The holiday season is upon, please check out important dates below. Thank you for your time and attention.
Teaching and Learning:
The current fourth graders and former third graders at Nayatt participated in the RICAS State Assessment last spring. The K-3 teachers and staff helped to prepare the third graders for success. 75% of the students in grade 3 at Nayatt were proficient in ELA (Reading and Writing) and 69% of the students in grade 3 at Nayatt were proficient in Math. In 2019, the third graders at Nayatt will again participate in the RICAS Assessment.
Please take this opportunity to review Barrington’s performance as compared to both Rhode Island and Massachusetts shared the Superintendent Update from Mr. Messore. As first time test-takers, the students did extremely well due to your ever diligent focus on teaching and learning. We look forward to engaging in continuous improvement and analyzing our current curriculum based on the initial baseline established by this assessment.
Rhode Island (RI) transitioned from the PARCC assessment to the RICAS in the Spring of 2018 for Math and Literacy (Reading and Writing). The RICAS is aligned with the Massachusetts Common Assessment (MCAS). RI made the switch because very few states continue to take the PARCC and Massachusetts (MASS) is a global leader in education.
MA has had a consistent curriculum framework and assessment system for over 20 years. The RICAS is the first time RI schools participated in this assessment. As such, an implementation dip in scores across the state was predicted and did occur. With that being said, Nayatt School demonstrated overall achievement at the top of RI, well beyond the state average and also exceeded the state average in MA.
There will be a workshop for parents to learn more about the RICAS Assessment, how schools use the data to improve teaching and learning and how to prepare your child for the assessment in the spring.
Have a great week!
Information on the on-going road work on Nayatt Road construction is listed on the frontpage. Please see other updates and news below.
Teaching and Learning:
The Barrington Public Schools new Expeditionary Learning ELA Curriculum in Grade 3 begins with the theme of exploring communities across the world that are working to overcome challenges when accessing books and education. As part of a curriculum connection, we have been learning in class about empathy and what it means to be empathetic. Our hope is to make the content they’re learning even more meaningful for the students by making the connection between the characters and groups they’ve read about across the world, and communities within Rhode Island. As a result, we are beginning a deeper learning project where students will work collaboratively to answer the question: How can we provide more books for kids that may not have access to them?
During the end of November and beginning of December, this project will kick-off with some background information and guest speakers from communities and foundations across the state that would benefit from more access to books for various reasons. The guest speakers will include the Executive Director of the Izzy Foundation of Habro and the Chapter President for the RI Pajama Program. From there, the students will brainstorm ideas of how they might help be a part of the solution for those that may be affected by a lack of access to books.
We hope that this project has a lasting impact on communities across Rhode Island, as well as for your student at home. We look forward to engaging in this opportunity!
Please be advised that in inclement weather when after school activities are cancelled, this includes the Springboard Child Care Program housed at Nayatt School. You can sign up for text messages for weather alerts, school delays, and closures www.ribroadcasters.com/news-and-events/news/riba-needs-you/
During this school year and throughout the next 5 years of the Barrington Public School Strategic Plan, Nayatt will be focused on creating more project based learning opportunities to take student learning deeper. We have a pilot team of teachers, seven staff members participating in Deeper Learning Training with the Highlander Institute. We will explore ways to include the 21st Century Skills of collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication in your child’s learning experience.
The new third grade Expeditionary Learning Curriculum for ELA engages students in rich text and critical thinking around science and social studies content. Their first Unit of Study has focuses on the theme of Overcoming Challenges. Students are building habit of character and working to become effective learning. They examine themes from a global level and shift to a personal level where they are reflecting, setting goals, and they will assess their progress over time.
Field Trips are an important part of the educational experience at Nayatt School. Because they enrich and extend the learning, the PTO sponsors them as part of their mission. There are four grade levels and the Multi-Age Team. About $11,000.00 has been budgeted by the Nayatt PTO to sponsor field trips. Sometimes, we ask for donations to off-set the additional costs incurred by the PTO, this includes buses. This can be very expensive.
Recently, the Kindergarten classes went to Save the Bay, this was a wonderful experience for our students. Please know that the bulk of this trip was funded by the Nayatt PTO so that our students can have these experiences that extend the learning and curriculum. We appreciate all of your support and the generosity of the Nayatt School PTO.