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Raise the Bar April 1, 2016

The Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District FY 17 Budget will be presented during a public hearing on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Apponequet Regional High School library. 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 budget presented to the school committee was a 4.28 % increase from the FY16 budget.  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 second meeting on Thursday, April 7, 2016. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. with a tour of the school and be followed by  a regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria to examine in detail some of the proposed work from the recently released Existing Conditions Report of AES.   

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 Friday, April 15, 2016.  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 this Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Apponequet Regional High School beginning at 6:30 p.m.  With the recent spring snow day, our last day of school is now, Thursday, June 23, 2016. There are only three months remaining in this academic year. Please keep in mind that we have a scheduled early release day on Monday, April 4. 2016 for staff professional development.   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 - Michaelangelo    

 

Apponequet Regional High School           

Greetings from Laker Nation,

Quarter 3 grades closed on April 1, 2016 and grades will be posted on April 8, 2016.

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.

It was an honor to host the second in our series of Career Panels this past week. “Careers in Education” presenters were Superintendent Richard W. Medeiros from the Freetown Lakeville Regional School District, Doreen Fouquette of With All My Heart,  Kara Bergeron of All My Heart, Mary Connor, Associate Professor of Bridgewater State University and Andrea Cayson, Assistant Professor of Bridgewater State University.  A most deserved thanks to all five who shared their college and career narratives, engaged in Q&A and helped our students consider their futures.  Interested community members are encouraged to participate on our Career Panels.  Please contact Class of 2018 Counselor Mrs. Cronin at jcronin@freelake.org should you be interested.

Best wishes to our 250 student athletes and their coaches who are participating in one of our Spring sports.  Join us in supporting our Boys Track, Girls Track, Softball, Baseball, Boys Tennis, Girls Tennis, Boys Lacrosse and Girls Lacrosse teams by watching a contest.  For our athletic calendar, visit www.southcoastconference.org.  

Come join the ARHS Players for their Spring Musical “Cinderella!”  Show dates and times are as follows:  Thursday, April 14, 7:00 pm, Friday, April 15, 7:00 pm and Saturday, April 16, 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors and students, and $8.00 for children 10 years of age and under.

Ms. Lima and the ARHS Art Department are pleased to invite you to follow their great works on Instagram. The user name is:  arhs_arts_n_stuff

Free Math and Biology MCAS tutoring is available.  Students in grades 9 or 10 seeking assistance with Math MCAS preparation are welcome to attend on Mondays, from 1:53 - 2:53 pm, in Room 111.  Students in grade 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:

April 1 - Quarter 3 grades close

April 3 - Health Fair

April 4 - Early Dismissal @ 10:27 am

April 6 - Mr. Apponequet

April 8 - Quarter 3 Grades Posted

April 14 - 16 Spring Musical - Cinderella

April 28 Annual Art Show Reception

 

Freetown-Lakeville Middle School

National Junior Honor Society and Student Government:

Last Thursday, the NJHS officers and members of the student government took the train to South Station in Boston and then walked to the State House. The students had an amazing experience as Massachusetts senator, Michael Rodriques took them on a special tour of the historic building. They visited the Senate chambers, conference rooms, and the balcony overlooking Boston Common while Sen. Rodriques told interesting historical stories about our government and the building. He posed for "selfies" with the students, and they gathered in Senate chambers to take a photo. He also introduced students to several senators, as they were gathering for a congressional session.

They also met with Keiko Orrall, a member of the House of Representatives. She was kind enough to take the students to the floor of the House meeting while it was in session. Students were recognized in the minutes of the meeting and were on the cable broadcast. She discussed the role of the House of Representatives.

Rubik’s Cube Event:

Students from schools across New England will be coming here to do team-solves of 25 Rubik's Cubes, along with individual-solves using both the traditional 3x3 Rubik's Cube, and the smaller 2x2 Rubik's Cubes. More information about this tournament will come at a later date, but mark your calendars for June 11th!

ELA MCAS Dates:

April 5 & 6Grade Eight

 

George R. Austin Intermediate School

Welcome MCAS!

Just a reminder that the students will be taking their Reading MCAS tests next week.

  • April 5 and 6 - grade 4

  • April 7 and 8 - grade 5

  • Make up testing:  April 11, 12 and 13.

The test this year will consist of 3 parts.  On the first day of testing, students will participate in section 1 and have the whole day to complete.  On the second day of testing, students will participate in section 2A (MCAS reading test - untimed) and 2B (A PARCC section consisting of multiple choice and a narrative writing piece), in which students will have 60 minutes to complete.  We are very excited and confident that your children are well prepared and will do their best!  We look forward to seeing excellent results in the fall.  

Students are welcome to bring snacks with them as we encourage healthy ones!  We encourage plenty of rest and simply telling your kids to “do their best!”  

Monday, April 4th is a ½ curriculum day.  Students are dismissed at 11:00.

The 4th grade students went home with field trip permission slips on Thursday, March 31 to attend the Museum of Science on May 26th in Boston. Payments may be paid by check (made out to FLRSD)or on the websites Unipay. All payments must be received by April 29th.

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

The dates for MCAS testing are:

April 5 & 6, 2016 - 4th Grade ELA

April 7 & 8, 2016 - 5th Grade ELA

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:

We are wrapping up our unit on Patterns In Nature in reading. Our extended text " The Superstorm, Hurricane Sandy", has really been an eye opener on how to prepare and survive a storm of this magnitude.

We have been researching animals for our Social Studies/Science projects of the Southeast region.  We are also finding out more information about distinctive animals that live in that region.

4th Grade Math & Science:

In math, fourth graders are learning how to generate equivalent fractions using models, multiplication, and division.  They are also learning to measure and draw angles using a protractor.

In science, students are continuing their study on animals.  Some classes have even begun a research project on animals of the United States.

5th Grade ELA:

This week was a busy one for 5th graders in ELA.  Students continued to draft their opinion pieces focusing on including strong evidence to support their point of view.  Examining the importance of point of view continued in reading lessons which included retelling a story from a different character's point of view.  Finally, students  investigated how figurative language helps an author paint a more vivid picture in readers' minds.  Students are challenged to use more of this descriptive language in their own writing pieces.

.5th Grade Math:

In fifth grade math, we are finishing up our unit on Operations and Algebra. Next, we will be studying geometry and measurement. Practice using rulers and yardsticks and measuring ingredients with your child. Discuss how to convert between units within measurement systems, like how many feet are in a yard, how many centimeters are in a meter, how many quarts are in a gallon, etc

Music:

This week, 4th graders are working on their new note "E" and playing eighth notes on their recorders. They are now working toward earning their green belts in recorder karate by playing "It's Raining."

5th Grade students are listening to their composition projects and are having an assessment on the importance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Beginning band will be starting on April 11th and chorus will begin on April 12th.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Monday, April 4 - ½ Curriculum Day - dismissal of students at 11:00

April 5 & 6 - ELA MCAS for 4th Grade

April 7 & 8 - ELA MCAS for 5th Grade

Monday, April  11 - 5th grade rescheduled field trip to the Zeiterion Theater

Monday, April 11 - School Council @ 2:30

Monday, April 11 - PTO Meeting @ 7:00p.m. - GRAIS Cafeteria

Monday, April 18-Friday, April 22 - April Vacation

Monday, April 25 - School Reopens

Thursday, April 28 - Storytelling Festival 6:00 p.m.

Friday, April 29 - PTO Sponsored Spaghetti Dinner (information to follow)

 

Assawompset Elementary School

Dear Assawompset Families,

Spring has sprung in so many ways here at AES. Between projects, Read-a-thon, and some relatively nice weather we are enjoying what spring is offering. One such project that is getting some attention is the Journey North Emperor Tulip Garden in the front of our school. Grade three last fall choose to plant Emperor Tulips as in their class garden. The planting was registered on a website that monitors the planting, emerging and blooming of these tulips across the country. We are happy to report that our tulips have emerged and are doing quite nicely next to the daffodils that were planted by last year’s third grade. Look for the blooms in the coming weeks as you leave our campus! https://www.learner.org/jnorth/tulip/

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 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.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

To all of the parents who were able to volunteer at the book fair and answer our plea for help- thank you! What a fantastic book fair we had for the kids here at Assawompset elementary school! As your PTO, we love to provide all of the students with great experiences and the school with the added benefit of having a book fair and using the funds raised from the book fair to add to our wonderful library and occasionally to the technology at our school! Thank you also to all of the parents and grandparents who brought their children  to the book fair and came to the ice cream social. It is wonderful to have so many faces from the community enjoying events that the PTO is able to provide with your help. Even those of you who were only able to provide an hour or two of support it made a huge difference in the success of the event! So thank you! We hope you realize what a big difference volunteering makes for our school!! :)

>> Sincerely- Your AES PTO board

Grade 3 MCAS Prep: If you signed your child up for the upcoming Math section, it begins on Tuesday, April 5 (not April 3). This runs for six weeks. Please note that the May 11 date is a Wednesday, all others are Tuesdays.

April 5, 12, 26, May 3,11*, 17 (* Wednesday)

Kindergarten Registration:

Any kindergarten registration packets that have not been returned during the registration week can still be brought to school.  

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.

 

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.

Classroom Chatter

Kindergarten:

This week we enjoyed a visit from The Museum of Science Starlab. After using binoculars to view a model of Jupiter, students were able to go inside of the inflatable planetariums to view the night sky, constellations, and planets. It was a fun and educational experience! Thank you to the PTO for supporting our assemblies!

Grade One:

The first graders were extremely excited this week to participate in an engaging assembly all about dinosaurs.  They learned how dinosaurs moved, how we know they existed and they became “real” paleontologists while they dug for fossils. A special thanks to the PTO for providing this wonderful learning experience.

Grade Two: Second graders are welcoming spring with a variety of crafts and activities. They will be reading The Night the Moon Fell. This story is a beautifully illustrated myth, an old story that often explains something about nature. The students will review  plot and theme of stories and continue to practice the visualizing reading strategy.  In social studies, the students are exploring the continents of the world.

Grade Three:

Third graders are currently reading Charlotte’s Web during their ELA block, and are doing various comprehension and vocabulary activities that go along with the text.  In math, students are currently working on a measurement and data unit which focuses on concepts such as time/elapsed time, liquid volume and mass, measuring to the nearest ¼ inch, and analyzing/making various types of graphs.   Students are currently learning about electricity and magnetism in science.

Library

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.  

1st: In first grade, we are starting a research project on Dinosaurs.  Students were taught how to go to the library’s website, access Britannica Online Encyclopedia and perform a basic search on dinosaurs using the Chromebooks. They did a great job!

2nd and 3rd : In both grades, we are introducing/reviewing print reference resources. Students had a chance to rotate through 5 different print resources - Encyclopedia, Atlas, Thesaurus, Almanac and a Dictionary. They are learning what each source has to offer and how to search each one.

ART

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 one 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.

MUSIC

K: The K children are back to working with unpitched percussion instruments this week with the song, Oliver Twist. The children had to follow a specific pattern while singing and playing their instruments. We also reviewed rhythm patterns while we used popsicle sticks.

1st: The 1st grade children worked on the song, Ten in the Bed, on unpitched percussion instruments. We also worked on playing dynamics piano and forte using instruments as well as read the book, The Bear and the Piano, that was given to the music room by one of our 1st graders!

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 learned 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.

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.

SEPAC NEWS

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.  Paint night will be held on April 12 at 6pm.  Place TBD.  All are welcome to attend. The cost is $15 per painter.  To reserve your spot please email ndeterra@hotmail.com.  This is to get a rough idea on the number of attendees and to reserve a space.

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.

 

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.



Freetown Elementary

Early Dismissal: There will be a 12:15 dismissal on Monday, April 4 for the purpose of professional development.

MCAS Testing: Grade 3 students will be taking the Reading Comprehension portion of MCAS this Wednesday and Thursday, April 6 and 7, 2016. Please be sure your child is present for each day of testing and arrives on time. It is our goal to begin the assessment following morning announcements.

Mid-Day Traffic: From time to time, family members visit the school to pick up children, drop items off, etc. In the event that you do so while children are going to or coming from recess, for the safety of all students, please wait to leave your parking space until all children are safely at their destination.

Grooversity: Please be sure to read the music section of this update to hear all about this wonderful experience. Many thanks to our fabulous PTO for funding this event!

Spring Fling: The FES PTO is sponsoring its annual Spring Fling on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00. The cost is $10.00 per family.

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. Details will follow soon.

Fox Festival: The second annual Freetown Fox Festival has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 21. Any parent interested in volunteering for this event in any capacity must have a cleared CORI and fingerprints on file with the FLRSD. There is still time to get this done if you have not done so already, but please do not wait much longer. We do not want there to be any disappointed students or parents!

Classroom and Teacher News:

Preschool: This week we have focused on the weather and this new season called spring. We also talked about shapes, identified the letters in our names and reviewed our most recent letters and letter sounds. The older students also worked on proper letter formation to include correct top-to-bottom, left-to-right directionality, proper grip, using a helping hand to stabilize objects and papers and using the same hand consistently to hold writing instruments. We used various stories to make predictions and to talk about what could happen.

Kindergarten: The students have been working on opinion writing, making sure there are spaces in between words in their writing and “stretching out” words in order to write unknown words. They have been doing a great job writing in their notebooks daily! The students have been focusing on counting to 100 by 10s in math and increasing their independent reading skills during reading time.

Grade 1: This week in first grade, we read I’m a Caterpillar and discussed changes that happen in nature. We introduced r controlled vowels, ir, er, and ur. They also worked further with contractions. In math, we are learning how to add two digits numbers and regrouping. Lastly, we are doing a lot of wonderful research and writing about life cycles.

Grade 2:  This week in reading was our review of  Unit 4 skills and stories. The students read five different genre selections and answer related comprehension questions.  In math, we continue to develop our skills on time. In social studies, we began our travels into Asia.

Grade 3: This is an exciting week in Grade 3 as our third graders will take the ELA MCAS.  Please join us in wishing them luck on April 6th and 7th!  We will also be working on line plots and measuring area in math. In writing, we will continue writing our informative articles. The students are loving “Charlotte’s Web” and we will continue reading this text. Our life cycle unit will continue and our butterflies have almost hatched!  

Specialists:

“Grooversity” came to our school last Thursday to celebrate Music in Our Schools Month. This six member performing group presented their program entitled “Brazilian Beats”. We danced, played percussion instruments and sang along as we learned about the culture of Brazil and musical terms. Our teachers and administrators even got into the action! Thank you PTO for sponsoring this wonderful program! Please follow the link below if you are interested in more information: http://grooversity.com/home

Music: Kindergarten students are learning to describe music using musical terms. They are mastering the music words Piano/Forte, Largo/Presto and Legato/Staccato. We are singing, moving and playing instruments to a variety of songs to feel these differentiations. First Grade students are writing their own 4 beat rhythm patterns using traditional rhythm notation. Working in pairs, they are review the “rules” with each other as they write and perform.  Second Grade grade studentsare composing their own six measure rhythm chants. This is the first time they will be stringing patterns together to make a song. After we finish composing, we will review songs for accuracy and play them on percussion instruments. Third Graders worked in class ensembles to play the recorder songs “B A Superhero”, “Peas Porridge”, “BAGalicious” and “Merrily We Roll Along”. It has been some time since we’ve played them so much time was spent reviewing pitches, rhythms and technique.     

Physical Education: Kindergarten and First Graders learned the bounce pass and continued practicing their shooting and dribbling skills. Second and Third grade students learned the lay-up and practiced foul shooting and shooting from different places in the key.

Important Dates:

Monday, April 4, 2016 - Early Dismissal at 12:15

Wednesday and Thursday, April 6 & 7, 2016 - MCAS Reading (Grade 3)

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