The 2015-16 school year is well underway! Many changes have occurred throughout the district and at Barnstable United. Through our district-wide initiative, Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), these changes have positively impacted our students and our staff. For example, we have been able to increase some of our enrichment courses for grade four students, particularly in the area of music. Also, we have offered new courses through Gateway and Library which support core instruction. As for our staff, we have been able to provide weekly Professional Learning Communities through collaborative team meetings which focus on student data. As with any change. there have been some challenges. These issues are addressed on an on-going basis by our school-based MTSS team and are also discussed in our monthly School Advisory Council meetings. Through the use of a systematic problem-solving process, the MTSS team works through the identified problem and develops a solution to implement and monitor over time. As we continue through this year of change, know that we are here to listen to your thoughts, ideas and concerns. Enjoy the holiday season and happy new year to all!
"A Walk in the
There once was a test named
It kept teachers, students and
administrators in the dark,
But they pledged to do their
Even wearing pajamas to the
In the end, they remarked, "What a walk
in the PARK!"
Welcome to the Barnstable United Elementary School! I am happy to inform you that I, Mary Sullivan, am the new principal and am excited about the year ahead of us! I come to Barnstable Public Schools with 20 years of experience as an educator and leader in Lawrence, MA. This experience has provided me with the necessary tools to lead our grade 4-5 school to higher levels of achievement. Our school administrative team consists of two assistant principals, Robert Donehey, and Valerie Smith, both of whom are supporting our efforts to increase student achievement levels. With that said, our district leadership has provided us with our focus for the year: Teaching, Leading and Learning: What Matters Most. As a district, we are narrowing our sights on the impact of teaching and leading on learning outcomes. As a school, our School Improvement Plan is aligned with our district focus and three areas are specifically being addressed—Alignment of Curriculum, Effective, Data-Driven Instruction, and Positive School Culture. Part of our action plan establishes Professional Learning Communities who will evaluate Common Core State Standards-Based English Language Arts lessons, and will collaborate and analyze best practices to develop units of study with effective methods of assessment to measure student growth. In addition to the instructional practices review, the school is investigating the impact of positive systems of support of classroom management. More information is forthcoming on these positive behavior practices. In the meantime, the school leadership team has established a set of school rules based on last year’s school motto—“Take Care of Each Other.”
They are as follows:
Be respectful and responsibleUnderstand and appreciate differences
Stand up and stay safe
The intent of these rules is unity of purpose and meaningful direction. As our name indicates, we are a “united” elementary school, where families/children from five elementary schools come together to learn. Our plan is to unify this gathering and help children feel comfortable in their new surroundings. We have adopted the sea turtle as our mascot, one of nature’s symbols of direction. As our year progresses, I look forward to meeting each and every one of you. Rest assured, your children are in good hands here!
Winter!!! Thanks to the "prediction" of Punxsutawney Phil, famous groundhog
from Pennsylvania, we are in store for 6 more weeks of winter! Thanks Phil! To
date, we have taken 5 snow days, and there is some difficult weather predicted
for our future. With safety always being our number one priority, I wanted to
thank you all for your support by getting your child/children to school on our
delayed opening. As you know, attendance is a key factor in your child's
success. Our Winter Break takes place from February
14th - 22nd. Please have a
safe and enjoyable break!
another note, this year, the Barnstable Public Schools has opted to take the
PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) Test
instead of MCAS (one exception, Grade 5 will take MCAS Science). In order to
prepare for PARCC, teachers have given practice assessments. Because PARCC is a
timed test, students are learning strategies to take timed tests. These tests
are used by teachers as data to adjust instruction. As partners in your
child's education, it is important for you to have an understanding of the
test. Please use these links to preview the ELA and Math practice tests.
is an abundance of information about the PARCC test on this website. Testing
takes place for ELA and Math from March 23-April 6 and from May 11-22. There
are several units (sessions) for each content area and two different types of
tests for each testing block. This is a learning process for all of us. As
always, your feedback is welcome.