Welcome back to school. We hope everyone had a restful break and is excited for our final nine weeks of school. Just a reminder all Grade 3-8 students in the Bristol Public Schools will begin taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment this week. Smarter Balanced is the yearly assessment that recently replaced the Connecticut Mastery Test. All students in grades 3-8 last year were part of the national pilot assessment.
What is the difference between Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Smarter Balanced assessment (SBAC)?
The CCSS are the standards that drive what we teach. When your child is learning each day, the standards of ‘what they are learning’ represent CCSS. CCSS are written for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 – however we begin testing our students on these in Grade 3. There are standards for reading, writing, speaking, listening, and math. For a short video on why we have CCSS, please click here.
What is SBAC? In order for us to know how well our students understand the standards, which also make up our district curriculum, the SBAC is being designed to measure the degree to which students have mastered the individual grade level standards. In the past, the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) was given to measure if our students have mastered the standards – but the new assessment, which is taken solely on the computer, will be replacing that. We begin the new assessment on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.
What will my child’s testing schedule look like at Mt. View School?
The time of testing will be very similar to the Connecticut Mastery Test. Here is a sample for one of our 5thgrade classes. Please understand this is a sample schedule and testing days and subjects may change as we only have the ability to test two classes at one time. Therefore, not all 5thgrade classes take the same tests on the same day or time. As a reminder, only students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be taking the SBAC assessment.
Wednesday April 22: English Language Arts Computer Adaptive Testing (done in 2 sessions)
Thursday April 23: No Testing
Friday April 24: English Language Arts in class 30 minute lesson
Monday April 27: English Language Arts Performance Task - Researching
Tuesday April 28: English Language Arts Performance Task - Writing
Wednesday April 29: No Testing/Make up
Thursday April 30: Math Computer Adaptive Testing (done in 2 sessions)
Friday May 1: No Testing/Make up
Monday May 4: Math in class lesson and performance task
Tuesday May 5: No Testing/Make up
Wednesday May 6: No Testing/Make up
Thursday May 7: No Testing/Make up
Friday May 8: No Testing/Make up
As soon as our students are done testing for a particular day, they will continue on with their typical day’s learning and activities. Because of our new Chromebook cart this year, all students will be testing in their own classroom – thus keeping our library open during the entire testing window.
Last year during the pilot assessment there were no individual student reports created or distributed to parents or schools. Last year’s pilot test was a ‘test of the test’ as opposed to an assessment of individual student growth. Seeing as this is the first year of the ‘official’ SBAC assessment, parents will receive individual student summary reports.
If you have a question about Common Core State Standards, the Smarter Balanced Assessment, computer adaptive testing, or what the testing will look like for your child’s class, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher or contact Dr. Huber directly. Dr. Huber will also have office hours both today and tomorrow to meet with any parents. To schedule a time to meet with him, please call 860-584-7725 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . We would be happy to discuss with you your questions regardless of your child’s grade.
Keeping you in the loop – As many of you know, a majority of the information for our families is now being shared on Facebook and Twitter. You are invited into our classes each day to see the amazing teaching, learning, and activity. If you are not yet following us, you can find us at:
Thank you to the 165 family members who have already ‘liked’ our Facebook page. As a reminder, we ask that if families comment on our pages, all comments be in alignment with our school's mission statement and be respectful in nature. Posts that are negatively directed at or about individuals or are in violation of our school mission statement will be deleted and the user blocked from future use.
This has been an incredibly successful pilot and tool for communication. Thanks for partnering with us as we support the learning of all our families.
Mt. View School will be hosting 'Kids Cook: A class for you and your child" on Monday, January 12th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Registration is required as space is limited. This is one class offered as part of our newly formed partnership with the Parent and Child Center at Bristol Hospital.
To register call 860-585-3895 or email email@example.com
Important School Updates: Report Cards, Yankee Candle Pickup and other school information
Report cards are being sent home today in backpacks. I am greatly appreciative of the time and effort our staff put into completing these documents. In an effort to continually improve the education in our school, we are asking for your help. As you look through your child’s report card, please discuss with them individual goals that they can work towards during the next term. Whether it be improving their reading fluency, increasing effort during writing, improving upon their typing skills on the Chromebooks, or mastering their math fact fluency – your support in setting and monitoring their goals will make a huge difference. We appreciate in advance your partnership.
Yankee Candle orders will be delivered today and will be available for pickup on Monday, December 15th. Thank you for understanding we can’t send these orders home in backpacks as they are glass.
Pick up Times for Monday December 15th:
9:00-10:00 a.m. Please buzz in the front door and someone will direct you to the stage area to pick up your order.
3:00-4:00 p.m. Please buzz in the front door and someone will direct you to the stage area to pick up your order.
6:30-7:30 p.m. Please drive to the side gym doors and someone will let you in to pick up your order. There will be no one in the main office to buzz you in – thank you for going directly to the side gym doors.
Monday is the last day for Friendship and Family Donations… If you are interested in making a donation and are unsure of what to get, please call the school.
December PTO/PAC Meeting in Wednesday, December 17th – 6:30 p.m. in the media center.
Did you see what happened in our classes yesterday? In case you haven’t heard, we are now on Facebook. We are excited and proud to showcase the great teaching and learning within our classes. Tell your family to ‘Like us’ so they can also be part of your child’s learning.
We hope you will follow the outstanding teaching and learning within our school via social media as well as use this as a communication tool with the school. As we pilot these new technologies, we welcome parent input. We do ask that if families comment on our pages, all comments be in alignment with our school's mission statement and be respectful in nature. Posts that are negatively directed at or about individuals or are in violation of our school mission statement will be deleted and the user blocked from future use.
Families- Have you heard of 'Help me Grow'?? Please share this with any families who have kids who are not yet school age ready and may have concerns about their child's developmental or behavioral growth.
Help Me Grow is a prevention program of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood designed to identify children at risk for developmental or behavioral problems and to connect these children to existing community resources. Families, health care providers and other community based providers can call Child Development Infoline (CDI) at 1-800-505-7000 with any concerns about a child’s development or behavior.
The care coordinators at CDI work with each family to find the best services available to meet their needs, including connecting to community resources, family support and education programs, and the Ages & Stages Developmental Monitoring Program in which more than 2,500 families are currently enrolled. Families can also receive information on various topics related to their child’s development, such as managing difficult behavior, toilet training, sleep issues, promoting language development, and typical developmental milestone information. Follow-up is offered to ensure connections to services have been made, and that the family’s needs have been met.
For more information please visit:
To make a referral to Help Me Grow, call Child Development Infoline at 1-800-505-7000.
We need your help. We currently have three different volunteer opportunities and we are asking you for your support.
To support our student activity account, we are looking for 2-3 parents who can volunteer one day per month to supervise our pencil sale during each lunch wave. Volunteers would be at the school from 11:30 a.m. until 1:10 p.m. The first pencil sale is scheduled for Friday, December 19th.
We still need readers! If you would like to volunteer one hour per week and read with our students, we would love to have you. No experience needed. All you need to do is enjoy spending time with our students. Let us know a day that works for you and we will find willing students for you to support.
We are looking to build our own family lending library outside of our building. This would give our families the chance to swap books each day as they come to wait for their kids or to have books to look at with their younger children. We will purchase all of the materials – we just need someone who is a handy builder to design something similar to the picture below.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please call 860-584-7726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to our parent volunteers, cafeteria staff, and Mr. Tim for their hard work in making today’s Thanksgiving Luncheon a huge success. It was a wonderful way to celebrate a meal together and discuss all the things we are thankful for.
Today was a great day of learning at Mt. View. Our kindergarten students were working on their reading (fluency and rhyming) and writing (adding details, stretching sounds, proper spacing) while our 5th graders were recording their reading on an Ipad to self-evaluate their reading fluency. It is extremely powerful for our students to see and hear how their fluency is progressing. We are so proud of their hard work!!
Wednesday December 3 - Jump - N - Jamming night. Our PTO/PAC is also sponsoring a Moe's Fundraiser -- Wednesday January 21st -- Come show your MTV Pride while supporting our PTO/PAC!
We also discussed the school's new Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Mt.ViewSchool) and Twitter (@davidjhuber) page, the new media consent forms that went home today, and our staff professional development.
Scholastic will give a free book to families who shop on "Small Business Saturday" which is November 29th. The goalis to support local businesses. These flyers will be distributed to all families over the next few days.
Coming Soon: Friendship Family Project -- help us support our own families this holiday season. Stay tuned for more information.
Reminder: Vendor night has been postponed!!
Parent and Teacher conferences were very well attended -- with over 98% of families participating. Thanks staff and families.
Events families are interested in scheduling: A spring craft fair or vendor night if we can again schedule the Crowley Car Fundraiser, sponsoring a soldier project, Sonic or Five Below.
Next PTO/PAC meeting Wednesday December 17th -- 6:30
Did you hear -- our first 'Virtual Principal's Office Hours' will be this Saturday morning -- Hop onto Facebook from 9-10 a.m. to ask Dr. Huber any questions about Common Core State Standards or any other questions that are important to you.
Thanks to those who attended -- Have a great night!
Any Mt. View Families looking for an act of Citizenship??
Do you have unused gifts sitting in your closet that didn’t fit or weren’t your style/taste? Please consider donating them to our Re-Gifting Program! The Young Professionals for United Way and Webster Bank are now accepting donations of UNUSED items for Bristol’s Annual Re-Gifting Program. This program allows children from low-income areas within Bristol to select a gift for their parent or caregiver. We think it isvery important for children to learn the joy of giving by having the opportunity to present a gift to a loved one during the holidays.
Collection Dates: November 1st through November 29th
We will collect new or unopened gift items for adult males and females (Examples include: candles, perfume/cologne, lotions, grooming kits, flash lights, afghans, ties, gloves, jewelry, stationary, books, sweaters, mugs, pottery, kitchen items, boxed soaps, sports paraphernalia, scarves, gadgets, games, cards, household decorative items, calendars, pajamas, and other gift items.)
Please note: Holiday gift bags of varied sizes (new or gently used) and tissue paper are also needed!
Gifts can be dropped off at the following locations: Mt. View School -- send them in with your child and we'll deliver them for you! Bristol Adult Resource Center, 621 Jerome Avenue, Bristol Bristol Public Library, 5 High Street, Bristol Manross Library, 260 Central Street, Forestville United Way of West Central Connecticut, 200 Main Street, Bristol
Any Webster Bank Bristol Location: 1235 Farmington Avenue, 647 Farmington Avenue, 150 Main Street, and 797 Pine Street
This drive is sponsored by Young Professionals for United Way and Webster Bank