MSS Offices Closed
The Main Street School Offices will be closed on Monday, April 27th and Friday, May 1st. Regular hours will resume on Monday, May 4th.
Principal's April 2015 Newsletter
April 5, 2015
Dear Main Street School Families,
Parent Conferences- April 8th and April 15th are early release days and teachers will be available for parent conferences. We are excited to have the chance to talk with you about your child’s progress in school and to learn more from you about your child. Our goal as a school is for every family to have a conference with their child’s classroom teacher. The time set aside for each individual teacher-parent conference goes quickly. It is helpful if you have prepared your questions in advance and let the teacher know what key discussion items you want to be sure to have covered during the conference. We look forward to seeing you in the next two weeks.
On March 9th, twenty-four teachers and administrators from the other eight schools that comprise SAU 16 visited Main Street School. It was our first time to participate in a practice call Instructional Rounds. Instructional Rounds are a focused, systematic, purposeful and collective way to look at classroom practice within a school. It is an idea that is promoted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was adapted from the practice of medical rounds used by doctors. This is an SAU 16 initiative and will be taking place in all the schools within the next two years.
A team of educators visits a school and collects detailed observations about what they see around a focus area identified as a problem of practice by the school. The visiting team analyzes the observations and uses that information to provide the staff of the observed school with feedback and recommendations. Instructional Rounds serve as both an opportunity for a school to grow as well as being a professional development opportunity for the visiting educators.
This past year the staff of Main Street School has been looking at the question, “Are we clearly communicating learning goals?” One of the books read by our staff book group last year was Classroom Instruction that Works by Ceri Dean. The opening chapter talks about the importance of setting objectives. It notes, “ When teachers communicate objectives for student learning, students can see more easily the connections between what they are doing in class and what they are supposed to learn. Clearly stating the learning objective in student friendly language helps students focus on what you want them to learn.” One staff member recently shared with me the story of working with a small group of students who were confused about what to do on a written assignment. She pointed out to them an “I Can” statement that highlighted the objective of the lesson and it made the directions clear to them.
The team that visited MSS was impressed with the well-established routines, effective use of small group instruction, and level of on task behavior they observed. They provided us with a number of recommendations including encouraging us to continue to develop our use of specific “I Can” statements to help students understand the learning objectives.
The students did a terrific job of not being distracted by the visitors to their classrooms. I expect that they are so used to the many volunteers that work in our building that having a few more visitors was not a big deal. We appreciate and thank the teachers and administrators who visited and took time out of their busy days to help us learn more about our school.
UPDATED: New Incoming Grade 1&2 Students Registration Night
Registration Night for parents of NEW incoming Grade 1 & 2 students (2015-2016)
Parents and guardians of NEW incoming 1st or 2nd graders for the fall of 2015 are invited to call MSS in March and set up a visit of the school with either Principal Steve Adler or Assistant Principal Beth Cadorette. This tour will be in place of the Orientation Meeting set up for March 18th, which is now cancelled.
Registration packets will be available in our main office starting on March 9th. These packets should be completed and returned to our office along with a copy of your child’s birth certificate, latest immunization/physical exam records, and a recently dated utility bill to showing Exeter residency.
If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact us at (603) 775-8900.
Hero Badge System - School Visitor Check In System
MAIN STREET SCHOOL
40 Main Street
Exeter, New Hampshire 03833
Steve Adler ph: (603) 775-8900 Beth Cadorette
Principal fx: (603) 775-8964 Assistant Principal
Hero Badge System - School Visitor Check In System
December 22, 2014
Dear MSS Families,
All SAU schools and offices are adopting a new check in system to increase safety protocols in our schools. The SAU 16 has adopted a visitor tag program called the Hero Badge System. All visitors that come to our school, and need access past the main office, will need to wear a visitor tag that includes your name and printed photo. In order to receive this tag we are asking visitors to MSS to bring a driver’s license into the office starting January 5th. If you don’t have your license with you, we will ask that you provide some other form of ID, your name, and birth date. Our system for dropping off students who are late will also change and any student who is late will need to be dropped off in the front office. It will take time to enter in the data about each visitor. There are many of you who we know well and easily recognize. Please understand that it is expected that every visitor be required to wear a visitor badge. We thank you in advance for your patience as we adopt this new protocol. Please let me know if you have any questions about this additional security practice.
P.S. – When we have special events involving large numbers of visitors, such as last Friday’s kindergarten concert, it will not be feasible for us to provide the printed ID badges. We will continue to use the preprinted visitor ticket for those special events.
To provide a positive, safe learning environment that fosters a life-long love of learning for all with respect for individual strengths and needs.