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March 23, 2018

posted Mar 25, 2018, 10:23 AM by Christine Roman
Dear Parents and Guardians, 

As many of you know I enjoy the game of basketball. I played growing up and was fortunate to have the experience in high school, to be on a team that was ranked 5th in the United States. I love this time of year— March Madness! This is when various college basketball teams participate in the NCAA Tournament to be crowded champions. 

One of my favorite parts of the tournament is when a lower ranked team beats a higher ranked team. I like the “underdog stories.” In order to survive and make it into the “Sweet Sixteen” or “The Elite Eight”, teams need to handle the pressure, compete against high quality athletes, and play in different arenas. In my opinion, one person on a team cannot bring you to this level, it must be a group effort. Teams must have well rounded skills both on defense and offensive. The coach must have developed a relationship with each of his/her players. There must be a positive culture build on hard-work, grit, character and pride. 

Soon our students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be taking our state assessment. It is now called NH SAS. We will be asking our students to show similar characters as these college athletes. In order for our school to be successful, it must be a group effort. Each student’s score will matter. Our teachers have planned and taught lessons to prepare our students to be well-rounded in mathematics, language arts, and writing. We have talked, modeled, and provided opportunities for our students to develop traits such as perseverance, grit, hard-work, and determination. We have built relationships with each of our students . 

Unlike the college basketball tournament, there will be no crowning of the champion in our state testing. We will ask and expect each student to try their best, read all the passages, take notes, answer all the questions, write rough drafts, and produce high quality answers. We want our students to “read like a detective and write like a reporter.” We want our students to perform at their best and have pride in our school! So this weekend, I hope that Loyola-Chicago continue their run as an underdog and make it into the Final Four! As a school community I am confident that when our students take the test they will perform like champions. Have a great weekend! P.S. Good luck to our DI team, The Royals, as they compete tomorrow in the Regionals at Interlakes High School. We are proud of you!