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Mid-Year News

posted Feb 5, 2018, 5:07 AM by Stacey Rust-Belforti

Dear Parents, Guardians and Members of the Parkside Community,

There is a great deal of news to share and glad tidings for all.  We have reached the midpoint of the school year.  Quarter 3 began on Tuesday January 29.  This brings an end  to Semester 1 Unified Arts Courses and the beginning of Semester 2 Unified Arts courses.  Year long courses will continue.  Second Semester Schedules were distributed smoothly on Tuesday.  We will be making small schedule adjustments over the next several days (most are already completed) to balance classes and make changes to meet the learning needs of students.  More on that below.  Report Cards for Quarter 2 were sent home with students on Friday, February 2nd.  A large amount of information was included in the packet.  Please be sure to review all of it and respond when needed. Teams have set deadlines for the return of signed copies of the report card to help us ensure you received it.

Student Achievement News

The school is making great progress in the area of reading improvement.  As shared before the majority of students reaching middle school read below grade level.  150 students have been receiving intensive reading instruction throughout first semester in our Language Arts Essentials classes.     The Language Arts Essentials students as a whole have already improved the equivalent of one full grade level in less than half a year and will continue to make this exciting progress seeking grade level proficiency.   20% of those students have reached grade level performance and have been transferred to a traditional Unified Arts class.  We are proud of those students and congratulate them!  35 students have been moved into Language Arts Essentials for Semester 2 and will be promoted as they reach grade level proficiency.  Letters along with proficiency  information have been sent with report cards for both those promoted and those added to the classes.  

During second quarter a group of students have participated in Academic Support.  This program is our additional period after school for students who have failed two or more classes on the quarter report card.  Students are required to attend after school unless the teacher signs them off during the day as “caught up, not missing work and not needing reteaching.”  Teachers have been working very hard to help support student needs during this time.  We are very pleased to report that 50% of the students who were assigned to this program have improved their performance and can be released from Academic Support for Quarter 3 if the parent or guardian signs the letter sent home with the report card.  This is great news as it helps to build a culture of educational excellence and expectations of engagement and performance while reinforcing the idea that academic support available from teachers is not just an invitation but an expectation as we want to help.  A new group of students has been identified for Quarter 3 participation.  Again, a letter will be with the report card along with transportation information for bus riders.  The performance of this program is great news as it helps to build a culture of educational excellence and expectations of engagement and performance while reinforcing the idea that academic support available from teachers is not just an invitation but an expectation as we want to help.

Accelerated Courses

Students are succeeding in their accelerated work.  Algebra, Spanish and Art Students are entering the second half of the year taking their high school level courses and finding great success.  We look forward to the award of early high school credit for those that qualify through this process.  

Sports and Activities

With the second half of the year upon us we congratulate our Basketball teams for a good season.  The season will conclude this week with the City Tournament taking place Februrary 7th  (Boys A @ Hillside 3:30 p.m.,  Boy’s B @ Parkside 3:30 p.m. , Girl’s A @McLaughlin 5:00, Girl’s B @Southside 5:00).   If teams win they will play again on Saturday the 10th at Memorial High School. Our next school based sport is Track and Field.  It is possible we will also participate in a Spring Soccer League through 21st Century and a Flag Football League.  We will know more about those as the year progresses.  

Valentines Dance

We will hold a dance on Friday February 9 (from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30).  This is our only school wide night time dance.  Tickets will be for sale during lunches Feb. 5 - Feb 9.  Tickets must be purchased at lunches.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  

Drama

The Parkside Players will be presenting Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella this spring.  We are proud to offer our students a chance to participate in a full production musical theater show each year.  Tryouts are this coming week.  February 5 and 7 after school in room 101. PTG Information

Our next PTG meeting is February 21st at 6:00 p.m. in the Library.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  A flyer reminding families about box top submissions is included with report cards.

Summer Camp Information

http://www.parentingnh.com/Summer-Camps/

 
With Parkside Pride, 
Forrest Ransdell, Principal
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