Elementary Chorus Winter Concert

You are cordially invited to the Elementary Chorus Winter Concert which will be held on Wednesday, January 21st at 6:30 PM in the auditorium of the North Smithfield High School.  The chorus is comprised of second through fifith graders who have practiced for many weeks.  Our dedicated choral directors are Mrs. Kerri Greco and Mrs. Susan Czyzewicz.  You will be wonderfully entertained by these voices of angels. 

Community Technology Event

The North Smithfield School Department in conjunction with our Technology Department is hosting our first ever "Time for Technology" event.  This will take place some time in late January.  It will be free to attend for all parents and community members!  The event will take place at North Smithfield Middle School and a variety of workshops will be offered based on community interest.  We will learn about your interests from responses on a survey.  See the flyer on the main page of the district.  Please get the word out to your friends and family in town!  We hope to see many of you at this Time for Technology event early next year!

Fire and Safety Drills

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please know that per State and Federal Regulations, all schools are required to hold fire drills every month.  We also are required to hold two lockdown and evacuation drills each school year.  Be sure that your children are dressed appropriately for the cold weather to be prepared for these drills.  They most definitely need sweatshirts, coats, hats and gloves. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

PARCC Assessment

Dear parents and other family members,
Every year, our students take a number of state assessments. We share the results of these assessments with you in order to give you an idea about the progress your child is making in school. We also use the results of these assessments to help us improve classroom instruction and to identify areas where students may need some extra support.
This year, we will introduce the new PARCC (or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments in mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA)/literacy. These assessments will replace the NECAP Mathematics, Reading, and Writing assessments that we have used for the past 9 years.
Another change is that PARCC testing will have two separate testing periods: One in the early spring and another shortly before the end of the school year.
For the PARCC ELA/Literacy tests, all students in grades 3 through 10 will participate. These tests will include both reading and writing in every grade. (Previously, we tested writing in only three grades.)
Another exciting change is that students will take PARCC assessments using a computer rather than using paper and pencil. Students will either be using the desktop computers in the computer labs or use chromebooks. We have ordered 14 chromebook carts for the district (30 chromebooks per cart.) A chromebook is similar to a laptop in look and feel, but it does not have the typical programs such as Word or Excel. It operates only using Google Apps and web based applications.
We expect the chromebooks to be in the schools by February. The best thing about chromebooks is the simplicity of use. There is almost zero training needed as long as the user is familiar with Google Apps. Since PARCC is web-based, students will simply click on the icon and sign in to the assessment.
The testing windows are as follows:
Performance-Based Assessment (PBA): March 16 - April 10, 2015
End-of-Year/End-of-Course Assessment (EOY/EOC): May 4 - May 29, 2015

If you have any questions, please contact the school principal.

 

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