4th Grade ELA: With the year winding down, students and teachers have reflected on all we have read this year and the variety of stories and non-fiction texts we have been exposed to. We are confident that our students have grown as readers and writers and will continue to expand their love for both, while applying the many skills and strategies we have taught this year. As the school year ends, we will continue to read a few more stories based around "mysteries & puzzles" as well as wrap up our final narrative writing piece for the year.

 4th Grade SS: The United States world tour finally comes to an end! We have traveled to all 50 states and learned about the amazing landforms, water, climate, products/natural resources, landmarks and culture that each have to offer. On your many adventures this summer, hopefully you will be able to branch out to some of the amazing places we have studied this year and have your children be the tour guides!

 4th Grade Math & Science:

4th grade students have started exploring our Weather Unit in Science! We have been discussing the gases, such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and oxygen, that make up the air we breathe. In Math we are continuing to learn about Geometry, Measurement and Data, and relating fractions to decimals. Students spent Thursday May 26th at the Boston Museum of Science taking part in some hands on Science experiences!

 5th Grade Math:

The sixth grade math teachers visited GRAIS this week to give our students a heads-up about expectations in sixth grade. The students were very respectful and asked a lot of good questions. If you or your child has any questions about sixth grade math that weren't answered, please forward your questions to your child's math teacher, who will forward them to the sixth grade math teachers for clarification.

 5th Grade ELA:

This week in grade 5 ELA/Social Studies students are continuing to develop their imagined narratives in writing.  Students have created a character, problem, and solution and are now adding elaborative details and suspense to their pieces.  In reading students are analyzing graphic sources for information and are working on using their background knowledge and text evidence to draw conclusions.  


All-School Collaborative Art Show & 4th Grade Recorder Concert June 17th @ 6:00


This week 4th graders have been starting to preparing for the annual Art and Music Show. They have been working on "March of the Abominable Alien Aardvarks" and "Make You Proud." Half of the classes are working on the harmony lines and next week we will have a few students try out for the solo part.

 5th Grade students have been working on find the instrumentation and form of music in preparation for their projects that are due after memorial day. We talked about the verse, pre-chorus, chorus, and bridge parts in current music. We also finished up our family of instrument units and our musician of the month Prince and will have a small assessment on that next week.


 May 27th - Senior Breakfast  for Freetown and Lakeville Council on Aging - 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.

June 1st - Regional School Committee Meeting at Apponequet

June 3rd - 5th Grade Visit to FLMS

June 7-10 - 4th Grade Nature’s Classroom

June 13th-17th - PTO Sponsored Penny Race During Lunch Times

June 13th - School Council @ 2:30

June 13th - PTO Meeting @ 7:00p.m. in Cafeteria

June 15th - School Committee Meeting at Apponequet

June 16th - FES 3rd Grade Visit GRAIS @ 10:00

June 16th - Celebrate Summer Reading Assembly

June 16th - Band & Chorus Concert (GRAIS students) at FLMS - 6:30p.m.

June 17th - AES 3rd Grade Visit GRAIS @ 10:00

June 17th - Grade 5 Reading Challenge Celebration

June 17th - Art and Music Show @ GRAIS 6:00p.m.

June 21st - Survivor Day

June 22nd - Rain Date for Survivor Day

June 23rd - Last Day of School - dismissal of students @ 11:00


Freetown Elementary

Spring Concert: The FES Grade 3 Chorus performed beautifully last night in an auditorium filled with family members and FES staff. Many thanks to Mrs. Sugar for another fabulous performance!

 Classroom and Teacher News:

 Preschool:  Our Painted Lady Butterflies emerged from their chrysalises and the preschoolers have enjoyed observing them fly around their butterfly cages. We released our butterflies on Wednesday and they seemed to enjoy the sunny, warm day as they flew away. We have continued with our insect unit comparing and contrasting the insects we have studied and learning new things about them. Our projects this week involved a lot of numeral recognition, counting, one-to-one correspondence and even some simple addition. We introduced a new letter of the alphabet and practiced our letter names and sounds. The morning class had the opportunity to see the FES choir concert on Thursday morning and were excited to see the third graders sing.

 Kindergarten: The kindergarten students wrapped up their unit on the butterfly life cycle as well as the chicken life cycle. They were introduced to two new sight words and more amazing words. In math, we continued with our geometry unit.

Grade 1: This week first grade learned about vowel digraphs ue, ui, and ew along with compound words. We discussed what treasures we can share at home. In math, we continued to work on measurements and comparing lengths. We are also working on our author study and writing our opinions about different books. We are writing letters to an author as well.

Grade 2: In reading this week, the students focused on how to be responsible when a mistake has been made. The weekly selection addresses the issue of being responsible for your own actions and accepting any consequences that result. In mathematics, we are now reviewing all the 2nd grade skills each week. We also continued to work on opinion writing.

Grade 3: This week we will be learning about the history of our town: Freetown.  In ELA, we will be reading “The Secret Soldier, Life of Deborah Sampson.”  We will also be working on a biography research project.  In math, we will be reviewing all previous skills taught in math as well as multiplication tables 0-10.   


 Music:  All grade levels are jumping into patriotic songs this week in preparation for our Flag Day assembly in June. At varying levels students are studying “God Bless America”, “You’re a Grand Old Flag”, “The Star Spangled Banner” and “There are Many Flags”. We are also touching upon John Philip Sousa’s classic march “Stars and Stripes Forever”.  We’ve been so impressed with their enthusiasm as they learn these important American classic songs!

 Art:  Kindergartners created interesting over and under line sculptures with strips of construction paper.  Grade 1 learned that complementary colors are opposites on the color wheel.  They pop and look vibrant next to each other. They chose 4 colors to paint folded paper.  Next week, we will add a handprint in the complementary colors.  Grade 2 learned about drawing in the foreground, middle and background to create a sense of space in their Masai village line drawing.  Grade 3 painted flower drawings with watercolor.  They used analogous colors so that they would bleed together to make tertiary colors.

 Physical Education: Kindergarten and First Grade students learned how to run the bases and had “Kicking Practice” as they started to learn how to play kickball. Second and Third Graders learned and practiced hitting in a game of Wastebasket Wiffleball.

 Important Dates:

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

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - PTO Meeting at 7:00

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - Last Day of School - 12:15 Dismissal


Assawompset Elementary School
 As our year is winding down we are already planning for next year. One bit that helps us greatly  is to have an idea of what transportation needs our families have. Though you are assigned a HOME bus you may have a daycare provider on one or more days of the week. It is helpful to know that ahead of time. If this applies to you, please use the Transportation form in the Activity Flyers folder on the school’s webpage. Please read the conditions of using this form before submitting it to the school. Please note that transportation changes are for day care only and not extra-curricular organizations. If this applies to you, kindly return it to our main office by June 10.

 This week we launched our PTO fundraiser and Boosterthon Fun Run. The entire student body assembled Thursday in the gymnasium for a Pep Rally. We started the program off with our third grade award ceremony. The presentation of these annual awards is a highlight of our school year. They are presented to the student in front of the entire student body and their families.  

Sixteen third graders received the following awards:


Laurie Hunter Starfish Award

Bryce Ng - 3I

Kathryn Rogers- 3K

Perrone Scholarship Award

Lucas Soares-3K

Jillian Maher

Tom Venice Spirit of Assawompset Award

Tyler Gray -3 Mg (3P)

Julia Raposo-3I

Hitchcock Sportsmanship Award

Will Levrault -3E

Claire Tomaszewski -3Ml

Jan Brown Music Award

Noah Dias-3Mg (3P)

Alexis Frye - 3Mg (3P)

Douglas Berry PE Award

William Horton

Kohana Fontinha -3Ml

Library Award

Ryan Vincent - 3I

Autumn Arnone 3-I

Art Award

Paul Bernier - 3Ml

Sophia El Ghadi -3E

The AES Boosterthon Fun Run is a new event for Assawompset. The PTO’s efforts offer our students cost-free field trips and busing, as well as special academic and cultural programming for each grade level. We are grateful for what they provide for our school community and hope this event provides something a little more engaging than the usual cookie dough. :)   

The Fun Run is scheduled for June 3. Parents are welcome to come cheer their child on; however they will have to remain in the parking lot behind the fence.  Parking that day will be at Ted Williams Camp and parents may walk onto the campus for their child’s scheduled run time.  

The schedule is as follows

9:30-10:30 - 3rd grade

10:30-11:30- 2nd grade

11:30-12:30 No parents on campus except volunteers

12:30-1:30 - Kindergarten

1:30-2:30  - 1st grade

The entrance to the school will be closed off for safety after morning drop off and reopen before dismissal. Those that need to visit the office or have business in the building will follow the signs for entering and exiting the staff and visitor parking in the front of the school.

 Principal’s Challenge: To provide incentive to reach our Boosterthon goal.. Mr. LaBelle has offered to spend morning and afternoon dismissal on the roof of the school if the school raises $20,000. The class with the highest pledge amount will have a day of homework completed by Mr. LaBelle. And to sweeten the pot, we have proposed a Push-Up Challenge. Mr. LaBelle, and the Specialists, Mr. Stapleton, Ms.T, Mrs Eacobacci and Mrs. Sylvain will collectively do one push-up for every $ raised by the winning class!

Mrs. Nash’s Class laying Memorial Day flags at Sampson Cemetery

Attention Grade 2 Students

It is time for the annual agenda book cover contest!

 This is an opportunity to show your creativity.  Your design could be the next agenda book cover for your third grade year.


1. Assawompset Elementary School needs to be on the cover.  (An eagle is optional.)

2. PBIS words (responsible, respectful and safe) need to be on the cover.

3. Drawings must be on white 8X11 copy paper.

4. All words must be spelled correctly, capitalized if needed and written neatly to be easily read.

5. The cover needs to be colorful.

All entries are due to Mrs. Levesque by Wednesday, June 8th.  

Classroom Chatter


This week in Kindergarten we read the informational text On the Move by Donna Latham.  Students learned about different types of transportation people use around the world such as airplanes, dogsleds, double decker buses, submarines, airboats, etc.  Our focus letters this week are Vv and Zz and students were introduced to the sight words come and where.  In math, students worked on identifying solid shapes from flat shapes and discussed attributes of different shapes and shape names.  Kindergarten had a blast visiting with Barn Babies.  A huge THANK YOU to the PTO for making this possible!!!

Grade One:

This week we discovered why we treasure special places.  These special places can make us smile, give us a good feeling and create great memories.  Our phonics skill was vowel digraphs ie, igh and consonant patterns kn, wr. In addition, we focused on facts and details while reading and learning about the significance of Memorial Day. *Don’t forget to sign-up for the “Fun Run!”

Grade Two:  This is review week.  The students will be reviewing reading skills and concepts taught in the last Reading Street unit.  Then, they will be taking the end of the year reading assessment.  The students will be taking the end of the year I-Ready math test too.  The students have been enjoying the ABC countdown activities and Memorial Day activities.

Grade Three:

Grade three students are currently reading a novel titled The Secret Soldier and learning about famous Americans during their biography unit.  Third grade students are also reviewing a variety of math concepts since they have finished the Ready Math program.  


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 different Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems.  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 are learning to code using Scratch. Scratch can be found at https://scratch.mit.edu/ and is a wonderful tool to get students into programming!


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-3 All students learned a fun folk dance this week in music class. We also had time to play a few rhythm games in small groups to review patterns that were taught throughout the school year. It was a fun week in the music room!

 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!

 Grades 2 & 3: This week, students will play an actual flag football game, using the skills they have practiced in previous classes.

Grade 1:  This week, Students will continue 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) punting a football, 2) passing and catching a football, 3) agility and footwork, and 4) flag pulling techniques.

Kindergarten:  Students will continue to practice throwing and catching a football, as they make their way through various stations.


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.

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.  Physicals may be faxed (508-947-7068), emailed (jbullock@freelake.org), or sent in to the office.  

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

 Students that have medication at school:

Parents are required to pick up student medications.  Medications that are not  picked up by a parent will be discarded.  

Have a healthy week!