posted Apr 10, 2017, 4:13 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  Next week is a very important week as we begin our Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing.  Next week is the English/Language Arts (ELA) portion of the test and the week of May 1 will be the Math portion of the SBAC test.  Next week, the 5th and 6th Graders will test on Tuesday and Thursday while the 7th and 8th Graders will test on Wednesday and Friday.  We will provide breaks, snacks, and water for the students as well as not assign any homework next week to make next week easier to manage for them.  I need you help, please, in encouraging your child to do their very best.  It is important to our school in terms of forming curriculum and improving instruction as well as a chance for us to show off how “wicked smaht” our students are!  Yes, we all know that there are many more indicators to a school’s or child’s success than a standardized test but this indeed one of those ways so we need to take advantage of this.  Getting them a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast will do wonders for the brain!  As always, thank you for your support in making this school a great place to learn.

On Tuesday, we are hosting the final 7th and 8th Grade Mathalon Meet of the year.  There will be more than 15 schools and 160 students competing.  Currently, we are tied for second place with Laconia Middle School.  Go Hawks!

I have attached the April Edition of the Gilford Parks and Rec newsletter; they offer a wide variety of excellent activities.

Auditions for our Spring play, “Into the Woods” will take place on Monday from 4:45-6:30 in the MS Chorus room.  Auditions are open to any student in grades 5-8.  The performance is scheduled for June 1, 2 & 3.  Please contact Matt Demko if you have any questions.

Congratulations to the following National History Day contestants who have successfully moved on to the national competition in Washington, DC in June:  Matthew Farah (1st place Paper), Kendall Jones (2nd place Website), Mae Kenney (2nd place Performance), Kathryn Osburn (1st place Performance), and Kaelan O’Connor (2nd place Documentary).  Kaelan also received the National Archives Research Award (NARA) for primary source use.  Finishing 3rd were Angie Bonnell (Exhibit), Alaina Osburn (Documentary), and Jacqueline Nash & Emma Tierno (Group Performance); they will advance to DC if one of the other competitors in the state are not able to attend.  Thomas Cain (Exhibit) and Shushu Sawyer (Paper) also competed at PSU last weekend.

If your child is interested in music camp this summer, Lyvie Beyrent has suggested two very good options. One takes place at UNH called the Summer Youth Music School (SYMS) and lasts for a week and the other lasts for several weeks up in Maine called Camp Encore.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Beyrent.

Once again from our nurse, Beth Haddock, a notice of recalled Epipens.  All Epipens kept in our health office have been checked are not affected.  Follow this link for a list of impacted lot numbers.

Thank you and have a nice weekend.


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, May 07, 2017:
P&R News April '17.pdf