Newton Educational Workshops

“Newton Educational Workshops is a student-run program at Newton South High School for 4th and 5th graders in Newton public schools. Every year, a group of dedicated high school students teach classes to the elementary students for five Saturdays between February and April. There are classes for everything, from arts and crafts classes to sports and cooking classes. This program has been running for over 20 years, and we would love to continue the program this year and involve even more students than last year. In addition, our program donates all proceeds to a different charity every year, and we are going to be donating to the Make-A-Wish Foundation this year.

To register, go to: http://newtonws.wix.com/homepageRegister immediately because the deadline is Thursday February 12th.

Please sign up for this great program by sending a check for $50.00 to Newton Educational Workshops and mailing it to:

Newton Educational Workshops

140 Brandeis Road

Newton, Massachusetts 02459″

Nation’s Report Card- National Assessment

Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are pleased to inform you that our school has been selected to represent schools across the nation by participating in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card. NAEP, administered by the U.S. Department of Education, allows educators, parents, and legislators to compare the student achievement of Massachusetts with other states and the nation. Please take the time to read view the Information for Parents website at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/parents/.

In our school, the NAEP assessment will be given on Friday, February 27, 2015. A sample of students in our school has been selected to take a science, reading or mathematics assessment.  In addition to subject area questions, students will be asked some background questions such as how often they use computers and what types of classes they take. It will take approximately 90 minutes for students to complete NAEP.

The results are completely confidential. This means that the names of students who take part in the assessment are not recorded on any materials that leave the school, and your child’s grades or progress in school will not be affected in any way. No student, school or district results are reported and only statewide data is available.

 Your child may be excused from participation for any reason, is not required to finish the assessment, and may omit any test question. While NAEP is voluntary, we depend on student participation to collect information on student achievement that will inform improvements in education. Your child will represent many other students, so participation is very important. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing or email by Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Your decision will not affect your child’s grades.

If your child currently has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a Section 504 plan and receives accommodations for MCAS, we wanted to let you know that although NAEP provides most of the accommodations permitted on MCAS, some MCAS accommodations are not permitted on NAEP. We will be happy to discuss your child, the test he/she has been selected to participate in, and the NAEP accommodations that will be provided them.

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP. We do ask parents to encourage their child to do their best and to have them get plenty of rest the night before the assessment. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s participation in NAEP, please contact Lisa McManus at lmcmanus@newton.k12.ma.us.

Sincerely,

Lisa McManus

School Principal

NAEP- For the Nations Report Card

January 26, 2015

Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are pleased to inform you that our school has been selected to represent schools across the nation by participating in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card. NAEP, administered by the U.S. Department of Education, allows educators, parents, and legislators to compare the student achievement of Massachusetts with other states and the nation. Please take the time to read view the Information for Parents website at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/parents/.

In our school, the NAEP assessment will be given on Friday, February 27, 2015. A sample of students in our school has been selected to take a science, reading or mathematics assessment.  In addition to subject area questions, students will be asked some background questions such as how often they use computers and what types of classes they take. It will take approximately 90 minutes for students to complete NAEP.

The results are completely confidential. This means that the names of students who take part in the assessment are not recorded on any materials that leave the school, and your child’s grades or progress in school will not be affected in any way. No student, school or district results are reported and only statewide data is available.

 Your child may be excused from participation for any reason, is not required to finish the assessment, and may omit any test question. While NAEP is voluntary, we depend on student participation to collect information on student achievement that will inform improvements in education. Your child will represent many other students, so participation is very important. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing or email by Monday, February 9, 2015. Your decision will not affect your child’s grades.

If your child currently has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a Section 504 plan and receives accommodations for MCAS, we wanted to let you know that although NAEP provides most of the accommodations permitted on MCAS, some MCAS accommodations are not permitted on NAEP. We will be happy to discuss your child, the test he/she has been selected to participate in, and the NAEP accommodations that will be provided them.

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP. We do ask parents to encourage their child to do their best and to have them get plenty of rest the night before the assessment. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s participation in NAEP, please contact Lisa McManus at lmcmanus@newton.k12.ma.us.

Sincerely,
Lisa McManus
School Principal

Understanding Our Differences

Understanding Our Differences – Units and Presentation Dates for this Year

Dear Memorial-Spaulding School Community:

I am writing to let you know about the dates and topics that Understanding Our Differences has scheduled for presentation to our students this school year. As you recall, Understanding Our Differences (UOD) is a nonprofit organization working in partnership with the Newton Public Schools since 1978 to provide a unique, creative disability awareness program for elementary school children in grades 3-5.~ Note that these units are presented to all of our students, who learn together in grade-level groups.

Dates for Grade 3

Blindness/Low Vision – February 5, 2015

Deafness/Hard of Hearing — April 2, 2015

Coordinated by: Jamie Robinson, jlcinflorida@yahoo.com

 Dates for Grade 4

Learning Disabilities – to be decided

Chronic Medical Conditions – March 26, 2015

Coordinated by: Amy Masters, amasters@hearst.com

 Dates for Grade 5

Autism — November 13, 2014

Intellectual Disabilities — January 22, 2015

Physical Disabilities — March 19, 2015

Coordinated by: Eafat Newton, fromeafat@hotmail.com

Please address any questions you may have about these presentations to Jenni Acosta, UOD Program Director, at jacosta@UnderstandingOurDifferences.org.

Parent volunteers are always needed. If you would like to help with these presentations, please contact our School Coordinators of the UOD program:

3rd grade: Jamie Robinson, jlcinflorida@yahoo.com

4th grade: Amy Masters, amasters@hearst.com

5th grade: Eafat Newton, fromeafat@hotmail.com

To learn more about Understanding Our Differences, please view the website here: www.UnderstandingOurDifferences.org.

Sincerely,

Lisa McManus

Principal