Raise The Bar April 8, 2016

Dear Parents and Community Members,

  I presented the Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District FY 17 budget at our annual Public Hearing this past Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in the Apponequet Regional High School library.  The powerpoint presentation from that meeting will be posted on our website for your review. The school committee and administration are working hard to restore staffing positions, address class size numbers, and to continue initiatives in the following areas: technology, instructional materials, security, and capital projects.  This commitment must be balanced with the fiscal parameters established by both towns. The latest FY 17 budget presented to the school committee was a 4.28 % increase from the FY16 budget.  The school committee will vote on a budget number to present to both towns at their April 27th meeting.  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 will hold their next meeting on Monday, April 25, 2016. The group conducted a tour of the facility this week that was taped by LakeCam to give all community members the opportunity to see the building. The next meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. 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.    

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 deadline for submitting applications is next Friday, April 15, 2016.  All pertinent information on this topic including all forms may be found on our website

Our next school committee meeting will be Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Apponequet Regional High School beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Please keep in mind we have our spring school vacation April 16-24, 2016.  Our last day of school is currently, Thursday, June 23, 2016. That leaves only 50 days remaining in this current academic year.    I appreciate your support for all our schools and I look forward to our continued drive toward excellence as we hit the stretch run.   If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call at 508-923-2000 ext. 1703 or e-mail me at

“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

Greetings from Laker Nation,

Quarter 3 Report Cards were posted to the PlusPortal on April 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm.  The first grade update of Term 4 will be available on Friday, April 15, 2016.

Congratulations to Alex Inacio!  He was crowned the 2015-2016 Mr. Apponequet at this week’s Class of 2016’s annual event!  Tune in to LakeCAM to see the show.

Congratulations to Class of 2016 members John Augustine, Megan Medeiros and Michael Rumsis. These three students were recipients of Laker Nation Awards for the months of February, March and April.  As a result of their demonstration of ARHS's Core Values of Achievement, Resilience, Honor and Self-Advocacy, each earned a certificate, Laker mug, a free prom ticket and recognition from their peers.

Alison Mello, Jacob Branco and Cameron Sheedy spent the day with Rep. Keiko Orrall at the State House.  While there, they took a complete tour, visited the Governor's Office, and learned of Rep. Orrall's new stature as National Committee Woman.  Alison, Jacob and Cameron also visited the House of Representatives Room as well as the Senate Room. They thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity and look forward to their own political futures.

Students in Art classes and in DECA attended the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport. Thanks to Mrs. Erwin and Mr. Rosa for arranging this trip.  Information about the Museum can be found at

Special thanks to Sgt. Edward Dwyer and Officer Ashley of the Freetown Police for making presentations in Mr. DeMello’s Criminal Law classes.  Students learned about self-defense and a number of other topics around law and personal safety.

Mr. Rosa and eight students from Accounting attended a workshop at Suffolk University.  Students participated in panel discussions regarding "Is Accounting for me? From College to Career."  Students competed in a case study titled "Could a Humble Accountant have prevented Deflate Gate?" Katie Little and Chris Nee were on the winning team!

The ARHS Guidance Department reports that 96% of our Class of 2016 members have applied to one or more two-year or four-year colleges or the US military. Thank you Mrs. Fontaine!  

Class of 2016 Parents/Guardians:  An informational packet containing details and expectations for Graduation, Senior Banquet, Prom and other year end activities was emailed via OneCallNow on March 24, 2016.  This packet is also posted on our home page.  Please contact the Main Office should you have any questions.  The information in this packet will be reviewed at a class meeting in April.  As always, we look forward to your assistance as we usher our current grade 12 students into their new roles as ARHS Alumni.

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Upcoming Events:

April 8 - Quarter 3 Grades Posted

April 14 - 16 Spring Musical - Cinderella

April 15 - Grade Update

April 18 - 22 School Vacation

April 28 Annual Art Show Reception

Freetown-Lakeville Middle School

Film Festival:

FLMS is hosting their third annual Film Festival on Friday, April 15th. The festival is for all students and will be hosted by the specialist teachers. Students will watch several award-winning short films with various global themes that connect to all curricula. Each film is very different, yet all are thought-provoking. We are very excited to continue this tradition at FLMS, as it is an exciting way to kick off spring break!

Project 351:

8th Grade Project 351 Ambassador, Robert Pacheco, working with the organization Cradles to Crayons, is completing his spring service project by orchestrating a clothing drive for Massachusetts families in need. Cradles to Crayons supplies children’s items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have- with communities that need, moving existing resources into the hands of families who would otherwise go without. There are various plastic bins located throughout the school for the collection of gently used clothing. The clothing drive will continue until April 28th.

The Power of the Pen:

The Creative Writing Club is in full swing. Students meet to write, share, and have fun every Thursday afternoon. New members are always welcome.


The yearbook is finished! Many thanks to all students, staff, and parents who made it possible. The final sale will kick off after April vacation and continue until all copies are sold. You can reserve a copy at any time by visiting the Jostens website.

George R. Austin Intermediate School

The staff at the Intermediate School is truly ending the week with smiles on our faces and pride in our hearts!  We began the week with a ½ professional day where staff worked on writing curriculum and science notebooks.  The week followed with four days of MCAS testing in the area of reading comprehension where students were engaged in reading passages and answering multiple choice questions and responding to literature.  Students were observed to try their absolute best and be positive throughout the whole experience.  We are extremely proud and wanted to share with you our excitement!

Make up days for MCAS are Monday and Tuesday of next week, April 11 and 12.  

The next PTO meeting will be on Monday, April 11 @ 7:00 in the GRAIS cafeteria.

Yearbook order forms went home and orders are due on April 15.

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

The dates for MCAS testing are:

April 11 & 12 ELA Make Up Testing - grades 4 and 5

May 10 & 11, 2016 - 5th Grade Math

May 12 & 13, 2016 - 4th Grade Math

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

4th Grade ELA & Social Studies:

Students worked hard on the 4th Grade English Language Arts MCAS test this week.  Classes are working on Superstorm Sandy.  Many classes are still in need of magazine or flyers/advertisements for our project next week.  Thank you!

4th Grade Math & Science:

Grade 4 students worked very hard taking their ELA MCAS this week! We continue to work on various geometry skills such as adding and subtracting angles and measuring angles while also learning about fractions. In Science we are discovering how animals are classified and how they adapt to their environments for survival. Many classes are doing a diorama project in conjunction with this unit as well.

5th Grade Math:

This week fifth grade math has started working on measurement. Students are practicing converting between units within the customary system of measurement and within the metric system of measurement. Students have learned that when they convert from a larger unit to a smaller unit, they need to multiply because they'll end up with more of the smaller units. When they convert from a smaller unit to a larger unit, they need to divide because they need to group the smaller units into fewer larger units.

5th Grade ELA:

In fifth grade ELA, the students took the ELA MCAS this week on Thursday and Friday.  We are proud of the students' hard work and perseverance  while taking this.  The ELA classes have been doing a variety of activities in preparation for this including practicing a timed PARCC assessment and doing comprehension activities or games.  Next week, we will be continuing on with our opinion writing.  


April Vacation 4/18-4/22 - School Reopens Monday April 25.

Community Recreation Storytelling Festival for Parents - April 28

School Wide Annual Luau - Friday, April 29th - Drop off event - If your child is getting picked up by someone other than yourself a note needs to be sent to the office by Wednesday, April 27th stating the person’s name, your student’s name and homeroom. Please make sure that person brings a valid I.D. with them.

Freetown Elementary

MCAS Testing: FES is very proud of our third graders for the exceptional effort they made during ELA MCAS this week. Math MCAS is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, May 18 and 19, 2016.

Spring Fling: The FES PTO is sponsoring its annual Spring Fling tonight from 6:00 - 8:00. The cost is $10.00 per family. Please come out and join in the fun!

Bingo for Books: Freetown Elementary School will be hosting a BIngo for Books event for FES families on Monday, May 2 from 6:00 - 7:00. Please mark your calendar. Registration forms are due on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

World Wonders: We would like to thank the families and staff for coming out to World Wonders Family Night on March 31, 2016 and give special thanks to the fifth grade ambassadors who hosted the evening. Over 100 people attended and enjoyed Bridgewater State University's African Band as well as books and math activities from a range of cultures.

SEPAC NEWS: The paint night on April 12, 2016 will be rescheduled for a later date. There was little response to this event, likely because many groups within the district have hosted the same event. We hope to schedule and have a better response in the fall. Our next meeting is April 13 at 6:00 in the ARHS Library. We look forward to meeting new faces and welcome your questions/thoughts about anything concerning special education.

Classroom and Teacher News:

Preschool: This week we continued to talk about authors and illustrators. Mrs. Bacon talked about Eric Carle when she read Little Cloud and used felt board pieces to act it out. Then they looked at images of clouds and real clouds to see what their imaginations would lead them to see in the clouds. They used shaving cream and tools such as straws, spoons and their fingers to make shaving cream clouds take the form of something else. Then they named what sound was at the start of the word. Mrs. Isaksen’s class read Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh and compared that story to Mouse Paint which we read earlier. We focused on shapes and three-dimensional objects in the form of those shapes. The preschoolers created shape cats, sailboats, birds, trucks, a fox and a city made out of shapes. We also continued with letter recognition activities to reinforce these skills.  

Kindergarten: The students in Kindergarten have thoroughly enjoyed this week’s Reading Street adventure to the Antarctic. They have had some great discussions about social studies concepts and geography concepts. In math, the students continued practicing addition and subtraction problems as well as counting by ones to one hundred. In writing, the students have continued with opinion writing and comparing opinions and facts. In science, the students enjoyed making observations of Antarctic animals in their scientist notebooks by watching penguins via a “penguin cam” from Seaworld.

Grade 1: This week in first grade, we read Where Are My Animal Friends? and discussed how animals adapt to the changing seasons. We introduced -er, -est, and -dge. They also worked further with contractions. In math, we are learning about shapes and attributes of each shapes. In science,  we are observing the life cycle of the ladybug. Lastly, in writing, we have started our poetry writing for the month of April.

Grade 2: We started our Poetry Unit this week!  The children are being introduced to all different forms of poetry and are learning how to write their own poems. We continued to work on our Animal Research Projects. The students are doing research online, taking notes and starting to organize their material to prepare for writing their research papers. In mathematics, we continued to review time and money concepts.  

Grade 3: This week we will be finishing up our extended text “Charlotte’s Web.” As a culminating activity we will be researching the life cycles of a variety of animals and presenting our findings to the class. In math, we will be learning about area and using multiplication to solve area. In science, we will be planting seeds and examining the parts of a seed and flower.   

Room 101: We are having so much fun with our question graph. The Easter candy with the most votes was Cadbury mini eggs! My favorite was the Cadbury cream eggs. What was yours? Be on the lookout for our new question this week and don’t forget to vote.


Music: Kindergarten played the temple blocks this week to experience steady beat. One leader was tasked with setting the tempo (tick-tock on the blocks) and the class followed by chanting the “Hickory Dickory Doc” and passing the stretchy band to the steady beat. We also learned the imagination song “Pickles and Pie”. First Grade students practice mallet technique while playing the xylophone to “Happy Monkey”. We then added the tubano to play a melodic rhythm to accompany the song as well. We were also able to incorporate the reading of duple rhythm patterns intermittently as well. Second Graders enjoyed learning the music term ostinato which means a pattern that repeats itself  to accompany a song. Using the minor/duple song “I’ve Got a Dog”, we added 2 instrument ostinato parts by reading notation. We plan to continue to develop the texture of this song and add two more instruments next class. Third Graders are beginning to work in small groups to rehearse for their recorder class performances. They are tasked at learning an unfamiliar song by reading notation and then taking the song through the rehearsal steps to make it performance ready. I will be listening to performances in class and next week and am very excited to hear their progress!   

Art: Kindergarten students learned that texture is how something feels. They used textured items and made crayon rubbings from them. Grade 1 listened to the classic Where the Wild Things Are and drew their own wild things with implied texture such as scales and fur.

Grade 2 created beautiful paintings in the style of aboriginal bark paintings. Grade 3 students continued to work on their people in motion drawings. This week we focused on creating the middle and background details.

Physical Education: Kindergarten and First Grade students practiced bounce passes, dribbling and shooting. Second and Third Grade students practiced layups, shot shooting, foul shooting and dribbling skills.

Important Dates:

Friday, April 8, 2016 - Spring Fling from 6:00 - 8:00

Wednesday, April 12, 2016 - PTO Meeting at 7:00

Monday, May 2, 2016 - Bingo for Books at 6:00

May 2, 2016 - Book Fair from 7:00 - 8:00

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - Grade 3 Parent Night at GRAIS (Details coming soon)

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

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

Assawompset Elementary School

         AES Field Day Volunteers Needed!!

This year the AES Field Day will take on a new look. Under the direction of Mr. Stapleton, our Field Day will be a day long event for students and staff. Mr. Stapleton along with the PTO are planning the day to consist of fun and interactive stations as well as a good old fashioned cookout for lunch prepared by our kitchen staff. Of course parent volunteers are imperative for this day to be a success. Potential volunteers will need to complete the form in the Activity Flyers folder on the AES web page, and return it to Mr. Stapleton. The dates and details are included. Potential volunteers will need to have current CORIs on file and be available for the rain date, if needed. Thank you in advance for your support.

AES Yearbook Ordering--Time is Limited!!!!

Order your AES YEARBOOK soon!  The deadline for all orders is April 15th and fast approaching.

Order online at our ID Code is 10514816

Starting price is $18 for full color with the same add on and options as last year.

Contact Sandy Andersen at with any questions.

Grade 2 Concert Tuesday, April 12: Families of our grade 2 students are welcome to attend. Parking will be allowed on our ballfield starting at 9:30 with an easy entrance into our gymnasium. The Visitor’s Lot needs to remain free for those with other business in the school. Licenses will not be collected for this event since school access will be restricted to the gymnasium.

This is a full day of school and we ask that children not be dismissed after the concert is over.

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.

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

The PTO Kindergarten Welcome Day is set for April 30 and all incoming kindergartners and their parents are welcome to attend. Please RSVP according the invite you were given in the registration packet.


Hello families, we postponed the March 15 technology/app presentation until the fall due to a few conflicts in scheduling. At this time, we have one fun event remaining. .

Our next meeting is April 13 at 6pm at ARHS in the library.  We look forward to meeting new faces and welcome your questions/thoughts about anything concerning special education.

The paint night on April 12 will be rescheduled for a later date most likely in the fall. We are hoping for a greater response at that time.

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.

This week grade 3 students completed their ELA sessions and we are very proud of the way they prepared and approached this testing. Grade three is the first year students experience the MCAS test and our teachers did a super job getting them ready. Parents will get results sent to them in the fall.

Classroom Chatter


This week we are practicing the vowel e and sight words: here, go and from.

We enjoyed reading If You Could Go to Antarctica which gave us a better understanding of the weather and animals on this continent. Check out this short video of explorers on a voyage to Antarctica and the penguins they observe while on their trip.

Grade One:

Our question this week was “What changes can be seen in nature?”  We read stories about some different life cycles.  These included the cycle of seasons, and the lifecycle of birds and butterflies.  Our phonics skill was words with er, ir & ur and contractions.  In addition, we focused on fact & opinion and text structure.

Grade Two: This week in reading, the second graders will be reviewing Unit Four, Our Changing World. The spelling/phonics skills being reviewed this week are final syllable -le, vowel patterns oo, u, diphthongs ou, ow, oi, oy and vowel digraphs oo, ue, ew, ui. The reading skills being review this week are drawing conclusions, sequencing, plot and theme. In math, the students will continue to explore measurement. The second grade performance is next Tuesday, April 12th at 10 a.m.

Grade Three:

Students continue to read Charlotte’s Web during their ELA block, and are doing various comprehension and vocabulary activities that go along with the novel.  Students also took ELA MCAS this Wednesday and Thursday.  We are very proud of their hard work and efforts!  In math, third grade students continue to work on the unit that looks at measurement and data.  The focuses of this unit include time/elapsed time, liquid volume and mass, measuring to the nearest ¼ inch, and analyzing/making various types of graphs.   Students continue to explore more about electricity and magnetism in science through hands on activities and the use of their science notebooks.


Kindergarten: We are learning about the Solar System!  We are exploring an interactive website about the planets by e-Learning for Kids. Students are using the SmartBoard as a group to navigate through the solar system.  This week, we are finishing up the online activity and will follow up with a planetary craft.

1st: In first grade, we are continuing to work on a research project about Dinosaurs.  Students are coming up with 5 questions and are given the chance to research their top 2 questions. They will be using the Britannica Online Encyclopedia to find their answers.

2nd and 3rd: In both grades, we are introducing/reviewing print reference resources. After reviewing the 5 resources last week, students will complete a scavenger hunt finding information in the resources this week.  They love scavenger hunts!


Kindergarten children finished their “circle trees” with Ms. Dmitruk.  They will be moving on to studying squares and rectangles with help from Pete the Cat.

Grade 1 students are learning about Picasso’s cubism with help from Ms. Dmitruk and Mr. Potato Head toys. They were given the challenge of making a cubist Mr. Potato Head, then drawing it as a still life.

Grade 2 students are making underwater self-portraits!  This week, they are concentrating on how to do the correct proportions of the face.

The third graders are beginning a project they have been anticipating since their first days at AES; THEIR TILES!!!  This has been an Assawompset tradition since 2004.  Each third grader designs a tile of his/her own, and it hangs in our halls.  It represents how part of them will always be here, as hopefully our school will always be in their hearts.


K: The K children worked on learning a Folk Dance this week. They did a great job following directions and staying together as a class.

1st: The 1st grade children worked on the song, I lost the Closet Key. They practiced keeping a steady beat on unpitched percussion instruments and explored a little more with playing with the dynamics piano and forte.  We then worked on our rhythm patterns using dry erase boards in small groups.

2nd: The second grade children are continuing to work on their songs, perfecting them for their big performance on April 12, 2016 @ 10:00am in the AES gymnasium.

3rd: The third graders continued to learn to play the song The Secret Stairway, on their recorders this week and had a fun time playing along with a cd. The song included the notes B, A and G. Thee have improved greatly since last week.

Physical  Education:

All grade levels will continue with their yearly fitness testing this week.   Students have worked on numerous stretches, exercises, and fitness stations throughout the year, which should prepare them for this testing. At the end of the testing, students will receive a paper with all of their fitness testing scores.

Grades 1-3: This week, students will finish up with Broad Jump test (to test lower body strength).  Students will be performing the Shuttle Run (to test agility) by the the end of the week.

Kindergarten: Students will be introduced to a different fitness test each week. Students will get a chance to try each test, however data will not be recorded.