7th Grade Health Curriculum

posted Dec 26, 2017, 5:15 PM by Stacey Rust-Belforti

Per the recent parent notification, if you would like to preview the upcoming puberty curriculum for the 7th grade health class, please visit Mr. Chasin's website at:

Winter Illnesses - Please Read!

posted Dec 18, 2017, 8:21 AM by Stacey Rust-Belforti

Dear Parents/Guardians;

Since we spend more time inside during the cold/winter months with doors and windows closed, illness can spread more quickly in the school.

                ·    Children who arrive at school sick should NOT remain in school.
                ·    A child with a fever (100° F or greater) should not come to school until his/her temperature is normal (about 98.6° F or less) for a minimum                    of 24 hours without having taken any fever-reducing medication.
For some additional guidelines to follow, please read the attached document.

Estimados padres/guardianes:

Como pasamos más tiempo con las puertas y ventanas cerradas durante los meses fríos/de invierno, las enfermedades se pueden extender más rápido en las escuelas.

  • ·        Los niños que lleguen a la escuela enfermos no deben de quedarse en la escuela.
  • ·        El niño/a con fiebre (100°F o más) NO debe de venir a la escuela hasta que su temperatura se normalice (98.6°F o menos) por 24 horas sin haber tomado medicinas que reducen la fiebre.
Aquí hay algunos concejos a seguir:

**URGENT** Winter Concert Plan in case of inclement weather

posted Dec 11, 2017, 6:59 AM by Stacey Rust-Belforti

Dear Parents, Guardians and Members of the Parkside Community,

Concert Plan in case of Snow Day (School Cancellation), Early Release, or Cancellation of After School Activities on Tuesday 12/12/17 due to inclement weather. This does *NOT* apply to a Delayed Opening.

Should there be a School Cancellation, Early Release, or Cancellation of After School Activities on Tuesday, December 12th,  the following plan will be in place for the 6th Grade concert schedule:

We will postpone our 6th Grade Winter Concert and hold it in conjunction with the 7th/8th Grade Winter Concert on the 13th.   We will hold two separate concerts on Wednesday the 13th using the following schedule

  • 6th Grade Concert will begin at 6:00 p.m.  (Students must arrive by 5:30 p.m.)

  • 7th/8th Grade Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. (Students must arrive by 7:00 p.m.)

We ask families that have a child/children performing in only one concert group to only attend the concert for their child/children.  This plan has been established to ensure we have all of the support needed for both concerts.  We use outside individuals to support lighting and sound in order to give you the best experience possible and we are not confident we can schedule them on another day.  The athletic schedule also plays a role, as the gym is in heavy use during the winter for basketball by grades 6-12.  As with anything that changes planned events there will be challenges with this approach. Parking will be the most significant issue.  Please remember there are two very large lots behind Parkside between the cafeteria and Gossler Park Elementary School.  Parking is also allowed on Parkside Avenue from the split with Blucher all the way up the hill to Putnam St.  Please note any signs that limit this.  

Parkside Family Update 9/18/17

posted Sep 22, 2017, 11:06 AM by Stacey Rust-Belforti

Dear Parents, Guardians and Members of the Parkside Community,

The school year has begun in a really strong manner.  Students and staff have been engaged and getting right into the important jobs of teaching and learning since day one.  Already a large number of things have taken place that are preparing your children for a successful year.  As we enter the third week of school, (time is already flying) here are a few updates you need to know.  As you may already know we have a new Assistant Principal.  Mrs. Colleen Fields has joined us and is doing a terrific job.  New programs this year include Health - grade 7; Spanish - grade 7 and 8;  Art for High School credit, as well as an expansion of our reading program to serve more students.   Our First PTG Meeting

The PTG will meet on Wednesday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parkside Library.  This is a very active group of parents and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.  

Primary Election Day (School Closed)

Tuesday, September 19th is the City Primary. Parkside will be closed to allow for district facilities to be used as polling places.

Picture Retake Day

October 24th will be picture retake day.  By that time packages will have come home and you will be able to make any arrangements for retakes.  If your child did not get a photo taken on the first day this is the day to get that done.  

Student Led Conferences (Back to School Night)

Your child will be bringing home an invitation to his/her Student Led Conference.  This is your opportunity to learn and understand the classroom curricula, expectations and school wide information for the coming year.  Your invitation will have a specific appointment date and time on it.  

8th Grade - Tuesday, September 26

7th Grade - Wednesday, September 27

6th Grade - Thursday, September 28

Conferences will take place at 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 pm.  To assure seating, please follow your scheduled time and enjoy the time talking with your child about the beginning of the year.  Your child will receive a grade in each of his/her classes for preparation undertaken for this event.  S/he will be really excited to share with you.  It is important you attend.

Reading Instruction

All students can improve their reading proficiency.   To address this, students will be participating in a program titled Reading Plus.  To assess a child’s reading proficiency levels and needs we must give each child a reading assessment.  This assessment will begin taking place at the end of this week or during the following week.  We hope to have as much information about your child’s reading levels as possible in the Student Led Conference Portfolio.  Please speak to your child about this assessment and help them understand their best effort will lead to the most informed decision regarding the instruction they need.  Students who are 1-3 grade levels below their current grade level will be scheduled for additional reading instruction beginning within two weeks in place of a regular Unified Arts Class.  School wide use of the program will begin during second semester and be incorporated into regular instruction.


Parkside has instituted “Breakout.”  This is a daily 15 minute period allowing students to run, play and/or just take a few minutes of “down time.”  Physical activity allows for better concentration and is missing from many kids lives.  Improved academic performance as well as behavioral outcomes are likely when the balance of physical and academic time is a target goal.  This takes place after period C at 10:25 am and basically splits the day.  All students participate and are segregated by grade level during this time.    

The Agenda Book

You should have seen the Student Handbook (AKA -  The Agenda Book) by now.  Please ask for this each day and check it.  It should contain assignment information for all of your child’s classes.  If it is blank, you need to know why from your child as it is an expectation that all classes provide daily posted information for the book as well as time to complete it.    

School Wide Fundraiser

Today we had grade level assemblies to introduce our school wide fundraiser.  We do one per year here at Parkside.  The PTG, Music, teams, etc also may do fundraisers but this is the only one that is of benefit to the entire school.  We use the money raised to support student activities such as field trips and events in school.  For example if we need to bus students to someplace as close as the SNHU Center for a field trip, the cost to send one grade level is between $400.00 and $600.00.  The costs increase from there as the distance to the trip location increases.  This fundraiser allows us to help defray some of the costs that we would otherwise have to pass on to families.  Your child will bring home the packet today.  We hope you can support this important cause.  Packets are due back by October 4.  

We welcome you to the school year and hope for great success for all.   Again, it has been a terrific start and the kids are doing a great job.  

With Parkside Pride,
Forrest Ransdell, Principal

Parent Meetings

posted Sep 12, 2017, 7:10 AM by Stacey Rust-Belforti

Together is the only path to achievement!

A parent or guardian must attend one of the opening parent meetings for this year. There are three different dates available. Important information regarding programs and expectations will be shared. Dates and times are:
Tuesday 9/12 @ 9:00 am
Thursday 9/14 @ 6:30 pm
Saturday 9/16 @ 9:00 am

FIRST Tech Challenge Team

posted Sep 6, 2017, 12:40 PM by Stacey Rust-Belforti

FIRST Tech Challenge Team:  students who are interested in joining the FTC team needs to see Ms. Barber, room 237, or Mrs. Soucy, room 239, on or before September 7.  Kick Off is on September 9 at FIRST Headquarter and we need a count.   

6th Grade Orientation & Supplies

posted Aug 16, 2017, 12:41 PM by Stacey Rust-Belforti

6th Grade Orientation will take place on Wednesday August 30th from 9:00  a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  The morning will be split into three major activities. Students should arrive no later 9:00 a.m. and report to the cafeteria.  At 10:00 a.m. we will split into small groups and spend 90 minutes on a scavenger hunt allowing students to become familiar with the school building and important aspects of their schedule and day.  We will serve a pizza lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.    This is an important day to help kids be comfortable on the first day of school.  All students should attend.  The scavenger hunt/tours will be led by staff members and current students.  

Many students and parents wish to know what supplies and materials will be needed as the year begins.  Each team will provide a list of supplies needed when the school year begins.  However, please have students bring a notebook, lined paper and pencils on the first day of school as minimum supplies.  

2017 Principal's Welcome Letter

posted Aug 16, 2017, 12:37 PM by Stacey Rust-Belforti

August 2017


On behalf of The Middle School at Parkside, welcome to what promises to be an exciting and rewarding year.  This year we will focus on three areas leading to making Parkside a school that works to meet the needs of your child and the community..  First, the regular and constant improvement of academic achievement for all students.  Second, climate and culture that will provide a safe and positive learning atmosphere for your child.  To tie it all together we must be a true team for the benefit of all of our students.  This means engaging each and every parent, guardian and family member in the activities not only involving their child but the entire program at Parkside.  

Throughout the year all teachers and staff members will actively teach the curriculum and work to use methods used to provide your child with the best instruction.  Your child will participate in locally derived and designed curriculum targeted at the achievement of significant standards.  Our goal is to use the best practices available in all areas.  To this end two very important subjects have been added (or returned) to the curriculum.  Spanish has been returned to the middle school curriculum.  Parkside will continue to offer Spanish I for possible high school credit at West and will also offer an introductory 7th grade course for some students.  Next year we will expand the introductory process to grade 6.  All 7th graders will now take a Health Course for a semester.  This in combination with our offering of Family and Consumer Science will help students understand and make healthy choices during this very important and impactful time of their personal development. Finally we are expanding our Art offerings to include the possibility of earning high school credit at West.  A group of 8th graders will complete Fundamentals of Art and our new 3D Design course over the course this year for potential high school credit.  We will also maintain the program offering possible high school credit  at West for the successful completion of Algebra I.   Students can now leave middle school with up to three high school credits pre-earned at West High School.  This allows them to really expand their horizons toward  greater achievement or areas of interest.  

In order to be successful a person must have strong abilities in reading and math.  All students can benefit from participation in a reading improvement program. This year Parkside students will use Reading Plus software three times per week to address reading growth needs.  This will not get underway school wide until semester 2.  We are thankful to the United Way, our partner in this effort for providing a software license for each student at Parkside for the next three years.  In addition, The United Way has provided funding for a reading incentive program for students.  


Through the continued use of PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports), student behavior and academic engagement will be targeted for constant improvement.  We continue to use and develop common protocols and procedures in classrooms to assist students in developing positive habits that support success.  

Parental and family involvement wraps this entire package up and truly creates a team that works together.  None of us can do this alone.  Student success demands a partnership between the Student, Teacher and Staff as well as the Parent/Guardian.  To open this year you will be contacted by phone by one of your child’s teachers to welcome you to the school year and establish communication.  A mandatory parent/guardian meeting will be held three times during the week of September 11th.  It is so important for you to attend one of the meetings.  Each opportunity is held at a different time to allow for variety in parent schedules. (Option 1 - Sept. 12 at 9:00 a.m.;  Option 2 - Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m.  Option 3 Sept. 16 at 9:00 a.m.)   At this meeting you will learn of the programs and supports available to your child in addition to the program offerings here at Parkside  In the meanwhile you must check your child’s agenda book daily to be in communication with your child and his/her teachers.    

You can check the school website at for announcements and information.  Fall Athletics are explained on the site. Your child will have access to grade and attendance information through their ASPEN Student Portal.  Working with your child, you can check attendance and progress on a regular basis.  

Your child will be preparing for you to attend our back to school event at the end of September.  A flyer will be sent home with your child and details will be posted on the website.   Each child will bring home a form for you to sign up for a 15 minute appointment during which your child will be going over all of the materials from the beginning of the school year with you.  Your child will receive a grade in each class for preparing for this event.  More detailed information will be sent via flyer and email as the year begins.  

We have a number of new staff here at Parkside for the coming year.  Please look for an email soon introducing them to you.  They will also be available at our Back to School Night Event(s).  

School begins for students on September 5th.   Students may enter the cafeteria beginning at 7:10 a.m. for breakfast.  Students are admitted to the building at 7:30 a.m. from their waiting areas behind the building.   Class begins at 7:35 a.m.  School is dismissed at 2:20 p.m.  On the first day of school students will report to a designated location at 7:30 a.m. to pick up their schedule (6th grade - Gym, 7th Grade - Cafeteria, 8th grade - Library)

This promises to be an academically challenging and rewarding year for your child.  Please do all you can to get involved daily with your child’s progress and stay informed.  Again on behalf of the entire staff at The Middle School at Parkside, I welcome you and your child to a new and exciting school year.  Feel free to contact us if  you have any questions or concerns.    

With Parkside Pride,

Forrest Ransdell


Middle School at Parkside

Summer Food Sources

posted May 26, 2017, 6:25 AM by Stacey Rust-Belforti   [ updated May 26, 2017, 6:25 AM ]

The following locations & times are where students under 18 years old can go to receive food during the summer months. All food items are free and must be eaten on site.

Talent Show!

posted Apr 5, 2017, 8:07 AM by Stacey Rust-Belforti

This year the Talent Show will be held on Tuesday, April 11th at 6:30pm. Tickets are $5 for a family, $3 for adults, $2 for students, and under 3 is free.

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