As we come to the end of the school year, the students in grades K-3 will be demonstrate their progress in a variety of subject areas, but in particular, in their informational writing. This has been one of our School Improvement Goals for the 2017-2018 School Year. The students were given a prompt in the Fall and Winter and they will respond to the prompt in the Spring by Friday, June 8th. We are so excited to see their growth and progress in writing. They will demonstrate what they know about a topic of interest and their informational writing skills.
The teachers at Nayatt are strong instructors in the area of writing. They have taught so many valuable skills across the school year and in many classrooms the students have tracked their growth and progress and set goals for areas of improvement. Mrs. Bertoncini has supported this learning through research in the library. Writing involves output and a very different part of the brain. It is a complex task that requires the ability to organize thoughts, to introduce a topic, to demonstrate command of grammar and punctuation, to develop main ideas and supporting details and to conclude the writing.
This is an opportunity to celebrate our children and the high expectations they have worked to achieve. It is also an opportunity for teachers and staff to reflect on our strengths and needs and to continually refine our practice so that we can support the success of all at Nayatt.
In light of another school shooting, I want to follow up on Mr. Messore’s message and reassure all families that the children are safe and protected at Nayatt School. We are straightforward and honest with your children if they ask questions. We reassure them of ways the staff at Nayatt works to keep them safe.
Our Crisis Team-Cathy Fales and Fran Taft (head teachers), Nichole Collins (School Nurse), Mr. Marchetti and Mrs. Brousseau (Special Education), Mrs. Bertoncini (Librarian), Mr. DiPierro (Custodian), Katie McBride (Assistant to the Principal), and Tracey Whitehead (Principal) are meeting regularly. We are preparing for our end of year drills, there are five of them. This helps us to continually get feedback on how to improve practices. The Barrington Schools Resource Officer, Josh Melo is in consultation with us.
Most of the drills are fire drills, but there is another evacuation drill to conduct. We will be doing this in conjunction with the Barrington Police Department and will provide feedback to parents. Team members participate in special training with FEMA as members of this team. They take their role very seriously and we know our needs as a building.
Thanks for your patience and support as we check identification at dismissal and ask for information while you are outside the door. Please know that only front office staff is allowed to let parents into the building. This is why our staff will ignore you and wait for the office. Safety and Security is a priority for us.
During the weeks of May 14th-June 8th, the students in grades K-3 will participate in the Spring Screening Process. The students are screened in Reading and Math for Fastbridge and Math with TenMarks. The TenMarks assessment helps us to determine the summer playlist for students to keep up their skills and practice. The Fastbridge Reading and Math help us to determine interventions and enrichment to close gaps and advance student achievement. The students take these assessments on the computer. They are administered one on one in K. Ms. Muccino, the Math Specialist and Dr. Carusi, the Reading Specialist facilitate this process and conduct Data Review Meetings at the End of the year. Progress is reported to the School Committee in late May and mid June. The students are also assessed in their progress in writing. These are district assessments and part of our curriculum. They determine how well we are implementing the curriculum and what we need to improve related to instruction.
If students are anxious in anyway, please reassure them of the purpose above and that we only ask that they try their best. These assessments do not determine placement in the next grade level.
The growth and development of our children is amazing to see! As I visit classrooms, I see outstanding and high quality teaching and learning. The third graders are studying our community. They are reading and discussing a text, Barrington by the Bay and they have visited the Barrington Preservation Society. I have listened to their teacher facilitate discussions around photographs of Barrington in the past and present. Some students have brought in artifacts such as bricks made in Barrington at Brickyard Pond.
The kindergarten students are truly looking and acting like first graders. Their ability to attend to a lesson on the rug has grown from 10 minutes to up to 25 minutes. They are listening, responding, making contribution to the thinking of themselves and their classmates. It is hard to believe that so many are still five.
Our first graders now read The Pledge of Allegiance and our Nayatt Motto at Morning Meeting. They are carrying books in the dismissal line and telling me all about them. Today, Ms. Cunningham’s class told me all about the different sea creatures they interacted with at Biomes in North Kingstown. There were puffer fish, sharks, horse shoe crabs and more. They learned how they eat, how they sense their environment, how they respond when threatened, and other interesting facts. Their excitement in sharing their adventures with me was precious. We are so fortunate to have such a strong and vibrant Learning Community. We cannot thank you enough for all of the help and support.