Principal's May 2016 Newsletter
MAIN STREET SCHOOL
40 Main Street
Exeter, New Hampshire 03833
ph: (603) 775-8900
Steve Adler Beth Cadorette Renee Bennett
Principal Assistant Principal Special Education
May 6, 2016
Dear Main Street School Families,
Stretching Our Writing- One of my favorite teacher movies is Stand and Deliver. It was produced in 1988 and was based upon a real high school math teacher, Jaime Escalante. In the movie he argues with a school counselor about the capabilities of his students to pass AP Calculus and tells her, “They will rise to our expectations.”
This year it has been exciting to see the work the teachers are doing with students in the area of writing, which has been a curriculum focus for us this year, and see what the students can achieve. In April I had the pleasure of being assisted by both a second grade boy and a kindergarten girl that won principals of the day as part of the PTO raffle. Both students impressed me with the their ability to speak to groups of first children and offer them compliments on the rehearsal they were doing for the grade one concert. When I explained to the second grade student about how I wanted him to share a compliment he told me, “ In writing we have been learning that it is important to be specific in what we write and that we should stretch out our ideas. I’ll try to do the same thing when I give a compliment.”
The idea of stretching our writing and providing details is something that we are teaching as early as Kindergarten. I observed a demonstration lesson by Karla Putney, our curriculum director, in Kindergarten the other day. She began the lesson with an analogy showing the students her two hands placed closely together and explained to them that right now your writing might be here. She then pulled her two hands apart and explained, “ No matter where we are, we can we all stretch our ideas.”
Karla shared with the students a picture book by Rebecca Dotlich titled One Day, the End. The words in the story are simple and lack detail, yet the art work of the story tells a fuller tale. The students discussed the illustrations and generated a great more detail that could be added to the book’s simple words. This lesson not only demonstrated how it is important to stretch the ideas of our writing, but also how illustrations and conversation can help us achieve that goal. I look forward to seeing all of you at our Open House on May 26th between 6:00 and 7:30 pm and hope you will enjoy seeing your child’s writing.
Special Education Survey- If you have a child who benefits from special education services, we encourage you to complete the survey from the New Hampshire Department of Education on parent involvement. You can complete the survey at www.NHParent.com. Your response to this survey provides both the state and district with helpful feedback. Please complete the survey by May 13th.
Footwear Safety- Hopefully seasonal weather is around the corner and we will enjoy the warmth of the sun when playing outside. Please remember that when children are playing on the playground we ask that they do not wear flip-flops and/or open-toed shoes. It is important that they be able to run and play safely.
Celebrate Limited Screen Time this May- One of the goals of the 184.108.40.206 program, which is a major focus of our Wellness curriculum, is to help children limit their amount of screen time to two hours or less per day. Please find attached three fliers about the 220.127.116.11 program and ideas on how to achieve the important goal of limiting children’s screen time.
I hope everyone had an enjoyable spring break and look forward to helping your children have a great last quarter of the school year.
To provide a positive, safe learning environment that fosters a life-long love of learning for all with respect for individual strengths and needs.
Parent Involvement Survey
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Parents please open this webinar to hear Rose Colby give an overview of what Competency Based Education is all about!
Rose is a Competency-Based Learning and Assessment Specialist assisting schools throughout the United States in designing high quality competency, assessment and grading systems. A New Hampshire resident, Rose is a motivational speaker and presenter in the areas of competency-based learning, digital learners, differentiation, and school leadership. She is an author, a consultant to the NH Department of Education, an Adjunct Professor in Educational Leadership at Plymouth State University, has been a partner in the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, and has served as Principal in Residence for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Currently she is working with SAU 16 schools to support our efforts as we move toward implementing competency based education for all of our students. Please click here to watch the video.
No Flip Flops or Open-toed Shoes Permitted
New for 2015-2016!
In order to keep our students safe, flip flops and/or open-toed shoes are not permitted for students to wear to school.