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2015 Winter Newsletter


Smarter Balanced Testing

New Hampshire children have taken the annual NECAP – the New England Common Assessment Program – assessment each fall for years. The Smarter Balanced Assessment replaces the NECAP. State and federal law require all schools to give an annual assessment to students in grades 3-8 and once in high school. Starting this year, New Hampshire is using Smarter Balanced for that required annual assessment. The testing schedule will be posted on the website. PES students grades 3-6 will start March 30th and be done before April break. There are two tests for math and two tests for English Language Arts. Students will only take one test per day, so it will be spread out over four days. This is the first time this test will be given and it will be a learning experience. They expectations for this assessment are different, and teachers have been working to introduce students to the test format so that it is not overwhelming. Students will have breaks during the assessment. At this time we don’t know when the results will be available, but we will update you when we know. See the testing schedule here!

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Smarter Balanced

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 NH Department of Education has an FAQ sheet if you would like more information.


PES Musical Notes

Check out the new PES music website. 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. If you have any questions about band, please contact Mrs. O’Connor. Happy music making!


April 24: Parent-Teacher Conferences

On Friday, April 24, PES teachers are hosting parent-teacher conferences and sharing third quarter report cards. Several teachers are hosting conferences prior to that date as well. Look for a letter from your student’s teacher to set up a conference date and time.