Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Massachusetts Tops NAEP for the Fifth Consecutive Time:
On Thursday, Governor Patrick announced that for the fifth consecutive time, Massachusetts 4th
and 8th graders scored first or tied for first place on all four National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exams. According to the 2013 NAEP results, Massachusetts ranked first alone among states in 8th grade mathematics, and tied for first in 4th grade reading, 4th grade mathematics, and 8th grade reading.
This year marks the fifth straight administration (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013) in which Massachusetts students have scored first or tied for first place on all four NAEP tests.
All the credit for this outstanding accomplishment goes to our educators and students for their hard work and continuous improvement. While our performance since two years ago held steady on three of the four NAEP tests, the average reading score for Massachusetts 4th
graders declined by five points since 2011. For more info on the 2013 NAEP results, go to http://www.doe.mass.edu/news/news.aspx?id=7846.
Monday, November 4, 2013
So the Box Top Contest Results are finally in! Ms. Allen’s Grade 4 (total 1726) and Mrs. Cavanagh’s Kindergarten (total 1285) class both topped the collection numbers. Because they won the contest, each class earned a pizza party and cookie decorating activity. We really reached exceptional numbers this time around. The teachers and student were highly motivated to collect the Box Tops. Perhaps it had to do with the fact that the teachers of the 2 highest collecting classes won a 5 lb. bag of homemade pasta from the one and only www.mariasgourmetpasta.com . Special thanks to the Mancaniello Family for this contribution. The PTO has also agreed to purchase some recess equipment for each class because each class worked so very hard collecting Box Tops.
AND…… special shout out to the parents who ran this contest/fundraiser. It was a win/win!
Below are pictures of some 4th and Kindergarten students enjoying their reward.
Grade 2 is fortunate enough to be the recipients once again of a literacy grant through WGBH in conjunction with the MA DESE. It provides us with quality standard based lessons, materials and training. Naturally the pedagogy and professionalism that Mrs. Whalen, Mrs. Zukas and Mr. Staples implement in the class is really what makes the ultimate difference in terms of learning. Here are some pictures of Grade 2 ….learning in action.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
I’m not sure I can do justice to the recent student council projects. Mrs. Kennedy proposed that all 4th and 5th grade potential Student Council Candidates do some type of community service as a prerequisite to joining the council. I cannot tell you how they surpassed our expectations. Take a look below. Bravo boys and girls!
Madilyn collected canned good in her neighborhood for a food pantry.
Ava and Gianna did dog walking and car washing. They earned $45 to donate to the Salem Animal Shelter.
Ashley helped create a clothing donation center at her church and donated a bunch of winter clothing.
Tia actually worked at My Brothers’ Table with her cousin Kristin. She prepared salad and handed our bread.
Olivia collected cans from neighbors and friend. She purchased $34.80 of pet toys, soap and trash bags for the Northeast Animal Shelter.
Shea visited a nursing home and met some very interesting folks.
Ava donated an entire box of animal treats to the Northeast Animal Shelter
Edward used his own money to purchase Toys for Tots.
Harry created “Wear Red for a Bed”. He made bracelets. Put them in baggies with a donation card. All proceeds with go to “Bed for Every Child”, an initiative through Mass Collation for Homeless.
Sydney sold popular rainbow loom for $1 and donated profits to Northeast Animal Shelter.
Kitty brought smile to kids faces on Halloween by donating all the family costumes to DCF.
Catherine cleaned our local softball field.
Devin donated dog and cat food to the animal shelter.
Ben cleaned trash from Flax Pond.
Abby and her cousins raised $300 in walk a thon for My Brothers Table.
Adam did a school wide collection of items to send to our troops.
Jillian helped people stay warm by donating 40 coats to Sacred Heart.
Brook cleaned the beach and joined Coast sweep.
Cullen donated items to Salvation Army
Molly donated her hair to Locks of Love!
Katie donated 20 blankets and towels from family and friends to animal shelter.
Jordan, Shane and Owen picked up trash at Lynn Woods Park.
Mackenzie collected items for the animal shelter.
I am fortunate to have a job that allows me to watch kids grow and learn on a daily basis. This is a beautiful thing to witness. These children and their work, imparticular, have more than impressed me. Finding a cause that you feel passionate about, forming a plan and helping another human being or animal, is just amazing! I think it will be a project that will stay with them for a long time. I also think it speaks the character of the students at Lynn Woods. So proud of you all!