Principal's Page

March 2018

Dear Hubbell Families:

Every year the Connecticut Department of Education evaluates schools to offer a comprehensive, holistic picture of how students and schools are performing. Each school earns an overall score, called the Accountability Index.

Connecticut’s Next Generation Accountability System is a broad set of 12 indicators that help tell the story of how well a school is preparing its students for success in college, careers, and life. The system moves beyond test scores and graduation rates and instead provides a more holistic, multifactor perspective of district and school performance and incorporates student growth over time. There are two main differences with this accountability system, initially implemented in March 2016. First, in addition to measuring academic achievement, this system also focuses on student growth over time. Measuring growth provides a more accurate picture than just looking at a snapshot in time of student performance. The second big change is that this accountability system includes additional key indicators, such as chronic absenteeism, physical fitness, and arts access. Research tells us that students who attend school on a daily basis and maintain a healthy lifestyle are more likely to graduate and succeed in college.”

CSDE Next Generation Accountability System, Frequently Asked Questions

This year Hubbell School’s index score is 75.1; this is down slightly from our previous score of 75.6. It is, however, the highest school score in Bristol this year! Our index score is a reflection of dedication and effort by staff and students to be the best they can be every day! Furthermore, Hubbell School was identified by the State as a School of Distinction based on our remarkable academic growth indicator subscore for high needs students. The score is determined by student academic growth from grades 3rd to 4th and 4th to 5th as measured on the Smarter Balanced Assessment. We are so proud of our staff and students!

February 2018

Dear Hubbell Families:

There is Something to Bark About at Hubbell School! Our reading interventionist, Lisa Ayotte, was awarded funding this fall, from the Bristol Education Foundation, for her mini-grant, entitled PAWS (PAUSE) FOR READING.

The grant is designed to encourage our students to take some extra time, PAUSE, and dig deep into extra reading time outside the school day.Students obtain a Hound template from their classroom teacher, and write a book summary.So far over 85 students have completed a “PAWESOME” book template, which are posted proudly in our main lobby, and are now spilling over onto our art display bulletin boards.We are so proud of the efforts that our students are putting into this special project as they celebrate the love of reading and writing!Each week we have a few students share their awesome, (PAWESOME, as we like to brag) book reflections!Many students have even finished more than one and keep coming back to get more!Way to go boys and girls!We appreciate the support that families are offering at home for this “extra” reading effort. The “Paws (Pause) for Reading” program will continue through June, so keep up the great work Hubbell Hounds!

This week our 4th and 5th grade students celebrated their love of music at our winter performance at Bristol Eastern High School.Mrs. Harhay and Mr. Tamburro led our students in numerous pieces much to the delight of Hubbell families and friends.But it takes a village!We have other music staff at Hubbell School, including Allison Kelly and Kelle Barrieau, that instruct various grade level sections, and our 4th and 5th grade teachers are always present to support the students in their musical endeavors!