March 7, 2014
The NH Department of Education has released the results of the state testing done back in the fall (NECAP testing). Students in grades 3-5 will be receiving their results in their progress report envelope next Friday.
• Although we didn’t hit the target score, since NHCS is a small school with a small number of students taking the test per grade, the New Hampshire Department of Education has taken into consideration the standard error of measurement. With the formula taken into consideration (called the “Risk Corridor”), NHCS meets the AMO (Annual Measureable Objectives what we used to call AYP).
So now what to do as a school community?
• We should celebrate that we made “AMO” in all areas!
• We should celebrate our overall gain in math.
• As a school community, we should continue to explore and expand upon the ways that we teach our students to ensure that we continue with these overall gains.
At our February faculty meeting, we spent the time reviewing not only our entire school performance, but also started to look at individual student scores. We also track student performance over the years to look for trends. These conversations continue and become more in-depth at our bi-weekly classroom RTI meetings (in attendance are Ms. Holloran, Mrs. Austin, Mrs. Mallahan, Mrs. Sawicki, Mrs. Deneault and the classroom teacher).
As a school community, we need to reflect on Carol Ann Tomlinson’s words: “Plan to be better today, but don’t ever plan to be finished.”
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Have a great spring weekend!
We had a great week celebrating Dr. Suess’ birthday and Read Across America! A special thank you to all the students and staff who participated in the different dress up days. We realize the work and inspiration on the part of the parents that go into such creative costumes that were worn this week.
NH author, Marty Kelly, joined us on Friday to talk about how he became an author and illustrator, showed us the “writing process” by sharing examples of his own work and did some caricatures of a few of our students. Special thanks go to the NHCS PTO for providing this opportunity as our ending celebration to a fun-filled literacy week! Students are going home with a flyer from Marty Kelly in case families would like to purchase a signed copy of one of his books.
We will kick-off our “One Book-One School” on Monday!