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October 3, 2014elem-100114-1

Last spring fourth grade students at both elementary schools took the science NECAPs.
Scores were:

  • SME: 30% met the standard
  • WES: 14% met the standard (It is important to recognize that there were only 14 students in the WES class)

The state average for fourth grade was 44%, down 3 percentage points from last year. Secretary of Education, Rebecca Holcombe stated, "...we are not satisfied with these scores." and neither are we at the elementary schools. There are four science domains assessed: physical science, earth space science, life science and inquiry. Our fourth grade students were lowest in
the inquiry task.

We have an excellent partnership with the Montshire Museum who provides science educators to support our teachers. During the August in-service week the Montshire educators led a professional development session on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and supporting science explanations with evidence. They engaged teachers in an inquiry task to help them understand how to integrate this important science skill into their science lessons. We will continue to emphasize inquiry tasks and helping students use evidence to support their scientific thinking in our elementary science lessons.

Important Dateselem-100114-3

  • Oct. 6th—Picture Day
  • Oct. 13th—No School, In-service Day for Teachers
  • Oct. 17th—Walk Your Child to School Day
  • Nov. 6th—Three-Way Conferences
  • Nov. 12th—Harvest Dinner
  • Dec. 17th—Holiday Concert, 6:00 p.m.

More information about all these events will be sent home close to the date of the event!

October 3, 2014 Newsletter