Our school year is off to an excellent start! Special thanks to our PTO for organizing “Popsicles with the Principal”- I enjoyed meeting everyone!
Special thanks to the Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, Lego Robotics Club, Ayer Shirley Education Foundation, Destination Imagination, Special Education Advisory Council, and the Ayer Shirley PTO for joining us for our Open House. We were delighted to meet parents, siblings and grandparents!
While I was hiking Mount Monadnock during the Labor Day weekend, I had insights about hiking that I could relate to a successful experience in school. While trudging up the White Dot Trail, I observed a few energetic hikers pass me on the way up. I clamored to the top at a pace that I could successfully handle. In school, we help each student meet a challenge by adjusting the pace or amount of workload to ensure success. When I made it to the top, I took time to be present and celebrate with a picnic lunch. We should celebrate our student’s achievements in a similar manner. While coming down, I was slipping on the wet surface and had to select a parallel path to come down safely. In school, staff help each child succeed by providing visual/verbal scaffolds or by chunking information to ensure success!
Citizen of the Month
Congratulations to the following students who were selected for the September Value of “Courteous”:
Naythan Aguilar, Easton Calderwood, Brendan Glynn, Anna Lanoue, & Kate Walker
Xavier Bagni, Nadya Carpentier, Rorey Holbrook, Ian Larkin, Dylan Pliskaner, & Hazel Thomas
Molly Cormier, Fiona Farnsworth, Madison Gearin, Gage Jahn, Cassidy LaPointe, & Spencer Treadway
Remy Duffner, Jackson Guercio, Aurora LaCruz, JD Martin, & Aadi Patel
Haley Adams, Nicholas Cruz, Santiago Cruz, Ashley Dolan, & Jacob Stewart
Autumn Cormier, Emily Churchill, Patrick Dufresne, Kevin Hill, Pedro Garcia Nunez & Anastasia Sanford
What is new in Reading at LAW??
Did you know BAS stands for Benchmark Assessment System?
What is a benchmark assessment?
According to Fountas & Pinnell Literacy “a benchmark assessment is a series of texts that can be used to identify a student’s current reading level and progress along a gradient of text levels over time. The BAS evaluates student reading and comprehension ability with reliable and robust universal screening that is aligned to the Leveled Literacy Intervention System, and determines each child’s instructional level for guided reading according to the Fountas & Pinnell Level Gradient.” Click on link to see the chart of levels:
Important Calendar Events
October 5: Curriculum Night at the Ayer Shirley Regional High School
October 9: No School- Columbus Day Holiday
October 10: Ayer Shirley PTO at the Middle School at 7:15 PM
October 11: Picture Day
October 11: Progress Reports Grades K-5
October 17: School Council Meeting at 3:30 PM
October 18: Early Release ½ Day - Professional Development in the Afternoon
October 27: Student Birthday Celebration