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Curriculum Now On-Line!

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:

Food Drive


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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

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

First Day of School Info

Back to School Information

First Day  of School:  

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


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.


Pittsfield Elementary School Summer Programming!

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!
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.
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
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.
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”

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!

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.

Give PES Feedback and – with luck – Win a Kindle Fire

Parents, we need your help. On Thursday evening and Friday, April 11 and 12, when you come to school for parent-teacher conferences, we need you to complete an online survey about your impressions of PES and your family’s habits and routines around school. Each family that completes the 15-minute survey in the school’s library will be entered in a raffle to win a new HD Kindle Fire. Research shows that children are more successful when parents are engaged in the academic development of the child. To assist us in improving our school we are asking every family to complete an online Family-School-Community survey. This is the second year we have done this survey, and we want to get a sense if and how we have improved. This survey is designed to help our school learn more about itself and bring focus to planning for improvement in the area of family engagement. We are striving for a high level participation.  (more…)

Book Series: One Way to Hook a Reader

by Susanne Loring  Children’s Literacy Foundation 

Have you ever noticed  that just starting something is the hardest  part? I often battle with  myself over going to the  gym or not going to the  gym, takeout or a  more healthy homemade meal, do the  dishes or leave them in  the sink. But when I  finally just get up and do  whatever it is I’m delaying, I find that I’m glad I  put in the effort and  even get excited about  the activity. Once I get  into the rhythm, the  activity feeds on itself,  and it’s easier to do on  a daily basis.

This struggle can strike  with reading as well, for  both the reluctant  reader and the eager  bookworm. If your child  is having trouble getting  the reading started, you  may consider getting  them hooked on a book  series.

There are countless  trilogies and other series for kids of all ages,  so there is bound to be  a set of books that can  grab – and hold – your  child’s attention. You  may just find that once  he/she reads the first  book of the series and  gets to know the characters he/she will want  to know what happens  to them next. Your  child will be begging  you to head to the  library to snag book  two (and three and  four…)!

Your public library is a  great place to start  when looking for a new  series. From magic to  adventure to the trials  of preteen life, you can  find series that cover  all topics of interest,  and your librarian is a  great resource in finding one your child will  enjoy. Hopefully the  first book will be so  enticing that reading  the rest of the series  will come naturally!

Here are a few suggestions of very popular  children’s books series:  (more…)

Teacher Communication: One Educator’s Journey

Note: Author Katie Bass is a second-grade classroom teacher, who also serves as PES’s Responsive Classroom Lead TeacherShe taught grade four for her first four years at PES.

In looking back at my five years here at Pittsfield Elementary, I can easily say that I have come a long way in my communication with parents.

In my first year of teaching fourth grade, my stomach would drop whenever I returned to my classroom to see the red light illuminated on my phone telling me that I had a voicemail. I remember being nothing short of fearful of parents then. I knew I was young and had less experience than most of my colleagues, and I was nervous that someone would call me out on it. I sought counsel from my peers and superiors often, even though I was doing the best I could for my students. While I had no negative interactions with parents, I certainly did not feel that this was a strong area in my teaching.

After my first year here, I was fortunate enough to attend Responsive Classroom I training. There, I was able to spend a full day with other teacher reflecting on the importance of parent input as well as learning strategies I could use immediately to improve this aspect of my teacher role. From that day forward, I was fully committed to improving my communications with families. (more…)