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March 17, 2017

posted Mar 17, 2017, 12:02 PM by Admin Windham   [ updated Mar 17, 2017, 12:02 PM ]

Windham Elementary School Newsletter


March 17, 2017


Habits of Mind: “Safe, Responsible, Respectful, Ready to Learn”


We have at least eight students performing tomorrow evening at the Talent Show at Townshend Town Hall. There is a free dinner at 6:00 and the show starts at 7:00. If your children are participating they should be there by 6:30PM.


Thursday, March 23 is a half day for Parent conferences in the afternoon. That morning we will be taking the bus to the Latchis Theatre for a special performance of the Windham Orchestra.


Starting next week every Tuesday and Friday there will be a hot lunch cooked by the West Townshend Country Store.   Chris (the cook) said all he needs is to cover the cost of the food he use to make each meal. It costs him between fifteen and twenty dollars per meal. It looks like a dollar per person would cover it. Please contribute if you can. We are going to work towards getting an email out to you the night before what the next day’s lunch will be. He suggested we do a survey of what foods the kids would like. Quesadillas were a huge hit when we had them, tacos with beans, tossed salad each time, spaghetti last week. The food is delicious and nutritious so encourage your children to give it a try if they haven’t already done so.


We are planning a half day visit for next year’s kindergartners on May 18th 8:30-12:00.  They can stay for lunch and recess if they want to...please pass this on to anyone you might know with a potential kindergartner.....we will have more information as the time draws closer


For those parents that plan ahead: Explorers Camp: for 1st through 6th Graders at NewBrook Elementary. Brochures and registration forms will be sent home in April. For parents that would like their child to go but find the cost prohibitive, there are scholarships to reduce the cost.


To Parents: (information about the Smarter Balanced Assessment we will be testing.) From March 14th and through June 16th, the Smarter Balanced Assessment testing window will be open for Vermont students across the state. Schools will have approximately three months to complete the assessment, including three weeks in early June to complete any make-up testing. This testing window provides schools increased flexibility to design an assessment schedule that best meets their current needs.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment is designed to assess students’ mastery of the Common Core State Standards and the results provide additional data points for local schools to reflect on student progress. Additionally, the assessment provides both local and state stakeholders an opportunity to make statewide inferences about the overall progress and performance of Vermont schools and specific subgroups.

This year marks the third year of students participating in the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Unlike the two previous administrations of the assessment, the results from this year’s test will be used for accountability purposes as required by Vermont and federal laws. During the past two years, scores have been reported to the public, but not used for accountability determinations. As such, schools may feel there is heightened importance related to encouraging students to try their best on the assessment. We encourage you to keep in mind the purpose of testing: to inform improvement of our systems and to ensure all children graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive

Well, if we have no more snow days we will be getting out on Monday, June 19.