Our vision is to connect, engage, and inspire all students in the Ayer Shirley Regional School District to reach academic excellence. We, the educators of the Ayer Shirley Regional School District, will instill habits of reflection and inquiry to challenge our students in setting ambitious academic and personal goals. Students will develop a strong voice to express thoughts and ideas in the community and the confidence to showcase their talents and successes in preparation for entry into college and the world of work. 

 

October 2017 Blog

October Update

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”:

Kindergarten
Naythan Aguilar, Easton Calderwood, Brendan Glynn, Anna Lanoue, & Kate Walker

First Grade
Xavier Bagni, Nadya Carpentier, Rorey Holbrook, Ian Larkin, Dylan Pliskaner, & Hazel Thomas

Second Grade
Molly Cormier, Fiona Farnsworth, Madison Gearin, Gage Jahn, Cassidy LaPointe, & Spencer Treadway

Third Grade
Remy Duffner, Jackson Guercio, Aurora LaCruz, JD Martin, & Aadi Patel

Fourth Grade
Haley Adams, Nicholas Cruz, Santiago Cruz, Ashley Dolan, & Jacob Stewart

Fifth Grade
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:

Chart with reading 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

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