Raise the Bar April 29, 2016

In celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week, I would like to recognize and thank all of our hard working and dedicated staff members. Our teachers and support staff deserve much of the credit for our successes as they remain focused on meeting the needs of our students.  I would ask that throughout this coming school week, we all look for opportunities to thank them for their continued support for our children.    

The Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District FY 17 budget was voted on this week. The 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 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 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 that provides staff support and the necessary resources for all our children.        

The Assawompset Elementary Facility Study Sub-Committee will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.  The next meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. in the staff development room across from the library. We continue to examine some of the proposed work from the recently released Existing Conditions Report of AES as we look toward next steps in the process.    

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

Our next school committee meeting will be Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Freetown Elementary School beginning at 6:30 p.m. There are 38 school days left in the current academic year. Our last day of school is currently, Thursday, June 23, 2016.  Please take a look at the individual school calendars for opportunities to participate in your child’s school experience.   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

“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,

Spring Athletics is well underway!  Girls Tennis is 5-0-0 and our other teams are holding their own. Please visit here for a schedule and support our teams by attending a game/meet/match.

The 3rd Annual ARHS Art Show was a big success! Congratulations to Mrs. Erwin and Ms. Lima and all of our students.  Artwork will remain hanging in the IMC for several weeks. Students are encouraged to stop in and view the excellent work.

Let’s hear it for ARHS’s Academic All Stars!  The following students constitute the Class of 2016’s Top 5 and, as a result, were acknowledged at an SCC luncheon in their honor this past week!  Congratulations to: Nathan Sylvia, Abigail Keith, Michaela Arguin, Megan Medeiros, and Jacquelyne Levesque.  Check out our site for a photo of this event!

Here is a great Laker story!  Brian Gleason, ARHS Class of 1982, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.  What an honor for Brian and what a message for our students about how successful our graduates become!  While a Laker, Brian was a member of the National Honor Society and a National Merit Scholar.  He was also the captain of the Laker football and baseball teams his senior year. He went on to graduate from Bentley in 1986.  Brian is the son of Bernard and Ella Gleason, members of the ARHS Hall of Fame. Brian’s siblings - Tina, Robert, James, Stephen, Kevin and Lynn all graduated from ARHS as well. Here is an article about Brian's accomplishment.

Our 23 French Exchange ARHS students, Mr. Powers, and Mrs. Hartley arrived safely in France last week.  The group visited Normandy and Paris and reunited with their French counterparts.  Feel free to follow their journey at:

Mr. Rosa, Mr. Pollino and our DECA National competitors have returned from Nashville. Stay tuned for their results!

Congratulations to Class of 2016’s Ryan Donovan.  Ryan signed a National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at Assumption College for the Division 2 Greyhounds. In attendance at the signing were Ryan’s father, Patrick, and Athletic Director James Cabucio.  Best wishes to Ryan and his family on the next phase of Ryan’s academic and athletic career!

You may have seen some familiar faces at the Red Sox game on April 15th!  That is because approximately forty students, Mr. Rosa, Ms. Ross and Mr. Pollino were in attendance.  In addition to watching the game, these members of the ARHS community meet with Red Sox Business Managers and they will tour Fenway!

Class of 2016 members heading off to BCC in the Fall took a field trip to campus.  Mrs. Fontaine and Mrs. Lombard escorted the students as they toured campus, made first semester schedules, and met with staff members.

As we head into AP Exams, here are some interesting facts from Mrs. Money, Guidance Department Head and AP Coordinator.  We will administer 279 exams to 174 students.  This year we will be administering 9 more exams and have 20 more students testing than we did in 2015.  More significant is the fact that we have around 30 fewer students in grades 11 and 12. This means that an amazing 49% of students in grades 11 and 12 are taking one or more AP exams! In 2012, the first year that we started keeping stats, we administered 165 exams to 113 students.  That’s a 68% increase in exams in five years, with fewer students!  Great work!

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 24th and will be provided to students at a meeting on April 29th. This packet is also posted on our home page.  As always, we look forward to your assistance as we usher our current grade 12 students into their new roles as ARHS Alumni.

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.  

For our athletic calendar, visit  

Upcoming Events:

May 2   - AP Exams begin

May 6   - Grade Update Release

May 12 - Spring Concert

May 13 - Spring Coffee House

May 20 - Grade Update Release

May 21 - Jr. Sr. Prom

May 24 - Senior Final Exams begin

May 25 - School Council Meeting

May 27 - Quarter 4 Grades Close for Grade 12

May 30 - Memorial Day - School Closed

May 31 - Senior Send Off

May 31 - Senior Awards Night


Freetown-Lakeville Middle School

Math MCAS Dates:

May 10 and 11 Grade Six

May 12 and 13 Grade Eight

May 16 and 17 Grade Seven

Science MCAS Dates:

May 18 and 19 Grade Eight (only grade tested)

Socials Sponsored by the PTO:

June 9 Grade Six

May 20 Grade Seven

June 11 Grade 8


Our fabulous PTO provided us with a light breakfast, a lovely lunch, and gifts on Thursday in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Day.  The staff is so grateful for these gestures and for all the work the PTO does to support our school all year long.  A special thanks to Tamara Kramer for planning and facilitating this event.


This year, we are proud to announce, that Andrew DiGiammo and Faith Schader have been selected as Scholar-Leaders. They have both distinguished themselves in terms of outstanding scholarship and leadership and will be honored at a banquet held on May 17, 2016 in Marlborough, MA. Both recipients display our core values of respect, responsibility, and resilience on a daily basis. Congratulations to the students and their families.

 Promotion Ceremony:

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


Order forms for the final yearbook sale will be distributed during the week of May 2nd. Yearbooks can be ordered sooner through the Jostens website:

Creative Writing Club:

Club members recently began developing characters for a short story. Over the next several meetings, we will be completing various activities to assist in story development. Final stories will be published in June!


George R. Austin Intermediate School

Our last school vacation has come to an end.  We are excited as we begin our last final stretch! Students have the spring Luau to look forward to, chorus and band concerts, the storytelling festival, the spring book fair and the end of the year Survivor Day!  The Intermediate School will also be hosting our very first informational night on May 5th for parents of incoming fourth graders.  Where has the time gone?  Let’s welcome each day and cherish the time left in our fourth and fifth grade years!    

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

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

The dates for MCAS testing are:

May 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:

Our 4th graders will be starting Unit D, it is called Puzzles and Mysteries.  We will begin with reading the novel Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.  It is a story about 10 year old best friends during World War II and their struggles and strength during this difficult time in history. It is realistic fiction.  It truly is a fantastic novel, if you haven't had the opportunity to read it before I strongly recommend that you do. We will also be continuing our work on writing by doing some research and trying to understand poetry.  We will continue our exploration of the USA and learning about the various landforms, bodies of water, climate changes and natural resources that are associated with them.  

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

4th Grade Math & Science:

Fourth grade math students are hard at work preparing for the upcoming math MCAS test. They are working on identifying polygons and adding and subtracting mixed numbers.  In addition, they are practicing their skills while answering MCAS type open response questions.

5th Grade Math:

In fifth grade math, students have been working on finding the volumes of composite figures. They must first split the the figures into separate rectangular prisms. Students can then find the volume of each part by multiplying length x width x height or by multiplying the area of the base x height. Finally, they need to add the volumes of all the parts to find the total volume of the composite figure. It's important for students to organize and label their work to make sure they carry out all these steps correctly!

5th Grade ELA:

This week in 5th grade ELA students have been reading stories of ingenious inventions by women.  They have been actively engaged in conversations about the problems women in history sought to solve, and just how the inventions worked to accomplish the task. Students will be asked to discuss in writing several of the biographies they read as they address the theme that "Necessity is the mother of Invention."  Students are also turning in their final copies of opinion writing, before they gear up to take on the task of an imaginary narrative.

In 5th grade Social Studies students continue to analyze the conflicts in and around the American Revolution.


This week 4th grade students are learning new low note D on their recorders. They are also starting to work on their purple belt which is "Old MacDonald" and some classes will finish it by the end of the week. 5th grade students are finishing up their homemade instrument projects and are using them to performing in class. I will be recording their performances and posting their homemade symphonies on my YouTube channel.

Band students have started working on their first official concert piece called "12 The Clock Strikes." Students should be practicing "Band Rox" and measures 9-17 of the new music for next Monday!


April 25 - 29 - School buy one get one free book fair

April 28 - Storytelling Festival for Parents at 6:00

April 29 - School Wide Annual Luau - 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.


Assawompset Elementary School

Dear Assawompset Families:

This week, AES hosted its second Senior Breakfast. The event was attended by 30 Lakeville senior citizens along with school committee members school staff and administrators. Food was prepared by our kitchen staff and the district food director. Per usual, conversation around the tables included reminiscing about memories of attending and or working at Assawompset and catching up with old friends. This is a new but welcomed tradition at our school.

The grade 3 Emperor Tulip is in bloom!

Our Grade 3 Emperor Tulip garden is in bloom and has been recorded on the Journey North website that was shared in an earlier edition of the Eagle Eye. This garden honors this year’s ‘graduating’ class of third graders and the upcoming retirement of paraprofessionals, Mrs Monte and Mrs. Liberatore.

Parent Pick-up: Parents that pick up students in the cafeteria are to enter the cafeteria only. Access to the rest of the building would require you to enter via the front doors and register in the front office. If you have a meeting with a teacher after school and you are picking up your child in the caf, inform the staff member at the cafeteria door and it will be cleared with the office.  

Attention grade 3 parents!!

George R. Austin Intermediate School Presents:

An informational night with grade 4 teachers

When: Thursday, May 5, 2016

Where:  GRAIS Cafeteria


Parents of AES students– 5:30–6:30

Parents of FES students7:00–8:00

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

Grade 3 MCAS dates:

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

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


Classroom Chatter


This week in Kindergarten we read Max Takes the Train written by Rosemary Wells. Over the next several weeks we will learn about different types of transportation in fiction and nonfiction texts. Our focus letters were Jj and Ww and our new sight words introduced were yellow, blue, and green. In Math, we compared the length and height of different objects and identified measurable attributes using words such as: longer, taller, shorter, or equal.

Grade One:

This week was our review week.  We revisited all skills previously introduced and the children took the end-of- the-unit assessment.  As a gentle reminder, please make sure that your child is reading every night and practicing math facts.  Thank you for your support.

Grade Two: The students will continue to learn about responsibility this week. They will be discussing ways to be a responsible community member, such as respecting each other, helping each other, and following rules.  The second graders will be reading a realistic fiction story titled Carl the Complainer.  Also, the students will be completing a research project this week. The students will continue to explore measurement and graphing in Math.

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.


All week we have been doing a lot of engineering, creating, building, constructing, problem solving, and of course playing!  Students have explored using technology, robotics and other tools and materials. What have we been doing? Stay tuned! It will be revealed next week!


Kindergarten children made Pete The Cat headbands with Ms. Dmitruk.

Grade one students are learning about 80s graffiti artist, Keith Haring.  They traced pipe cleaners to make his figures.  Please allow your child to check out his site for children:

For grade 2, we are completing our UNDERWATER SELF-PORTRAITS!  These are so beautiful.  We can’t wait for you to see them.

The third graders continue to work on their tiles!


K: The K children learned another fun Folk Dance this week. They did a fantastic job following the directions and had safe feet.

1st: The 1st grade children followed a listening map for The Surprise Symphony, by Haydn. We all used rhythm sticks to a pattern with our new dynamic, pianissimo  and even had some children play the giant cymbals to wake everyone up on the forte part of the piece.

2nd: The second grade children used dry-erase boards this week to practice for their rhythm assessment next cycle. They also played the game Zap it!! in small groups to review the following music notes and rests: quarter note, quarter rest, eighth note, half and whole notes and a dotted half note.

3rd: The third graders reviewed Hot Cross Buns on the recorder for their next assessment next cycle. This song includes the notes, B A & G.

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!

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 Sit-Ups (to test Core Strength).  By the end of the week, students will move onto Push Ups (to test upper body strength).

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.

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.


                                   Clorox Wipes

Education is messy business, and we could use your help cleaning up!

If you would like to donate a container or two, please send it to your child’s teacher.

Thank you in advance! :)

Lost and Found

We have an abundance of clothing collected over the winter. Please stop the cafeteria the week we return from vacation if you are missing anything. Clothing will be donated after Friday April 29.

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

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

                    We are at 70% !!

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


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

Grade 3 MCAS dates:

ELA- April 6 and 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.

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

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

Have a healthy week!


Freetown Elementary

Bingo for Books: More than 400 people will be attending this event! Unfortunately, we are not able to accept any new registrations or walk-ins as we have reached capacity. Due to the interest in this event, we are planning to schedule two bingo nights during the 2016 - 2017 school year to allow ALL interested families to attend. Registered families should arrive at 5:30 to check-in to the event.

Scholastic’s Be a Superhero Educator Reading Contest: Author, Dav Pilkey, is sponsoring one school in each state and will purchase a book for every student in the selected school to take home for summer reading. The FES PTO informed Dr. Marlene Correia, FLRSD’s literacy coach, of the contest and she submitted an entry on behalf of FES. We learned earlier this week that we won! That is great news for FES! Thank you PTO and Dr. Correia!

Art Show: The FES Art Show is scheduled for Thursday, May 19 from 6:30 - 7:30. Please mark your calendars! Every student will have at least two pieces of art on display during this incredible event.

Poetry Week: It was an incredible success! Poems were read during lunch, a “Poetry Slam” was held on Wednesday and a school-wide Poem In Your Pocket virtual assembly took place on Friday. Additionally, poetry adorned the corridors and was read in all classrooms. Thank you to the FES Poetry Week Committee for all their work!

Classroom and Teacher News:

Preschool: This week we talked about our Earth and recycling. We learned about our big beautiful planet called Earth. We discovered that the Earth is made of land, water and air and has many different kinds of places. We also talked about how to help our Earth. One of the ways we can help to make a difference is by planting. We focused on what a plant needs to survive and grow. We took a close look at the parts of a flower and talked about the stages of a flower’s growth. The preschoolers were very excited to see that our caterpillars arrived. We will be watching their transformation from caterpillars to butterflies and keeping track of their life cycle.   In addition to all this, we celebrated Poetry Week by reading poems throughout the week. We worked on a new letter, had a guest reader and started working on a few Mother’s Day things.  

Kindergarten: This week we started Unit 5 in Reading Street and began to learn about transportation. The students had many discussions about the different ways of going places. The students were also introduced to three new sight words, “blue”, “green” and “yellow” and two letters, Jj and Ww. In math, the students continued to work on the measurement unit with comparing weight. The students are excited to learn and observe the classroom caterpillars and the eggs in Mrs. Vigers’ classroom.

Grade 1: This week in first grade we discussed treasures and how can a surprise be a treasure. We introduced the vowel teams “ay” and  “ai” as well as singular and plural possessives. In math, we started breaking shapes into equal parts, the beginning of fractions. We explored several different types of poems and the students enjoyed writing them. In science, our ladybugs hatched, our amaryllis bloomed and plants sprouted.

Grade 2:  In reading, Unit 5 focused on the theme of responsibility and why it is important to do a good job. Our first reading selection was literary nonfiction which explored a day in the life of a firefighter.  In mathematics, we began Lesson 26, an introduction to geometry. The students learned to recognize and draw two dimensional shapes.  In social studies/science, we continued our travels through Asia.

Grade 3: This week we will be reading “Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest” and reviewing the skill graphic sources. Our unit on area and perimeter will continue in math. Learning about the American Revolution is underway with a study of the Boston Tea Party and Paul Revere’s famous ride.  We will be editing our informative writing pieces with an editing checklist and publishing our work!  


Music: In honor of Poetry Week. All music classes learned the song “Keep a Poem in Your Pocket” to perform as a school on Friday. In making connections between music and poetry, we discovered that by adding rhythm and pitch, we can transform poems into songs!

Kindergarten enjoyed using the bean bags to sing the song “Five Little Speckled Frogs”. Using this song, we made math connections while counting, adding and subtracting. We also learned about the gong and had the chance to practice timing while taking turns playing this instrument.

First Graders rhythm reading and writing skills are blooming! They had the opportunity to compose rhythm patterns and write them on a petal to be added to a group mosaic displayed in the hall. This helped us to draw conclusions about how small items can combine to create a song.

Second Graders also participated in rhythm writing activities to the song “Pony John”. Using the stretchy band, we practice maintaining a steady beat while performing various rhythm patterns we composed ourselves. Third Graders finished up their recorder ensemble performances where they focused on reading melodic notation and performing with proper recorder technique.


This week, a free magnet with your child’s art on it was sent home along with order forms for you to purchase products. This “Display My Art” fundraiser is being sponsored by our PTO!  

Kindergarten students made beautiful gardens by cutting shapes out of construction paper.

Grade 1 created beautiful 3-dimensional flowers in vases with cut paper. Grade 2 used oil pastels to draw beautiful lions. Grade 3 created people in motion sculptures with chenille stems and tin foil. They are learning about form as an element of art.  

Physical Education:

The students in all grades participated in Presidential Fitness stations. They ran the shuttle run, performed push-ups and sit-ups and some showed their flexibility with the V-sit and reach. In kindergarten I teach the students how to perform the different activities and start keeping data in first grade. These activities show the students’ muscular endurance, muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility. I stress to the students that they are not competing against each other, but instead are competing against their own data from the previous year.

Important Dates:

Monday, May 2, 2016 - Bingo for Books at 5:30

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

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - Grade 3 Parent Night at GRAIS

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

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

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