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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

By Clayton Wood

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the school on February 20 to mark the reconstruction and uplift to the school that occurred over that last two years. The school is beautiful with the new roof, windows and siding. Thank you Pittsfield!

Cutting the ribbon are Mike Wolfe, Chair of the School Board and Lucas Kiley, Kindergartener Also attending the ceremony are Dan Bisson from Harriman Architects & Engineers, Gary Bertram and Jim Laverdiere from Hutter Construction and Scott Antonucci from Granite State Glass.



Governor Hassan Comments About Pittsfield Schools

By Clayton Wood

Parents/Guardians,
I thought you would be interested in the complimentary comments that Governor Hassan made about our Pittsfield schools in her state-of-the-state address delivered at the State House in Concord on Thursday, February 6, which are excerpted from her speech below. Thank you for your ongoing support of our students and school.
Sincerely,
John J. Freeman, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools

… New Hampshire’s public schools are often ranked among the nation’s best in graduation rates, in reading proficiency and in math proficiency. And many of our schools are innovating and working to find better ways to edu-cate our students. Pittsfield Middle High School, for example, has brought businesses, parents and the entire community together to develop a student-centered learning program. Educators are working collaboratively with students to identify what they need to learn and what they are having trouble learning. Then together they build plans, including opportunities outside the classroom, that help each student thrive. Pittsfield students are seeing the results in their test scores, with the number of 11th-graders testing proficient in math nearly doubling since the program began. Pittsfield is seeing improvements because they were willing to look at education differently. And that is what we need to do across our state. We may be doing better than most states, but we have heard from our businesses that we still have work to do to ensure that we have a workforce that can compete in the future. That is why, across New Hampshire, local school districts are pursuing college- and career-readiness standards that include the Common Core, an effort that has the support of educators and businesses, of Republicans and Democrats. States came together to develop these robust standards in order to provide a consistent, clear under-standing of what students are expected to learn, so that they can develop the skills they need and the ability to think critically – helping our young people succeed in their careers, in higher education and in life. Local school districts continue to have the flexibility to determine whether and how to implement these standards — and they should be implemented. For our students to succeed, we must work together to ensure that communities are able to implement college- and career-readiness standards effectively, through collaboration with parents, students and educators. These standards are an important step forward, but we must build upon them and make sure that students have access to a strong curriculum in a full range of subjects, from English – to math – to the arts. And to help young people fill the jobs that growing businesses are creating here in New Hampshire, we need to come together as a state to ask tough questions about how we can best educate our young people, especially in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Is it acceptable in today’s economy to only require two years of math from our high school students? Should we be requiring computer science as well as biology? How can we better integrate engineering and technology into our classrooms? For New Hampshire to lead the way in building a workforce that is prepared for the high-tech jobs of today and tomorrow, our schools need to provide an even more rigorous STEM education that our businesses believe in, our educators believe in, and our students and families believe in. That is why I will be creating a STEM Education Task Force made up of diverse stake-holders who will make recommendations for modernizing STEM education in our schools. Strengthening educa-tion in the STEM fields is just one part of the equation. New Hampshire’s high-tech and advanced manufacturing companies are struggling to fill job openings, even for jobs with wages over 25 percent higher than average. We need to reach our students at a young age and help them understand that they can stay in New Hampshire, find jobs here that are interesting and exciting, and build careers that will allow them to support their families and climb the ladder of opportunity…



Math Program

By cfoss


We would like your a help! Over the last two years, teachers have been working on clarifying grade level expectation for what skills are to be mastered. As part of our reflection on the work we have done so far, we want to get information from PES families. We’re seeking feedback because we need and value parent perspectives in better serving students. A paper verison of this survey will be sent home with the Pink Newsletter, or you may complete the online version at the following link:

PES Parent Math Survey

Thank you in advance for your help! Please contact Danielle Harvey (dharvey at pittsfieldnhschools.org) with any questions.



Curriculum Now On-Line!

By Clayton Wood

The Pittsfield School District invites you to view our curriculum that has been articulated kindergarten through 12th grade. Many education researchers have said that there are more standards than can be mastered in a school year. By articulating our curriculum, each grade level has identified which standards and outcomes they will help the students learn each year. There will be a common outcome for each class within a grade level, even if there are different teachers.

Curriculum mapping also helps the teachers to see how they are building on skills as students move up through the grades. Curriculum mapping helps ensure learning skills build upon each other over the 13 school years of education for all students.  Pittsfield went with ATLAS because it is a web-based platform that teachers can access at home or at school, wherever they are planning.

A link to ATLAS can be found under Curriculum/ATLAS Mapping.

As you start to browse Atlas, you will notice you will only see certain parts that are visible to the public. Why are only parts of ATLAS public? As teachers finish articulating the curriculum, we want to be able to share those outcomes with the greater Pittsfield Community. This will allow for transparency and inspire greater collaboration between home, school, and the community. Right now, teachers have made their Units and Pacing Calendar public. In about a month, we will be making the Competencies/Enduring Understandings and the standards taught for each course public. There will be parts of Atlas that will not become public, like the assessments, so that we can secure the integrity of the assessments.

Parents are a critical part of their children’s education. In sharing our curriculum maps with our parents, we are lifting the veil and making public what their children must know during each year of school. When parents know what their children are learning, they can become more engaged in assisting the educational development of their children and can have more informed dialogue with their children’s teachers. Atlas curriculum mapping is a conduit to greater educational and life success for our students and your children.

Thank you for the opportunity to educate your child and to create a team approach to ensuring educational excellence. Please direct any questions to Ms. Chris Teague, Director of Curriculum and Intervention or Ms. Danielle Harvey, District Curriculum/Tier I Coach at Pittsfield School District at (603) 435-8432.

Link to our Atlas site for community: http://pittsfield-nh-public.rubiconatlas.org/Atlas/Public/View/Default



Food Drive

By cfoss

 

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ABC kindness club organized a food drive and collected 601 lbs of food for the Pittsfield Food Pantry.



Student-Led Conferences Video

By Clayton Wood

Please watch “Student-Led Conferences at Pittsfield Middle High School”……..



First Day of School Info

By cfoss

Back to School Information

First Day  of School:  

Grades K-6 – Starts August 28, 2013
Pre-School – Starts September 3, 2013

Hours:

Pre-School AM (3 year old program)- 8:15 AM-11:00 AM

Pre-School PM (4 year old program) -11:30 AM-2:30 PM

Kindergarten AM – 8:00 AM-11:00 AM
Kindergarten PM – 11:30 PM-2:30 PM
Grades – 1-6 – 8:00 AM-2:30 PM

Food Prices: * NEW Program – Café’  Services   :
Breakfast:  $1.50
Lunch: $2.40
Reduced  Breakfast Prices :  $.30
Reduced Lunch Prices: $ .40

Snack/Cold Lunch Milk or Juice:  .60

* Please check the school website regarding payment options.
You will receive paperwork the first day of school.

Check out each grade level’s Back to School Supply Letter.

Check out the 2013-2014 Bus Schedule.

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Pittsfield Elementary School Summer Programming!

By Clayton Wood

Summer Program Sign Up Form

The following programs will be running Monday-Thursday; July 8th to August 8th; 8:30-11 :30
For students entering K-6th grade:
Open Library
Our library will be a busy place this summer. Ms. Carver will open the library for students to browse for new books and to participate in literacy activities. Students will also be able to come in and borrow books that next year’s teacher has recommended!
Technology
While the library is open there will also be a chance to use computers to access educational websites like BrainPop and BrainPop Jr. and Arcademic Skill builder.
iPads!
We will also have our District Tech Integrator, Mrs. Foss offering iPad sessions this summer in the library. Students will be able to review and explore content through apps such as Book Creator, Educreations, Skitch, Everyday Math Games, & and more! Session will run: 8:30-9:15; 9:30-10:00; 10:00-11 :00
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Other scheduled programs include:
Kids on the Run
Kids on the Run is back! It will be facilitated by Ms. Wilson, Mrs. Hinkley and Mr. Curtin. Join Kids on the Run and set goals, calculate distances that have been run, and journal about your experience! This activity is open to students entering 4th grade and older. Kids will run 10-11 :30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 8 -August8.
Cooperative Games
Students will be able to practice oral speaking skills while they interact and problem solve with peers. On Mondays and Wednesdays Miss Wilson and Mrs. Bass will take students outside to learn through play! There will be two sessions. Students entering 4th grade and up will play  9:15-10 Mondays and Wednesdays. Students entering 2nd or 3rd grade will play 10:45-11:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays, July 8 – August 8.
Creative Crafting
Students will reinforce their reading and measurement skills as they create works of art. Ms. Stewart will be offering 2 sessions. One will be for students going into grades 3 & 4 and run from 9:15-10, Mon.- Thurs., July 8 – August 8. We will also be looking for some older student volunteers. There will be another session for students going into 5th and 6th grades from 10-11:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays, July 8 -August8.
Summer Stars
Do you enjoy acting? Do you have a great puppet voice? Do you love bringing poetry to life? Join Miss Allen throughout the summer for drama class.
July 8-11 1mprov
July 15-18 Puppets
July 22-25 Poetry Speaks
July 29- August 1 Reader’s Theater
August 5-8 1mprov
Come for one week or a1l5! We do need week-long commitments from our casts, so the
Thursday performances are a success.
We will run two sessions day to chose from: 8:30-9:30 and 10:00-11 :00 Monday through Thursday.
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All of these programs will be open to all students. If you child is signing up for multiple programs they can stay at school for the morning. Home base in between programs will be the library. This is contingent on appropriate behavior at programming.
There will also be free breakfast (starting at 8) and lunch (starting at 11:30) at the school Monday to Friday!



Pittsfield School Board Wins “School Board of Excellence”

By Clayton Wood

Our Pittsfield School Board has been selected as the 2013 School Board of Excellence by the New Hampshire School Boards Association (NHSBA); the NHSBA has recognized the work of the Board in community outreach. The Board will be honored at two events: first, at the annual NH Education “Eddies” awards banquet held in Manchester on Saturday, June 8, and second, at a presentation at the June 20 Board meeting in the PMHS Media Center. Community members faculty and staff are invited to attend.



Lisa Steven – Chichester Grange Teacher of the Year!

By Clayton Wood

Congratulations to PES art teacher Lisa Stevens, who has been selected as Chichester Grange Teacher of the Year. Ms. Stevens has served as the art teacher at Pittsfield Elementary School since 1997. As a visual arts teacher, Ms. Stevens works energetically and enthusiastically with over 300 students each week, and her students consistently produce quality original art work.

At PES students’ art work is always on display in our hallways. Ms. Steven’s students work in drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, and other mediums. She seeks to display PES student art in and out of the school. For the last several years she has shown student  art at the Deerfield Fair, where PES collections regularly win ribbons. Ms. Stevens has also been active in the state network of art teachers and influential in promoting a regional traveling art show featuring k-12 artists in the Suncook Valley. Last school year she served as the chair person for the traveling show.

Over the years Ms. Stevens has brought several artists-inresidence to PES, enriching children’s live and exposing them to artists from the region and the world. Ms. Stevens is the Team Leader for the Unified Arts team at PES and this year worked with the second-grade students to improve reading skills. She works to tie in the curriculum at the grade-levels into projects in art. Ms. Stevens is an accomplished teacher and leader who brings beauty and the joy of creation to the PES community.