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Message from the Principal

  

Mr. Casale will keep you up-to-date with letters and announcements of important news and events at Springs School. This page will have the letters sent home to our students' families as well as news and updates about the school community and all the great accomplishments of our students. 
 

 


February 28, 2017


Dear Parents/Guardians,

In the spring, our students will be taking the grades 3-8 ELA and
Mathematics NYS assessments. These assessments will follow the same format
as presented in the 2016 test administration and, as indicated by NYS
Department of Education officials, they do not anticipate making any
changes to the test format for the 2017 academic year.


According to New York State Education Department, based on recommendations
from educators throughout the state, changes were made to the Grades 3-8
ELA and Math Tests for the 2015-16 year and will remain the same for the
2016-17 academic year. These changes are as follows:

- *Reduced length of exams and decrease in the number of test questions *

NYSED has concluded that students would be better able to demonstrate close
reading and thoughtfully respond to questions if the ELA and math tests
included fewer passages and questions. This change will allow students more
time to read the passages and apply their knowledge and skill in answering
the questions.

- *Students will have as much time as they need*

NYSED will continue with untimed testing for the ELA and Mathematics Tests.
This will provide students further opportunity to demonstrate what they
know and can do by allowing them to work at their own pace. We are hopeful
this may help alleviate the pressures that cause anxiety.

- *A greater percentage of test passages and questions were released*

More test passages and questions were released so teachers could better
prepare the students. Examples of grade level passages and questions can be
found on the Engage NY website at www.engageny.org.

- *Parent reports modified*

The parent score reports were modified to be more user-friendly and useful
to parents.


These adjustments were made in an effort to improve the quality of the
State’s assessments and the experiences that students have taking these
exams.


This year the NYS assessments in ELA and mathematics will be administered
as follows:

- *Tuesday, March 28 - Thursday, March 30 for ELA*
- *Tuesday, May 2 – Thursday, May 4 for Mathematics*

The ELA and Mathematics examinations for Grades 3-8 will be comprised of a
number of books per grade and administered over the course of three
consecutive days. *Exams will begin promptly for all students by 8:30 A.M.
each day.*


All public school students in Grades 3-8 are required to take all State
tests administered for their grade level. If your child is absent during
the designated test dates, he or she will be provided with the opportunity
to make-up the exam. Please be aware that the timeframe for such make-ups
is limited and will take place on the days following the initial
administration of the exam. The make-up dates are to be used for
administering the exams to students who were *absent* during the designated
administration dates. *With limited exception, such as situations involving
students with disabilities, neither statute nor regulation, provides for an
“opt-out” from these mandated assessments. Students who choose not to
participate in an assessment will not receive a score for that exam and are
reported to the State as “not tested.” However, it is important to note
that the classification of “not tested” does not suggest that opting out of
the exams is lawful or permissible. Students are still expected to attend
school during the exam periods. *


If you plan on having your child refuse taking the exam, kindly indicate
below your intentions and have your child please return the page 3 (page 6
Spanish letter) portion of this letter to his or her classroom or homeroom
teacher by *Friday, March 24, 2017* *or they will be expected to take the
test. *This will allow us to better prepare.


Also, there will be no Spirit Meet on the days of the exams. More
information may be sent home from your child’s teacher once we get closer
to the testing dates.


To prepare our children for these rigorous exams, we are asking
parents/guardians to assist us with reading at home. Depending on the grade
level, students are expected to read approximately 30 minutes per night.
During the time leading up to the exams, we are asking parents to encourage
their children to read for 45 minutes each night at home. Doing so will
help build the student’s stamina, which in turn will better their
performance on the State assessments. If you have any questions, please
feel free to contact your child’s teacher or my office at 324-0144 ext 102.


Sincerely,




Eric M. Casale

Principal








Student’s Name: _____________________________________ Grade: ___________

*Please print*



Classroom/ Homeroom Teacher: _______________________________



My child WILL NOT participate in the following exams:


2017 ELA assessment

2017 Math assessment

All 2017 NYS assessments




Parent’s Signature: _____________________________________


Phone Number: _____________________________





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48 SCHOOL STREET

EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK 11937

PHONE: 631-324-0144 • FAX: 631-324-0269


*BOARD OF EDUCATION* *ADMINISTRATION*

BARBARA DAYTON, President JOHN FINELLO, Superintendent

TIMOTHY FRAZIER, Vice President ERIC M.CASALE, Principal
ELIZABETH MENDELMAN KERI DELALIO, PPS Director

DAVID CONLON CHRISTINE CLEARY, Assistant Principal

AMY RIVERA CARL O. FRASER, Business Official

JULIE BISTRIAN, District Clerk

28 de Febrero Del 2017

Queridos Padres/ Guardianes,

En la primavera los estudiantes de 3-8 estarán tomando la evaluación de
Matemáticas y de ELA. Estas evaluaciones seguirán el mismo formato que el
presentado en el año 2015-16 por la administración del Departamento de
Educación del Estado de Nueva York, ellos no prevén hacer cambios en el año
2017.


Según el Departamento de Educación del Estado de Nueva York, basado en las
recomendaciones de los educadores de todo el estado se realizaron cambios
en los exámenes de ELA y Matemática para los grados 3-8 en el año 2015 –
2016 y seguirán siendo los mismos para el año académico 2016-17. Estos
cambios son los siguientes:

*1. Reducción de la duración de los exámenes y disminución de preguntas de
la prueba*

NYSED ha llegado a la conclusión que los estudiantes estarían mejor
capacitados para demostrar un mayor entendimiento a la lectura y teniendo
mejores respuestas, si los exámenes de Matemáticas y de ELA incluyeran
menos pasajes y preguntas. Este cambio permitirá a los estudiantes más
tiempo para leer los pasajes y aplicar sus conocimientos y habilidades para
responder preguntas.

*2. Los estudiantes el tiempo que necesiten*

NYSED continuara las pruebas de ELA y Matemáticas sin límite de tiempo.
Esto proporcionara a los estudiantes más oportunidades para demostrar lo
que saben y puede permitirles trabajar a su propio ritmo. Esperemos que
esto ayude a aliviar la ansiedad que causa la presión de tomar estas
pruebas.

*3. Se ha publicado un porcentaje de pasajes y preguntas*

Más pasajes y preguntas se han publicado para que los profesores puedan
practicar mejor con los estudiantes. Ejemplos de preguntas y pasajes pueden
sr encontrados en el sitio web de acoplamiento al www.engageny.org.

*4. Modificación del reporte a los padres *

Los informes de la puntuación fueron modificados para ser más útiles y
fáciles de usar a los padres.


Estos ajustes se hicieron en esfuerzo por mejorar las experiencias que los
estudiantes y al mismo tiempo mejorar la calidad de estos exámenes del
Estado.


Este ano las evaluaciones del NYS de ELA y Matemáticas serán administrados
de la siguiente manera:

- *Martes 28 de marzo – Jueves 30 de marzo ELA (Adquisición del Idioma
Ingles*
- *Mates 2 de mayo – Jueves 4 de mayo Matemáticas*

Los Exámenes de ELA y Matemáticas en los grados 3-8 abarcan una cantidad
de libros por grado, administrados según su nivel durante el transcurso de
tres días consecutivos. *Los exámenes comenzaran* *puntualmente para todos
los estudiantes a las 8:30 A.M. cada día*.


Todos los estudiantes de 3-8 de las escuelas públicas están obligados a
tomar estas pruebas estatales administradas para cada nivel de grado. Si su
hijo(a) está ausente durante las fechas destinadas para estas pruebas, se
la dará la oportunidad de tomar estos exámenes. Por favor tome en cuenta
que el periodo de tiempo para tomar estas pruebas es limitado; por lo que
se administraran días después de la finalización de las primeras pruebas.
Las fechas para la segunda oportunidad a tomar estas pruebas son únicamente
para los estudiantes que estuvieron *ausentes* en las fechas designadas
para estas pruebas*. Con una* *excepción limitada, como en situaciones que
envuelven a estudiantes con desabilidades ninguna ley, estatuto o
reglamento ofrece un” opt-out “(decisión de no tomar la prueba) para esta
prueba obligatoria. El estudiante que opte por no participar en estas
evaluaciones no recibirá una puntuación y se reportara al Estado como “sin
prueba “esto no sugiere que la exclusión de los exámenes el licito o
admisible. Se espera que los estudiantes asistan a la escuela durante los
periodos de los exámenes*.


Si usted planea que su hijo se niegue a tomar los exámenes, por favor valla
a la página 3 (página 6 en Español) e indique sus intenciones a la maestra
de su niño *para el Viernes 24 de marzo del 2017 o de lo* *contrario se
espera que ellos tomen las evaluaciones*. Esto nos permitirá prepararnos
mejor para esas fechas.


También no habrá la Asamblea de la Mañana en los días de los exámenes. Más
información puede ser enviada a casa de las maestras de sus niños con forme
se acerque la fecha de los exámenes.


Para preparar nuestros niños para estos rigurosos exámenes, le pedimos a
los padres/ guardianes que nos ayuden a que los niños lean en casa. Depende
del nivel de grado se espera que los estudiantes lean aproximadamente 30
minutos cada noche. Haciendo esto todas las noches le dará al estudiante la
fuerza que le ayudara a un mejor desempeño en las evaluaciones estatales.
Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en comunicarse con el maestro de su hijo
o con mi oficina al 631- 324- 0144, extensión 102.


Sinceramente,




Eric M. Casale

Director








Nombre del Estudiante: _____________________________________ Grado:
___________

*Por favor
imprimir*



Maestra / Maestro de salón de clases: _______________________________



Mi hijo NO participará en los siguientes exámenes:


 Evaluación 2017 de la ELA

 Evaluación de matemáticas de 2017

 Tanto el 2017 ELA y Matemáticas evaluaciones



Firma de los padres: _____________________________________


Número de teléfono: ______________________________________


November 1, 2016


Dear Parents,

This letter is to inform you that Parent-Teacher Conferences will be taking place on Thursday, November 17th (6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) and Friday, November 18th (12:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.). Springs School will also conduct a “Go Home Early” Drill on November 18th. New York State requires all school districts hold a "Go Home Early" drill to ensure that students and staff know what to do in case of an emergency that requires school grounds to be cleared and students to be sent home or to another location.  On November 18th, all students will be dismissed 15 minutes early. Instead of dismissing at 11:30 AM for Parent/Teacher Conferences, students will be dismissed at 11:15 AM. If your child takes the bus, please make sure you are at the bus stop 15 minutes earlier than usual. Car line students will be dismissed at 11:15 AM. 

As you prepare for the Parent-Teacher Conference, here are some things to consider:

1. Talk to your child before the conference.
Ask your child what he/ she would like you to discuss at the meeting. One strategy is to say, "I'm going to be meeting with teacher; what will she tell me?" Your child's response will give you ideas for what to discuss with the teacher.

2. Ask questions.
Come to the conference with a list of questions regarding your child's academic and social issues, Some good questions to ask may include:
- What can I do from home to extend my child's learning at home?
- Is my child working up to his or her ability? If not, what can we do to change that?
- How do you evaluate my child?
- How can you challenge my student if he is excelling?
- How can you support my child if he is falling behind?

3. Share information about your child.
Bring to the conference sample work that you'd like to discuss. The more you share about your child—both strengths and weaknesses—the better the teacher will successfully meet their needs.

4. Raise issues of concern.
Plan ahead of time how you will raise issues of concern.

5. Take notes.
Take notes during the conference so that you remember everything the teacher says. After the meeting, review your notes. If something is unclear, schedule a follow-up meeting with the teacher to clarify.

6. Make the most of your time.
Conferences usually take approximately ten to fifteen minutes for elementary students and three to five minutes for the middle school grades. Grade 6 conferences will follow the same schedule as grades 7 and 8. Conferences for students in grades 6, 7 and 8 are not scheduled, in order to best provide parents with options to meet with various teachers.  Since these teachers have contact with over 100 students, it is difficult to schedule individual conferences.  Teachers will be available in their classrooms throughout the allotted conference times.  If you anticipate needing more time to discuss the needs of your child, please schedule an individual conference with the teacher at later date.

7. Translations
We encourage our parents to bring a translator to the conference if they wish. This will allow for more precise communication.  If you are in need of a translator because you are unable to bring one, please notify your child’s teacher so we may assist him/her in securing one for your conference.


Sincerely,

Eric M. Casale

Principal


October 2016

 

Dear Parents,

The 2016-17 school year is now well underway. Your children have been in school for almost a month now and seem to have settled in. We are very excited about this school year! The start of a school year provides new  educational experiences for our children.

This year, the district will continue with its one to one device technology program with the use of Chromebooks in grades four through six. This program ensures that our children are gaining 21st century skills that will lead them to continued success.

We are also very excited about the revision of the Academic Enrichment Program (AEP). As the program now expands to include science, technology, engineering, the Arts and mathematics, students will be further exposed to areas of study in greater depth. The students in grades three through six will become engaged in activities that will enhance learning opportunities that exceed the minimum standards by deepening understanding of core concepts.

As I enter my twelfth year as principal of Springs School, I am excited about the potential this school year brings. I look forward to working with your children, our teachers and the community to  continue to provide our children with a supportive and engaging learning environment.

Sincerely,

Eric M. Casale 
Principal