Principal's Page


June 2018

Dear Hubbell Families:

Thank you for supporting us throughout this school year! Our Bristol mission of TEACHING AND LEARNING WITH PASSION AND PURPOSE is possible because we work together. As I review year end reports and documents, I see tremendous growth in our students due to focused hard work and effort, from our teachers and our students!

Thank you to our Hubbell School PTA for the support for our special events, assemblies, and field trip opportunities! All monies raised goes back to the students of our school! Families, please save your BOXTOPS over the summer for our first big collection in early September!

While summer should be about family trips, swimming in the pool or at the beach, taking bike rides, and generally relaxing with a less hectic schedule, please know that keeping reading, writing, mathematics and thinking skills alive is super important! Please visit the public libraries often and record books read! Don’t forget free lunch is available during the week for children under 18! We are also sending home the THINK STRETCH workbook to help your child practice academics over the next few months.

Finally, I have a few favorite websites for fun practice and parent resources listed below!

Thanks and enjoy your summer!

Mrs. Rochelle Schwartz

www.sumdog.com

www.mathplayground.com

www.abcya.com(grades K-2)

www.bristol.k12.ct.us

April 2018

Dear Hubbell Families:

Smarter Balanced Assessment-This annual state test for grades 3-5 will begin right after spring break. At Hubbell, we test on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as you can see below in our summarized test schedule. We have found it to be an optimal testing schedule. We do makeups on Mondays and Fridays.

There are three tests, one English Language Arts (ELA) and two Mathematics. Our grade 5 students will also be taking a pilot version of the Next Generation Science assessment. Smarter Balanced is designed around the Common Core Standards; Bristol’s curriculum is aligned to these standards to prepare students for the assessment throughout the school year with our sequenced units. In addition, during the past few weeks, classroom teachers have been practicing some released SBA ELA and Math questions through whole class discussions to ease test anxiety and to prepare students for the format of the test. Smarter Balanced is completed on the computer in the morning, but since it is untimed, some students may use more time in the afternoon if necessary. There will be less homework during the three testing weeks, and we appreciate students getting a good night’s rest before their test day. To avoid test make-up, please consider scheduling any appointments on a non-test day!

To keep our students motivated during test weeks, we will be doing some supportive and fun activities. We will kick off testing with a Pep Rally on Monday, April 23! On Fridays, we will hold an extra recess time, and students will earn raffle tickets for effort. Our primary classrooms will also “buddy up” with the upper grades, sending messages, letters, and positive thoughts to keep everyone smiling. We know that testing can be stressful for students, so we will do our best as a school community to keep our Smarter Balanced test window upbeat and energized!

As always, thank you for your support!

9:15-10:15/10:30-11:25AM TESTING12:30-2:30PM FINISH/MAKE-UP

M - April 23

NO TESTING

Tu - April 24

ELA-CAT

5 Galvan

4 Bouchard

3 Jackson

W - April 25

ELA-CAT

5 Fanelli

4 Carvalho

3 Jannetty

Th - April 26

ELA-CAT

5 Prentiss

4 Daly

3 Chesnes

F - April 27

MAKE UPS

M – April 30

NO TESTING

Tu – May 1

Math-PT

5 Galvan

4 Bouchard

3 Jackson

W – May 2

Math-PT

5 Fanelli

4 Carvalho

3 Jannetty

Th – May 3

Math-PT

5 Prentiss

4 Daly

3 Chesnes

F – May 4

MAKE UPS

M – May 7

NO TESTING

Tu – May 8

Math-CAT

5 Galvan

4 Bouchard

3 Jackson

W – May 9

Math-CAT

5 Fanelli

4 Carvalho

3 Jannetty

Th – May 10

Math-CAT

5 Prentiss

4 Daly

3 Chesnes

F – May 11

MAKE UPS

M – May 14

NO TESTING

Tu – May 15

SCIENCE PILOT

5 Fanelli

5 Galvan

5 Prentiss

W – May 16

MAKE UPS

Th – May 17

MAKE UPS

F – May 18

(Lake Compounce Grade 5 Field Trip)

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!