It is hard to believe that we are already past the 100th day of school and heading towards the spring. There are so many great events being offered at our school and by our PTO in the upcoming weeks. Please save the dates on your calendars. We hope to see you and to continue our great work together.
The Barrington Public Schools Homework Policy does not mandate homework at the lower elementary level. We do encourage reading with your child regularly and participating in Ten Marks for students in grades 1-3.
Our third graders will be taking the RICAS Assessment this spring. All assessments are taken on the chromebooks. Participating in Ten Marks regularly allows your child to learn to manipulate the technology tools they will use during the assessments.
We do not teach to the RICAS Assessment, but we do like to prepare our children for the experience of the assessment. Being participants in the assessment for the first time can be stressful to young students and we do not want the use of technology to add to this stress. We appreciate any support at home with the implementation of Ten Marks or opportunities for the children to work on the typing programs set up by Mrs. Bertoncini that our children can access on her library page. Like all things at our school, our students experience the most success when parents and teachers collaborate. Thanks for all you do to help your child to be successful at school.
The new year is moving along quickly with lots of exciting events at Nayatt School. This week is Tech. Week for our students participating in the Arts Alive Production of the Wizard of Oz at Nayatt School. Please check the information below for detailed information or to see how you can volunteer or buy tickets. We are in need of volunteers to assist backstage this week. If you can help in anyway, please log on to MySchoolAnywhere and sign up under Tech. Week for areas of support. Thank you. This is important and valuable to our children during this busy week. We hope to see everyone this weekend at the performance. It is a special event for the entire Nayatt School Community. We have also started to share upcoming events such as Kindergarten Registration, STEAM Night, Fine Arts Night, the Nayatt 5K, and more. Please add these to your calendar. Thank you for your time and attention.
IMPORTANT WIZARD OF OZ TECH WEEK INFO
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We have arrived! Performance week is here! All events from this point forward will take place at Barrington High School. Parents are responsible for transporting their kids to/from rehearsals and performances. Exciting!
ALL STUDENTS should report to the auditorium and sit in their assigned stations immediately following check in at BHS! PLEASE BE ON TIME
Tech Week Schedule*: (kids may bring books, games, dinner - just no sauces or things that can spill/stain please!)
Please see below for additional important Tech Week information:
The Nayatt School students and staff continue to make great strides in the implementation of See Saw, a communication tool with families. I recently reviewed last week’s posts with students reading for their families, art work in Kindergarten, character traits in library, and more. These posts are a great way for families to come together and discuss student learning. Students can use the posts as a scaffold to discuss their academic learning and technology skills. It is quite amazing to see in action in the classroom. Our goal is to support reflection at both home and skills and to build this metacognitve skill in our children. Thanks for your continued interaction with See Saw.
Have a great week!
Please see the special events for this week at Nayatt School. Let the office know if your child will be out of school due to holiday travel or illness. We appreciate this information.
The Nayatt School Music Program under the direction of Mrs. Gael Berberick has thrived. The students are collaborating with their teacher to create original songs. The students’ passion for music and singing was highly evident at the Grade 3 Chorus performance at the Rhode Island State House. Our students were featured in a segment for WJAR last Friday night.
Mrs. Berberick is the long term substitute for Mrs. Sergeant. She will continue with us after the holiday break and will begin the Recorder Program with the Grade 3 students. The Program will be part of the music classes in grade 3. The third grade students have a music class and the chorus class each week.
We look forward to our continued work with Mrs. Berberick at Nayatt School. Please check out the link to the state house TV and see the wonderful performance http://ritv.devosvideo.com/show-videos?g=dd766550&page=1&filter=vod
Have a great week!
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!