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.

January 2018 Blog

KINDNESS  MATTERS.……EVERY  DAY.……EVERY WAY

 

At Page Hilltop our teachers and staff strive to provide all of our students with rigorous academic instruction in all of the core subject areas. As professional educators, we now know that it is equally important to provide educational experiences that will help to promote social emotional growth.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) combines character education, anti-bullying strategies and positive goal setting. We operate under a DESE approved Bullying Prevention Plan. Our school counselors implement a classroom based guidance program known as Second Step along with our Bucket-Filling Program. Fourth and Fifth Graders have the opportunity to join our Panther Leadership Team (PLT) which teachers them leadership skills combined with community service opportunities. Our Panther PAWS program recognizes random acts of kindness that our students are involved in. As a school community we have implemented a Core Values Program based on a system of behavioral expectations.     

Over the course of the last couple months, our school community (teachers, staff, students, parents) has been involved in a variety of projects, all based on the theme of “paying it forward” or “kindness to others” Here is just a sampling of the empathy & kindness that has been shared:

  • Collecting books to share with the students of the W.C. Andrews Elementary School in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

  • Collecting left-over Halloween candies that were sent to deployed troops

  • Participating in the 2017 Dance for Kindness

  • Collecting winter clothing for families in need

  • Coming together to support one of our families who lost their home to a fire

  • Providing holiday gifts for families in need

  • PTO donations to children during the annual Holiday Shop

  • Putting together holiday care packages to mail to our troops

  • Grade 1 singers going to Nashoba Park Assisted Living Center

  • PLT students spreading holiday joy at the Apple Valley Medical Center

The overwhelming generosity, kindness & empathy displayed by all of our students is a direct result of the values they are learning at school and at home.

Looking ahead it is almost time for the “Great Kindness Challenge”, a global initiative that we have participated in for the last four years. This year’s event is expecting to be celebrated by over 10 million students from over 15 thousand schools in over 91 countries. During the week we are hoping to have over one-half BILLION random acts of kindness take place around the world!

We are hoping that many of these RAKS (random acts of kindness) will take place right kin our school and communities.

We invite all of our families to join us as we celebrate KINDNESS!

You are cordially invited to attend: our Great Kindness Challenge Assembly & our Camfel Productions assembly. You should have received info details, on these two events, via email. If you did not, please contact our office. Keep watch for more information coming home, sharing ways that your family can be involved in the Great Kindness Challenge. For more information on this global event, go to youtube and search for:  Official Great Kindness Challenge 2017 newsreel

 

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