December Important Dates

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I am sending along some dates and information for the month of December. We have a few book club/discussion groups planned in the coming weeks. All are welcome (even if you haven’t finished the book.) I look forward to our work together.

December 2nd- Science Curriculum Grades 5&6

December 9th- Science Curriculum Grades 5&6

December 10th- Growth Mindset Book Club/Discussion @ KD 3:00pm

December 11th- Community of Practice – Shared Classroom Initiative English 7 & 8 (tentative)

December 14th- Science Curriculum 5&6 (Monday)

December 14th- Professional Development Advisory Committee Meeting (Reflection and Planning) 3:00pm @ KD

December 17th- The Gift of Dyslexia Book Club/Discussion @ KD 2:25

January 6th- Science Curriculum HS Chemistry

PARCC Updates and Information

The PARCC consortium released some of the test items from last spring with supporting materials including: rubrics, item sets and sample student responses. I have been impatiently waiting for the anchor papers and am excited to analyze the constructed responses.
Click the following link to access the MATH/ELA released assessments and supporting materials:
Our district will receive results during the week of November 9th and the target date for a full release will be November 16, 2015.
Teachers will be able to access results  (after full release) through RideMap. You can access RideMap through our district website or via this link:
-You may recall that your RideMap login is firstname.lastname
-Once you log in, go to “Instructional Support System”
-Click on the bar graphs to drill down for more information (teachers will be able access scoring information for students on their rosters this year and last year)

As you know, last spring was the first implementation of a new assessment, with new technology based on new standards. We are incredibly proud of our educational community. The work you have done to study the standards, write and implement new curriculum and develop new assessments has been extraordinary. We will certainly look at the results from the perspective that it was a baseline year. 

Science NECAP Results

The Rhode Island Department of Education has released the 2015 NECAP Science results. North Smithfield Schools saw significant increases in student achievement in science at the high school level. North Smithfield High School increased proficiency levels by 18% in one year. The RI Department of Education reported that the North Smithfield School District (tied with Chariho) has the honor and distinction to have the highest amount of growth (25.9%) since 2008.
District administration and teachers will continue to analyze the results to inform our instruction and programming. Science has been a focus area for North Smithfield Schools; increasing student proficiency was identified as a District Strategic Plan goal in 2011.

Halliwell School
• Increased 13% since 2008
• 25% above the state average

North Smithfield Middle School
• Increased 24% since 2008
• 15% above the state average

North Smithfield High School
• #1 in State compared to 36 districts
• Increased 43% since 2008
• 39% above the state average

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