March 21, 2013
Next week on Tuesday, March 26th and Wednesday, March 27th our third grade students will be taking the MCAS test. I want to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the PTA for sponsoring a healthy breakfast for our students on the mornings of the testing. Please make certain your child has a good night sleep to be well rested for the test.
We are looking forward to our LEGO Showcase night on Friday, April 5th. This is looking to be a very exciting evening! There are very few schools in the country who were awarded this grant, so it is truly an accomplishment. Dr. Czajkowski and I are going to be a part of this night evaluating students’ designs. There will be a sign-up for this event coming home in the next week so PLEASE mark the date and plan on joining us!
I want to remind families that school attendance is a priority. Please refer to the school handbook for the attendance policy. If your child has missed more than six days in a six month period of school, it is a concern. It impacts our ability to deliver the curriculum to your child and hurts the continuity of their educational progress. Please try to keep family vacations to a time when school is not in session, so that if your child is ill his or her attendance is not as impacted. As always, please remember to contact the school nurse if your child is going to be absent so that we can document the reason for his or her absence.
We have conducted our kindergarten registration with great success! If you have not registered your child for kindergarten, or if you know of someone who has not yet done so, please contact Mrs. Carlon in our main office. We are trying to make staffing decisions for next year and we need accurate numbers to accomplish this task successfully. Your help is appreciated.
The preschool is in need of 3 year old peers for next year. Our 3 year old peers come to school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 9-11:30. We will be conducting a peer screening on April 10th from 9:30-11:30. This is a great opportunity to have your child come to school and be taught by certified teachers in a classroom environment. The preschool fees are on a sliding scale making it an affordable option for families. We are looking for students who have strong language skills and are able to model appropriate behaviors. If your child is three years old by September 1st , please come to school to be screened.
Finally, please remember that Friday, March 29th is Good Friday and there is no school.
December 3, 2012
Dear Centerville Families,
If your child is in kindergarten-grade three you are receiving your child’s report card for his/her first trimester of this school year. Please remember that this is a standards based report card. It is a measure of your child’s ability to meet the standards of the Common Core Curriculum that is given to us by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As you examine the report card, you may find it helpful to review the rubrics that guide our assessment of your child. The rubrics can be found under the resources section of the Parents & Students tab of the Centerville Elementary School web page. Please remember that the report card is a snapshot in time of where your child is. The nice part about working towards achieving a standard is that your child is continuously striving for mastery of that standard as we move forward throughout the school year.
Due to parent teacher conferences this week, Tuesday and Thursday are half days of school. There is no afternoon preschool. Tomorrow at parent pick up, preschool parents should stay to the right for pick up at 11:30 and pull all the way to the crosswalk. Centerville Elementary School parents should stay in the left lane until the preschool parents have completed their pick up. Once they have exited the loop we will begin to fill up both lines for dismissal. Our elementary school dismissal will begin at 11:50 with our buses leaving at 12:00. Please be patient at the bus stops in waiting for your child’s bus.
Please remember to support our PTA this week! We have a fundraising event being held at Friendly’s restaurant. In addition, I want to thank all of the parents who are baking for the bake sale being held during parent teacher conferences. A very big thank you to all of the parents who participated in making the Minute to Win it night a great success. It was quite a fun evening for the students. We could not have done it without you!
This month we will be conducting our lockdown drill. This should feel no different to your child than a fire drill. Just as we do with fire drills, we practice our lockdown procedures to ensure that our children are safe and understand what to do in the event of an emergency.
Have a wonderful Holiday Season!
As we approach the Thanksgiving Season I wanted to take a moment to thank our incredible PTA and the parents who support the organization. Without the PTA the new playground would not have happened. Without the PTA we would not be able to send our students on field trips, bring in special science activities, fund field day, create the yearbook, and support the teachers with funding of special activities. From all of our staff: For all the work that you do, you are a tribute to our school. THANK YOU!
As the winter is fast approaching, please make certain you have sent your child to school with the appropriate attire for the weather. We always try to conduct our recess outside so students get some exercise with their friends. If it is snowing or the forecast is calling for snow, we still go outside to play. Please plan accordingly so that we can send the students out to have some fun.
I need to remind families of the arrival and dismissal procedures. Our school opens its doors at 8:40 a.m. and school begins at 9:00 a.m. If your child is walking into school at 9:00 or after, you must walk him/her in and sign him/her in as tardy.
At dismissal time, we dismiss two lines of vehicles starting at 3:25. Preschool parents will be allowed into the loop after the second line is sent. Preschool parents should stay to the right and park. Please do not park your vehicle in the left lane. Kindergarten through grade 3 should stay to the left so you do not get stuck behind a parked vehicle. Many parents like to come in to school to pick up. If that is your choice, please park across the street and walk in. Do not park in the parking lot because this is where our buses are and we will ask you to stay parked until the buses leave the parking lot. Also, please do not park at the end of the driveway. If you are picking up in the loop, your vehicle should remain off until you are directed to start your vehicle. Preschool parents, it is very important that you hold onto your children so they are not bolting into traffic during dismissal. Please be respectful of staff who are outside trying to make the dismissal as smooth as possible while keeping the safety of the students in mind.
Our new project for the school is to enhance the walking track. Our PTA has submitted a grant to Lowe’s. We hope to install three to five exercise stations around the walking track. Ms. Noonan, our prevention specialist assistant, has reenergized our walking track program. The fitness stations would be an outstanding addition to motivate students to walk the track. Please help us as we continue to look to improve opportunities for students to get exercise and stay healthy and fit.
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
October 31, 2012
Dear Parent or Guardian:
We are pleased to provide you with access to the Centerville Elementary School Report Card, put out by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. It contains information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how our school is performing relative to other schools, and the progress our school is making toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students. There is a link to the school report card available on the Centerville Elementary School Web Page. If you would like a hard copy of the report card, please contact Mrs. Carlon and she will print one for you.
Part I: Student Enrollment and Teacher Qualifications
The first section of the report card provides information about the students and teachers in our school as compared to the district and the state. If your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:
· Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach
· Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver
· The college degree and major of your child’s teacher
· Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications
Part II: Student Achievement
The second section of the report card shows how Massachusetts students are performing on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a test that allows you to compare the performance of Massachusetts students to students across the nation or in other states. You can also see how our school performed on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests as compared to the district and the state.
Part III: Accountability
The third section of the report card contains three important pieces of information:
· Accountability and Assistance Levels: Schools and districts are placed into one of five accountability and assistance levels (1-5), with the highest performing in Level 1 and lowest performing in Level 5. Our school has been placed into Level 1.
· School Percentiles: A school percentile between 1 and 99 is reported for most schools. This number shows the overall performance of our school relative to other schools that serve the same or similar grades. We do not have a school percentile due to the redistricting that took place four years ago. We anticipate having a percentile next year.
· Progress and Performance Index (PPI): The PPI is a number that indicates our school’s progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, or, in other words, helping all students reach proficiency and be prepared for success after high school. Massachusetts has set a goal of reducing proficiency gaps by half between the years 2011 and 2017. For a group of students to be considered to be making sufficient progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, its cumulative PPI must be 75 or higher.
We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. Some of the ways you can become involved are:
For more information about what we are doing to improve student achievement or to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers, please feel free to contact us at (508) 790-9890.
Matthew Scheufele, Principal
It is hard to believe that a month has gone by already. It appears that the installation of the new playground is complete. We are waiting to get final approval of the work that was done, and our students can begin to enjoy the new equipment. Thank you to everyone in the community who helped to raise money to make this project happen. Without the donations and fund raising efforts, we would not have received the generous donation from the COBB Fund. In addition, I would like to acknowledge the work of Doug Brown who volunteered his equipment and labor in the excavation of the new playground. Finally, I want to thank Norma Schmidt, who has been behind the scenes for the last five years, trying to get this playground to happen and Ron Haley, for attending the planning meetings and giving me advice at every turn. This project is a tribute to what can be accomplished within the Centerville community to benefit the children.
Dismissal in the afternoon appears to be improving as more children have begun taking the bus. Thank you for your patience. Just a moment to remind our preschool families, to not enter the loop until 3:30 and please, stay to the right, so that when you have parked your vehicle, other cars can still enter the loop.
I would like to welcome the following members to the Centerville School Council. Our new parent representatives are Randall Hoskinson and Fiona Ineson. Our new staff member is Jane Anglin. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 3:30 PM.
We are launching a new web page for the Barnstable School District. Our hope is that it will improve our ability to get important information out to you all in a timely manner. We anticipate that the web page will be up and running next week. If you get the opportunity to look it over, and have suggestions about the kinds of information that you would like to see on the Centerville page, please send me an email or a note with some suggestions and I will try and incorporate it into the web page.
The annual Harvest Festival sponsored by the PTA is on October 26 from 6-8PM. Students are allowed to attend in costume. I need to remind students that guns, swords, or any other weapon facsimile should not come onto school property. Please remember, this is the only time costumes should be worn to school.
Have a great weekend!
Centerville Elementary School is a safe environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. Students are educated using a standards based curriculum. Our instruction utilizes best practices to meet the individual needs of all of our students academically, socially and emotionally. Staff is accountable for ensuring that all students demonstrate progress as evidenced by common grade level, district, state assessments, and individual education programs.