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District Newsletter 11.21.14

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Academic Celebrations

On November 20, all students in Grades 1-6 at PES who achieved a 90% or higher homework completion percentage were recognized and received a certificate. Kindergarten students were recognized for learning their letters and sounds and a book from the PTO Book Fair was donated to each Kindergarten classroom.

Administration

Smarter Balanced Assessment

The Smarter Balanced Assessment System will replace existing statewide assessments in mathematics, reading, and writing (the NECAP) and offer significant improvements over assessments of the past. These new assessments will be administered online and will adapt to each student’s ability, giving teachers and parents better information to help students succeed. The window for taking the test is the last 12 weeks of school. More information will be shared before the testing window. The NH Department of Education has an FAQ sheet if you would like more information click here.

Elementary School Calendar

Programs

Meet Mrs. Damon

Mrs. Damon is our new librarian and media specialist at Pittsfield Elementary School. She grew up in Massachusetts and received her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from UNH. Mrs. Damon previously worked at the Laconia After School Program and with the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region. She has four children, one granddaughter, and another grandchild on the way! In her spare time, Mrs. Damon enjoys beading and attending Native American powwows.

Parents

PES Musical Notes

Check out the new PES music website. It will eventually include information about the music curriculum as well as some practice tracks for our concerts.

Band lessons are underway and will run from 7:30-8:00 AM. Flute lessons will be on Monday, saxophones will meet on Tuesday, clarinets on Wednesday, and trumpets and percussion on Thursday. The first band performance will be at the Halloween Parade on October 31st. If you have any questions about band, please contact Mrs. O’Connor at roconnor@pittsfieldnhschools.org. Happy music making.

Projects

Biomas Forum

The Pittsfield School Board is exploring the advantages of developing a biomass central heating system – wood pellets – for both schools in the district. Pittsfield citizens are invited to attend one of the upcoming informational meetings to be held on December 3 at 7:00 PM and December 6 at 10:00 AM. Both meetings will convene in the PMHS Lecture Hall. Please plan to join us for more information, and to have an opportunity to share your comments and ask questions.