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A Monday Hello from Mrs. MacQueen!

October 1, 2012


wse100112At our first community meeting, students brought their classroom rules to share. These "expectations" were written by them and outlined what they believed needed to be done to create a safe and respectful learning environment. Many of the words I heard from them were the same—respect, kindness, best effort, quality, safety and responsibility. These are the concepts that are most important to our students and staff.

Rules of the class and school need to be followed in order to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning for all. When rules are disobeyed, the teacher generally handles the problem. However, at times, the teacher will refer the child to me.

wse100112 3The best way to handle when a classroom or school rule is broken is to respond with reasonable, logical consequences. Helping a child create a plan that requires him/her to fix the problem or issue may be required. Sometimes loss of recess or other school activity is appropriate. Other times, when the problem is a more serious behavior or a reoccurring issue that doesn't seem to be improving, I will call you directly.

Coming to my office shouldn't always be seen as "getting in trouble". I can act as a mediator to help students work out problems or to listen to their concerns. Please know that my door is always open to students and I encourage them to come see me with "Good News" or to share something special like quality work.

I love talking to students about books and would enjoy hearing about what they are currently reading. Knowing who I am and feeling safe visiting my office is important to building good, quality relationships. Students should always be comfortable coming to see me!

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Open house was a huge success!

Thank you to our families. Thanks to everyone who attended Thursday's Open House. More than 100 people enjoyed delicious pot luck dishes, visited classrooms, and even had time to talk to friends and neighbors. It was an amazing time and we were thrilled to see so many families.
Congratulations to our fall prize winners: Penny Jo Lavertue, Jack Nolin, Eadie Molesworth, and Rachel O'Hearn.

Greetings from Gail

Students in grades 3 through 8 will participate in the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP). Students in all of those grades will be tested in reading and mathematics. In addition, students in grades 5 and 8 will be tested in writing. I am hoping you will help us encourage all our students to give the tests their very best effort. The window for students to take the NECAPs is October 1st through October 23rd. Your child's teachers will let you know the exact days.

The New England Common Assessment Program is one tool available to parents and educators to determine how well our school is helping students meet standards and grade level expectations. In every assessment, scores are only as meaningful as the effort students put into the tests. Encourage your child to take the tests seriously and to give his or her best effort. You can best help your child prepare for the assessment by making sure that she or he is rested on the days the tests will be given. And, as with every day, it is critical that students have a good breakfast before heading off to school. Thank you for supporting your child and our school during the testing period.