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Saturday, January 20, 2018

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Mrs. MacQueen's Monday Musings

February 17, 2014

February has flown by and it's hard to believe that when we return from vacation, a new month will be here. The beginning of March will bring exciting learning experiences to WES. We'll kick-off a celebration of Dr. Seuss ' birthday with I Love to Read Week. We've planned many fun activities, including a Dr. Seuss Story Walk, Read Aloud Shuffle, and Dress as your Favorite Book Character Day.

Also during the week, the Parent Activities Committee will sponsor a "Bags and Books" drive. On March 7th, students can "shop" for gentle used books to take home. To carry their books, each student will receive a colorful book bag that will be decorated in art class with Mrs. Bando.

We won't have to worry about the lack of snow for Thursday's Olympic Winter Carnival. Beginning with the "passing of the torch," groups of students will compete outside in winter activities like Fox and Geese , snow sculpture, and a sled relay race. At noon, we'll enjoy an all-school lunch in the gymnasium and return to classrooms for the afternoon. Skiers will be dismissed from school at 11:40 and all other students at 1:45.

Spirit Day is Friday and students may wear appropriate pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal from home. Slippers are also allowed.

I hope you take time next week to enjoy the winter weather and spend quality time with your families. Have a great vacation!

NECAP Scores are here!

Our fall New England Common Assessment state test (NECAP) scores are here and Westshire did very well. The fall test was given in October to all students in grades 3-4.

Reading
3rd Grade: 94% met or exceeded the standard
4th Grade: 77% met or exceeded the standard

Math
3rd Grade: 92% met or exceeded the standard
4th Grade: 69% met or exceeded the standard

It is important to know that we have very small N's or numbers/students in our classes and that one or two students can greatly affect the overall percentage. Teachers and administrators will soon be examining the results, analyzing released tasks and identifying where we need more focus in our curriculum. Individual test scores have not arrived yet but will be given to parents of students in grades 3-4 at the March 28th three-way conferences.