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2015 Winter Newsletter

Administration

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 more information here!

PES Testing Schedule:

Monday March 30-  3rd Grade English Language Arts Computer Adaptive Test
Tuesday March 31- 3rd Grade English Language Arts Performance Assessment
Wednesday April 1- 4th Grade English Language Arts Computer Adaptive Test
Thursday April 2- 4th Grade English Language Arts Performance Assessment
Friday April 3- 4th Grade Mathematics Computer Adaptive Test

Monday April 6th- 4th Grade Mathematics Performance Assessment
Tuesday April 7th-3rd Grade Mathematics Computer Adaptive Test
Wednesday April 8th- 3rd Grade Mathematics Performance Assessment
Thursday April 9th- 3rd & 4th Grade Makeup tests.
Friday April 10th-5th Grade English Language Arts Computer Adaptive Test

Monday April 13- 5th Grade English Language Arts Performance Assessment
Tuesday April 14 6th Grade Mathematics Computer Adaptive Test
Wednesday April 15th- Early Release- Make up tests
Thursday April 16th – 6th Grade Mathematics Performance Assessment
Friday April 17th- 5th Grade Mathematics Computer Adaptive Test

Monday April 20th- 5th Grade Mathematics Performance Assessment
Tuesday April 21st- 6th Grade English Language Arts Computer Adaptive Test
Wednesday April 22nd- 6th Grade English Language Arts Performance Assessment
Thursday April 23 Makeup tests
Friday- No School- Parent Teacher Conferences

Elementary School Calendar

Programs

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.

Parents

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!

Projects

School District Meeting

The annual School District Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 12, at 6:00 PM in the Pittsfield Elementary School gymnasium.